Hi Guys, Got back last week from a 2 week stay in Malta. It was our first time there and we wanted to share our thoughts and experiences with you all .
Please bear in mind these are only " our " opinions and some of the things we found are not critisism .
I know a few Maltese read these forums and I am not out to upset or offend anyone with the negatives .
We stayed in The White Dolphin apartments on the Qawra Coast Road overlooking Salina Bay .
The place wasnt exactly spotless but it was only a base to explore from . Some faults with the apartment, the oven door didnt close properly ( we didnt cook once so not a real problem ) , a dripping tap in the sink was a pain but I borrowed a wrench from the restaurant owner and fixed it myself and the beds were very lumpy and uncomfortable .
That said it was in an ideal quiet location , the staff at the hotel and the bar/ restaurant were just superb . Food in the adjoining restaurant was excellent and we ate there most breakfast times and a couple of times at night too .
We hired a car through ECH and got a great deal ( thanks to scubapro for the advice ) . It was delivered and picked up exactly as agreed and again the staff were excellent .
Malta itself was a mixed bag . Some places looked a wee bit run down, it did add to the character though and we saw all the Island inc Gozo from top to bottom and back again .
Driving for the nervous is not recommended although to be fair I found Italy to be 5 times worse .
The roads signs could drive you nuts, you follow a sign , come to a junction then no more directions so you have to guess whether to go right or left .
Found ourselves in some really wierd places but all you do is stop and ask someone. So friendly and so helpful .
The food was also good everywhere and better value than back home . Sometimes too much choice especially in Qawra / Bugibba but never once left a restaurant feeling ripped off .
Loved Hopleaf beer ( mmmmmm ) pastizzi, bragoli, the tuna rolls and definately the best bread in the world .
But what really was the thing we loved the most was simply the Maltese people .
From the smallest village to Valetta everyone we met were very friendly, helpful and happy to help .
To summarise we will return to Malta in the future and would recommend the Islands to friends .