Walk 7 Blue Grotto – Dingli cliffs

Walk 7 Blue Grotto – Dingli cliffs

Yep, it’s been AGES. I need to crack on with this walk as I’m only halfway round the island. This walk from the Blue Grotto to the Dingli cliffs was a long one and a hot one. It was the end of May when I did the walk and the weather had actually been unseasonably cool. However, the day I choose to walk was, of course, hot.  For this walk, I did some forward planning with the taxis. I decided…

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Walk 6 – Birzebbuga to Zurrieq

Walk 6 – Birzebbuga to Zurrieq

Just Taco and I again for walk 6, starting at Birzebbuga. Today we are tackling the deep South of the island.  We arrived early at 9.30am and parked at the Freeport in Birzebbuga, which is where we finished last time.  The Freeport takes up quite a bulk of land so we had to cut across the peninsula from here. Surprisingly it was a lovely road, peaceful and pretty, yet overlooked by this huge structure – the Freeport. There were farms and…

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There’s a lake in Malta?

There’s a lake in Malta?

I heard a rumour that there’s a lake, or lakes even, in Malta. But where in Malta could they be? I’ve not seen so much as a small stream on the island.  I’ve been meaning to check these mysterious lakes out for a while and finally on a free day this week Taco and I headed off. I wasn’t sure of the route so I set the satnav. Blimey – 23 minutes to get there. Funny how that seems quite…

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Tarxien Temples

Tarxien Temples

Heritage Malta recently issued Heritage cards to all school children in Malta which allows them plus two adults, free access into most of the Heritage sites in the country. Kids receive a ‘passport’ which they get stamped everytime they visit a site and there’s a reward after so many stamps.  So it seems we have no excuse but to get on and visit the many heritage sites in Malta. Some I have seen already but this was the first trip…

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Walk 5b – Marsaxlokk to Birzebugga

Walk 5b – Marsaxlokk to Birzebugga

This walk was really the final stretch of my last walk (Walk 5) that I ran out of time to finish. .So it was going to be a short walk More time for coffee and lunch at the end though as this time I had company. Lara, the local from Birzebugga, was joining me for the walk. Yay! I drove to Marsaxlokk and met Lara at the car park right by the harbour. We were lucky because after a week of…

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Walk 5 – Marsaskala to Marsaxlokk

Walk 5 – Marsaskala to Marsaxlokk

It feels like there’s been so much rain in Malta this winter that it’s been hard to plan a good day to walk. However, today was forecast as warm and sunny so I was determined to get out. Due to some last-minute setbacks at home Taco and I arrived at the starting point a bit later than planned at 10.00am which meant we only had about two hours to do the walk. However, it was a quite simple section to…

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Walk 4 – Kalkara to Marsaskala

Walk 4 – Kalkara to Marsaskala

Unknown territory  This was an exciting walk for me because apart from the starting point and the Esplora Museum I was walking in an area I hadn’t visited at all.  I drove to Kalkara where there was easy parking and started my walk from the finish point of my previous walk – Kalkara Parish Church. The weather was a little bit overcast which was perfect for walking but not so perfect for picture taking. Taco and I started walking along…

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Walk 3 – The Three cities

Walk 3 – The Three cities

Walk 3 – The Three Cities This walk starts from where I finished Walk 2, at Valletta city gates. So, an easy one to arrange transport wise as I could park at Valletta MCP. I was looking forward to walking the three cities because I’ve done part of the walk before and it’s beautiful. However, the beginning of this walk is through Marsa and an industrial estate, so I wasn’t particularly enthralled to be doing that.  Still, in the spirit…

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The best beach in Malta

The best beach in Malta

One of the most disappointing things about Malta is the beaches. Surprising, but true, because basically there are hardly any! Okay, there are a few sandy bays mainly in the North but everywhere else it’s just rock. Which is fine if you want to swim because you can jump straight into deep water but if you’re looking for a stroll along an endless sandy beach then forget it. The closest you’ll get is Mellieha Bay but you’ll be walking along…

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The valley across from our house

The valley across from our house

We choose the house we are renting mainly because of the view. It is located right on the side of a valley called Wied Ghomor which reaches from San Gwann (our side) over to Sweiqi and Ibraq.  Changing with the seasons Looking at the valley everyday you forget how much it changed depending on the season.  But when we moved in in September the valley was brown and barren and looked like this: but now (March) it is green and…

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