Bugibba travel on test: our reader soaks up some Maltese culture in the Mediterranean

Bugibba travel on test: our reader soaks up some Maltese culture in the Mediterranean
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Why Malta?

We flew out from Glasgow to the coastal resort of Bugibba (which only took three and a half hours!), to catch some sunshine. Malta is a brilliant Mediterranean destination as most of the locals speak English.

What did you get up to?

It was just 12 Euros for a weekly bus ticket. We got our money's worth, as there were so many museums, art galleries and beautiful churches to see. St Mary's Dome, in Mosta, is modelled on Rome's Pantheon and is a well-known landmark. During the Second World War, three bombs fell there during Mass but none of them exploded - which the Maltese declared to be a miracle.

Did you learn anything else?

The capital, Valletta, is a wonderful mix of old and new, and built around one of the deepest natural water harbours in the world. Don't miss the Triton Fountain - a very impressive sculpture made up of half men, half fish. We also visited Oliver Reed's shrine‚ on Archbishop Street (he spent his final days filming Gladiator there). Rumour has it that his ghost is often seen.

And a typical day?

In July it was very hot; 38°C (100°F) some days. The diet is typically Mediterranean, with plenty of fish and salad. The coast is mainly rocky so there are few sandy beaches, and most swimmers content themselves with hotel pools.

Where else would you recommend?

Definitely the Silent City - aptly named, as there is no traffic! The Grandmaster's Palace and Armoury are also worth a visit, and the Fine Art Museum, which houses a wonderful collection of religious paintings.

Make sure your hotel room has air conditioning!

 

  • Malta is a Mediterranean island, south of Sicily. Bugibba is on the north coast.
  • Summer temperatures can rocket, but it's warm from April onwards and rain is unlikely until late August.
  • Margaret booked her holiday with Thomas Cook. For further information and to book, pop into your local branch or visit www.thomascook.com
  • To find out more about Malta, plan your travel, and decide which accommodation is best for you, call the UK branch of the Maltese Tourism Authority on 0208 877 6994 or visit www.visitmalta.com
  • Facilities and disabled access appeared to be good in general. Check with your hotel for specific details.

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