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Air Malta has 26 ights
a week to Malta International
Airport from London Heathrow
and Gatwick, from £74 oneway.
Flight time is three hours.
Hire a car with Malta
Best, which delivers and
collects at Malta International
Airport and all over the islands.
WHEN TO GO
Malta has a typical
Mediterranean climate and is
relatively warm all year. Peak
time for the hottest weather is
July to September.
WHERE TO STAY
The Corinthia Palace
Hotel and Spa, in De Paule
Avenue, San Anton, has seaview
doubles ranging from
£90-150 a night, including
breakfast and taxes. An oasis
of tranquillity across the road
from the President's Palace.
Hotel Ta' Cenc, in Triq Ta
Cenc, Sannat, on Gozo, has
suites from £75-110. A cli -top
hideaway resort, consisting
of 83 stone-built bungalows.
WHERE TO EAT
Gululu, St Julian's,
Luna, Palazzo Parisio, Naxxar,
Ta' Mena Estate, Gozo,
Ta' Rikardu, Victoria, Gozo,
+356 21 555 953
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goats on a nearby farm - runs regular demonstrations for customers
intrigued to know how this pungent cheese came into being.
Later, by contrast, we enjoy ne dining in the magni cent splendour
of Palazzo Parisio, an opulent palace known as the Miniature Versailles,
in the forti ed village of Naxxar, back on Malta. Inside this aristocratic
home of the Scicluna family, it's all marble, mirrors and gilding; and the
in-house restaurant, Luna, is every bit as lavish, serving sumptuous
treats with an emphasis on local meats and fresh seafood.
Other taste highlights during our stay include meeting the
greengrocers of capital city Valletta, whose constant cries of
'fresh, fresh' make them seem like showmen, and making the
Maltese version of pizza (called ftira) in Nenu, an artisan bakery
in Valletta where visitors are given the opportunity to help create
their own lunch. We travel to each place by car but the islands
are easily negotiable by bus and ferry.
It's not all food, though. Malta has many other attractions to enjoy
between meals. Especially recommended is a wander round the
stunning Sa Maison Gardens, overlooking the wealthy town of
Ta' Xbiex, and a visit to Valletta's astonishingly beautiful St John's
Co-Cathedral, built in the 1570s and one of the nest Baroque
buildings in the world. Or take a trip on a dghajsa, a small Maltese
boat, which took us across Grand Harbour to the Three Cities, a
trio of ancient towns rst
settled by the Phoenicians.
And where better to retreat
at the end of a busy day than
your own luxury apartment?
company Tumas Developments
created Malta's most exclusive
addresses at Portomaso
Marina overlooking buzzing St
Julian's, and properties are now
available to buy. Footballers,
celebrities and the super-rich have already got apartments here, and
it's easy to see why. Or, if you like your base to be a little more tranquil,
there are similar apartments currently being completed by Tumas on
the north and south of the island. Homes in these complexes - TasSellum
Residence and Ta' Monita Residence - start at about £85,000
for a one-bedroom apartment, going up to £1m-plus.
Then, the whole island is literally on your doorstep. Prepare
yourself for a fun - and yum - time.
Clockwise from top left:
from Gululu, where you
can enjoy Maltese ftira;
miniature Versailles, the
THE FOODIE HIGHLIGHTS
ARE PLENTIFUL BUT A
VISIT TO THE TA' MENA
ESTATE, A LUSH AGRO�
VISITOR HOLDING ON
GOZO, IS A MUST