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Craig Dickson
Craig Dickson

Craig’s Top 5 Reason’s to visit Malta & Gozo

Macs Adventure recently released a new set of trips to Malta & Gozo this year. Having less personal knowledge about the Malta & Gozo Islands than I would like (they are actually an archipelago - something I didn't know!), as a Destination and Adventure Specialist I really wanted to learn more and become an expert on the area. When the chance to test out our newest trips came around, I jumped at the opportunity. So, was it a good trip? Worth going to? In a short answer, yes. And I shall tell you why. Here are my Top 5 Reason’s to visit Malta & Gozo:

1. Weather

Being in the middle of the Mediterranean between Sicily and North Africa, you probably have an image of the islands being warm. And you are right, I visited Malta & Gozo in October and the average daily temperature was a toasty 28 degrees. If you are looking to get away from the dreich (miserable) autumn British weather, this is the place to come. [caption id="attachment_21247" align="aligncenter" width="900"]Ta' Cenc to Qala walk Ta' Cenc to Qala walk[/caption]

2. Beaches and Bays

Islands have beaches and bays. These are plentiful throughout Malta. Gozo in particular has some spectacular hidden sandy bays you can explore on the walk around the island. Check out Mgarr ix-Xini beach and Ramla Bay on Gozo. [caption id="attachment_21251" align="aligncenter" width="900"]Mgarr IX Xini Bay Mgarr IX Xini Bay[/caption] [caption id="attachment_21253" align="aligncenter" width="900"]Xaghra Ramla Bay Xaghra Ramla Bay[/caption]

3. Remarkable buildings

Built to protect the land from pirates, there are an impressive number of forts and towers littering the landscape. Such as the St Mary’s Tower on Comino. If churches and cathedrals are your thing, this trip will get you very excited. You will see the Xaghra Parish church, St Paul’s church and St John’s Cathedral to name a few. [caption id="attachment_21256" align="aligncenter" width="900"]Church in Qala Church in Qala[/caption]

4. Britishness

Malta achieved its independence from Great Britain on September 21, 1964 meaning English is one of the first languages in Malta & Gozo - great if the language barrier daunts you when abroad. The electric sockets are mostly British, no need for those pesky adapters you always manage to forget. The most British thing I saw on Malta was an M + S, which was a random sight to behold in the very Maltese town of Valletta! [caption id="attachment_21258" align="aligncenter" width="900"]xaghra-loop-walk-7 Drive on the left in Malta[/caption]

5. Local Beer & Wine

Interesting fact – Malta & Gozo do not export their beer and wines. This means there is a very slim chance you have tasted Maltese wine, I certainly hadn’t before the trip. And they should export as it is delicious. You can pick up a pint of the local beer Cisk for around 3 euros and will pay 12 euros for a decent bottle of the smooth tasting local red wine. [caption id="attachment_21260" align="aligncenter" width="576"]Local food and wine Local food and wine[/caption] For more fun and interesting facts about the Maltese islands check out our blog here. You can find out all about our Malta & Gozo trips and the different itineraries on our website here. If you wish to book any of our adventures please do get in touch info@macsadventure.com  
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