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Ancient temples of Malta
Gozo - A Different Haven of Ease and Quiet
Malta: A Getaway For Both Young And Old
Malta - Great For A Sailing Holiday
Malta: Water And Light
Mdina, "The Walled, Silent City of Ghosts"
Qawra Travel Information
Sliema Travel Information
The Forts of Malta
Travel: A beginners guide to Malta, Europe
Visit Valletta To Walk The Many Streets
Metropolitan Cathedral in Mdina, the Fortress City, Malta, Europe
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Mdina, "The Walled, Silent City of Ghosts" ...   by Mike

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No visit to Malta would be complete without a visit to its elegant, walled city of Mdina and its suburb, Rabat, in the Old City. Mdina and Rabat are steeped more than 4000 years in history when they formed part of a Roman settlement. Walking through Mdina, one feels as if one has been transported in a time capsule to another era of bygone yesteryear. It was here, in AD60, that the Apostle St Paul was rumoured to have lived whilst shipwrecked in the Maltese Islands.
Baroque Bell Tower of St Paul's Cathedral at Heart of Ancient Walled City of Mdina, Malta
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A silent city by day where automobiles are generally off-limits (more out of respect for the ghosts of the city), Mdina really comes alive at night when hundreds of twinkling lamps and lanterns dotted within the walled interiors of the city transform the narrow, curved streets leading onto bastions and palace courtyards into something out of a fairytale. You can enjoy a delicious al-fresco meal at one of the countless restaurants of Mdina and enjoy a glass of chilled beer in any one of the bars under the glittering lights of this exotic walled city.

This old, medieval capital of Malta rises high above the Maltese Islands and offers panoramic vistas of the city. Many walking tours and scenic bus tours are available to discover the hidden delights of this magical city.

The Maltese Islands are at the very heart of the Mediterranean and are often referred to as the islands of sunshine and history. Less than a three hour flight from the UK and with a good range of airlines such as Air Malta and GB Airways operating daily flights from Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Manchester and Birmingham as well as low cost carriers now operating from other regional airports, it has never been easier to get to Malta for a quick getaway or a longer holiday. 

Whether you're after a weekend break or a fortnight in the sun, you'll find it all on, the Malta specialists. Book your trip online and receive great savings on luxury hotels and cheap flights as well as a regular e-letter updating you on regular special free night offers, room upgrades and heavily discounted holiday packages.

Once you've seen the ancient city of Malta and its walled city of Mdina, been done by some innocent looking street vendor offering you a once-in-a-lifetime bargain and relaxed on the soft honeycomb at Ghadira's then time to go diving! Malta offers amazing diving and water sport opportunities for both beginners and advanced open water and cave divers in its tiny, unspoilt island of Comino with its stunning blue lagoon. All visitors to Malta should take the time to visit the uninhabited island of Comino and the tranquil, green island of Gozo. Day trips to nearby Italian and Sicilian cities are very popular with tourists who can get there by car and passenger ferries. 

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The Xara Palace, Mdina
The Xara Palace, Relais & Chateaux, is a fabulous late 17th century property uniquely located within the historic, noble and silent city of Mdina, the old capital city of Malta.  Our esteemed clientele will be pampered with every comfort, convenience and luxury while all the hotel staff will honour their commitment not only to meet their guests’ expectations but also to exceed them in every possible way.The hotel has been meticulously restored to its previous charming ambience. It has also been up-graded and brought up to-date in every way promising to be the finest and most unique as well as elegant establishment on the Maltese Islands. The hotel building forms part of the medieval bastions that surround Mdina.
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Qawra (the Q in Qawra is silent) is a small town on the north-eastern coast of the Mediterranean island Malta.  Close to Bugibba and forming part of St. Paul's Bay, Qawra is popular among tourists and is home to a great many hotels and restaurants. Although there is no beach, many swim and bathe off the rocks, which provide ample space for sun bathing.

Qawra is also the site of one of the many towers built by the Knights of St. John. Qawra Tower is now a restaurant.  Qawra is home to many water-sport activities including banana boat rides and speed boat rides

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Bella Vista Hotel, Qawra
Bella Vista Hotel is located in the seaside resort town of Qawra, Malta, 100 metres from the Salini National Park and one kilometre from the lively nightlife of Bugibba Square.  This modern six-storey hotel features contemporary architecture with Moorish touches and a rooftop sun terrace. Three swimming pools, fitness equipment, a sauna, and beauty services are available. The air-conditioned public areas have complimentary wireless internet access.  The Highlands Restaurant serves Mediterranean dishes in a contemporary setting and the Mondrian Café serves snacks throughout the day. The Tate Lounge Bar has live entertainment each evening, as does the Roof Terrace Bar.
Dolmen Resort Hotel, Qawra
Overlooking Saint Paul's Bay in Qawra and situated just 500 metres from the Water Sports Centre; The Dolmen Resort Hotel has several dining options; buffet food is served in the bright modern ambience of the Menhir Restaurant, La Sybille offers Mediterranean cuisine with an Italian emphasis and an array of wines in an intimate atmosphere, and if dining alfresco is the order of the day, the Batulaban Restaurant's shaded wooden terrace with panoramic views serves barbecued meats and salads. There is an English-pub style bar, and snacks and grilled foods are also served in Café Delos.   The hotel has lagoon-style swimming pools, with panoramic views, or guests can try their luck in the Oracle Casino which features 12 gaming tables. Relax in the Myoka Spa, with a hydro bath, jetted tubs, sauna, and algae-based beauty treatments....
Hotel Santana, Qawra
The Hotel Santana is a six-storey hotel set 50 metres from the Qawra peninsula's pubs, restaurants and nightlife, and 150 metres from the beach and casino.  Guests can relax over cocktails and a barbecue lunch at the Poolside Bar or enjoy the live entertainment in the hotel's maritime-themed pub. The hotel's two restaurants offer diners a continental buffet, a Sunday carvery and local and Mediterranean dishes.  In the Wellness Centre, guests can unwind in the freshwater swimming pool, jetted spa and sauna, or indulge in a massage.  The Beauty Treatment Salon offers over 80 therapeutic health and beauty treatments. Guests feeling energetic can work out in the fitness room or swim laps in the outdoor pool.  The 200 guestrooms feature light, modern decor and furnishings in warm Mediterranean colours.
The Sunflower Hotel, Qawra
The Sunflower Hotel is a modern hotel located in a quiet area of Qawra, within 300 metres of the seafront and 500 metres from the town centre. It features 108 air- conditioned guestrooms, over seven floors, with rustic- style decor, tiled floors and light wood furniture.   The hotel's Geranium Restaurant serves an international menu and features traditional Maltese decor with wrought- iron fittings, arched-stone doorways and two terraces.  Guests can head for the rooftop terrace which features a pool with a swim-up bar, or relax in the spa tub at the onsite health club, where therapeutic massages and beauty treatments are available, as well as a fully equipped fitness room. 
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Sliema (or Tas-Sliema) is a town located on the northeast coast of Malta. It is a center for shopping, restaurants and café life. Sliema is also a major commercial and residential area and houses several of Malta's most modern hotels. Sliema, which means 'peace, comfort', was once a quiet fishing village on the peninsula across Marsamxett Harbour from Valletta, but now Sliema and the coastline up to neighbouring St. Julian's constitutes Malta's main coastal resort.

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Sliema got its name from a chapel dedicated to The Virgin Mary under the title of Star of the Sea, which served as a beacon and a reference point to the few fishermen who lived in that area. The name could have thus also been connected with the first words of the Hail Mary, which in Maltese is "Sliem Ghalik Marija". With the 'Gh' being silent so the first part of the phrase would sound like 'Sliem a'.
Sliema nowadays has a great deal of turnover of foreign expatriates who reside temporarily. The town was also the residence of the late Dr. George Borg Olivier, former prime minister and architect of Malta's independence as well as the birthplace of former prime minister and leader of the opposition, Dr. Alfred Sant. Sliema is also the birthplace of Malta Labour Party Deputy Leader Dr. Michael Falzon, and vocalist Marc Storace of Swiss heavy metal band Krokus. Sliema was also the temporary residence of socialist Manwel Dimech, one of Malta's foremost revolutionary thinkers at the turn of the 20th century, who died in exile in Egypt. Lower Prince of Wales Road has now been named in his honour. It is also the birthplace of Captain George Stivala O.B.E., who was the High Commissioner for Malta in Australia during the 1950s and 60s, when migration to Australia was at its peak. Sliema is Michael Mifsud's hometown.
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Sliema has a number of churches - such as one dedicated to Jesus of Nazareth known as "In-Nazzarenu" and three dedicated to Our Lady - Stella Maris (which is the oldest and Mother parish church dating from 1878) the Sacre Cuor, and Mount Carmel, and another one dedicated to St. Gregory the Great.

Like all Maltese towns and villages the annual parish feasts are very popular. Especially the feast held in honour of Our Lady Stella Maris (held in August) and that of the Sacre Cour (July) are among the most popular on the island. While to a lesser extent in popularity are those Our Lady of Mount Carmel (July) and St. Gregory (September)...  read more

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Diplomat Hotel, Sliema
Located on the Sliema promenade, 50 metres from the beach and five kilometres from the Maltese capital of Valetta, The Diplomat Hotel lies 10 kilometres (25 minutes' drive) from Malta International Airport (Mla).  The hotel's rooftop swimming pool is surrounded by sun-loungers and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. The fitness centre is open daily and offers gym equipment and a sauna.  The Hotel's Penny Farthing Restaurant with its sky-lit ceiling offers an international menu and buffet dining and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The late-night lobby bar is open throughout the day and serves drinks, light meals and afternoon tea. In the evenings a pianist provides live entertainment.   In summer months, the rooftop poolside bar serves drinks, light poolside meals and grilled meats. Fresh seafood is cooked on the open-air barbecues. 
Fortina Spa Resort, Sliema
Set directly on the waterfront, this top-class, 17-storey resort hotel is 300 metres from both central Sliema and the cruise departure point.  Guests can dine in eight restaurants, relax in the seven swimming pools, and enjoy therapeutic health and beauty treatments.  Set in tropical gardens, the four outdoor pools offer a complimentary sun bed and towel service as well as a hot tub; two of the saltwater swimming pools are situated right on the water’s edge and offer great views of the walled city of Valletta, and one has a swim-up bar.  The onsite Spa Centre offers a vast range of treatments and therapies.  Those feeling active can head to the fitness centre which offers gym equipment, aerobics classes and an indoor heated pool and spa tub.  The 17-floor Fortina Spa Resort, Sliema, has 148 modern, air-conditioned guestrooms.
The Palace, Sliema
The Palace is located in Sliema, Malta, next to the historic 18th-century Capua Palace. Nestled in the tight warren of streets that characterises central Sliema, the hotel is 300 metres from the seafront and 500 metres from the main shopping area.   The Palace has several dining options. The Talk of the Town Cafe has a street terrace next to Capua Palace serving a fusion of European and Asian Food. The Tabloid is a dining room serving buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Temptasian Lounge Bar is a rooftop restaurant with panoramic views serving predominantly Asian food.  Leisure facilities include an indoor and outdoor rooftop pool, spa with jetted pool, sauna and beauty treatments and fitness rooms. In-room massages are also offered. 
The Windsor Hotel, Sliema
The Windsor is a modern, six-storey hotel located within 50 metres from Sliema's rocky shore and 500 metres from the city centre.  After breakfast, guests can enjoy a dip in the indoor or outdoor pool, work out in the gym and unwind in the sauna. In the evening, guests can relax in the hotel bar, which offers a selection of beers, wines and cocktails. The Corner Restaurant offers a range of Mediterranean dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner and hosts Maltese theme nights, featuring live music and a selection of traditional Maltese dishes, every Friday.  The 94 air-conditioned guestrooms feature light, simple decor with oak furnishings. all rooms open up onto balconies and include satellite TV, direct-dial phones and minibars.
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