St Andrews

Saint Julians Travel Blog

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Already while approaching the runway to touch down on the island's little airport, it already became clear that this is not your regular Mediterrannean vacation paradize. From the air the island is one big spot of illumination, completely urban and drowning in city lights...

Not really aware of Malta's extreme Catholicism, a pleasant surprise awaited us. In August every town has the celebrations and festivals of their patron Saints, and it was no different the Saturday night of our arrival...quite a strange sensation to see the numerous fireworks and hear the canon blasts underneath us, out of the aircraft.

We staid in a little place called Saint Andrews, right next to the mundane resort towns of Saint Julians and Sliema...where the nearby bars, discos and shopping complexes catered for plenty of entertainment

However, apart from the sunshine, the main reason why we came to Malta was to scope out the remains of the island's great history and get our fair share of sightseeing. It soon turned out that our 5 days vacation would be much too short to see it all, so we had to make a tough selection.

After a bit of tossing and guessing, we planned on discovering the city of the knights: Valetta, some shopping in Sliema, Matla's sister island Gozo, the silent city of Mdina and a day trip to nearby Sicily... In other words a pretty packed schedule again that left little time for tanning and relaxing.

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Saint Julians
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