Cadogan Guide Malta, Gozo and Camino

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Now fully redesigned, this new edition contains the most up-to-the-minute practical information and listings, along with color photographs and maps. Simon Gaul gives the inside story of his boyhood home, visiting the monumental sites of prehistoric Malta, delving into the mysteries of the Knights of Saint John and revealing the North African influences that permeate all aspects of life on the island. He shows you how to avoid the crowds and how to find them, tracking down hidden bays and secluded anchorages, as well as listing lively festivals and markets, and the trendiest beaches. Fabulous color photos and practical travel advice are teamed with the very latest eating out and hotel listings to help you get the most out of Malta, lush, green Gozo and tiny Comino, with its world-famous diving sites.

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Simon Gaul was born in London and spent much of his childhood idly but happily sailing the shores of the Central Mediterranean. He writes children's books and contributes to various publications, lives in Monaco and is father of three children.

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‘You are lucky if you travel to Malta by boat. That’s how the Phoenician traders, in their small rounded vessels, first encountered the archipelago nearly three thousand years ago. Today, the stirring bastions of the fortress capital Valletta skim welcomingly into view out of the hazy Mediterranean light, but time has barely altered the landfall’

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Table of Contents


Introducing Malta, Gozo and Comino     1
Where to Go     6
Itinerary     16
History     19
Topics     39
Driving     40
Of Churches     40
Dom Mintoff     41
A Little More about Local Politics     43
The Maltese Cross     44
The Festa     45
Hunting and Trapping     46
De la Valette and Dragut Rais     47
St Paul     49
The Eye of Osiris     52
Food and Drink     53
Eating Out, the Maltese Way     54
Maltese Tastes     54
Maltese Drinks     56
Planning Your Trip     57
When to Go     58
Tourist Information     60
Embassies and Consulates     61
Entry Formalities     61
Disabled Travellers     61
Insurance and EHIC Cards     62
Money     62
Getting There     63
Getting Around     65
Tour Operators     72
Where to Stay     73
Practical A-Z     75
Conversion Tables     76
Children     77
Crime and the Police     78
Eating Out     79
Electricity     80
Health and Emergencies     81
Internet     82
Libraries     82
Living and Working in Malta     82
Markets and Shopping     82
Marrying in Malta     84
Media     84
Opening Hours     85
Packing     86
Postal Services     86
Religious Affairs     87
Sports and Activities     87
Telephones     91
Time     92
Tipping     92
Toilets     92
VAT     92
Women Travellers     92
Yachting Information     92
The Guide
Valletta and the Three Cities     95
Valletta     97
Valletta City Sights     100
St John's Co-Cathedral and Museum     104
The Grand Master's Palace     112
Floriana     124
The Three Cities     130
Senglea (L'Isla)     134
Vittoriosa (Birgu)     135
Copiscua (Bormla)     144
The Northeast Coast      145
From Ta'Xbiex to Gwardamanga     147
Msida and Ta'Xbiex     147
Pieta and Gwardamanga     148
Gzira and Manoel Island     149
Sliema, St Julian's, Paceville and Around     152
St Julian's Bay, Balluta, Paceville and St George's Gay     159
Madliena, Gharghur and Bahar ic-Caghaq     165
Madliena and Gharghur     165
Bahar ic-Caghaq     166
The North Coast     167
The Great Fault and the Victoria Lines     169
Salina Bay     169
St Paul's Bay and Around     171
Qawra, Bufjibba, St Paul's Bay, Xemxija and Mistra Bay     175
Bur Marrad and the Wardija Ridge     176
West of St Paul's Bay     180
Mellieha and Mellieha Bay (Il-Ghadira)     180
The Marfa Peninsula: Paradise Bay, Cirkewwa, Ramla and Armier     182
Ghajn Tuffieha and Golden Bay     184
Mgarr and Gnejna Bay     185
Zebbieh and the Skorba Temples     187
Fomm ir-Rih     187
The Southwest Coast     191
Around Dingli to Mnajdra via Siggiewi     194
Hagar Qim and Mnajdra     200
Zurrieq and Around      205
The South     211
Marsaxlokk Bay     213
Birzebbuga     214
Ghar Dalam     215
Marsaxlokk     217
Delimara Point     219
Marsaskala and St Thomas Bay     220
Inland: Zabbar, Zejtun and Around     223
Zabbar     223
Tarxien, Paola and the Temples     225
Luqa     228
Gudja, Ghaxaq and Around     229
Zejtun     230
Mdina, Rabat and the Inland Towns     233
Mdina and Rabat     234
Mdina City Sights     237
Rabat     246
Mosta and Naxxar     252
Mosta     252
Naxxar and San Pawl tat-Targa     253
Birkirkara, the Three Villages and Zebbug     255
Birkirkara     255
The Three Villages     257
Zebbug     259
Gozo and Comino     263
Victoria (Rabat)     269
The Citadel     270
Outside the Citadel     273
North of Victoria     276
Xaghra     276
Zebbug     280
West of Victoria     282
San Lawrenz      282
Fungus Rock and Dwejra Bay     282
Gharb     284
Ghasri, Ghammar and Ta'Pinu     285
South of Victoria     288
Kercem and Santa Lucija     288
Sannat and Munxar     288
Xlendi     290
Xewkija     291
Mgarr ix-Xini     292
East of Victoria     293
Mgarr and Ghajnsielem     293
Qala     296
Nadur     296
Comino (Kemmuna)     300
What to see on Comino     301
Trips to Ionian Sicily     305
Syracuse     307
Catania and Mount Etna     312
Catania     312
Mount Etna     314
Taormina     316
Reference
Language     320
Glossary     322
Chronology     323
Architects and Artists     325
Further Reading     327
Index     329
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