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Malta – What to Do, Nightlife, Where to Eat

Just south of Sicily, one finds a little rock that is an island nation. It’s pretty strange that Malta and Gozo (both of which are part of the same archipelago) are not part of the Italian peninsula but once you discover the islands you will understand much more of what Malta is truly about.

How to get around

Once you arrive at the Malta International Airport, there’s a few options you can go for. The Maltese Islands are small in size (316km²) and finding your way around is pretty easy.

The public bus: The public bus is not the most convenient but a very economical way to travel. You can purchase a tal linja travel card for €21 per person. The 7 day travel card entitles you to unlimited travel, any time of the day.

Renting a Car: Car hire in Malta start from around €25 daily depending on the season. In Gozo car rental is cheaper. I hired a car for 2 days from Xlendi Car Hire while in Gozo. The cost was €45 including fully comprehensive insurance.

White Taxi Service: You can book an instant white taxi from the airport. The price is fixed so you don’t have to worry about traffic especially during peak hours when roads get very busy. You can find the fare here

Regular Taxi: A regular taxi is normally cheaper than a White Taxi. The cost can vary from one company to the other. I booked a few rides online with Greenr Cabs, an electric cab company. They were always on time and they have free Wi-Fi as well inside.

Dive into Malta’s culture

Although very small, discovering all the quaint and charming neighbourhoods will take time.  In fact, you will soon notice that everywhere you turn around, you will find a picture-perfect setting.  You can visit the archaeological sites that are sprawled all over the island and wonder at who were the builders of such megalithic temples.  Prepare to be awed as some of these temples are considered as the oldest free-standing buildings in the world and are also part of the UNESCO heritage.

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If you prefer more modern and urban quarters you must definitely look at the old and new cities of Malta. Originally Malta’s noble city was Mdina but today this fortified city is home to very few residents. No traffic goes through its narrow winding streets but within you will see fabulous Baroque architecture side-by-side with medieval and Norman style.  You might fall in love with Mdina but a visit to Valletta is a must. Valletta, named after the famed Grand Master Jean Parisot de la Valette who won the Great Siege of 1565, is today the capital city of Malta.  It has been labelled as a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen.  These European gentlemen, known as the Knights of St John have left their mark all over the islands but Valletta is one big monument of palaces, churches, cathedrals, stately buildings and gardens.

Adventure

If you’re after an active holiday, Malta is a hub for different kinds of sports but it excels in marine sports. Being an island, Malta has lots of rocky coves and sandy beaches that appeal to different kinds of people.   If you’re on the island with young children, consider spending a day at the beach but if you have the opportunity to be more adventurous you can try out a variety of water sports like jet-skiing, kayaking and windsurfing. Yachting and sailing are also part of the scene.  Children will definitely love Popeye’s village, the real village where the original Popeye movie was taken.

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If you visit the island of Gozo, hiring a Jeep is a must. There are a lot of hidden jems that are hard to reach by car due to the road conditions. A one day rental can cost your between €35 and €55 including fully comprehensive insurance.

Deep blue sea diving experience

If you‘re interested in the underwater world, then do not miss out on diving.  Indeed it feels like the underwater world is in leagues with what Malta has to offer on land. With numerous diving spots and thriving marine life, Malta and Gozo have been acclaimed as one of the top world diving sites over and over again. One of the most touted spots is the Azure Window, a place worthy of a visit not only for diving’s sake!

Where to hand out

Malta’s nightlife is equally vibrant – the most intense being the Paceville scene, a sea-side zone which is dotted with clubs and disco bars, that are a major attraction for the youngsters and revellers.  But Malta is also home to other clubs too. One such nightspot is the La Grotta discotheque, a club that is world-famous. The club which is perched on the side of a valley that ultimately leads to Xlendi bay in Gozo is the perfect place for open-air summer partying.  If you prefer a night that is less noisy and more refined, you can try other entertainment spots like wine bars and casinos such as the Westin Dragonara Casino located in St. Julians.

Eat like the locals do

And finally, don’t miss out on Malta’s food.   It’s an eclectic mix of traditional Mediterranean but over the years it has acquired influences from the various nations too. For example, you will find that most restaurants will have pizza on their menu, a clear reflection of the Italian connection but likewise you will notice overtones of the continental inspiration. You must taste the traditional street food which in Malta takes the form of ‘pastizzi’, a form of savoury where flaky pastry envelopes a ricotta or mashed-pea filling and ‘imqaret’, a sweet type of deep-fried pastry filled with dates.

If you’re in Gozo, find some time to visit the traditional farming estates where you can relish the famous peppered cheeslets, the authentic Gozitan honey and a variety of local produce such as olives, capers, pickled onions and sun-dried tomatoes. Don’t forget the wine, because Malta and Gozo have both their own distinct DOK!   You will also notice a variety of restaurants offering different types of cuisines in most places.

Fine dining experience

The best dining experiences are those where you enjoy the view as much as you love the food.  You can check restaurants such as Rampila, tucked away between the bastions of Valletta for a unique location or drive down to Marsaxlokk, the fishermen’s village for a sea-food feast. In Gozo, do not overlook Ta’ Carolina in Xlendi and Kantra Lido at Ta’ Ċenċ, both of which offer a great dining experience.

Elena is an avid traveller and loves to write about her travel experiences. She is a regular writer on xlendi, a travel and tourism website. When she is not travelling or writing, Elena enjoys swimming and going for long walks in the countryside.  

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Some Must See Places for All New York Visitors

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Must See Places in New York

Some call it The City with everything; others call it Hong Kong on the Hudson, but what’s in a name really? No matter what you call it, it will be the same old New York. If you plan to visit New York, you need to update yourself about details of the place.

It’s really difficult to discover the entire New York in one go which is why travelers opt for visiting the places which are must see. New York is an amazing place and some of the must see places are the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the Times Square, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and of course the NYC Skyline.

It’s best to have some knowledge of these places before you visit them. So let’s begin with the description of the Statue of Liberty. It is one of the most remarkable artifacts in the world. The statue is of Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom. The neo-classical structure was made by Frederic Bartholdi and handed to US as a gift. Travelers can buy ticket online to visit the statue.

Located at Midtown Manhattan, Times Square is a famous commercial intersection. There are huge digital billboards everywhere hanged from the skyscrapers. The place is outstandingly vibrant and happening with Broadway theaters, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not and McDonalds. Lights and advertising everywhere makes the place amazing.

The Central Park is yet another hot destination for tourists. It is spanned over 3.4 sq km area over the mid of Manhattan. The place is actually an urban oase. It includes a large area consisting of rolling fields and walking trails. The water is tranquil there. The place was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvet Vaux in the mid 19th century. The places to see are the zoo inside the park, Belvedere Castle and riedsam Memorial Carousel.

The NY Metropolitan Museum of Art is a must see place if you want to be familiar with the artistic, cultural and literary side of New York. It is the largest museum in the whole United States. The museum contains Egyptian art, artistic works of classical antiquity, African, Byzantine, Oceanic and many other cultures. Visiting the museum means witnessing history.

All in all, all travelers dream to travel to New York. Being familiar with New York through searching over the internet could come really handy. The journey should also be safe and enjoyable.

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Tips for Traveling to America

America is a superpower, rich in natural resources and the first-choice for education and IT enthusiasts. America is a pioneer in space research and its Silicon Valley is the dream destination for thousands of IT aspirants in search of a golden career. However, America is a must-not-see spot for the travel buffs too. There are plenty of things you can explore in America and I bet you will love coming back here times and again.

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Here are a few simple tips to take into consideration for a more pleasant and better experience throughout your journey to America.

How do you like having memories of your travel? Make sure to carry a journal. An online blog can never give the same level of satisfaction that can be enjoyed from pen and paper stuff. Your travel through America can be worth a story to be put in black and white. Do you drink alcohol regularly? Then it is must for you to pack a wine/bottle opener, otherwise, it is very likely that you will be standing with a bottle of beer or wine and there is nothing to open. You may not feel comfortable to approach someone for an opener. That situation will be a simple let-down on a foreign land.

No matter whether you are travelling on your own or with your friends or family, make sure to pack a pack of cards. I know you will spend a lot of time playing at casinos, travelling between states, enjoying beach activities, going on a shopping spree and indulging yourself in plenty of entertaining actions. However, when you will want to withdraw from all those enjoyment and spend time at the corner of your hotel room, a pack of cards will be something to kill your boredom. Another must-carry thing for you is a roll of toilet paper. It can be used for different purposes and not only as a wiper.

Have you packed some plastic carriers and bottles in your bag? If not, ensure to make room for them in your suitcase. However, don’t carry glass bottles as they will add weight to your carry bag and might break down at even slight friction. Also keep a good stock of vinegar, ketchup, salt, tissues and everything that you might require during your US trip. A good idea is to interact with locals. I did the same while travelling abroad. Befriending the locals helps me a lot to enrich my general knowledge. Find out more information about the country you are travelling.

Smartly purchase calling cards. There are plenty of options around to choose from. Choose the one which allows you to call maximum number of minutes. Cards likes HI, VIP will be a great save during your stay in hotels.

Wish you a happy journey!

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Get to Know the Top Tourist Attractions in San Francisco Before Visiting

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Northern California is poised to have San Francisco. The sole city county and cultural hub of NC has a total area of 121 sq km. It is one of the most populated cities in the world. Tourists from all over the world visit San Francisco every year. Not to forget Americans from other states also find it an enjoyable travel destination.

If you are planning to visit San Francisco, few things you need to make sure that you know almost everything about the place. San Francisco is also a peninsula called San Francisco Bay area and it is considerably large, spanning over 600 sq km. As it is under the State of California, do a homework on the laws of California.

Most importantly, make a list of must see places. The top tourist destinations in San Francisco are Alcatraz Island, Coit Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Zoo, Asian Art Museum, Coit Tower, Pier 39 and Angel Island State Park.

You can start with Alcatraz Island. Visiting the place is like reliving history. Mob kingpin such as Al Capone was imprisoned here. The place has prison cells where infamous criminals stayed at some point of history. Remember the movie Escape from Alcatraz? Both self-guided tour and formal guide tour options are available.

Coi Tower blocks the view of the skyline. Once you are on top of the tower, you could get a bird’s eye view of the whole city. It’s an amazing experience. The tower was built in the 30s. Some believe the tower was built to pay homage to firefighter. There are murals and artworks on the lobby that describe the era of 30s.

The bridge is 2.7 km long. The Bridge spans over the Golden Gate strait and a channel with length three-mile between Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. In 1937, four years after it was built, the toll tax was just $0.50. The architecture of the bridge is one of a kind.

If you are visiting San Francisco with kids, the zoo is a must go place. The zoo has hordes of animals such as zebras, cape buffalo, spider and rhesus monkeys, elephants, Asian elephants and bear. Many insects like Madagascar hissing cockroaches, tarantulas, velvet ants, termites, bees and terrariums are also in the zoo.

Pier 39 is a renowned tourist attraction in San Francisco. It has shops, restaurants, aqua mammal center, a video arcade and arrangements for street performances. Tourist spend time at the place, enjoy the delicate food and get entertained.

The more you know about San Francisco before arriving there, the better for you. Get details about the places to visit, carry a map of the city every time and interact with locals in case you can’t locate a place. That way you can have fun traveling San Francisco.

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A Trip to British Columbia, The Province in the West of Canada

travel british columbiaBritish Columbia, famous for its natural resources, breathtaking scenic beauty and exotic tourist location, is a province on the west coast of Canada. The bustling and beautiful city of Victoria is its capital. Other prominent cities in British Columbia are Vancouver, Kelowna, Richmond and Whistler.

For a tourist, the place is no less than a dreamland. He could find everything in this westernmost province of Canada which sits on the laps of the pacific ocean. The glacier, heritage parks, bizarre and extrinsic animals, the coastline and the white rock are some of the specialties of British Columbia.

The climate of the place is heavily influenced by two factors; the mountainous dominion and vicinity of the pacific ocean. Snowfall is very common in the winter; the snow melts shortly however. The spring and fall are two most pleasant seasons. Tourists mainly visit the place during these two seasons. During the summer, temperature can reach as high as 30°C. The temperature normally ranges from 22°C to 28°C.

Vancouver is perhaps the most celebrated place in British Columbia. The city offers a marvelous view and tourists indulge themselves in various types of outdoor activities like sightseeing, biking, cycling, paragliding, camping, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking and many more. As every place has something exquisite to offer, Vancouver lays it west coast for visitors to get engaged in playful activities. If the traveler wants to enjoy snow, the mountainous regions of Vancouver are a must go place for him.

The boondocks of Northern British Columbia is bigger than most European Countries. The place has mountain ranges, placid lake-shores, sublime beauty of the riverside, breathtaking greenery and the extended coastline. There are many small woods in the valleys and those places are suitable for camping, the alpine grassland alone is enough to sensitize travelers to the extent that they would fall in love with the place. The provincial parks, hot spring and the Grand Canyon are just like toppings on the pizza.

The Glacier National Park, Kootenay National Park and Salt Spring Island are also great locations to pay a visit. The latter is the best place for fishing; hire a fishing charter and spend the whole day with trouts, pikes and sardines. You can find the list of national parks of Canada here.

All said, the experience that one could gain by visiting British Columbia is so amazing that it’s difficult to explain in words. So go there and live it.

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Things to Remember When Planning your California Tour

What exactly you visualize when you hear the word ‘California’?

Sandy beaches? Skyscrapers? Mouth watering food? The golden gate bridge? Well, California is all that and holds even more surprises for you.

Before visiting California, make a list of the tourist destinations that you’d visit. This will ease you by narrowing your search. Then get as much information as you could to familiarize with the places of visit. That way, you don’t have to face any hassle upon arrival. And once there, enjoy to the fullest and if possible make some friends so you get to know the people too, not just the place.

California Tour

Tourist attractions are so many in California. The first time visitors often get confused what place to visit. A quick guide can be helpful for them. We can start the list with Redwood National Park. The park is full of large trees. The park has total area of 456 sq km. Inside the park, one can find small rivers and a coastline spanned over miles of area. For outdoor activities, the park is second to none. Horse riding, fishing and jungle biking are some of them. Capturing still images of wildlife inside the park is not a bad idea either.

The long beaches are the lifeline of California tourism. People from various parts of the other come to visit the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Venice Beach of Los Angeles is one of the most amazing beaches in California. The beach is stretched across three miles in total. Swimming, sunbath, rollerskating are some of the things to do on the beach. The beach is crowded with street performers. In the night, the scenery looks amazing.

Who could resist the temptation to visit Disneyland when in California? Guess nobody. Disneyland is not just for kids. It is equally for adults. Adults could revisit their childhood, take a few snaps of the place and take fun of the exciting rides, thrilling roller coasters and stroll across the districts full of upscale restaurants and shops. If you are visiting California with family, Disneyland is a must go.

These are just some of the most celebrated travel locations. California has many more. The Gold Country Cool, an ideal place for camping and boating, the Green Scene in San Francisco and the Big Sur Coastline are fantastic places to be.

So plan your California trip now, travel with caution and get back home with a refreshing experience.

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Top 10 USA Travel Destinations – Best Places to Visit in the United States

A fun-filled vacation can easily get rid of your stress and rejuvenate your spirit in an incredible manner.  With a world full of captivating destinations, choosing the apt holiday spot can present a great challenge. You surely would want to do justice to your hard-earned money by picking a location that could truly regale you with its amazing offerings. And if you are keen on discovering the joy of holidaying outside of mainstream Europe, You have USA as the best pick. Rest assured USA travel destinations can keep you delighted throughout and enrich your journey amazingly.

USA Travel Destinations

No matter what you are looking for; the diversified cities and attractions of United States can certainly satiate the traveller in you with absolute ease. The USA travel destinations serves amusing factors to travellers coming from all over the world.

Basically, each US state has its own alluring tourist attractions and that’s precisely the reason why the country often features in the top holiday destinations of the world. There are a lot that you can do and explore in the USA and this can be truly validated by the experts who profoundly recommend several trips to the country.

So, here we bring you the list of top USA destinations that you must visit:

The best of New York

New York is forever full of beans. The cool and cosmopolitan fervour of the Big Apple is truly magical. In ‘the city that never sleeps”, tourist can experience the best in food and entertainment at a snap of a finger.  New York is well known for its magnificent museums, theatres and restaurants. Indeed the place has so much on its plate that one can only imagine the ways to experience them.  The glitz and glowing scene of New York is sure to put many of its U.S. peers to shame.

If you desperately look for a respite from the city’s frenetic sight and soaring skyscrapers, you will surely be impressed with the scenic central park. But of course New York is popular for its vibrant culture and people who want to let down their hair down in the vacay can enjoy to the fullest. Rest assured the city’s iconic landmarks, towering skyscrapers, indie boutiques and trendy coffee shops and bakeries are sure to keep you hooked.  A hub for culture, arts, food and sightseeing, the Big Apple is considered as one the best USA destinations for many reasons.

Denver

The Mile High City and the Colorado capital, Denver is an awesome place to visit. And if you make your trip within the winters, definitely you will stammer for suffixing adjectives. This is a popular winter sport destination.

Explore Maui for an unforgettable adventure

With its pristine beaches and verdant parks, Maui truly capture the heart of the travellers. Whether it is the beauty, atmosphere, history or endless supply of idyllic beaches and waterfalls, a trip to Maui can enrich your holiday with some of the finest offerings. This Hawaiian Island can give you the experience of paradise and fill you with the perfect bliss. A lot of people famously say Maui no ka oi which means Maui is the best. So, when you plan a vacation to USA, do not miss out to explore this gem. It truly is one of the best USA destinations.

Atlanta

Georgia capital, urban skylines, pine forests, oak trees and rolling hills describe Atlanta well. Top attractions in this city include CNN centre and the Georgia Aquarium, one of the biggest of its type in the world.

The stunning Honolulu – Oahu

Oahu represents a wonderful combination of urban and beach environ. With a pleasant weather all year around, this Hawaiian paradise is good for a visit in every season.  The breathtaking scenery showcases cosmopolitan appeal and offers a great experience to travellers who are fond of meandering hikes, delectable fresh seafood. Nearby you will find scores of cultural and historic sites as well. The place rightly listed as one of the best USA travel destinations for its myriad of offerings which easily meet the fancy of all ages. Oahu is the heart of Hawaii and Honolulu is the pulse. Plan your holiday in these Hawaiian gems to experience historic landmarks, fine dining and world-class shopping.

Houston

Any science geek would not love to give this place a miss! This city of South Eastern Texas is infamously known for NASA. It is the commercial neighbourhood of a number of USA districts and draws a good number of tourists every year for dining, shopping and sports.

Savannah

A peaceful retreat amidst the hustle bustle of one of the most prosperous nations of the world! This is one of the oldest cities of the USA, but is very rich in terms of its Victorian architecture, oak forests, natural scenic beauty and good hospitality!

Tour to Sonoma

Nestled in Northern California, Sonoma is renowned for its wineries, art galleries and exotic vistas. The place could well be defined as Napa’s rustic and more relaxed version. It’s truly one of the most beautiful spots and gives the worth of time and money that one invests here. The world-class Sonoma wine country, next to Napa Valley, offers over 400 wineries, the Pacific Coast and ancient Redwood forests. The place undoubtedly offers the finest wine and incredible opportunity for sightseeing and shopping. Easily described as USA’s best-kept secret, Sonoma is one of the highly recommended USA travel destinations.

Philadelphia

The first world heritage city in the United States, Philadelphia exudes a fresh and dynamic spirit is indeed one of the top USA destinations to visit.  The city has all the glamour of New York but still retains a small-town charm which makes it extremely intriguing. You can witness the glorious rich history of America in its historic spots like Independence Hall and as well as in the Liberty Bell, yet the city is far from being stuck in its past. The current scenario of Philly is filled with notable museums, a sparkling nightlife, and thriving sports teams and restaurants. The city surely offers so much more than just the cheesesteaks and satisfies the vacationers in a great manner.

The best time to experience Philadelphia is from March to May, when the city thaws out from the chilly winter. You can find pretty reasonable room rates at the hotels during this period and enjoy the real feel of the city in its true sense.

San Diego

Yes, it’s the beach city! San Diego is one of the most popular tourist destinations. Bordering Mexico, it is the largest coastal city in the USA. Sea World and Balboa Park are the major attractions here.

Denali National Park

Animal Planet lovers do not miss this in your USA trip! Abundant wildlife and enormous adventure are the synonyms for Denali National Park. It also houses Mt. McKinley, the highest peak of America.

Magical New Orleans

There’s hardly a place in America which is more unique in culture than Big Easy. New Orleans has a distinctive appeal where you can find the influences as diversifying as Europeans to Caribbean.  This vibrant city welcomes visitors with live Jazz, party scenes and a lot of amazing music. There’s of course more to this destination and that includes its mesmerizing European-style architecture and exotic Creole cuisine. The music lovers surely will find their dream destination in New Orleans.  For many, the reason to visit this place lies in Mardi Gras; a wild party with carnival traits and in case you miss it, you still won’t miss the party buzz as revellers pour out of Bourbon Street clubs and party till the dawn.  A trip this incredible city will certainly add a great joy to your USA travel diaries.

Niagara Falls

How can you bid adieu, without visiting the famous Niagara Falls? Located between New York and Ontario, Niagara Falls is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The frozen beauty draws equal tourist crowd as well!

USA certainly can throw a challenge when one plans a trip to this country of all possibilities.  With so many things to do and places to visit, it’s easy to wonder from where to begin, however our top 6 listed destinations are sure the best that you can explore in your next holiday trip to USA. Get set for your most memorable trip!