This lovely little place is an inspiration for most Maltese artists and also for many Europeans. It's been that way for many years. However, it still retains the charm that these artists came looking for. I came here a couple of times and I have to admit that with the cloudy sky, everything has a more romantic and sensual feeling when the sun shines, the beautiful blue water takes away the beauty of these salts as small as they are unusual ..
These so-called street niches were introduced in the 17th century and are an architectural feature in Malta. They can be found in almost every corner in Valletta. Virgins and saints flood the city, but what made me curious is the devotion of the people. You will meet many people, of all types and status, which do the sign of the cross on themselves as they pass by every saint, and even stop to pray and then move on. They are very devout.
A Comino can be reached from Malta by small boat, with up to about 50 or 60 passengers. I usually leave from a little dock that is in the northern part of the islet. From here you can make your journey with one of the bigger boat companies. If there are several of you, it is possible to negotiate on price. This is a little corner of paradise, with crystal clear water, cliffs all around you and only about 10 minutes from the main beach road. When you are here you will have a blast, in beautiful, first class surroundings.
It is curious as to why the inhabitants of Gozo choose the dock area for swimming. The water is mostly clean, as the beaches here are so new. When you see the little beach empty but the area where small boats dock full of bathers it's odd. It's deeper here. For me it was a little strange at first to swim between boats but you don't need to do anything except check out the water and you'd understand it. This small fishing village, now abandoned to these activities, is embedded in the Bay of San Blas, an area full of little corners of paradise.
Portomaso Business Tower, is the tallest skyscraper in Malta and next to the Hilton. At the bottom is the Caffe 'Portomaso, a contemporary place which is open from 08:30 to 23:00 and has a steady stream of locals and tourists throughout the day. The cafe has a contemporary design and is perfect for having a morning coffee reading the newspaper and to eat a sandwich, or pizza, pasta and ice cream, and there is free Wi-Fi for visitors as well. There is a nice terrace in the warm weather that is so common in Malta.
The Three Cities refers to the three fortified cities of Cospicua, Vittoriosa and Senglea (Maltese: Cospicua, Birgu and L-Isla) on the island of Malta. They are connected by a line of forts built by the Knights of St. John . Also known as "Cottonera". It's fascinating to go from one city to another and see the buildings, fortifications and more. And YES, you can travel very easily from one to another. 1) Cospicua (Cospicua), is a fortified city with two ports. It is the largest. It sits between the other two cities and has a population is just under 6000, inhabited since Neolithic times. 2) Vittoriosa (Birgu), is the oldest city. The Fort St Angelo, is on the end of the peninsula and the city was used to house the headquarters, housing, arsenal and other facilities of the Knights of St. John when they arrived in Malta in 1530. 3) Senglea (L-Isla) is a fortified city in the east of Malta, mainly in the Grand Harbour. It has a population of less than 3,000 people. Its name comes from the builder, Claude De La Sengle. The island that contains Senglea is connected by a bridge to Cospicua. This created the peninsula.
Like Venice, Malta has its own unique gondolas which have become something of a national symbol. They are called Luzzu, and are brightly colored in red, yellow, green and blue. The eye of Osiris is usually painted on the bow and is said to bring good luck. Interestingly, they are originally of Phoenician origin. They're most common in the port of Marsaxlokk, but you can find then basically anywhere on the island.
There are signposts indicating where you can hire these horse-drawn carriages - towards Marsamxett Harbour, for example. They are not as brightly coloured as the ones you'll see in Seville or Marrakech, but the horses are charming.
The buses in Malta will take you back in time 50 years! They're covered with pictures of saints and are usually in pretty rough shape, though they do have their own special charm. Sometimes you even have to pull a rope to ring a bell! The buses go all over the island, making it easy to get around the country.
We didn't have a lot of time, and the weather conditions weren't the best, but I still took the opportunity to take a seaplane to fly over Malta and Gozo. You can catch them in the port of Valletta or in Sliema Bus Station. These small seaplanes seat up to 14 people, and have great windows designed for taking photos of the coast and the ancient domes of Malta. The price for a 30-minute tour is about 70 euros, depending on the season.
Luzzu Cruises is a Maltese company that offers boat trips around the island. The boats are made from Sliema Ferries. In this zone of the dock is where almost all tourist companies can be located. You will find a lot of different deals. From full day trips to parties on the boats. I rented one full-day excursion to Comino for 18 € , with a bargain because bargaining is common in some services in Malta. The boat left at 10 in the morning and sailed along the coast, there is an audio guide in many languages (Maltese, English, German, French, Italian and Spanish) that informs you of the view from the boat. The "cruise" made a first stop in Gozo (there were people carrying a package of Gozo and Comino). Then it goes to the Blue Lagoon of Comino, where we spent 4 hours. At 4 pm the boat goes back to Sliema, and we reached the natural caves on the southeast coast of Comino. At 5'30 in the afternoon we were already in Sliema. RECOMMENDATION: not worth taking the option that includes food (the price is much more expensive). On Comino there are some bars to buy something to eat and if not, you can always bring a picnic from home. On the boat there is also a cafeteria and bathrooms.
This village, where there are no built up houses, is a wonderful spot in which I had the luck to find myself. Years ago it was used by fishermen. Today, it serves as their storage caves and is a place for wealthy local countrymen to keep their gear and boat parts. We can only suppose what life here was like many years ago, with the only people being the busy fisherman, their boats abound in the crashing tranquil seas.