Malta and Gozo Travel Guide - Holiday tips and tourist information, from Valletta hotels, restaurants and bars to ancient archaeological sites and World War II history. Also including tips and itineraries, Knights of Malta Baroque cathedral, Valletta Grand Harbour, Ramla Bay, St Paul's catacombs, San Blas, Victoria, Blue Grotto, Mdina and Xlendi.
This new, thoroughly updated fourth edition of Bradt's Malta – written by an expert who has been visiting for more than a decade – remains the most comprehensive guide available and has built a reputation for being the essential guide for getting beneath the surface of this island nation and discovering what lies beyond the beaches. Sun, sand and sea there may be, but Malta boasts so much more, and this new edition is packed with historical and archaeological insights, from the Stone Age to the Romans, the Knights Hospitaller to World War II. It also showcases the islands' wildlife and bird-watching opportunities, summer festas, and the less commercialised islands of Gozo and Comino.
Malta has been changing at the rate of knots, with Valletta's year as European Capital of Culture accelerating restoration and renovation, and this new edition reflects all the most recent developments. Copious openings – of historic sights, key fortresses, a new national gallery and boutique accommodation, particularly in Valletta – are covered, while the culinary scene continues to thrive, with notably greater choice for vegetarians and vegans. Malta has also become much more socially accepting and is now considered one of the top places for LGBT travellers. And the offering for younger travellers has expanded, too: the Isle of MTV festival is going strong, there is a new spring festival, and a host of bars and clubs has sprung up.
There is also lots of on offer culturally, with festivals, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and opera all contributing to a full programme. Events such as the Baroque Music Festival continue to draw crowds while World War II sites covered include the Lascaris War Rooms deep beneath Valletta from where General Eisenhower (whose jeep is still in the National War Museum) commanded the invasion of Sicily, and the Aviation Museum, home to key planes flown by American pilots.
Bradt’s Malta is the ideal companion for everyone from culture aficionados to archaeology and history buffs, foodies, war veterans and their families and couples escaping for a romantic break.
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About the Author
An award-winning travel writer, journalist, author and broadcaster, Juliet Rix has been writing extensively about Malta for a decade. She wrote the first Bradt Guide to Malta and Gozo and has updated it ever since, while also being the Telegraph's Malta destination expert and writing on the country for countless other publications from The Times to BBC Radio 4. She is the tour lecturer for cultural tour operator Martin Randall travel leading specialist tours to Malta and visits both the islands regularly – still discovering something new every time!
'Juliet Rix has an excellent grasp of the island's history, and her prose is accompanied by a broad range of suggestions for possible activities.'
'Juliet Rix makes a compelling case for the idea that Malta, which has languished under the lucrative, if unappealing, blanket of mass tourism, should be recognised as an important destination for the traveller seeking a solid sense of history, and even prehistory, and the cultural artefacts and fascinating sites history bequeaths'
'Bang up to date and easy to follow - full of fascinating asides'
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