It was time to explore another of the Maltese Islands; Gozo. So the next day we drove up to the north to the Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal where we took the ferry over to Gozo (paid around 20Euro for a car with driver and an extra person).
We didn’t have any plans, just wanted to see the Azure Window. On the way we stopped by the Craft Village; located in the oldest village of the island, in Gharb. Here you can find hand-made pottery, Gozo lace, glass blowing and leather items, all being made in the crafts village.
The way forward to Azure Window was a challenge with closed roads and one-way streets. But we found our way to this spectacular natural landmark in Dwejra. We took some photos and ate a lunch before we went back to the ferry.
Back at the Island of Malta we went by St. Agatha’s Tower (The Red Tower), built in 1647.
Next stop was Popeye Village, where the film set of the 1980 musical production “Popeye” was constructed.
Today the “village” is a family attraction with fun activities for all young at heart. Here you can be part of a filming experience with the animation crew and enjoy a number of attractions such as boat rides, water trampolines, sun bathing decks, beach lido, food outlets, winery offering free wine tasting, mini golf and Santa’s toy town. We only wander around for a bit before we change to our swimwear and snorkeled in the refreshing blue-green water, tested our GoPro cameras and sunbathed for a couple hours. It was great, and there’s really beautiful with the characteristic small houses in the “village” surrounded by the gorgeous aquamarine waters.
As the day before we ended the day with an hour by the hotel pool before dinner at Batubulan Sunset Grill.
We only had 3 nights on Malta, but the last day we got a few hours to spare before we had to drive to the airport, so we drove back up to Cirkewwa, but this time to take a boat over to Comino, another of the Maltese Island, where you can find the Blue Lagoon. It does sounds like a beautiful place, doesn’t it? And it is, with its sheltered inlet of shimmering aquamarine water over the white sand.
We stayed for a couple of hours before we decided to go back to relax a bit on the hotel before departure. We already had checked out, but could of course use the hotel facilities.
The flight was half full so I got a row totally by my selves. We initially sat on the front row with great legroom, but it was too narrow seats (except the window seat) and got too tight in the middle for me. We arrived on time and got to hear the well-known Ryanair fanfare.
Everything on this trip went totally fine, without any problems, that hasn’t been the case in the last past trips. But then we got out to our car parked in the car park at Rygge Airport (RYG). The car was unlocked! And suddenly we saw that the small window on the driver’s side where smashed.
We contacted the security and talked to them before we did anything. But there was nothing else to do. It turned out that nothing was gone, even the GPS and the cordless drill was still there. Strange! But hey, we can’t complain about that 😉 So we picked up most of the glass, and around midnight we drove home with a broken window.
Thank God that it was still warm outside, no rain and that it was the tiny side window.
But despite that it was a really great trip and we felt we got to do and see much in the short time we had in Malta.
The hotel we stayed at was nice and clean, but the shower in our bathroom was too tiny and narrow, so the shower curtain kept sticking to your body when you showered. We had booked B&B, and the breakfast buffet was good. Internet was included for 30minutes (after that 2euro p/h. Other prices if you ordered more time). It was also a parking lot right outside (we paid 9Euro for 3 days).
Malta was a lovely place with nice people, and some of the most polite traffic we’ve seen – There are so many small roads and narrow streets, but you will not be honked at as soon as you stop to give some other space. The buildings are a mix of Greek, Roman and Arabic, so when you’re driving around you can get the feeling of being anywhere in those places.
And we had the best weather, so thank you Malta for showing off your best side 😉