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Malta:A Hidden Gem

- Theresa

Hey everyone! I’m Theresa a new blogger here at teen travel and I reside on Long Island, New York. Traveling is something I love to do because you experience new cultures, foods and people that make a vacation unforgettable.

Recently my family and I took a cruise around Europe on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas, and one of the ports of call was Valletta, Malta. Malta is an island only miles away from Sicily which has an old Islamic like feel in its culture seen in its architecture.

Once off the ship the beautiful island awaited our exploration. In order to see it we decided to take a sightseeing tour bus which were located right outside the port once off the ship. The buses are about 7 euro per person and have a hop on hop off policy meaning that whichever stop you get off at another bus is just 30 minutes away .The bus also provided headphones to listen to their audio tour which was very informative and enjoyable and gave helpful insight to the island country. We took the northern tour but a southern one is also available. The northern tour covered more of the island and stopped at the top spots recommended by the locals. These spots were the Blue Grotto, a town right on the Mediterranean where you can swim and take a 20-30 minute boat tour for about 6 euro which is a definite must do.

The boat takes you in and out of caves that reside on the shore. They are absolutely beautiful and the water is so clear you can see the right through to the sand at the bottom of the sea.

Another spot recommended to us was the fishing village, but nothing there interested us so we did not visit. Basically all it is is the fishing village with a couple of restaurants and shops but none appealed to us.

Malta is mostly English speaking and is a popular film spot for movies taking place in ancient Greece, Rome or during that time period. Actually while we were there Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were there for the filming of the movie World War Z. Malta truly is a charming island and a hidden gem that I would definitely visit again. To find out more check out www.visitmalta.com

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