Finally, the Duchess of Cambridge’s itinerary has been announced which includes 3 of our favourite places to visit; one very close to our hearts, the fascinating National Library. She will also get a tour of what sailors claim is the most beautiful harbour in the world, the Grand Harbour, and the prettiest place in Malta, my old stomping ground, Citta Vittoriosa (aka Birgu). I’ll be at the garden party so I’m hoping I’ll get chance to pass on my tips for any remaining time she may have. I would make most of the same recommendations to any visitor.
1 – Start day one with an anchovy pastizzi from McSims near Paola / Attard. They are delicious!
2 – Take a drive through the narrow roads which cut through farms and countryside and see the wild side of Malta with a Segway tour of Dingli.
3 – Stop for lunch at Diar il-Bniet to have the most authentic and abundant Maltese food.
4 – Have a dip at Selmun, or Gnenja, or Fomm ir-Riħ.
5 – As the sun is setting, go to the Radisson Golden Sands for a glass or two of Champagne.
6 – Head for a walk around Valletta and stop for an aperitif and head to my absolute favourite restaurant …. La Mere
7 – Have a late night drink on the roof terrace at Aziamendi 100
8 – Have an early morning (bexx-bexx) sail to the south of the island – right up to Gozo – and hop off for a walk around the quaint market and artisans shops. Perhaps have a go a cheese making? Visit the Ggantija temples, buy some fresh, local ingredients and have hobz biz zejtwhile gently sailing down (far away from the coast line so you avoid the noise of the beach clubs and wakes of the inconsiderate power boats) before entering the Marsamxett harbour for sunset.