• Date : 30th November 2015
I packed a weekend bag and made Malta the first destination to discover.
Malta is situated  virtually in the centre of the Mediterranean and perfect for a quick get away or even longer. The island has an average of 12 hours of sunshine a day over 10 months . To celebrate the fact that Malta  instigated it’s Civil Union Act  in  2014 i travelled on an Air Malta  flight  to discover the charms of this very stylish island. www.airmalta.com 
Getting  more and popular with the LGBT community every year and also as a destination to tie the knot., Last October  the Phoenicia hotel staged the first civil unions and honeymoons fair  and now caters exclusively  for the  LGBT  market. Packed full with exhibitors , there was plenty of advise on hand to make sure your day will be perfect   For further information  check out www.phoeniciamalta.com.
The capital Valletta is steeped in history from real to fantasy  It is well  worth going on a tour . The city is now a UNESCO  World Heritage City  and at its heart is the stunning and majestic St John’s Cathedral . Be sure not to miss seeing the only known signed Caravaggio, ’The beheading of St Joihn  Well worth the entry fee to get a visual treat  of awesome magnitude. Get there reasonable early to avoid possible queues  . A boat trip around  Malta’s Grand Harbour  on a ‘dghajsa’, a typical gondola  shaped boat  is also highly recommended  and is a fantastic way to see the island’s architecture .
Recently awarded an ‘European Destination of Excellence’  the Mellieha Village  is also well worth adding to any agenda and for people who are interested in the early days of Christianity  the site is reputed to have been one of the places visited by St Paul during his 3 month stay on the island. Mdina  is also a must see place and for lovers of Game of Thrones you can quickly see why  the makers of the programme chose the location for the King’s landing in the series. The island has also attracted major   motion picture makers with Ridley Scott  filming his spectacular epic Gladiator  there in recent years  Visit  www.visitmalta.com/en/whats-on
The emerging gay scene may be limited. However  for drinks and perhaps  you may meet the man of your dreams Morphues Bar and Lounge, address   Trig  Xatt lt-tiben Floriana  close to the Sa Masion Ferry Terminal  is a charming  venue and owner Mario Stanyer will offer you a warm welcome,The bar can be found on Facebook,The area of  St  Julians  is where you will find  a good selection of gay bars and beaches, Trip advisor should assist
The Beheading of St. John - Caravaggio
Malta was a pleasant surprise  for me and I  would most certainly return. Other useful info:-
by Stephen Vowles

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