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-
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
Malta was a pleasant surprise for me and I would most certainly return. Other useful info:-
by Stephen Vowles