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Malta: sea & sun!

1796637_462088437267178_1926332498345425522_n Malta is an incredible island in the heart of Mediterranean sea.

The island is small, from the northern point to the southern there are only 20 km…however you will have many things to do and see.

This was my second time in the island and I haven’t visited yet Gozo and Comino, the other 2 smaller islands, because, there are so many things to do and when you stay in Malta you want to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere too. Then, no hurry!

Malta is well-connected to the rest of Europe, many low-cost flights are available, once you visit the island you will return back…

Malta has not only sea and sun, cultural sightseeing will take you busy as well, with a huge number of historical churches, a visit at the former capital,  Mdnia and at the actual one, Valletta (UNESCO World Heritage site for the massive number of historical buildings found in a tiny space).

I suggest buying a public transportation ticket. A ticket valid for 7 days costs only 6,50 Euro!

1620625_461125447363477_628086318804616917_nIf you are planning to spend some days in Malta, I can only recommend one place: Hostel Malti!

This hostel is managed by Chris and Aaron, two incredibly friendly guys. They will give you all the info and advises regarding the island and make you feel at home in their hostel.

Often they organize some events such as parties, BBQ, daily trips, drinking nights…

The hostel is located in the nightlife district, S. Julien, very close to public bus stops and rocks beaches. Everything you need is at walking distance.

A chill-out roof terrace, with a jacuzzi available for guests will do the rest, eventually you will return at Hostel Malti!

10599517_462088470600508_9099949678220244038_nVisit Blue Grotto!

From Hostel Malti, take bus going to Valletta’s HUB (nr. 12 and 13), then take a bus to Zurrieq (71) and from there to Blue grotto. It’s easier to do than to be explained. In any case maltese people and bus drivers are very friendly and they will give you all the info and help you might need.

It’s a fantastic day trip. I haven’t done it entirely, as I didn’t feel like a tourist. 🙂

However there are small traditional boats, with cheerful Maltese skippers, which will bring you to these big natural caves, you can admire them from the famous deep blue waters…The boat ride costs 8 euros per person. More info here.

 

10710852_462088710600484_3410572031003751732_nSunset at Dingli cliffs!

Another terrific day trip, with wonderful views, is at the Dingli cliffs.

From Rabat’s autobus hub you can catch bus nr. 201 that brings you to the stunning cliffs.

With friends or just by yourself, try to get there in the late afternoon, maybe carry a bottle of wine and wait for the sunset…

Hiking is a pleasant activity to do in the island.

From and to Dingli you can enjoy a walk in the surrounding area, in the maltese countryside.

10702199_461125337363488_6953359544170101251_nRelax and have fun at S. Julien district.

It’s known to be the active area of the small island, prefered by youngsters for its nightlife.

In fact bars, restaurants and clubs are widely spread in this village. Night is long here!

However I rather enjoyed the ‘brightest’ side of the place, during the day.

In the early morning you can walk along the promenade, there will be many doing jogging, same as in the evening.

During warm hours the flat rocks are perfect for sunbathing, swimming and read a book, while the sun is ‘kissing’ you…

Malta will surprise you, there are many activities to be done, according to your tastes. Outdoor sports, nightlife, good food are always available for your amusement.

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Prague in 5 budget tips

pr 1 (jeden): Prague’s transportation works perfectly, use it! 30 minutes ticket costs 24czk (Czech Crowns – around  26 czk are 1€), 90 minutes costs 32czk, 24hrs ticket costs 110czk, 72hrs ticket costs 310czk.  Try to avoid getting a taxi on the street (it´s cheaper to reserve it by phone).Check out Prague transportation website for all the information you might need. At the airport the cheapest way to get to the city is by public bus 119 that goes to its terminus (Dejvická, Metro A), from there go downstairs to the metro station and catch the subway train (with the same ticket), alternately take bus 100 to subway station Zličín (Metro B). At night, bus 510 takes you to the “Jiráskovo náměstí” or “I.P.Pavlova” stop close to the centre. Be sure to have some local currency ready. Buy a ticket from the kiosk called Public Transport in both (Terminal 1, 2) the arrivals halls (07:00-21:00, credit cards accepted) or the vending machine, next to the bus stop. You can also buy the ticket from the driver, it is slightly more expensive.

useit 2 (dvě): If you are a young traveller or an independent explorer, are you bored with classic tours and touristic guides? Then you shouldn’t miss the best city guide!

Use-it is not commercial, no-nonsense, free, useful, up-to-date and made by young locals. Only best info and tips! Practical info, a small useful vocabulary, small public transportation plan, tips about czech food and local habits and much much more.

Prague is not only a wonderful city full of tourists, you can discover hidden gems by following suggestions written by young locals.

The map is available in several hostels (list here), @ the Use-IT info centre (open only in summer, so far, in Trojanova ), @Prague City Tourism, Old Town Hall, @ Prague City Tourism, Rytířská 31, @Prague City Tourism, Václav Havel Airport Prague, Terminal 2

pr1 3(tři): In a cold/rainy/lazy day have a WONDERFUL city tour by public tram nr. 22 – it goes from the alternative zones of the cities to the upper part, very close to the castle, where you can enjoy a stunning view.

Tram 22, is a public transportation tram, no extra fee (with a 90 minutes ticket/32czk you can see everything). It follows one of Prague’s most scenic routes, passing by the National Theater to Staroměstská and Malostranská metro stations, and continuing up to the Belvedere, royal garden, Prague Castle and Pohořelec, with some stunning views along the way. If you have time to explore more, take a chance to visit ‘Novy svet‘ area, no tourists around, only small houses and cobblestone streets. Same applies for the return route, try to go back until the modern part of the city, to understand the real Prague. Do NOT miss Tram 22!!!!!

 

prpub 4(čtyři): Czech Pub (in Czech “hospoda” or ”pivnice“ ) is the best place to meet locals for a chat and, of course, a drink.  The exact brand of beer usually vary from pub to pub, and is usually shown at the sign outside nearby the pub name. Currently the best beers are the ones from small and local breweries, if possible prefer those to the usual pilsner urquell, gambrinus and staropramenGo local! Try Kofola, a coke-like drink, very popular, and some Czechs say it is the best thing the communists gave them.  Instead of the globalized coke drinking brands drink Kofola, it’s tastier and cheaper! 

Hungry? Check the daily menu (‘denni menu ) and go for it during every weekday between 11am and 2pm, almost every restaurant in Prague has it, usually is displayed on a blackboard at the entrance, with price as well. Generally it consists in a soup and a main dish and it costs less than 5 euro.  Quality and quantity are both very good.

cye5 (pět ): Where to sleep? Stay at Czech INN hostel.

It is located a few metro stops from the centre, in a young and alternative area of Prague, few metres from Krymska street and Zizkov district, where the REAL local nightlife is going on. The hostel is well-organized. Rooms are kept clean and beds are really comfortable. The hostel has its own bar/pub to warm up for the night …

Not far from the hostel (in the same street, Francouzska, direction to centre) there are 2 nice places where to eat: Marthy’s kitchen (a small and cozy bistro with BIO food) and U Bulinu, a big restaurant with good service and food