So it’s just over a week until I’m off to Malta to experience 3 days of creative activities and Mediterranean culture. These last few days of spring sunshine on the south-coast have really whet my appetite for a taste of summer and today I received our itinerary for the trip, which for the first time revealed where I will be staying…
The Corinthia Hotel is a 5 star resort on the water’s edge in St George’s Bay and (unsurprisingly) it looks quite stunning which acres of terraces, multiple pools and stunning views, but this trip is not about spending time lazing by the pool (though I really hope there’s a little window of opportunity to do that) as we have a busy schedule being whisked around the island for photographic opportunities, painting classes and local food.
I fly from Gatwick next Friday and our first port of call is that evening in Mellieha Village in the north of Malta where we shall be shall be having dinner at Commando Restaurant. I confess that having not visited the island before I am not quite sure what to expect from the local food, but am hoping that fresh fish and Mediterranean flavours will figure somewhere!
On Saturday we travel to Valetta for a day exploring the capital city and a photography workshop, followed by a boat trip and a drive through Marsaxlokk Village. On Sunday we visit the north-west coast for a painting workshop in Gnejna Bay, I confess that painting is not my strong point, though encouragingly the last picture I did (about 10 years ago) is still on display at my sister’s house so perhaps there is hope for me with some professional guidance… Either that or I shall be discreetly hiding my efforts from the camera!
On Monday, our last full day, we have a painting and sketching workshop in Sliema and after lunch will be taking a ferry crossing to Gozo for a tour of the island, wine tasting and dinner.
There is one small downside to this amazing trip which is that I shall be traveling solo and this is actually my first overseas trip alone since Theo was born! Jim and I had a week in Eastern Canada when he was a baby and I vividly remember be woken by phantom cries in the night, so I hope this time my brain manages to switch off quickly enough to enjoy the peace and quiet…
If you fancy following along, please do join me on Instagram and come back here in a couple of weeks to see photos and video of the trip.
Have you been to Malta before? If so what were your highlights and do you have any suggestions of local dishes I should try?