Monday, January 21, 2013

Exploring Gozo, Malta

I found a cheap flight to Malta and decided to see who wanted to join me. Pretty soon, eight of us were off to explore the Mediterranean island! To be honest, I didn't know much about Malta. I knew that it was south of Italy and had Mediterranean weather. My friends Dain and Heather wanted to go there for their honeymoon, so I knew it had to be good.

Group shot, courtesy Katie Bolt

Malta is definitely worth a trip. For such a small country, there is a lot to see, and of course eat! We left late on a Thursday night and came home on Sunday afternoon. That gave us enough time to explore both the main island and Gozo, which I highly recommend.

The highlight of the trip for me was the Azure window. We took the ferry over to Gozo to see the famous limestone arch. It was a VERY windy day, but we had a great time exploring.

A little windy on the ferry

Azure window

We stumbled upon a fantastic little bakery for lunch. The oven is more than 150 years old! We tried a local speciality called qassatat. It's a flaky cheese and egg pastry with a custardy filling (like a soufflé). Traditionally they have raisins too, but mine was plain. It was really delicious--so much so that we bought another one for breakfast the next day. We also had a traditional Maltese pizza with cheese, onion, olives, capers, tomatoes and anchovies. It was a little fishy, but very tasty.

Qassatat, photo courtesy of Katie Bolt

Gozo is small enough to see in a day. We drove along the coasts to see the beautiful cliffs; we saw Rabbat (Victoria), the capital; and we stopped for a pint in Xlendi.

It was a great day in Gozo, but it was only the beginning of the trip. Stay tuned for more!

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