Not so many kms that day but we had fun and relax all day long! We left the three fortified city in order to Reach Sliema passing throug La Valletta. These pics were taken at the moment of our arrival, on the top of a rock on the port. If you are afraid of heights we really do not reccomend it. If it’s not a problem you will find a beautiful view! La Valletta is the Capital of Malta and it’s very particular for its style. It has been built in a Baroque style with some elements of Mannerist, Neo classical and modern Architecture. A kind of style you can find in all the island but especially here. The city is also knowed as “La superbissima” in Italian that means “the most proud” due to its magnificent baroque palces, gardens and churches. In 1980 has been recognized as World Heritage City by Unesco.
Happy Old Friends! 🙂
After relaxing in La valletta, eating some healty food in a local restaurant we headed towards our final destination Sliema and St Jullian. Before to arrive in Sliema Bruno called one of his friend that we discovered was living in Malta and that he didn’t see in years! Life is strange, you don’t see a person in years and then you meet him/her in a foreign country! We met Luca in Sliema and we decided to have dinner all togheter in a Italian Restaurant in Sliema! No wait stop! We are not the classic italian people who eat pasta and pizza in every place we go! Ahah jocking, yes we are. But we try other food too. But that night pizza. Pizza a heart lefted. One of us left it’s heart to the waitress.. but this is another story. St Jullian is well knowed for its nightlife and even if it was barely spring there was a lot of movida. We had a little bit of relax in a Narghilè Bar telling stories of the things happened in the past during our trips and our lives, just like people who don’t see for years do 🙂 Thanks Luca for the company! 🙂
Time To Say Goodbye, Malta!
Here we are at the end of our trip. We slept in St Jullian and the morning after we had to come back to Italy. We woke up early, we had to give the bikes back and reach the airport. We want to thanks The Cyclist Malta for giving us the opportunity to try their services and for supporting us. The bikes were impeccable! They also allowed us to try an e-bike. We never tried it and we have to say that is really exciting! Maybe we will try them for an entire trip.. who knows!? 🙂
It has been a very beautiful experience in a place that we didn’t expect to be as beautiful as it is. Thanks to all Maltese people who helped us during the trip giving us information and thanks to us for reading us! Especially THANK YOU for putting up with our bad left-hand drive! 😛
See you on the road, have nice & safe travels. Bruno & Arthur – BikesPhilosophy
Country roads take me hoomee cama cama cama cameleonBeginning of the day and end of the day. Our days has been like this, dirty roads for breakfast and dirty roads for dinner, but.. we couldn’t ask anything better then this.
The first pic was taken when we were on our way to Blue Grotto, the other two on our way to Kalkara before visiting Marsa Scirocco and Marsa Scala. BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN THE TITLE? Easy, during our off road we sang this two famous song Take Me Home / Karma Chameleon mashed up convinced that was only a song.. all OK! 😀
The Blue Grotto!
Really close to Wied iż-Żurrieq port you can find Blue Grotto, that refers to a number of sea caverns.
Some of these caverns mirror the phosporescent colour of the underwater flora.
It is something you can’t miss. The spectacle is due to the position of the caves and the direction of the sunlight that hit the cavern walls and the sea.
In the first photo you can see an happy Arthur jumping from a table (why?) while in the other photos you can see the faboulous colour of the caves and the little oat we took to see them.
ISLA BORMLA AND BIRGU!
These three fortified city are very beautiful and is possible to visit them in one day. There are narrow street that reminds you old times. It is really a pleasure to take a walk or a ride there. These are the most historically rich, fascinating and characteristic areas of Malta. For this reason they are inclused in the list of candidates for UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Unfortunately these cities are visited only by 1 tourist in 10. Why this happen? Probably due to the industry of mass tourism that concentrate everything in some places in order to maximize the profits.Guys and girls, these placese really deserve to be visited. Trust us, and if you won’t be satisfied Bruno will pay for your next trip everywhere! 🙂
Bruno or Tutankamon?!
How to end this day? This is how Bruno sleeps. He is really out of mind (and this cause to Arthur a lot of problem when he try to understand him) Another sign that he’s out of mind:
In the video you can see Bruno testing the depth of another bathroom thanks to a precise measuring instrument: his shoe!
That’s enough for today! Thanks, Arthur & Bruno – BikesPhilosophy
This is the second photo we took on this trip.We had barely pick up the bikes from the bike rental TheCyclist Malta when we found the first secondary road of the trip.We were really happy, we were in Malta, survived the bus that kidnapped us (we just asked for info to the driver and then we found us staggering in a bus launched at crazy speed.To start a trip is always a moment of pure Joy, you just can’t wait to reach the first place you putted on the map when you planned it! 🙂
First city reached: Bugibba!
The first place we reached was Bugibba, just look at the colour of the sea and the perfect weather. Very beautiful, isn’t it? No, i’m not talking about Bruno, he’s ugly and crazy as hell 😛 Bugibba, with Qawra e Xemxija forms St. Paul’s Bay (San Pawl il-Baħar). This place owes its name to the legend of the shipwreck of St Paul on the small island in front of this cove.At the beginning it was a little fisherman’s bay, now one of the renowed touristic place of the island.
Leave Us There!
On our way to Mellieha we shooted this photo while resting a bit after we have discovered to have taken the wrong road.And sometimes wrong road doesn’t mean it’s all wrong, we just get lost and discovered this little corner of peace with a good view :)What about details? Look at the blue door: doesn’t that make you want to rest on it?
The World is YOURS!
To travel is to discover,is to discover new places, old places, to discover yourself. We shoot these photos at the arrival in Mellieha: Bruno entering a gate of the Santuary of our Lady, the sanctuary, a beautiful window on the sea and Bruno fronting his fear for heights.
The Popeye village is one of the most beautiful attractions of the island. Located a few kilometers from Mellieha rises in Anchor’s bay, a beautiful bay with crystal water. This village was built in 1980 specifically for a musical film produced by Paramount and Disney in which starred a young Robin Williams.Today is a touristic attraction for families with their children or just for people who never feel to old for beautiful things :)In the last photo you can see an Arthur facing deth after a killer climb! THIS IS A PLACE THAT YOU CAN’T MISS WHEN YOU VISIT MALTA! Of course we will remember Malta for its climb and crazy descents! It was a though day, we got up early, took bus, pick up the bikes and started the trip. We have decided that our mental healt is perfectly describable with this video in which Bruno tests the widht of the shower.Buut, what is madness? 😛
Hello dears! In this post we will talk about our little long weekend in Malta by bike! Malta is a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea, only 80 kms from Sicily and it is the smallest but most populated states in the world. The capital of Malta is La Valletta, a fortified city that is UNESCO word heritage: a must see!
Why We Choose Malta:
Basically we choose Malta for 2 reasons: the weather and the the possibility to visit many place in few days.The island is small and the short distance between the points of interest allows you to visit it in a short time.For what concern temperature it is perfect 365 days a year, in fact it hardly ever drops below 10 degrees.
To Cycle In Malta:
What to say? We think that the very best way to explore Malta by bike is with a mountain bike. It is the best way because there are a lot of climb and possibility to follow offroad path and enjoy the wilderness of this place. If you are not trained, another possibility, is to rent an E-bike. We had the possibility to test one for the first time at the rental shop and we really liked it.It is a good way to approach the world of bike tourism and to respect the environnement. For what concern the roads you must know that Malta was an English colony and they drive on the left. It could be a little bit tricky at first but after a day it becomes normal. Car drivers and bus driver are crazy, they go very fast but at least they respect cyclists 🙂
The Cyclist Malta
For this trip we really would like to thanks THE CYCLIST MALTA who decided to sponsor us lending us two bikes to explore Malta.The shop is located in San Jullian and is easily reachble from La Valletta by taxi or bus. They are really prepared and willing to help for any problem or necessity. Take a look at the shop: www.thecyclistmalta.com
Many thanks!! 🙂
HOW WE PLANNED OUR TRIP:
DAY 1 – From St.Julians to Zebbugi (Via Bugibba, Mellieha and The Popeye Village); DAY 2 – From Zebbugi to Kalkara (Via Blue Grotto, Marsca Scala and Marsa Scirocco); DAY 3 – From Kalkara to Paceville (Via Vittoriosa, Senglea, Cospicua, La Valletta, Sliema and St. Julians).
Have a nice bike day! Arthur & Bruno – BikesPhilosophy