I woke up to a beautiful sunny day, without a cloud in the sky. Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the idea of breakfast on the beach was very, very appealing, I decided to call in at Cafe Bocconcino. I had a delicious homemade cheese and tomato pastry and a cappuccino.
I asked the friendly hotel staff for recommendations on what I could do that day, thinking that perhaps I could do a day trip to Gozo. They advised that I was a bit late for that as it was quite far and with public transport being relatively infrequent, I wouldn’t have much time there. If I was after a day at the beach, my next best bet would be taking the bus to Golden Bay and the staff gave me directions to the nearest bus stop.
The bus cost EUR 1.50 and took about 45 minutes to get to Golden Bay. Golden Bay was exactly what I was after; golden sand, crystal blue ocean, rugged rocks and panoramic views. It is situated next to Ghajn Tuffieha Bay, which is a quieter, red beach, about 200 steps from Golden Beach. The Radisson Blu Hotel is situated there and attracts many tourists. Being mid December, it was low season and therefore pretty quiet, but I imagined it would be pretty busy during Summer time. By this stage it was lunch time. There were about three places to choose from to eat; the restaurant at the Radisson Blu Hotel and two beach cafes, one at the top of the hill and one further down. I chose the one at the top of the hill as it had better views and seating.
Essence had a broad range of Mediterranean dishes to choose from and I end
ed up choosing the deep fried calamari and a Mediterranean salad. With a glass of rose, of course! The calamari was fresh, golden and crispy and the salad refreshing, light and tangy. Of course, no meal is complete without dessert, so I took a short walk down to Pebbles and Radisson Blu to compare gelato choices and ended up choosing the hazelnut gelato from Pebbles.
I then decided to follow the track to Ghajan Tuffieha Bay.
Ghajan Tuffieha Bay features a tower-the Tower of Ghajan Tuffieha Bay, built by the knights of Malta under the reign of Grand Master Juan de Lascaris-Castellar. It is one of the seven towers that was built between 1637-1640. There is also a camping site, Il Majistraal National Park and a small horse riding school.
After watching a stunning sunset, I decided to head back into the city centre and took a walk from St Julians Bay to Sliema Village where I enjoyed the coastal walk and checked out the restaurants and shops lining the street, including The Point, a large shopping centre in Sliema, with cafes, restaurants and a few Christmas market style stalls in its plaza. I took photos of the streets lit up with their Christmas decorations. I also stopped by the beautiful Our Lady of Mount Carmel church in St Julians Bay and entered inside to take photos. The church was originally built in the 1570s and was given to the Carmelites in the 1700s, which is when it received its patronage.
I then decided to have dinner at one of the many restaurants in Sliema and opted for a traditional Italian restaurant with outdoor seating and heaters. I chose a Vegetarian pasta dish which, in all honesty, was nothing to write home about, but the dessert, Cassata, was out of this world! It is a traditional Sicilian dessert made out of sponge cake, moistened with fruit liquer, and contains almond, ricotta cheese, candied peel and marzipan. It looked almost too pretty to eat! (I said almost!)-and tasted even better. Fully satisfied, I walked the 20 minute walk back to my hotel. Stay tuned for more adventures tomorrow, coming soon!