Now that people have learned to live with COVID as an ongoing part of their lives, they have slowly resumed travelling again.

You may want to visit Malta, an island country in Southern Europe that boasts 300 sunny days per year.

It attracts a devoted army of sun-worshipping tourists and Europeans who come from colder climes and made it their permanent home.

Its capital is Valletta, which is notable for its 16th-century buildings that were constructed by the Knights Hospitaller, a medieval Catholic military order.

The city was named after Jean Parisot de Valette, who successfully defended the island from an Ottoman invasion during the Great Siege of Malta.

Stay a few days to see St. John’s Co-Cathedral, the Manoel Theater, the Upper Barakka Gardens, the National Museum of Fine Arts, and the Grand Master’s Palace.

Choose the popular (if not slightly dated) Grand Hotel Excelsior, which features spacious rooms, a beachfront location (where you can take a dip in the Mediterranean sea), indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa, gym, and a marina for hotel guests. Rooms start from CAD $ 230 a night.

 

Enjoy a meal at the popular Guze Bistro in Valletta 

Rated as one of the top 10 restaurants in Valetta by the UK’s Telegraph newspaper, Guzé Bistro is situated in one of the city’s oldest houses, a 16th-century limestone palazzo said to have been owned by a prominent Maltese architect, Girolamo Cassar.

Inside, you’ll find a warm and cozy interior, perfect for having a quiet and intimate lunch (or dinner) where you can be as casually- or fancily-dressed as you like.

Be sure to sample their seasonal offerings that feature seafood, rabbit and steak dishes.

Entrees are priced at less than Eu 30 and starters at about Eu 15, which makes it a terrific value, especially for a popular Michelin-starred restaurant.

Be sure to call in ahead to book a table at this highly-rated restaurant, which is closed on Sundays for dinner. And be prepared to be welcomed by the Maltese, who is a kind and friendly people.

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