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Il – Kikkra Kafe: a place to get tasty pastizzi in Malta

Those of you who visited Portugal are surely familiar with pastalarias, a type of cafe where locals meet each other, and where one can find all of these tasty confections, puff pastry and delicious caffee just for a few cents. I find places like this extremely charming. Most of the people just come to buy something for breakfast or a snack after work, and leave, yet some stay longer and enjoy their cup of coffee while reading newspapers. A shop assistant usually knows most of the clients with whom he exchanges a few words. Sometimes a random tourist passes by who finds this atmosphere as charming as I do.

Cafe Jubilee and my lost camera

Cafe Jubilee is both recommended by touristic guides as well as by locals. During my short visit of Malta it became my „home caffee“. I felt good among all the bric-a-brac that serves as decoration. The fact that it remains Irish pub gives an extra value because one knows that he/she finds there humorous and friendly staff. How big my surprise was when I saw here posters from Alfons Mucha! I´m certain that you will like this caffee as well as I did!

Gozo

If you find Malta too small the neighbouring island, Gozo, is even smaller. On the other hand it´s more authentic, green, hilly and windy. I escaped to this island for a few days to have a rest from a tiring public transportation in Malta. I was suprised to learn that on this island there are more cars than inhabitants. What are cars for when one can get to the other side of the island withing 45 minutes drive? I understood at the moment when I had to use the local bus services. I was wrong when I thought that the proximity of the particular towns allows fast transportation between them. Eventhough there´s a dense bus network in Malta and one can find timetables, many times they turn out to be pointless. In the aglomeration around Valletta buses are delayed due to constant traffic jams. What makes the public transpotation even slower is the strange fact that many buses have only one doors – in the front by driver. As they are usualy packed it sometimes …

Malta

It was love at first sight. I fell in love with this island at the moment I saw from a landing plane, its small houses, cliffs and church towers emerging from the clowds. I don´t know why Malta captivated me but one thing is sure – from the very first moment I felt there like at home. Just the idea of being on a tiny island literally in the middle of Meditarranean fascinated me. I was impressed even more with the view from huge cliffs on the neverending see, wild waves being smashed by rocks, streets as if not leading anywhere, secret corners of Valletta and Mdina, colorful boats in a fishermen village Marsaxlokk. I will guide you to my favourite spots.   Valletta and Sliema Valletta, the smallest European capital. Built on a headland it offers a unique view on cities on the other side of the bay – Sliema, Vittoriosa and Sengelea. Together with other cities they form a large aglomeration. What makes Valletta different is not only the presence of numerous palaces …