What bloggers are saying about the new Marco Polo Pocket Guides

We launched our new series of Marco Polo Pocket Guides in 2018 and it has been wonderful seeing the positive response to the new updated guides. Here is a sampling from our favourite (travel) bloggers and what they are saying about the new Pocket Guides:

Jam and Clotted Cream

Devon and Cornwall guide:  “What I like about the guide –
It’s very family focused, containing lots of useful hints and tips on things to do with children. The ‘Great Places for Free’ section of the guide gave me some new idea’s for free days out and free activities to try – always handy as 3 children can equal a lot of money!

The guide contains a large pull out map as well as several road maps in the back of the guide, making orientation easy.

As a food blogger I’m always drawn to food and drink elements of guidebooks. Marco Polo didn’t let me down, with a comprehensive section on ‘local delicacies’ including stargazy pie, pasties and of course the famous cream tea – jam first obviously! Throughout the guide there are also insider tips on lovely cafe’s and restaurants to try. I love the fact they picked up on Woods Cafe in Cardinham Woods. They sell the most amazing homemade cakes…and pulled pork rolls too. Another one of our favourite family days out.” Read the full post here: jamandclottedcream.co.uk

SarahFunky

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New York guide: “While traveling the world, I always used Marco Polo guide books in all destinations. I’m pretty much obsessed with them! If you’ve never been to NYC, I recommend picking up a Marco Polo guidebook before you arrive. In addition to good suggestions on entertainment, food & drink, shopping, and sightseeing, they also come with a great interactive app, and a pull out map. Plus, the photography in the book is stunning!” Read the full post here: sarahfunky.com

The Wandering Quinn

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Rome guide: “…after 2 days of seeing the sights, both on my own and on a tour I felt like I needed to see a side of Rome that wasn’t so touristy. I wanted to get under the skin of Rome a bit more, so on my last day I visited Trastevere and with the help of the New Marco Polo Rome Guide I explored a greener and quieter side of Rome which included Trastevere, Gianicolo Hill and the River Tiber. Despite the rain (apologies in advance for the grey photos), I had such a good time and I’m so glad that I ventured over the river into this area of Rome. — I found the New Marco Polo Rome Guide really helpful and are a few other short walks in there too that I would definitely do if I go back to Rome, plus its filled with information!” Read the full post here: thewanderingquinn.com

Sophie Cliff

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Barcelona guide: “Sam and I both remarked that it was really good fun to “get lost with a purpose” and that’s exactly how following this discovery tour felt – there was no marching from one location to the next, instead we got to take each destination at our own pace and amble around some areas of the city that were totally new to us.

Each of the new Marco Polo pocket guides come with 4-5 perfectly tailored discovery tours that help you get off the beaten track, and I think they may be my new favourite way to discover a different side to a city. We’re already trying to decide which one we might follow when we visit New York later in the year!” Read the full post here: sophiecliff.com

Hand Luggage Only

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Malta & Gozo guide: “A few weeks ago, the gang at Marco Polo Guides asked if we wanted to try scouting out some of their tips on our next trip (which piqued my interest straight away). Using their Malta and Gozo guide we decided to search for some of the ‘insider tips’ on the best things to do in Malta.

Suffice to say, I’m a real sucker for insider tips… Essentially, anything that means I get to make the most of my time on the islands (like those insider tips featuring some of the lesser-known spots in Malta and Gozo) is an opportunity I’ll always jump at while travelling.

After a little bedtime reading of the guide, I found a heap of recommendations that actually ended up saving my bacon on a few occasions. The tips on parking rules (i.e. how no parking or no stopping isn’t really shown with signs but instead with just the lines on the floor – which is totally different to back home in the UK) really helped and saved me a whole lot of unnecessary spend.” Read the full post here: handluggageonly.co.uk

Cornishbirdblog

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Devon and Cornwall guide: “There were no surprises for me, the guide includes everything that you would expect (speaking from a Cornish perspective), you’ll find all the most popular, picturesque and must see places but I was delighted to find some added extras too.

I particularly liked the Discovery Tours section towards the back of the book, this can be used as is or with the Free Touring App. These tailored routes help you to explore the region by guiding you from one awesome destination to the next. They also include details on cost and how long it should all take you. Some of the routes last a couple of weeks others are just a fun packed day trip.” Read the full post here: cornishbirdblog.com

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Marco Polo Pocket Guide relaunch

Calling all trailblazers! Marco Polo has never been one to follow the crowd: since we burst onto the scene in 2012 and turned the travel publishing world upside-down, we have been pursuing a quest to create the best travel guide possible ever since! And now we are launching 30 ground-breaking new look pocket guides for 2018!

DISCOVERY TOURS

Along with all the regular content updates you’d expect from a relaunch – the guides also contain a new Discovery Tours chapter:

• Each book has 4 to 5 exciting, specially tailored tours helping readers get behind the scenes and head off the beaten track.
• The perfect planning tool – each tour has an overview box detailing the start and end points, distance, plus timing and costs involved – all the information an explorer needs at a glance!
• Each tour is plotted on an overview map highlighting the start point and final destination for easy orientation.
• A detailed flow chart with pictograms clearly shows the way – including distance indicators, sights to explore, views to enjoy en route and plenty of Insider Tips for
relaxing stops along the way.

FREE TOURING APP

Free touring app! The Discovery Tours are also available as an app – simply download any of the tours from the web link / QR code featured in each guide. The ultimate navigational tool to enjoy stress-free sightseeing.

NEW LOOK COVERS

Ground-breaking new look covers bring the guides bang up-to-date, so you won’t need to be shy about looking like a tourist! Fresh, simple, cool – the split line typography is designed to make you look twice and the bright colours will get you in the holiday mood!

INSIDER TIPS

The guides with Insider Tips! Showing the main sights in detail simply isn’t enough for modern-day travellers. Marco Polo specialises in getting you off the beaten track! Why follow the crowd when you can make your own path?

NEW TITLES

Relaunch titles available Jan 2018: Amsterdam, Bali, Barcelona, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Corfu, Costa Brava, French Riviera, Hong Kong, India South, Italy, Lake Garda, Mallorca, Malta & Gozo, Mauritius, Montenegro, Munich, New York, New Zealand, Rome, Sardinia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tenerife, Venice, Vienna.

Plus 4 brand new titles: Japan, Peru & Bolivia, Salzburg & Surroundings, Santorini.
All priced at £7.99.

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Let Marco Polo show you hidden gems, lesser-known locations and stunning viewpoints where you can make memories to last a lifetime. Brush shoulders with the locals, eat the food that Grandma makes and seek out unique experiences at every turn.

Be a traveller, not just a tourist!

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10 reasons to go back to Malta

Malta is one popular destination so there is a good chance you’ve already been to this beautiful island nation. However, there are plenty of reasons to go again. Below we have listed ten of what we think are the perfect reasons to go back to Malta. Of course, if you have never been, these are very good reasons to book your first Maltese holiday.

Photo credit: Tim Kelly

1. Although it plays host to many tourists, Malta itself remains authentic.

2. The price-quality ratio is spot on for most hotels.

3. Malta’s restaurant scene invites you on a culinary trip round the world. Such trips take time.

4. There are enough theatres, museums and events for endless cultural enjoyment.

5. Malta is improving its infrastructure all the time: every year new attractions are added to the list.

6. Where else can you explore a whole island by bus – and at such a low cost?

7. Every holiday to Malta will increase your interest in Megalithic temples and the Knights of St John.

8. The Maltese really know how to enjoy the Advent season. It makes Christmas shopping a lot of fun.

9. The same walks and tours display a myriad of different characters during the changing seasons.

10. Valletta is Europe’s elected cultural capital for 2018. By then at the latest, you need to get back for a visit.

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Malta Marco Polo Guide
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Top 5 Easter Destinations & Marco Polo Spring Giveaway

The Easter holidays are upon us but it’s not too late to plan a quick last minute getaway! Here are Marco Polo’s top 5 Easter destinations. Read on for inspiration and find out how you can win 5 Marco Polo Guides of your choice and a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera!

Paris Marco Polo Guide

Paris

April in Paris, is there anything better? We love the city of lights in any season, but spring definitely adds to its charm. Visit the beautiful parks and gardens to witness the blossoming trees and stroll through the streets along the Seine. The famed patisseries with their chocolate marvels will make your Easter egg pale in comparison. Find a spot on one of the many terraces and enjoy the Parisian café culture with a café au lait or a pre-dinner apéro. You will not be disappointed.

Paris Marco Polo Guide

For Marco Polo Paris tips, check out our other blog posts.

 

Malta Marco Polo Guide

Malta

Malta during Easter is definitely worth a visit! You can enjoy the Easter processions around the island but don’t worry, restaurants and shops will be open for business. There are also many special Easter treats to sample, such as the Kwarezimal – Lenten biscuits – and Figolli – sweet almond cakes covered in icing or chocolate.

Of course, Malta remains close to our hearts because of its beautiful landscapes and fascinating history. The good weather doesn’t hurt either, and April is perfect for exploring the sights as the temperature will be around a comfortable 20 degrees.

Malta Marco Polo Guide

For more Malta tips, check out our other blog posts.

 

Amsterdam Marco Polo Guide

Amsterdam

The Netherlands is world-famous for their tulips, and April is the best time to see them in bloom. The Dutch tulip garden Keukenhof boasts a total of 800 varieties of tulips and the garden is easily accessible by public transport. In Amsterdam, when the weather is good, the locals will take to the terraces for a glass of wine and there are plenty of spots along the canals. Watch as the locals cycle by and enjoy the beautiful spring sunshine. Later on in April the city will become the centre of the orange-mania during the annual King’s Day celebrated on 27th April.

Amsterdam Marco Polo Guide

For more Amsterdam tips, see our blog posts.

 

Tenerife Marco Polo Guide

The Canary Islands

If you are in the mood for some sunshine and warm weather, the Canary Islands are your best bet. Lounge by the pool and work on your tan, or alternatively, experience a different Easter with the locals. Religious processions are a tradition here, and a lot of effort goes into re-enacting the sometimes gruesome events of the past.

Instead of an Easter egg hunt, you can have a more adventurous hike through the beautiful landscapes and breathe in the sea air.

Tenerife Marco Polo Guide

For more Canary Island tips, see our blog posts.

 

Bird’s eye view of Rome from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican

Rome

 Rome is the ultimate Easter destination. The Vatican is a must for those who wish to attend the Catholic Easter celebrations but there are more ways to enjoy the holiday. You should note that most of the city will be closed on Easter Sunday and Monday, including shops and museums. However, many restaurants will be open and you can sample the traditional Italian Easter menus. Chocolate eggs are also available in abundance. On Easter Monday do as the Romans do and head to a park for a picnic lunch.

Rome Marco Polo Guide

For more Rome tips, see our blog posts.


 

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate Spring, Marco Polo is organising an Easter giveaway! We are giving away a set of 5 Marco Polo Guides of your choice and a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera to one lucky winner, chosen at random.

GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!

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The competition is open from Monday 3 April 2017 until Friday 7 April 2017 at 12.00 GMT. We will contact the winner personally via email using the email address used to leave the comment so make sure to check that it is spelled correctly!

Good luck!

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Eat Like a Local – Malta

Malta’s cuisine has been strongly influenced by its close proximity to Italy, the British colonial period and British mass tourism. The legacy of traditional English food is unfortunately not one of the island’s strong points. However, it does mean that even in basic hotels a hearty English breakfast is served – and that can never be a bad thing! 

Malta Marco Polo Guide

Italian (and other) influences

The influence of Italian cooking offers a prospect of greater delights. Apart from the pizza and pasta dishes on menus everywhere, excellent, newly established restaurants serve up fine Italian meals with sophisticated meat, fish and vegetable dishes. In general a clear trend has been noticeable in recent years towards more and more gourmet establishments with prices to match, and towards exotic dining. Atmospheric wine bars are a new feature of the fashionable scene.

If you are so inclined, you can take a culinary trip round the world on Malta with destinations ranging from Greece and Mongolia to Malaysia and Indonesia, India, China and Japan. A number of Arab restaurants have also made their appearance. To add to this, after long years of neglect, the availability of Maltese specialities has greatly improved. This involves a great many variations on soups and casseroles, rabbit recipes and vegetable dishes. The national dish on Malta is fenek – rabbit, usually served in a garlic and red wine sauce. Good restaurants also cook more and more often with genuine Maltese olive oil once again, as the cultivation of olives on the island is enjoying an upturn. The islanders were long dependent on cheap imports from Italy.

 

Drinks

Malta has no obvious national drink – but if it came down to it, it would have to be a toss up between Cisk beer and Kinnie.  On the island itself the only drinks that are produced are milk, fruit juice, several kinds of liqueur and three sorts of a bitter fizzy drink called Kinnie made from unpeeled oranges, water and vermouth – as well as wine and beer. The latter is made in two breweries: Carlsberg and Farsons (Cisk). Wine from the barrel can be had only in simple village taverns nowadays. The restaurants usually stock bottled wines, as the island’s grape production comes nowhere near to meeting its demand. While it is true that Maltese winemakers have begun to import young vines of various types from France and Italy and plant them on the island, it is still necessary to buy grapes, in Italy as a rule, in order to be able to make enough ‘Maltese’ wine in the island’s cellars.

 

Eating out tips

The restaurant menu is always available in English. In better-class restaurants the waiter will show you to the table, and sometimes it is customary to wait at the bar or in a lounge to sip an aperitif while choosing from the menu.

You should always book in advance at restaurants, especially at weekends and in the busy summer period to avoid disappointment. Meal times on Malta are not really Mediterranean-style extensive and flexible, but rather restricted in the British tradition. Lunch is generally served from noon until 2 pm, dinner from 7 to 10pm. Anyone who wants to make a more thorough study of the gastronomic scene on Malta should look out for the annually updated guide ‘The Definitive(ly) Good Guide to Restaurants in Malta and Gozo’, which is obtainable from the island bookshops. For the latest information see also: www.restaurantsmalta.com.

Malta Marco Polo Guide

Local Specialities

Aljotta – fish soup with lots of garlic, herbs and rice

Biskuttini tal-lewz – almond slices

Bragioli – roulade of beef, stuffed with egg, mincemeat and peas

Brugiel mimli – aubergines filled with rice, mincemeat and herbs

Bzar ahdar mimli – bell peppers filled with rice, mincemeat, olives and capers

Gbejniet friski – cream cheese from goat’s and sheep’s milk, usually from a dairy on Gozo

Gbejniet moxxi – the air-dried version of Gozitan cream cheese

Hobz bis-zejt – a thick slice of crusty bread with olive oil and tomato puree, plus capers, olives and garlic

Imqarets – pastry rolls filled with dates, very good with coffee

Kabocci mimlija – a kind of roulade, cabbage stuffed with cheese or mincemeat

Kannoli – a pipe-shaped pastry filled with cream cheese, chocolate, candied cherries and roast almonds

Kappunata – stew made from aubergines, capers, garlic, peppers, tomatoes and courgette, a popular accompaniment to fish

Kusksu – broad beans cooked in a tomato and onion sauce

Minestra – Maltese version of the Italian vegetable soup, served with fresh cheese from sheep’s or goat’s milk

Pastizzi – rolls of puff pastry, stuffed e.g. with cheese, meat of fish – and eaten for breakfast

Qara’bagli – creamy vegetable soup made from small pumpkins

Ravjul – ravioli filled with Maltese ricotta cheese

Ross fil-Forn – cheese-topped rice casserole with mincemeat, eggs and tomatoes

Timpana – casserole of macaroni, mincemeat and béchamel sauce

 

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Malta Marco Polo Guide

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Top 5 Highlights: Malta

Malta moves with the times and follows current trends, yet still manages to retain it’s own unique identity. In essence, this is Malta’s charm. 

Naturally, the good weather, fascinating historic sites and beautiful coastline add to the appeal along with the wide range of hotel choices, packed programme of events, the party scene and fashionable wine bars and restaurants. 

On Malta there really is something to suit every taste and budget.

Discover Malta with Marco Polo! 

Photo credit: Tim Kelly

Photo credit: Tim Kelly

1. Grand Harbour, Valletta

A trip to Malta wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Grand Harbour, Valletta. It is the biggest and probably the most dramatic harbour in the Mediterranean. Unmissable!

Grand Harbour, Malta

Grand Harbour, Malta. Photo credit: Tim Kelly.

Grand Harbour, Malta. Photo credit: Tim Kelly

Grand Harbour, Malta. Photo credit: Tim Kelly

The best way to experience Grand Harbour’s splendour is by boat. There are several boat operators offering Grand Harbour tours from the waterside area marked Sliema Ferries.

Grand Harbour, Malta. Photo credit: Tim Kelly

Photo credit: Tim Kelly

Insider tip: Trattoria da Pippo, Valletta. Small family business with checked tablecloths and local paintings for sale on the walls. Simple, rustic and authentic Italian and Maltese specialties. Booking essential. (136 Melita St, Valletta. Tel: +356 2124 8029.)

Trattoria da Pippo, Valletta

Trattoria da Pippo, Valletta

2. Marsaxlokk Bay

The picturesque setting and pretty fishing-village atmosphere make Marsaxlokk (pronounced “marsa-shlokk”) a very popular destination for day trippers not least because of its attractive Sunday market.

Marsaxlokk

Boats in Marsaxlokk

Marsaxlokk

Fisherman statue in Marsaxlokk

Marsaxlokk

The Horus eye painted on boats is to protect fisherman from evil.

Marsaxlokk

A Horus eye on a boat at Marsaxlokk

Insider tip: attention seafood lovers! Be sure to check out Tartarun Fish Restaurant. We recommend you book in advance as it can be extremely busy – especially at weekends. (29 Xatt is-Sajjieda, Marsaxlokk, Tel: +356 21658089.)

Mixed seafood main course at Tartarun Fish Restaurant, Marsaxlokk

Mixed seafood main course at Tartarun Fish Restaurant, Marsaxlokk

Insider tip: St Peter’s Pool can be reached by car or taxi in about 10-15 mins from Marsaxlokk. It’s not that easy to find and involves a walk down a cliff to arrive there… but it certainly is worth the trip! Visit early in the morning to avoid the crowds! (Location on Google Maps.)

St Peters Paul

St Peter’s Pool

3. Mdina

Mdina (pronounced “im-deenah”) enclosed within its high fortress walls is Malta’s “Silent City”. A must see! Mdina has preserved its baroque character and the small medieval town can be explored in just a few hours.

View from over the fortress walls, Mdina

View from over the fortress walls, Mdina

Mdina Cathedral

Mdina Cathedral

Many Maltese churches have two clocks, showing different times… it is said that one shows the correct time for the religious locals, while the one on the left shows the wrong time to confuse Satan.

Narrow car-free streets of Mdina in Malta

Narrow car-free streets of Mdina

Insider Tip: Fontanella Tea Gardens has one of the best views in Mdina and offers excellent cakes and pastizzi (a Maltese specialty – savoury pastries with ricotta or mushy pea filling.)

Fontanella Tea Gardens, Mdina

Fontanella Tea Gardens, Mdina

4. Sliema and St Julian’s 

Malta’s modern heart beats along the promenade of Sliema and its neighbouring town St Julian’s with its buzzing nightlife and colourful restaurant district.

St Julian’s Bay

View from Fresco’s Cafe & Restaurant , St Julian’s Bay

Insider tip:  Visit Fresco’s Cafe & Restaurant for fresh fish, friendly service and great cocktails. For the best view, ask for table 7 when booking. (Tower Road, Sliema. Tel: +356 2734 4763.)

Sliema, looking out onto St Julian’s Bay

Looking out onto St Julian’s Bay from Sliema – a great place to take a dip!

Sunset in St Julian’s

Sunset in St Julian’s

Insider tip: Paradise Exiles Bar in Sliema, is a great place for a cheap drink with fantastic views. Popular with divers. Listen to whatever music you like by selecting your favourite tunes from the jukebox. (Tower Road, Sliema. Tel: +356 2134 4771.)

Paradise Exiles, Sliema

Paradise Exiles, Sliema

5. Gozo & Comino

Malta’s sister islands Gozo and Comino are also well worth a visit if you have time! The cheapest way to get to Gozo or Comino is to take a bus to Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal and then catch a ferry. (For more information on ferries see the Visit Malta website.)

Gozo: Anyone who is looking for a relaxed atmosphere in a rural idyll and who ranks swimming, water sports and nature more highly than roaring nightlife may want to consider spending his or her holiday on Gozo. (And then explore the tourist highlights of Malta on a couple of excursion trips.) When on Gozo, be sure to visit the beautiful Azure Window:

Azure Window, Gozo

Azure Window, Gozo

Comino: Every day, tiny Comino lures fleets of boats full of tourists to its Blue Lagoon – and with good reason! The crystal-clear water has a beautiful turquoise shimmer. To avoid the crowds, visit on a week day and try to arrive as early as possible.

Blue Lagoon, Comino

Blue Lagoon, Comino

Content taken from the Malta Marco Polo Spiral Guide

Malta Marco Polo Spiral Guide

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Top 10 travel photos from around the world

Top 10 travel photos from around the world – as chosen by Marco Polo photographer Tim Kelly.

Tim and his faithful camera have been travelling around the world together for over three decades. Well, the camera may have changed over the years – but Tim’s eye for detail certainly hasn’t – capturing the spirit of a destination in one single shot.

Here is Tim’s personal selection of his favourite photos from all around the world:

1. Paddy field worker in Bali

Paddy field - Bali

2.  Octopus restaurant near Plaka, Crete

Octopus restaurant near Plaka, Crete

3. Narrow car-free streets of Mdina in Malta

Narrow car-free streets of Mdina in Malta

4. Aerial view of Dubrovnik from Mount Srdj

Aerial view of Dubrovnik from Mount Srdj

5. Inside the glass dome – Reichstag in Berlin

Inside the glass dome - Reichstag in Berlin

6. Camel trek through Wadi Rum in Jordan

Camel trek through Wadi Rum in Jordan

7. Night view of Our Lady before Tyn church in Prague

 Night view of Our Lady before Tyn church in Prague

8. A different view of Grand Palace, Bangkok

Grand Palace - Bangkok

9. Bird’s eye view of Rome from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican

Bird’s eye view of Rome from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican

10. Dubai – the Burj Khalifa at night

Dubai - the Burj Khalifa at night

Which is your favourite?

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Marco Polo Pocket Guides around the world!

Marco Polo Guides have been all around the world… from the sublime to the ridiculous (we’re not saying which are which!) Here’s a selection of our top “I AM MARCO POLO” photos:

BERLIN

Migrant Expats - Marco Polo Berlin Pocket Guide

Photo credit: The Migrant Expats

Marco Polo Berlin Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Alison Floutier

Berlin Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Chiara Colella

MONTENEGRO

Marco Polo Guide Montenegro

Photo credit: Steph McCall

DUBLIN

Dublin Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Carina Watson

ROME

Marco Polo Rome Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Jane W.

LAS VEGAS

Marco Polo Las Vegas Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Katie Bennett

Marco Polo Las Vegas Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Emma Whitlock

Las Vegas Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Emma Whitlock

LAKE GARDA

Lake Garda Marco Polo Guide

Photo credit: Vicky Merriman

Lake Garda Marco Polo Guide

Photo credit: Ian MacDonald

MALTA

Malta Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Tim Kelly

VENICE

Marco Polo Pocket Guide Venice

Photo credit: Vicky Merriman

Marco Polo Pocket Guide Venice

Photo credit: Hannah Shaw

Venice Marco Polo Guide

“I’m gonna have to go into the map.” Photo credit: Hannah Shaw recreating the London map scene by Joey in Friends.

BARCELONA

Barcelona Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Dannii Perrin

MALLORCA

Mallorca Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Bryan Bennion

CRETE

Crete Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Tim Kelly

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So the only question left is… Where to next?

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Top 10 things to do in Malta

For perfect days in Malta, here is Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Malta’s most important sights. 

Grand Harbour, Malta

Grand Harbour, Malta. Photo credit: Tim Kelly

1. Grand Harbour

Weaving past cruise ships and freighters on a boat trip through the natural harbour overlooked by four fortified towns is the most stunning holiday experience you can get! Grand Harbour is the biggest and probably the most dramatic harbour in the Mediterranean. Unmissable!

2. Mdina

Enclosed within its high fortress walls, Malta’s “Silent City” Mdina has preserved its baroque character. The most romantic way to explore it is riding in a horse and carriage.

3. Marsaxlokk Bay

The little fishing village of Marsaxlokk (pronounced “marsa-shlokk”) has picture postcard appeal: colourful fishing boats, good fish restaurants and hardly a hotel to be seen. A very popular place for day trippers not least because of its attractive Sunday market.

4. Victoria (Rabat) on Gozo

Victoria is the largest town on the island as well as the economic and cultural centre of Gozo. The Citadel, perched majestically on top of a hill is visible for miles around. It offers an almost panoramic view of the island and its beautiful table mountains.

5. Sliema & St Julian’s

Malta’s modern heart beats along the promenade of Sliema and its neighbouring town St Julian’s with its buzzing nightlife and colourful restaurant district.

6. Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni

Anyone wishing to learn more about the Neolithic period should visit this multi-level subterranean structure. There is nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world.

7. St. John’s Co-Cathedral 

The island’s historically most important church is in Valletta. Beneath its splendid inlaid marble floor are the mortal remains of Knights of St John from three centuries.

8. West Coast Beaches 

This is where you find the beautiful sandy beaches. Golden Bay is always popular, while adjoining Ghajn Tuffieha Bay offers tranquillity and pure nature.

9. Rabat 

This sprawling town actually has more sights to offer below ground than above. It is here that you will find early Christian tombs as well as World War II bunkers.

10. Vittoriosa (Birgu) 

Although not a match for Valletta’s magnificence, the first capital of the Knights of St John still exudes a medieval flair and is a good place to observe Malta’s lifestyle.

 

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Malta & Gozo Insider Tips

Malta

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Our top insider tips for Malta & Gozo:

Meet the divers

If you want to know the best places to go diving, it’s a good idea to meet other divers. The ideal place to do this on Gozo is Nemo, a bar in Xlendi. In this little ‘bistrorant’ on the harbour square, a Belgian couple serve fresh fish and reasonably priced international dishes as well as great wine. Open Daily (evening only) | St Andrew Street | Xlendi | Tel. 21 56 26 18 | Budget

Malta Film Tours

A lot of famous films were shot on Malta. The Malta Film Tour takes you to the original locations and shows you the video clips to match from films like Troy, Gladiator and The Count of Monte Cristo. Cost: €59 for adults and €29.50 for children aged 5 – 12 years | www.maltafilmtours.com

Swim in peace

In the Ghasri Valley on Gozo you can swim in a secluded fjord where it’s easy to get into the water over low rocks. Very quiet, secluded even, and a divers’ haunt. 3.5 km west of Marsalforn.

Romantic boat tour

For a special occasion, why not hire a traditional dghajsa? The skippers will take you round every nook of the Grand Harbour or along the coast. Tel. 21 80 69 21 | www.maltesewatertaxis.com

Meal with a sea view

The beach of Ghar Lapsi is small and stony, but to make up for that it has one of the finest and best-located restaurants on the island. Blue Creek dishes up superb Maltese and international cuisine, and has one of the loveliest terraces that you will find, built directly above the water. 6 miles from Rabat. Closed Tuesdays | Tel. 21 46 28 00 | Moderate | www.bluecreekmalta.com

How the other half lived

Casa Rocca Piccola, a 16th-century palace in Valletta, conveys a lively impression of how the Maltese nobility lived. This fine little 16th-century townhouse is still occupied by a Maltese noble family, but can be visited as part of a guided tour, which also leads to the underground bunkers where the family took shelter from German bombing raids. Mon–Sat, 10am–4pm hourly | Admission €9 | Republic Street 74, Valletta | www.casaroccapiccola.com

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