Takris restaurant is one of the more traditional restaurants you can find in Malta.
The menu offers many traditional items including octopus and rabbit (naturally we ordered both).
While I wasn’t able to snap a good picture of the octopus salad I have to say it was my favorite dish. The flavor of the dressing and fresh vegetables was unbelievably tasty. If you haven’t tried octopus before you should, to be honest it doesn’t really have a taste which makes the dressing so important and as for texture it’s very similar to chicken but packed with the lean protein of a fish – you’ve got to try it if you find yourself in Malta.
For the main I went with a generous portion of fresh seafood spaghetti. Again I was very impressed as they filled the pasta with seafood, not just sprinkling it on top as many restaurants will do (especially ones that are banking on one-time tourist diners).
Mr. Z went with the hearty local rabbit served up a gravy with potatoes and vegetables this is probably one of the most traditional dishes you can get in Malta. Eating every last bite and the few bits remaining of my own we set off for our final day of exploring.
The first stop was the glass blowers in the rural inland Ta’Qali Crafts Village on our way to the Silent City.
Unfortunately we seemed to have arrived a bit late as many of the shops were closed, so we weren’t able to see all of the glass blowers creating their beautiful pieces but we strolled the grounds regardless and popped in and out of the small craft shops before continuing on.
As you can imagine Mr. Z was very excited to arrive at the gates of The Silent City. Why you may ask? Well, this is one of the gates used into King’s Landing in the first season of Game of Thrones.
Even without the limelight of Game of Thrones the Silent City (or Mdina, the old capital) is a pretty fascinating place.
It is one of the finest historical examples of a walled city where only the wealthiest of individuals would live starting from the 12th century even until today.
In the evening the city is only lit by candle street lights and visitor cars are not permitted inside – so for the common traveler it’s either by foot or horse.
Before entering the city there are a number of carriages lined up to take you through if you like.
I found St. Sophia Santa Maria street ! Even spelt with a PH instead of F – which was very exciting.
The Silent City offered so much and I would love to return again to explore it in more detail, you could easily spend half a day or more exploring all of its narrow street, shops, churches and museums.
Another incredible gate used as an entrance into Kings Landing.
With the sunset we returned to our hotel to quickly change for a wonderful dinner in Valletta.
Del Borgo is located on a quiet side street inside Valletta and offers a cozy wine cave ambiance.
The four of us ordered local whites and reds with meat and local cheese plates to tease the palate.
After a wonderful but late night we lounged about boutique suite the next morning taking and taking in the balcony view before packing up and heading back to Dubai.
The hotel was The Palace Hotel in Sliema (between St. Julian’s and Valletta) , a fun feature of the hotel is it offers six different themed suits.
There you have it, our first trip to Malta.
Now knowing a bit more about the country I can’t wait to return next year (Mr. Z is required to travel there annual – so might as well join!) and visit all the remaining areas we didn’t get to see this time around.
For a small country Malta really does have a lot to offer. I think scuba diving and horseback riding are a must next time!
Also be sure to check out my Malta style Lookbook (thumbs it up on YouTube if you watched it!)
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