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Soaking up the Mediterranean with Malta Attractions

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It is considered one of the most beautiful places to visit on earth. The archipelago has so much to offer in the way of Malta attractions of white beaches, diving sites, historical temple sites, and Mediterranean cuisine second to none. As one of the investment hotspots in the world, Malta is geared for growth in all sectors, with tourism being first in line with its many awesome attractions.

Soaking up the Med

Valletta is the capital of Malta and has been described as one of the world’s most concentrated historical areas. A huge city squeezed into less than one square kilometre, the city is a huge Malta attraction for its St. John’s Cathedral, and the incredible Manoel Theatre which dates back 300 years, Filled with fine art galleries, restaurants and flea markets amongst many other things, Valletta is a world in itself.

Considered the jewel of Malta, Mdina is a jewel with its winding streets and beautiful old houses of nobility. Strolls through the small lanes give people an understanding of why this is considered one of the best Malta attractions. It’s an old medieval city with many historical attractions that tell stories of the rich Maltese past.

Diving in Malta is incredible as the weather is ideal with 300 days of sun. Diving in Malta can be done all-year-round as it sports some of the clearest water around. The stunning underwater Malta attractions boast several temples which are thousands of years old, intriguing dive caves, natural reef, and a healthy dose of marine life to give anyone a vibrant underwater visit.

The night life and fine dining are enjoyed under stunning starry skies, which is what the Mediterranean lifestyle is largely about. Tourist attractions in Malta are not only about enjoying the historical sites, but also about enjoying the Malta lifestyle the authentic way. If you’re not up for clubbing or visiting a tourist destination, there are several tours that will take you to the smaller villages to enjoy the local bars and enjoy property Maltese hospitality.

For the more religious person, Malta’s main attractions are their penchant for fantastic celebrations and traditions. The energy and effort put into the many ‘festas’ has been known to draw tourists from all across the globe. And now that the festive season is on us, those who have decided to take in the Malta attractions will be privy to some of the most epic traditions which include street parties and processions in honour of the festive season.

Vida Denning is a freelance writer and a huge fan of Malta. Her holidays to Malta have included stays in historic Malta hotels and visits to some extraordinary dive sites that will take the breath away.

Horse Riding in Norfolk – Five Best Bridal Routes

Horse Riding

Norfolk has many attractions and welcomes visitors from all over the UK. Norfolk is ideal for people who enjoy outdoor activities such as cycling, walking and riding. Norfolk is considered a beautiful county on the east coast and famous for its broads, however, Norfolk also has some beautiful bridle paths that bring arresting scenery, forests and coastline that is breathtaking. There are numerous riding schools in Norfolk and it is not only famous for its water holidays. There are various bridle routes that can be downloaded online and riders are advised to check with rangers that all routes are accessible.

Peddars Way

This ancient route is challenging and offers mixed ground with some climbs that are moderate in places. The route runs from Knettishill to the coastline and riders will be rewarded with stunning scenery. The route touches on the edge of Thetford Forest and most of the route is off-road and is also open to cyclists and walkers. The full route is over 60 miles long. This ancient bridle way offers two routes, one being the National Trail and is probably the most famous bridle way. This route skirts the borders of Suffolk and is combined with the Norfolk coastal path which is stunning and with low cliffs and miles of sandy dunes, riders will not be let down. There are routes to other bridle paths from Peddars Way and it is wise to have a bridle route map which will give you a detailed guide.

Thetford Forest

This is heaven for horse riders, giving free access to riders to the majority of the forest. Covering around 60 miles of forest, this route will enable riders to experience wildlife and the true beauty of this pocket of Norfolk. Unsullied by humans, it truly is a rider’s paradise.

Hockwold cum Wilton

This route is approximately ten miles long and and mainly on tracks with some grassy ground. Cowles Drove features on this route with a lovely ride along the Ouse River.

Massingham

Massingham is around 15 miles long and some of the route crosses with Peddars Way. This ride gives superb views over the valley to Great Bircham. To see colonies of grey squirrels, cross to Grimston Heath and watch the little families in action. Pass through the village of Little Massingham and through conifer plantations to Grimston Heath.

Swaffham

This route is mainly on soft grass paths with some minor roads and passes through the market town of Swaffam. Riders will be able to take arresting scenery of the west Norfolk hills and riders can link to Peddars Way from this route.

There are many routes which divert from Peddars Way. The Norfolk coastline offers ample riding routes, such as Holkham Bay which has a sandy stretch of beach that goes on for miles and ideal for a great gallop. Norfolk has a great expanse of land meaning riders have plenty of opportunity to gallop through this stunning corner of Britain.

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Written on behalf of the Norfolk family holiday providers, www.pottersholidays.com

Vacation packing tips – What to pack and how?

Vacation packing tips

It is time to go a well-deserved vacation and you are about to pack for a week away. Now, you always bring too much and will have to sit on your suitcase while someone else has to close it. You bring way too much clothes. Who needs three pair of jeans on a sun trip to Hawaii? Or who needs seven pair of shoes for a week away? No, you will have to reduce those “I might have use for this” thoughts. If you don’t use a different pair of shoes every day of the week, maybe you won’t do it when you’re away.
First of all, do your research; if you are traveling with your four girlfriends, maybe you don’t need one hair dryer each. Maybe even the hotel has one in the room. Bathrobes and bath sheets are always a must and if the hotel is good enough, they will have it. Those bigger things will only take up a lot of space plus they weigh a lot. You don’t want to get stuck in the check-in and have to pay a fee for your heavy bag.
Another room thief is “what if” clothes. What if I meet the man of my dreams there? I would want to wear my favorite dress; maybe I should pack that too. Or well maybe it will rain; I’ll bring my rain boots, just in case. Big no no. Only pack the things that you will need. If you meet the man of your dreams I am sure he will like you no matter what you are wearing. Try and pack around a certain color or outfit. You don’t want to pack one outfit for each day. One pair of jeans, one jacket etc. and pack dresses, shoes and accessories after that. Everything should match. Count the days you are going to be away for and pack underpants and socks and shirts for those days. No more. Also here, don’t go “what if I pee my pants” – that will not happen. We have a classic here; pack your socks in your shoes trick. It helps. Press all the smaller items into the bigger ones; it will give you more space.
If you are traveling for more than a week, maybe three or even four you should try and clean the things you bring and not bring extra. Maybe even the hotel has a laundry service or has someone in the local area. Depending on where you’re going. Also it might be a good thing not to bring your Lizterine or shampoo bottle. Buy a traveling kit with smaller items and tooth brushes. Maybe some things are available to buy on place. When you pack, do it outside of your bag. When you have put everything in and notice that you can’t fit any more you don’t want to have to unpack it and start over again. If you pack everything on your bed you will get an easy overlook on what you are going to bring. It makes it easier to plan.
On travel day you should wear those heavy clothes – as many as you can – on the plane. That way you don’t need to pack them but still gets to bring them with you.
These are just some smart packing tips that you might want to think about. But always have in mind when packing that less is more. Prioritize and think extra hard if you will use everything. You will probably want to shop some while you’re there so leave some space for extra luggage.
Happy trip!