Hi, we’re Louis and Sarah, a teacher and a nurse from Wimbledon! We met nearly four years ago and have been on lots of little adventures together around the world. We found a mutual love for photography along the way and have since set up a travel blog Salt & Coconuts documenting our experiences. Come and follow some of our work here at Nashwhite over the weeks and if you have any questions about the places we’ve been to in preparation for your own travels, feel free to reach out to us at www.saltandcoconuts.co.uk
This week, we’ll be beginning with our recent trip to Malta, Comino Island and Gozo. When we booked Malta, we didn’t really know too much about it other than a few things that some people had told us. We did know that the island is meant to be very good for diving (if you’re looking to dive within Europe). This is something that originally interested us as we’ve been on a couple of one-day diving trips in various locations and loved it. In saying this however, once we began researching all the things we could do and see in Malta, we realised we wouldn’t really have time to fit the Open Water PADI into our plans, so this is something we’ll do at another location in the near future instead.
Malta is great for photography! The buildings and views are beautiful. The thing we loved the most about walking around Valletta were all of the doors! Maltese houses have some great, arty doors with different colours and flowers growing up them.
In Valletta we also rented little electric scooters. We noticed these as we hired them a few years ago in Barcelona and loved them! They’re such a good way of getting around when you’re exploring a city and seeing everything. You can also take these onto the ferries and go across to the other three cities surrounding Valletta. We had them for two hours which is enough (because they start to hurt your bum) at the cost of twenty euros each.
We had dinner in a little restaurant called D’Office which was very quaint. The seafood linguine was delicious! The only place in the world where I’ve seen in the toilet a little dressing table with a type-writer and mirror – quirky!
The next day we did a sunset horse-ride with Golden Bay Horse Riding which as you can imagine, was perfect and I think, the highlight of our trip! The 101 bus goes from Mellieha to Golden Bay (but remember, it only runs one per hour ….and of course we missed it again by a few minutes!) We were all given a horse on arrival after they asked how much experience we have had riding. Me and Louis were slightly apprehensive to tell them of our experience horse riding over the years just in-case they gave us a racehorse. If you are a beginner though, they will put you on a lead with an instructor if you prefer. The ride starts at 18:30 for ninety minutes and is a bargain at thirty euros each! (Horse riding is mega-expensive in London and we’ve always wanted to tick it off of our list to say that we have done it together). The views were incredible and trotting along the beach at sunset was beautiful and so relaxing. All the horses were very calm and we felt safe the whole time.
Finally we got the X1 bus back to the airport. To round off the whole trip …..these go one per hour as well and of course one drove past us as we were walking up to the bust stop! So we had to wait another hour (plus the twenty minutes it was late on top) so it was a fairly anxious ride back to the airport not knowing if we were going to make it or not! So, my advice to you, if you are planning to go to Malta and use the buses – spare plenty of time before you head to your destination. If you are a baller then just hire a car!