Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Malta & Gozo (Bradt Travel Guides) (Paperback) Juliet Rix

A thoughtful guide to the rich cultural and historic heritage of Malta    5*

I have visited Malta several times already, however, the next time I go, I will be taking this guidebook with me, as it appears there's still rather a lot I have yet to see!
The Bradt series of guidebooks specialises in revealing the hidden charm to be found in the country or region featured. This one is no exception: the Malta revealed in these pages is described in wonderful detail, from its monuments, which are more ancient than the Great Pyramids, to the present day amenities. The well-known beaches and resorts are described but so too are the less well-known activities and sites, like the scuba diving schools, bird-watching, catacombs, churches, fortifications and museums. The fact that the book runs to over 300 pages in total shows what a wealth of interest there is to be found.

This guide is bang up to date, containing many internet addresses for useful and helpful websites and podcasts. Bradt also maintain an Additional Content and Updates site. As is mentioned in the guide, there are several internet cafes and many hotels which provide internet access, so the visitor can check for up to the minute information during their stay.

Juliet Rix, an experienced journalist with a strongly evident love of this Mediterranean country, has produced a guide that is absorbing, authoritative and easy to read. Right from the front of the book, the reader is treated to fascinating pieces of information and beautiful photos of Malta's many features. In addition to those at the beginning, there are two further sections of colour photographs offering inspiring views. One particularly spectacular photo is of a cannon being fired on the Saluting Battery at noon. The accessible sections, many maps, extensive index and three appendices make this an enjoyable book to delve into at any time. Once you have visited Malta, this guide will also make a valuable focus for reminiscing about your trip, or for planning the next one.

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