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Best places in Malta to visit: special photo story

Best places in Malta to visit: special photo story

It’s one of our favourite summer destinations, but also lovely in winter – discover a photo story that shares the best places in Malta to visit.

If you are interested to find out more about travel in Malta, definitely have a flick through some of our popular vlogs on Malta.

Best of Malta

Otherwise, scroll through the Malta travel story below by clicking ‘read more’ or the arrow top right. Enjoy our top holiday tips and photos!

summer love

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Want more on Malta holidays? Here’s a little something I wrote on a crowded bus about mindfulness, inspired by my trip to this beautiful place.

Let me know your thoughts about the best places in Malta to visit, drop us a line in the comments.

 

Where to stay in Malta

We’ve written a blog outlining our top five areas you should consider staying in Malta. Whether you’re after a city break or a chilled out beach trip – read our guide

Things to do in Killarney and Kenmare: Ireland travel love

Things to do in Killarney and Kenmare: Ireland travel love

In town for the TBEX travel media conference, I discover the best things to do in Killarney and surrounding areas in beautiful Ireland!

Fall in love with Ireland: the best things to do in Killarney

I’ve had the absolute pleasure of visiting Ireland for two TBEX travel blog conferences now.

It’s my favourite time of year!

Each time I visit Ireland I’m reminded of the charm of the country. Intoxicating.

Killarney and surrounding areas are no exception. I’ve compiled a photo story and travel tips on things to do in Killarney, Kenmare and surrounding areas.

Discover highlights including seals, illegal brews, sublime landscapes and a lavish high tea.

Click ‘read more’ or the arrow in the top right hand corner to scroll the photo story.

Wanderlust Ireland

If you have trouble launching in your browser or on mobile, view direct digital feature link here

 

Discover more on Ireland: here’s how to spend a day finding Dublin’s hidden gems or take a day trip to County Wicklow.

Seeking an alternative for exploring the emerald Isle? Think about house sitting Ireland: find out more

Facebook loves our Malta excursions vlogs

Facebook loves our Malta excursions vlogs

We are huge fans of Malta and on our recent creative trip over the summer of 2017 Cooper produced a number of clips, and it seems Facebook loves our Malta excursions vlogs!

Very exciting for us.

The best Malta excursions

Our most most popular of the Malta excursions vlogs showcased the capital city Valletta – Europe’s first planned city.

 

Followed by the prettiest waterfront spots we could find.

This is my favourite – check out the kid at the beginning here (too funny).

 

Around 60,000 organic reach and counting for our Malta vlogs series, helped along by a very supportive and loving Facebook community of fellow fans of the island who shared our inspired content.

 

All this was filmed and edited on an iPhone SE, so if you’re into making your own videos, all you really need is your phone. We’ve documented other tips here also.

Are you on Facebook? If you love travel (and dogs too, we like them very much) come and say hi, facebook.com/travellivelearn.

Find out more here about the best places in Malta to visit

 

 

Travel Live Learn vlog

Travel Live Learn vlog

 

Have you seen our latest clips? We’ll post below from Tuscany, but you can subscribe here on YouTube and never miss one :) We also post alternative content on Instagram and Facebook, linked on this site.

Let us know if you have requests for clips from the UK and Europe and we’ll see what we can do!

Thanks for stopping by,

Coops and Sarah

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Things to do in Siena, Italy (Tuscany)

Things to do in Siena, Italy (Tuscany)

Siena – it’s more charming than you can imagine, possibly my favourite city in Tuscany, over Florence (I know!) … what are the best things to do in Siena when you visit? Here’s an itinerary of how we spent our day. Although, I can’t wait to go back and spend longer in Siena.

The best things to do in Siena

Get lost

Siena is one of those cities that you can easily wander around in. One of the best things you can do in Siena is give yourself time to get lost.

There’s plenty of little alleyways you’ll come across, walk up and down hills; around corners and discover magical old churches and homes.

Of course, the city boasts several highlights such as its cathedral and towers that rival those of its once-enemy, Florence.

You can sign up for a walking tour in Siena if time permits. Take in museums, galleries and history – there’s so much to do in Siena in a small space. I really did long for more time here.

Siena would also be a good base for exploring Tuscany and the surrounding region. It’s got good train and coach transport links, and it’s just a really nice city!

Siena is pretty and oh-so-Instagrammable so take your time. Wear comfortable shoes and take water though, as it gets hot here in summer.

Things to do in Siena - get lost in the streets

Find your way back

It’s fine to get lost but at some point you’ll want to find your way out of the old town again.

Before ticking off your own ‘things I want to do in Siena’ list, we strongly suggest that you arrange reliable roaming data for your trip here (and across all of Tuscany) because you can access Google Maps for directions.

Even then we found that we often landed up against a wall – unable to walk through, we combined tech with tips from locals to make our way.

In old cities, Google Maps can get a little confused, but it’s better than having no guide at all.

Things to do in Siena - medieval wonders

Food with a view

The old town centres on the extraordinary Piazza del Campo where people-watching becomes the thing to do in Siena.

There are over-priced restaurants selling mostly pizza and pasta that surround this area and you’re really only paying for the view.

Cooper discovered a one-off though, a pub called San Paolo which sells yummy toasted paninis, beer and boasts a small balcony overlooking the spectacle.

If you’re swift, you too can indulge for less! This pub opened just after midday when we were there. It was a great base to settle, grab a snack and figure out what we wanted to do to cover off other things to do in Siena before the end of the day.

For other options off the expensive tourist trail, keep an eye out for little bars and restaurants in the back streets, or even away from the old town and on the way towards where street traffic is allowed.

Things to do in Siena - be inspired to create

How to get to Siena

We’ve already mentioned in our clips and blogs that you are better off with a car in Tuscany.

Siena, like in Florence, strictly limits traffic in the old town so you need to park outside.

Some car parks charge around €35 per day!

The car park at the Siena train station is a bargain – we were only charged €2.50 for around eight hours.

To get to the old town from here though is about 25 minutes’ walk – usually not a problem for us but it’s up a very, very steep hill that’s also busy with traffic.

Things to do in Siena - very romantic

Jump on bus no. 3 or 10. The bus station is underneath the shopping centre (which conveniently, also has a big supermarket).

You need to buy a ticket from the transit machine that will cost about €1.20 (one way). It’s a bit tricky as it’s in Italian so aim for an ‘urban’ pass that comes to about this amount, or ask a local – they were so helpful, quite often walking us a distance to ensure we were on the right track!

Get off at the last stop or one closest to the old city centre – about five minutes bus ride from the train station.

Coming back, you need to find the bus station which is in a different place from where you get off the bus. Again, don’t forget to buy a ticket that will be zoned as ‘urban A’ for around €1.20 for a single.

Siena is a truly wonderful Italian find, and another example of the many lovely places in Italy we want to visit.

I somehow knew the word, but not the destination until now.

Highly recommended on your Italian travel itinerary.

Do you have questions or tips? Let us know in the comments. 

Ciao for now.