“ Pages: 128 / Publication date: 01 Jul 2013 / Publisher: Dorling Kindersley „
It was a few years ago that I went on holiday to Malta with my friends. Recently while tidying my room, I found my Eyewitnesses travel book of Malta and Gozo, which I purchased before going on my holiday.
One of my friends that I was travelling with actually had been previously to Malta and her auntie was in fact Maltese and lived not far from the apartments we were planning to stay at. However I thought I would research and read-up on some of the things you can see and do in Malta. So after popping into my local Easons, I picked up this DK Eyewitnesses Top 10 Travel book of Malta and Gozo.
On previous holiday to other destinations I have purchased phrase books and guide books, but this book was different from the other I have on my book shelve. The first thing I noticed was that this travel book came with a pull-out map, as it stated on the found cover. It also contained a little snippet of useful words and phrases, but as this isn't actually a phrase book, this part was only a tiny section on the back of the pull-out map.
When first opening the book, the found page can be folded out to reveal a two page map of Malta and Gozo. I found this map very useful as while on holiday I actually marked the towns and villages we visited on the map.
This travel book is a book which gives the Top 10 of everything to see and do in Malta. The contents page is layout very well and is easy to find the places or activities that are most suited to you. The contents is also separated into three sections, the first is 'Malta's Top 10.'
This section was very useful as they gave a location or activity and the listed the Top 10 highlight or Top 10 features of that specific place. For example, St John's Co-Cathedral is on page 10. They give a little information and history about the Cathedral, the Top 10 feature (along with some photographs), a small map and layout of the Cathedral and useful tip about enter the Cathedral I.e. you must be dressed appropriately and respectfully. This section also includes Malta's Top 10 Moments in History, Churches and Cathedrals, Walks and Dives, Beaches and resorts, and Restaurants.
The next section in the book is 'Around Malta.' Which give a in-depth look and of the different locations in Malta. The locations and places which are looked at within this section are:
Sliema, St. Julian's and the Three Cities
Northern Malta, Central Malta
Gozo and Comino
I found this section useful as it gave description of some of the other towns and villages, which were close to where we were staying. I was able to read about all of the neighboring villages and towns before we went and while we were out in Malta.
The last and final section of this book is 'Streetsmart.' Which included small chapter on Getting to and around Malta, General Information, Security and Health, Banking and Communications, Eating, Shopping and Lodging, Things to avoid and finally Places to Stay.
I think to a new visitor to Malta, the most useful and important part in this section, would have to be Security and Health, as it give very important information for specific types of traveler. Giving information about Police, Pharmacies, Emergency numbers and advice for female travelers, this section is certainly very helpful!
This section also lists lots accommodation from seaside to luxury hotels, self-catering apartment and family friendly hotels. For myself this part of the section was not useful because myself and my friend has already booked our apartments. But it would be very useful for people who are looking to suss out good places to stay when visiting Malta.
The back of the travel book, is where the pull out map is found. The map itself when taken out of the book is quite small and therefore very handy and useful for carrying in your bag or pocket when travelling during the day. I actually kept this map in my bag separate from the book in-case I forgot to pack the book before heading out for the day.
On the back cover of the book there is also a small map showing bus routes in Malta and Gozo, which was very useful to use as we used the bus as our means of transport through out the whole holiday.
Altogether this book is very easy to read and it is easy to navigate your way through the book to find the sections which are more interesting to you. I really loved the gorgeous and beautiful photographs of Malta which are used through-out the book. It makes reading the book all that more interesting and colourful.
Would most certainly recommend this book to anyone who is thinking of going on their next holiday to
Malta. It really is worth the money, especially if you haven't been to Malta before.
I bought this book at it's RRP which was £7.99, but they are now selling on amazon for £5.99 (At the time this review was written)
Thanks for Reading!