Mirror, 22/01/2014: Tom Howell hadn’t been sure what to expect from a winter sun break in Malta – a little warmth, of course, but history, miracles and fine cakes were a lovely bonus.
"Not a drop of rain for four months and the minute I arrive the heavens open! I’d escaped to Malta hoping for some glorious winter sun – and got a very wet welcome. But one big downpour wasn’t enough to dampen my spirits and it soon warmed up.
Within the hour I was soaking up the rays on the roof of my hotel with a cocktail in hand – and not a black cloud in sight. This tiny Mediterranean isle is the perfect destination for a warming winter trip (expect a delightful 16C to 17C). And with the sun now, thankfully, on my back I was keen to see what it had to offer.
I was based near the capital, Valletta, staying at The Palace hotel in an area called Sliema. It’s got a trendy feel with plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops..." read on.