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DIY Christmas gift wrapping paper ideas + free printables

DIY Christmas gift wrapping paper ideas - with free printables | Aliz’s Wonderland

Excited about Christmas?

Ready for a little DIY?

Create your own special gift wrapping paper for the Holidays in a super easy way. You need only paper, paint and the “pattern”.

What kind of shapes and patterns remind you of Christmas?

Christmas tree, star, heart, snow, snowflake, snowman, pine, gingerbread, reindeer, a box of present, ribbon?

Look around at home, use your imagination and your items in your household.

 

Materials for your DIY gift wrap

  • Paper for the prints
  • Paper for surface / furniture protection
  • Paint + water
  • Stamp: pine branch / potato / pastry cutter / knife
  • Brush
  • Rubber gloves (optional)

 

How to make the Christmas pattern?

Cover your worktop with paper to protect your furniture from any damage.

In a plastic glass or small bowl mix acrylic paint with water. You can play with the texture by adding different amount of water to the paint. For me, the half paint and half water combination worked the best.

Dip your form into the paint or paint the stamp surface with a brush and press onto the paper.

Lay the paper on a safe surface to dry. I used recycled paper because it’s easier to work with. You can use any paper size.

Are you busy? Of course, everyone is busy. In lack of time, you can download my free printable Christmas patterns.

 

DIY Pine branch Christmas pattern

DIY Christmas gift pattern with pine branch - with free printables | Aliz’s Wonderland

Paint the top side of the branch and leaves. If you use too much paint the pattern will be blurred and will lose its original shape.

DIY Christmas gift pattern with pine branch - with free printables | Aliz’s Wonderland

Carefully place the painted branch onto the wrapping paper upside-down (the painted part facing the wrapping paper) and press the top with another paper. Carefully remove the paper and the branches from the printed paper. That’s it.

DIY Christmas gift pattern with pine branch - with free printables | Aliz’s Wonderland

If you have luck, the pattern on the top paper will be also good 😉

 

DIY Pine leaves with metal wire

DIY Pine leaves with metal wire - with free printables | Aliz’s Wonderland

Bend a metal wire piece, dip into the paint and stamp onto the paper. Repeat it as many times needed for the perfect pattern.

DIY Pine leaves with metal wire - with free printables | Aliz’s Wonderland

 

DIY Christmas pattern with a potato stamp

DIY Christmas pattern with potato stamp - with free printables | Aliz’s Wonderland

You can cut out simple forms from a potato easily.

Triangle is a minimal Christmas tree for me 🙂

Cut out a triangle from the potato. Dip the potato into the paint and press onto the paper. Easy-peasy.

In case of too much paint the potato will slip on the paper, so don’t dip it deep into the paint.

DIY Christmas pattern with potato stamp - with free printables | Aliz’s Wonderland

DIY Christmas pattern with potato stamp - with free printables | Aliz’s Wonderland

For more complicated shapes I used my pastry cutters. Just push it into the potato flesh and cut off the edges. It’s easier than you think. The potato surface has to be flat, otherwise, the flaws will be visible on paper.

DIY Christmas pattern with potato stamp - with free printables | Aliz’s Wonderland

Paint a thin layer onto the potato, brushing from the middle to the edges. With too much paint the pattern has a different texture.

DIY Christmas pattern with potato stamp - with free printables | Aliz’s Wonderland

DIY Christmas pattern with potato stamp - with free printables | Aliz’s Wonderland

Always make testing on a different paper. With the sparkling paint, I stamped 1st onto a testing paper and the 2nd stamping went onto the wrapping paper.

After few stamping wipe the edges of the potato form, because the paint can be stuck there and it makes an outline around the shape.

DIY Christmas pattern with potato stamp - with free printables | Aliz’s Wonderland

 

Use your gingerbread or Christmas tree pastry cutter. I don’t have those, maybe I will buy few more for next year.

Send me photos of your DIY wrapping papers and use the #alizswonderland hashtag. Can’t wait to see your patterns.

 

If you looked at the photos carefully, you might notice that I used the papers to fold envelopes. Ream about the simple folding techniques here and make your own DIY envelope.

What kind of shapes and patterns remind you of Christmas?

dessert,DIY,Home decoration,Travel

How to choose the perfect Christmas gift?

Christmas time is almost here 🙂

The Christmas holidays are so peaceful and loving for me, but everyone has the same problem before Christmas: What should I give my loved ones?

We always look for the perfect gift for family and friends to make them joyful. I like to observe the faces when they unwrap my presents, it’s so good to see their happy faces and smiles.

During the university we had lot of deadlines before Christmas, I didn’t have time to buy presents in time, so I left the shopping for the last days. In the malls (and almost everywhere) people madly look for the perfect present. I hate this crazy rush for the gifts, I’d like to run away from the mall. Since I’ve finished the university I always buy my presents in November or sooner.

This is the 21st century, so we don’t have to go to the shopping mall, it’s possible to buy presents in front of the computer. Always count on the longer delivery time before the Holidays, many people prefer to take care of the gifts via the internet. Order the gifts in time in this case.

Make sure, don’t leave it for the last days! Avoid the crowd in the shopping mall and don’t waste your precious time there.

Let’s go back to the subject, it’s not my intention to waste your time 😉

One of the hardest part is the idea.

What should I give her/ him?

Have no idea what to place under the tree?

Don’t buy some insignificant thing, because she/he will think: okay it’s nice, but what should I do with this thingy?

Happened to everyone, but make this year different.

I give you few ideas about that.

The perfect Christmas gift | Aliz’s Wonderland

 

The secret wish

The best case when you already know what to buy, because she/he made a hint about it. Always listen carefully before the Holidays (and every time 😉 )

During the year you can make notes if your loved one wishes for something. Write it down! Remember!

She was obsessed with that cute bag in her favourite store, but she didn’t want to spend money on it. Go back and buy it for her.

His laptop bag is old and torn. He will need a new one to carry his laptop. Purchase him a new one, so when he grabs the bag, it will remind him of you.

Your mom’s cream will be over soon. You can’t let her skin to dry for the winter season 😉

Your dad doesn’t have a wine bottle holder? Good deal: functional and stylish.

Is your sister a cupcake and baking lover? Surprise her with some baking equipment, she will thank you for that with trying out the new tool.

Your brother’s headphone is old and dirty? Present him with a new one for a better sounds.

What are you waiting for?

 

Give experience

Collecting experiences are more valuable than putting another present on the shelf. (Yeah, we need to put things onto the shelf, but leave it for the person, who knows exactly what he or she wants.)

Everyone has some obsessions, just think about it! You know the person, so free your mind and find the perfect experience. What is his/her dream?

Is she or he a music / classical music fan?

Does your friend like to travel or need a peaceful day/ weekend somewhere?

Like to experiment in the kitchen?

Buy experiences to remember that any time: tickets for a concert, theatre, exhibition, workshop, massage, cooking class, flight ticket, wellness day or weekend. Make it meaningful.

You can collaborate with family and/or family members to buy something more valuable together.

Don’t forget to wrap it up! The present is a piece of paper in case you buy a concert ticket, so don’t hand over without an envelope.

You can buy a special one in a stationery or fold DIY origami envelope with Christmas pattern. Here are some ideas for decoration and patterns in my DIY Christmas gift wrapping paper ideas post.

The perfect Christmas gift - Give experience | Aliz’s Wonderland

Don’t have time to be creative? You can download my free printable Christmas wrapping paper patterns:

Buy a book

Book is always a good idea, books are useful and entertaining.

Yeah, I know… Unfortunately, not everyone likes to read. But everyone is interested in something. It doesn’t have to be a romantic story or a sci-fi. There are plenty of books about hobbies, travel, movies, history, art, design, music, language, health, gastronomy and cooking & baking (just to mention some).

I sometimes read the book top lists for ideas. Or if you aren’t sure about your selection, buy a gift card topped up with money.

The perfect Christmas gift - Buy a book | Aliz’s Wonderland

Few of my favourite books

Jane Teller: Nothing

Jane Teller’s book Nothing is about kids, who try to prove to their classmate, that life has meaning. It is very instructive and shocking to read the motivations of the kids.

Sofi Oksanen: When the doves disappeared

Sofi Oksanen is a Finnish-Estonian writer, I read many of her books. One of my favourites is When the doves disappeared, which is about two families during the 2nd World War and 20 years later. The story shows how war can change your opinion about friendship, betrayal and love.

Khaled Hosseini: The Kite runner

Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite runner is a must-read book. I bought it to my mom 2 years ago for Christmas, she loved it, so the whole family read it. The book tells the friendship of two kids in Afghanistan, but there’s so much more in the background, so I won’t tell you more, just read it 😉

Stephen Chbosky: The perks of being a wallflower

The perks of being a wallflower is one of my favourite book. I would recommend it to teenagers and millennials. Our main character, Charlie has to deal with his life (like everyone else), his loss, new friendships and love. Not an average teenage novel, this will make you cry and laugh at the same time.

Paulo Coelho: Veronika decides to die

I’m not a big Coelho fan (don’t judge me), but this is an amazing one. It follows the days of Veronika after her failed suicide attempt.

 

Surprise with sweet moments

Bake some cookies.

You might think: Hahaha I can’t bake and don’t have the equipment.

Yes, you can if you want it and try it. Don’t need to make a 7 layer cake with cream filling and everything. Keep it simple.

Every year I bake gingerbread for my family and friends. Aaaaaand I personalize it 😉 Write their name onto the gingerbread and make them even happier.

The perfect Christmas gift - Gingerbread with names | Aliz’s Wonderland

My parents are always so happy for it, my dad boasts with his gingerbread every time someone arrives. He is into every kind of cakes and desserts, but he doesn’t eat the gingerbread with his “DAD” sign, because it has been made especially for him and feels special, because he is 🙂

You can choose any kind of recipe, here is something easier with butternut squash and chocolate chips. This pumpkin cookie also has Xmas smell thanks to cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.

Pumpkin cookie with chocolate chips, butternut squash, oats, cinnamon, clove and honey | Aliz’s Wonderland

 

Try the cake pop recipe of Sally’s baking addiction.

The perfect Christmas gift - Prepare cake pops | Aliz’s Wonderland

Put into a cute box and they will love it!

Enjoy your time in the kitchen!

 

Create a handmade present

We appreciate homemade gifts very much because it was made especially for us 🙂

Don’t be afraid to use your own hands, nowadays DIY is so trendy. There are loads of ideas and inspirations on Pinterest. Check out some of my favourites:

Christmas ornaments from pom poms and pinecones by One little project. Easy to make and look amazing. You can prepare it playfully using more colours or choose the simple style with one colour. The family can use the ornaments in the following years too.

The perfect Christmas gift - DIY pom poms and pinecones | Aliz’s Wonderland

Make a marble planter (I also have this), you need few nail polishes, a bucket with water and a planter. Follow the instructions of oh joy!

The perfect Christmas gift - DIY marbled planter | Aliz’s Wonderland

Let me show you the next marble miracle: marbled clay ring tray by A Beautiful Mess

The perfect Christmas gift - DIY marbled clay ring tray | Aliz’s Wonderland

Is she or he adventurous? Create monthly/ weekly tasks and put the papers into a cute glass. It looks good and it’s personalized. Thank you, Pretty designs

The perfect Christmas gift - DIY tasks in bottle | Aliz’s Wonderland

The terrazzo style soap by fall for diy is soooooo stylish, works for bathroom decoration as well.

The perfect Christmas gift - DIY terrazzo style soap | Aliz’s Wonderland

Does she or he love taking bath? Prepare a bath bomb by Camille Styles.

The perfect Christmas gift - DIY bath bomb | Aliz’s Wonderland

More inspiration for your bath lover partner: rose petal bath salts by Paper & Stitch.

The perfect Christmas gift - DIY rose petal bath salts | Aliz’s Wonderland

These chunky tassel bookmarks by Homey Oh My are totally cool for book lovers. 

The perfect Christmas gift - DIY chunky tassel bookmarks | Aliz’s Wonderland

Did you get any idea what to prepare or buy for your loved ones? I hope so!

 

Tell me 3 words that first come into your mind about Christmas! Maybe: Jesus, the 3 apostles, angels. Or family, feast, celebrating. It might be: kissing under the mistletoe. If I would be a child, my words would be: present, cakes, snowman.

Let me think… My 3 words are: Christmas tree, family, happiness.

What are your words?

Merry Christmas in advance 😉

dessert,Recipe

Pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips and oats

Pumpkin cookie with chocolate chips, butternut squash, oats, cinnamon, clove and honey | Aliz’s WonderlandPumpkin season and Halloween is here, yes yes yes. Around fall I always see the pumpkin and butternut squash at the market, I can’t resist buying some. It is healthy and super delicious if you just simply bake it in the oven.

Pumpkin and butternut squash also can be good ingredients in salads and many cakes. Mainly I prepare soup or cakes from it, always tasty 🙂 

In this cookie, the taste of butternut squash isn’t that dominant, but it has a special flavour with the spices. The scent with the cinnamon and clove reminds me to Christmas.

About butternut squash

Butternut squash is a type of winter squash, which is primary food source of alpha-carotene and beta-carotene. The flesh is full of vitamins A, potassium and fibre.

Alpha-carotene and beta-carotene are retinoid forms of vitamin A with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Beta-carotene is the antioxidant that gives certain fruits and vegetables, like squash, their bright orange pigment.

Vitamin A is needed for healthier hair and skin.

Potassium is good for lowering and preventing high blood pressure, decreases the risk of heart disease.

Fibre may decrease inflammation and improve immune function. Vitamin C and beta-carotene can help boost immunity too.

Pumpkin cookie with chocolate chips, butternut squash, oats, cinnamon, clove and honey | Aliz’s Wonderland

Tips and tricks before starting

All of the dairy ingredients should be at room temperature, so make sure to take them out from the fridge 1-2 hours before starting. This way the diaries combine better, become smoother and will help to get the perfect texture and taste.

I added freshly baked pumpkins for the perfect taste. Bake the pumpkin slices in the oven (oh it smells so good :)) Remove the skin and mash the flesh with a fork.

 

Preparation time: 30 min

Baking time: 15 min

Ingredients for 30 cookies:

  • 1 cup (125 g) whole grain flour
  • 1 cup (125 g) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 0,5 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 0,5 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 0,5 teaspoon ground clove
  • 0,5 teaspoon salt
  • 1,5 cups (150g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 200g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 0,75 cup (150g) brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 200g butternut squash puree from baked butternut squash
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1,5 cups (270g) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Pumpkin cookie with chocolate chips, butternut squash, oats, cinnamon, clove and honey | Aliz’s Wonderland

How to make the cookies?

Preheat the oven to 175 ºC (350 ºF). Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside. 

Measure and whisk the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt) in a bowl.

In another bowl beat the brown sugar with the room temperature butter. Add the egg yolk, honey, vanilla extract and pumpkin puree and whisk until fully combined. Add the dry ingredients, oats and finally the chocolate chips.

Pumpkin cookie with chocolate chips, butternut squash, oats, cinnamon, clove and honey | Aliz’s Wonderland

Place about 1,5 tablespoons mixture onto baking sheet and form rounded shapes. The cookies should be few centimetres from each other because they will grow a bit inside the oven.

Pumpkin cookie with chocolate chips, butternut squash, oats, cinnamon, clove and honey | Aliz’s Wonderland

Bake for 15 minutes.

Remove the tray from the oven and leave them cool down before replacing to another tray.

Pumpkin cookie with chocolate chips, butternut squash, oats, cinnamon, clove and honey | Aliz’s Wonderland

The last step is enjoying the cookies 🙂 Bake it and let me know your opinion. In case you post it on social media, don’t forget to use my hashtag: #alizswonderland.

Pin the photo to have the recipe on your Pinterest board!

Pumpkin cookie with chocolate chips, butternut squash, oats, cinnamon, clove and honey | Aliz’s Wonderland

Pumpkin cookie with chocolate chips, butternut squash, oats, cinnamon, clove and honey | Aliz’s Wonderland

How did you like it? Are you also a butternut squash fan? 

Home decor & design,Home decoration,Hungary

Budapest Design Week 2017

Budapest Design Week started in 2014, initiated by the Hungarian Design Council. The festival is around September and October, it’s more than a week, this year it was 10 days long, started the 6th and finished on the 15th of October.

The design week is better and better every year, the festival had more than 120 programs in 2017. My favourite parts are the Open Studios and Workshops. You can choose from many events, design & interior design exhibitions, roundtable discussions & talks, presentations,  tours, openings and parties.

There are main events featured with famous design figures, such as Marcel Wanders, Michael Anastassiades and Johannes Torpe.

The concept was Start, which intended to promote new and/or small- and medium-sized businesses too.

This year the guest of honour was Denmark, so many events and exhibitions were dedicated to Denmark: exhibition and showroom about Arne Jacobsen’s design, roundtable discussion about the secret of happy life, introduction about Danish design then & now, just to mention few events.

The events are announced a month before the festival’s start, so make sure to register for your dream events, because lots of them have limited places. I wasn’t fast enough to get into the Marcel Wanders’ presentation, but could visit some open studios like this:

iamart Cement Tile Manufacturer | Budapest Design Week 2017

iamart Cement Tile Manufacturer workshop

The iamart name has a double meaning. The Latin “iam” word means now, by now, immediately, which reflect the modern and quick production technology. The “art” word speaks for itself. The 2nd meaning is “I am art”, of course.

Csaba and Kristóf started iamart Cement Tile Manufacturer in 2005, since that time they’ve experimented a lot to produce the perfect high-quality cement tile. Finally, their factory opened in 2017. Iamart isn’t just an average Marrakesh cement tile manufacture, their tiles can be used indoor and outdoor as well with a properly impregnated surface.

iamart Cement Tile Manufacturer | Budapest Design Week 2017

iamart Cement Tile Manufacturer | Budapest Design Week 2017

iamart Cement Tile Manufacturer | Budapest Design Week 2017

On the workshop we designed and created our dream tile, choosing from their patterns and colours. The tiles are classical and modern at the same time thanks to 60 vibrant colours. It’s also possible to plan your own pattern idea with some requirements and the 3D printer will produce it for you.

iamart Cement Tile Manufacturer | Budapest Design Week 2017

iamart Cement Tile Manufacturer | Budapest Design Week 2017

iamart Cement Tile Manufacturer | Budapest Design Week 2017

iamart Cement Tile Manufacturer | Budapest Design Week 2017

They will have workshops before Christmas in November and December when you can make your Christmas tree patterned cement tile. Be sure to book your appointment in time, because only 4 people can attend a workshop.

Address: 1211 Budapest (Csepel), Varrógépgyár utca 5.

iamart Cement Tile Manufacturer | Budapest Design Week 2017

iamart Cement Tile Manufacturer | Budapest Design Week 2017

iamart Cement Tile Manufacturer | Budapest Design Week 2017

 

Paper Up! Studio visit

I visited the studio of Rita Koralevics, the founder of Paper Up!. Her motto is: “It’s all about the paper!” She processes and recycles the paper by herself and creates beautiful eco-friendly products. She produces mainly lamps, vases and boxes. The professional photos from her site:

Paper Up! collection | Budapest Design Week 2017

Paper Up! collection | Budapest Design Week 2017

Rita is super nice and very friendly. She showed us the ingredients, her working process, the experimentations and the final objects in her studio.

Paper Up! collection | Budapest Design Week 2017

Paper Up! collection | Budapest Design Week 2017

Paper Up! collection | Budapest Design Week 2017

The main advantage of the paper is lightness, so she can produce big lamps too. The surface of the lamps looks a little bit different, depending on the paper’s mixture and consistency.

Nowadays she adds cement to the mixture, so this way the surface is smoother, but the lamps can’t be that big because of the additional weight of the cement.

Paper Up! collection | Budapest Design Week 2017

Paper Up! collection | Budapest Design Week 2017

Paper Up! collection | Budapest Design Week 2017

The colour depends on the type of paper, so it can change between the shades of grey and white. She also prepares colourful objects by adding colour pigments into the paper mixture.

Address: 1163 Budapest, Cziráki utca 26-32. EMG Industrial Park

Paper Up! collection | Budapest Design Week 2017

 

H6 contemporary jewellery exhibition

H6 is a group of six young Hungarian jewellery designers. The designers are Anna Börcsök, Veronika Fazekas, Fruzsi Fekete, Kinga Horányi, Zsófia Neuzer, Nóra Tengely.

H6 contemporary jewelry exhibition | Budapest Design Week 2017

H6 contemporary jewelry exhibition | Budapest Design Week 2017

Six different ways of thinking. Their pieces of jewellery are different but made with the same goal: to tell a story with their works. One of them defines the concept of jewellery with light, dance and space. One of them plays with alternative uses for materials and how to wear the jewellery. My personal favourites is the colourful concrete jewellery.

Exhibition at FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture

Address: 1052 Budapest Petőfi Sándor str. 5.

H6 contemporary jewelry exhibition | Budapest Design Week 2017

H6 contemporary jewelry exhibition | Budapest Design Week 2017

 

Noha Ceramic Studio and School represents the design in gastronomy

During the design week, you could visit the Noha Ceramic Studio and School for workshop, exhibition, fair and roundtable discussion too. Visitors could get an insight of the different techniques, materials and the education of the studio.

Noha Ceramic Studio and School | Budapest Design Week 2017

Noha Ceramic Studio and School | Budapest Design Week 2017

The exhibition presented the works of ceramics students and ceramicists. My friend, Nóra is a student at Noha Ceramic School 1,5 year ago, so she gave us a little private tour in the studio.  Look, how talented she is.

Noha Ceramic Studio and School | Budapest Design Week 2017

Beautiful gastronomy objects were displayed, such as cutlery, mug, plate and other tableware.

Address: 1137 Budapest, Pozsonyi str. 12.

Noha Ceramic Studio and School | Budapest Design Week 2017

Noha Ceramic Studio and School | Budapest Design Week 2017

These were my favourite venues this year. What about yours? Have you visited the programs of the Design Week?

See you in 2018 Budapest Design Week!

Malta,Travel

About Malta

About Malta - the islands - weather - Maltese people - interesting facts - traffic - eating and drinking

My foreword introduces Malta with its archipelago (Malta, Gozo and Comino) for you. Furthermore, you can read about my experiences of the Maltese weather, people and eating habits. I also offer some information about travelling by public transportation/car/boat and ferry. Enjoy!

The islands

The archipelago of Malta is situated in the Mediterranean Sea, south from the Italian island Sicily. It is also close to Africa. 3 inhabited islands are in the archipelago: Malta, Gozo and Comino. In Comino, the population is only 4 with a priest, a policeman and 2 others. There are another 18 uninhabited islands, some are only huge rocks.

About Malta-The islands of Malta, Comino and Gozo

The coastlines are mainly rocky. Sandy beaches can be found mostly on the northern part such as Mellieha bay and Golden bay, Ghajn Tuffieha, Gnejna bay on the west side. Don’t forget about Blue Lagoon in Comino and Ir-Ramla in Gozo.

About Malta - The islands - Sandy beach Ghajn Tuffieha-bay

The landscape is characterised by terraced fields, dry vegetation, rock and limestone. There are no permanent rivers or lakes. After the rainfalls in winter small rivers may appear. Only dryness bearing trees are capable to live on the islands: olive, ficus, citrus, pine, tamarisk, carob and agave trees.

About Malta - The islands - agave trees at Blue Grotto Panorama

About Malta - The islands - catuses at St Peter's pool

Weather

Summers are very hot and dry in Malta. During the day the temperature is usually between 28-34°C, August is the warmest month: sunshine every day without any clouds in the sky. The sun shines very strongly and there aren’t many trees to protect you.

The winters are slightly rainy and mild, the average temperature is around 15°C, there is no snow, but can be cold because of the northern wind. In Europe, Malta has the warmest winters. The sea temperature is around 20°C during winter and 26°C during summer.

About Malta - Weather - Sunshine Ir Ramla Gozo

Maltese people

Maltese people are very friendly, lovely and relaxed, especially in Gozo.

In the Ferry Terminal, we were in a hurry to catch the ferry back to the main island and the ferryman didn’t understand us, just said: Relax, relax you are in Gozo. He was totally right!

Aaaaaand everyone speaks English. Okay, maybe not everyone, but a lot of people do 🙂 After the Maltese language, English is the second official language.

Interesting facts

The population is approximately 420000 according to a survey in 2010. The capital city is Valletta, but the largest city is Birkirkara.

The mainland’s area is pretty small with 316 sqm, compared to Budapest’s area which is 525 sqm. Despite its size, there is definitely a lot to see and do across Malta and Gozo.

Malta is a member of the European Union since 2004, the currency is euro. Always have a small amount of cash with you. At ferry and boat stations they accept only cash.

Traffic

By bus

Public transportation extends over the whole island. You can choose from many bus lines with a lot of bus stops. Don’t forget to give a sign to the driver to stop. A single ticket costs 2 euros during summer, a night ticket is 3 euros and in the winter season, a ticket costs 1,5 euro. Don’t go to the driver with 20 euros, the best is if you have change or smaller money than 20.

If you decide to explore Malta by bus, the cost-efficient way is to buy a bus card. There are different types available depending on your travel habits. You can purchase the card at Malta Public Transport’s Sales and Information Offices. Visit the website for more details.

Planning a trip by bus is easier with the Malta bus app called tallinja, which is available in Google Play and App Store. You can access useful information about the bus service: real-time timetable, map and location of the closest bus stop. The bus stops provide you free Wi-fi service to check the timetables and plan your journey.

By car

However, I suggest that you rent a car.

My boyfriend travelled a few days earlier to Malta and agreed to meet me at the airport. I was a bit surprised when he wasn’t there waiting for me…. When he arrived, he said: We rent a car!!!

The bus is slow and has many stops. We were satisfied with our decision, especially when seeing people waiting in the bus stops in 30 degrees without any trees. By car, we could travel so easily and reach every destination. First, it was a bit weird to drive on the left side, but after a day we were used to it.

We rented the car at the airport from Budget Car Rental for 4 days. One day (24 hours) costs 50 euros with full cover insurance.

Ferry and boat service

Between Malta (Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal) and Gozo (Mgarr Ferry Terminal), a ferry operates for passengers and vehicles.

About Malta - Traffic - Ferry between Malta and Gozo

Comino is reachable only by boat, so no cars are allowed on the island.

Read my posts about Gozo and Comino to get more details about the ferry and boat services.

Eating and drinking

Traditional Maltese cuisine is typically Mediterranean with English, French, Sicilian, North African influences, reflecting the history.

The most traditional Maltese soup is called Soppa tal-armla (widow’s soup), which used to be made by poor widows from the cheapest vegetables.

The national dish is the rabbit. Rabbit stew (Fenkata) is usually served with peas and fries. We tried Maltese reared rabbit in a northern village, Il- Mellieha, a restaurant called Mithna. It was super delicious!!! I’m serious, you must try it. The menu said it is braised in brandy, curry & coconut milk.

About Malta - Eating - Maltese reared rabbit

If you are visiting Malta around autumn try the lampuki pie (Torta tal-Lampuki) made from lampuka. This popular fish swims between Malta and Gozo from the end of August until November towards the Atlantic.

Timpana is a baked macaroni dish, which is baked in a pastry case.

Pastizzi is a traditional Maltese pastry. It’s filled with ricotta or mushy peas. Pastizzi are usually diamond-shaped or round-shaped. Go into a pastizzeria, bar or café and try it. 

Their local beer is Cisk, you can find it everywhere. I am not a big fan of beer (I prefer wine), this is a good beer, for me, it tastes like a normal lager beer.

About Malta - Eating pastizzi and drinking Cisk

I’ve never heard about Maltese wine before, all the 3 types I tried were delicious. There are five major wine producers on the island: Marsovin, Emmanuel Delicata, Camilleri Wines, Montekristo and Meridiana. Mainly international grape varieties are produced, Gellewza (red) and Ghirgentina (white) are their local grapes.

About Malta - Drinking Maltese wine

Learn more about Maltese food and drink in this post.

Recipe,smoothie & drink

Strawberry spinach smoothie with ginger

Strawberry spinach smoothie with ginger

This creamy green smoothie contains only 4 ingredients and is perfect for any time of the day. This vitamin bomb is a perfect energy-boosting smoothie.

Let’s see what I’m talking about!

Ingredients guide:

Strawberry

Strawberry has a lot of health benefits. Contains vitamin A, B and C, moreover potassium, calcium and iron. It is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory, which helps to lower risk of cardiovascular disease. It helps to purify your blood, strengthen your nerves, also recommended for weight-loss. 150 g strawberry covers your daily value of vitamin C.

Spinach

Spinach rich in vitamin K, A and C, contains manganese, folate, iron, minerals, beta-carotene and I mentioned only a few nutrients. It helps to prevent high blood pressure and heart disease. Folate and vitamin K are vital for pregnant women to ensure the baby’s proper development.

Ginger

Ginger or ginger root is used as spice and medicine. It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antitumor effects on cells. It reduces nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, ginger tea (fresh ginger in a cup of hot water) settles your stomach.

Soy milk

Soy milk is a plant-based drink produced by soaking dried soybeans and grinding them with the water. Soybeans are rich in protein, calcium and potassium, helping your bones and teeth stay strong. It contains as much protein as cow’s milk, but lower in calories.

 

Preparation time: 10 min

Ingredients for 2 glasses

  • 1 cup strawberry
  • 2 handful of spinach
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 cup soy milk

Strawberry spinach smoothie with ginger

How to make it?

Clean the spinach leaves. You can use baby spinach as well. Grate ginger, fresh ingredients are always better and tastier.

Strawberry spinach smoothie with ginger
Combine all ingredients in food processor. Blend on full strength until smooth. Check the consistency, add more milk if needed.
Pour into 2 glasses, top the green smoothie with extra strawberry, make it more gorgeous with the red colour.
Drink immediately!

Strawberry spinach smoothie with ginger

 

Strawberry spinach smoothie with ginger

Oh, I’m so thirsty 😛
And you? How did you like it smoothie lover?

Home decor & design,Home decoration

Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Millennial pink is hugely popular right now in furniture and product design, also in fashion. But why?

What is millennial pink?

Also called Scandi pink and Tumblr pink, it’s not only one colour, the shades are somewhere between beige, peach and salmon. The faded pink received its name when Véronique Hyland (New York Magazine) asked: “Why millennial women love it so much?”

Not that hard question 😉 I like every shade of pink. Not because I’m a woman and women love pink, it’s not true. Rose and pink shades give a warm and peaceful feeling.

My favourite is the 2016 Pantone colour of the year, named as Rose Quartz. Another famous Pantone shade is Pale Dogwood, colour for spring 2017. Yes, I love Pantone colours, we use the Master Collection palette in the office for designing. 

Pantone Rose Quartz colour | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Pantone Pale Dogwood colour | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Millennial pink furniture in home decoration

Sofa, chair and pouf

Spanish brand Sancal turns to the Swedish design studio, Note to design a resting place for weary travellers. The solution is this island sofa called La Isla. A place to share with strangers, isolated but not excluded.

La Isla sofa by Note Design Studio | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

La Isla sofa by Note Design Studio | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Sara Polmar’s Between is between a sofa and an armchair. It offers different ways of sitting, either alone or with others. The seat, back and armrest are upholstered in Norwegian wool and are designed in different shapes.

Between by Sara Polmar | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Between by Sara Polmar | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Masquespacio’s Toadstool collection for Missina is characterised by its colourful fabrics and rounded shapes and includes a two-seater sofa, a table and a series of poufs. Inspired by the colours of the Memphis design group. 

Masquespacio’s Toadstool collection | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

The sofa is also exhibited in Masquespacio’s amazing office. 

Masquespacio’s Toadstool collection | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

The Nubilo sofa and armchair are designed by Constance Guisset. The variously sized cushions evoke the image of a cloud and can be arranged any time.

Nubilo sofa and armchair by Constance Guisset | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Nubilo sofa and armchair by Constance Guisset | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Nubilo sofa by Constance Guisset | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Groupa designed the 3angle sofa and the 3angle armchair for Prostoria. The collection is based on an ergonomic shape, the armrests follow the line of the arm in the sitting position. This way the soft shell has an inviting form.

3angle sofa by Prostoria | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

3angle armchair by Prostoria | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

3angle armchair by Prostoria | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Pedrali’s Babila Comfort armchair with its cosy shapes gives absolute comfort. The large upholstered shell is featured by soft lines and a reclined backrest. Can be combined with a base in ash wood, die-cast aluminium or steel tube.

Babila Comfort armchair by Pedrali | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

The Scandinavian Johanson created the Frankie collection. The name Frankie alludes to the dance legend Frankie Manning. The designers had emphasized the back part of the chair with straps, which is the most visible part.

Frankie chair and Frankie ES Lounge chair are based on the same design, just the tubes are doubled at the lounge chair. 

Frankie Lounge chair by Johanson | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Frankie chair by Johanson | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Frankie chair and Frankie ES Lounge chair by Johanson | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

The straps had been adapted to the Frankie BS bar stool and Frankie Tab stool as well. 

Frankie BS family by Johanson | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

The designer, Karim Rashid about his chair: “I was thinking of a design that embraces my philosophy of sensual minimalism and repetition. The Phaze armchair was the result!” This armchair embraces you. Additional magnets available to connect several easy chairs.

Phaze by Karim Rashid for Skandiform | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Phaze by Karim Rashid for Skandiform | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

The POLITURA produced Lotos Chair in pink and many colours, designed by Romuald Ferens. The chair is manufactured from solid wood and available in different versions. The folding mechanism enables secure storage in rows of many pieces at the same time. 

Lotos chair by POLITURA | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Norwegian design studio Anderssen & Voll has created the Five Pouf collection of 5 five-sided poufs to Danish brand, Muuto. The pentagon form has soft-curved edges and covered by stitched stripes. Easy to adapt with any sofa, also working well as a seat.

Five pouf collection by Muuto | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Five pouf collection by Muuto | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Table and tray

Iacoli & McAllister’s Wire Side Table is made of powder-coated steel. Simple and magnificent.

Wire Side Table by Iacoli & Mcallister | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

The L Table of Sara Polmar is easily mountable, consist of the table top and the 4 L-shaped flat legs.

L Table by Sara Polmar | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Mix & Match Table in copper and pink shades is produced by GAN and designed by Flavia del Pra. These unique products are handmade with its ceramic tile top and copper plated aluminium frame.

Mix & Match Table by GAN | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

The following Tray 30×30 Pink 2 is also part of the Mix & Match family. 

Mix & Match Tray by GAN | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Mix & Match Tray by GAN | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Mix & Match Tray by GAN | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Lamps

According to the designer, Constance Guisset, Vertigo light pink pendant lamp creates its own intimate area, a den. Sculptural Vertigo will stand out in any room but is at its best in large, open rooms.

Vertigo lamp light pink by Constance Guisset | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Vertigo lamp light pink by Constance Guisset | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Rose gold table lamp on anthropologie creates a cosy rose light around the glass.

Rose gold table lamp | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Charlotte Honcke’s Monty desk lamp and wall lamp are designed for Flexa World. 

Monty desk lamp by Charlotte Honcke | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Monty desk lamp by Charlotte Honcke | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Accessories

Vela Paravent for ARFLEX, designed by Bernhardt & Vella. The paravent divides the space in a friendly way with its two coloured glasses. 

Vela Paravent by ARFLEX | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

These plates and bowls were designed in the collaboration of the Finnish Iittala and the Asian Issey Miyake. This multifunctional small plate is perfect for serving condiments or little treats. 

Iittala X Issey Miyake -Small-Plate | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Iittala X Issey Miyake -Small-Plate | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Alvar Aalto Collection Vase for Iittala glass factory is created by the Finnish Alvar Aalto in 1936. The shape is inspired by the waves in water.

Alvar Aalto Collection Vase by Iittala | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Silai Rug Pink 3 has been created by designer Charlotte Lancelot for the label GAN. The collage of the different scaled patterns makes the rug amazing. With the Silai Big Poufs the harmony is perfect.

Silai Rug Pink 3 by GAN | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Silai Rug Pink 3 by GAN | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Silai Rug Pink 3 by GAN | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Silai Rug Pink 3 by GAN | Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home

Yes, I know this was a long list, but it’s short compared to the thousands of furniture on the market. I could imagine every piece in my home (not together, of course, I don’t have enough space in my living room for 5 sofas… ;)) The original photos can be found through the links at the furniture names.

Which one was your favourite? Or yours isn’t on my list? I’d like to know it 🙂

Malta,Travel

Drinking and eating in Malta

Drinking and eating in Malta

Maltese cuisine is typically Mediterranean with English, French, Sicilian, North African influences, reflecting the history. The country has a huge selection of traditional dishes. We tried the Maltese rabbit and their famous pastry called pastizzi.  If you find rabbits too cute to eat them (I totally understand), you can choose from seafood, pasta, risotto etc. Options are endless 🙂

Try the local drinks too. I drank super tasty wines.

Ready for my drinking and eating list?

 

Ta’ Xbiex – Mamma Mia

Our host recommended this Italian restaurant, Mamma Mia. It is located at the Marina with a view to the Marina and the boats. Not a simple Italian place, it offers seafood, different kinds of meat, burgers, pizzas, pasta and salads.

Both of us had chosen fish, my boyfriend ordered baked salmon for him and octopus for me. Both were a very big portion, we were hungry, but couldn’t eat the whole dish.

I always want to try local things, so I drank Maltese rosé wine (Palazzo Verdala), highly recommended 😉 Some kind has half bottle too, was perfect portion for me, because my boyfriend prefers drinking beer and a full bottle would be too much for me.

 

Ta’ Xbiex – Busy Bee Café and Busy Bee Gelateria

The Busy Bee Café is full of beautiful cakes, pastries, chocolates. We had a light dinner: a salmon wrap for me and a panini for my guy, and we also ordered strawberry mango sorbets, which were very refreshing and super tasty.

We needed an ice cream for dessert. The waiter recommended their gelateria a minute away from there. On the way, we decided to eat only one type, but when we looked at the huge selection of delicious ice creams, we immediately changed our minds. Omnomnom… 😛 

Lunch at Ta Xbiex, Busy Bee Café - Drinking and eating in Malta

Lunch at Ta Xbiex, Busy Bee Café - Drinking and eating in Malta

Pietá – Dolce Sicilia

The friendly pastizzeria / bar is located at the Marina, at the edge of Pietá and Msida. Perfect place for breakfast. We couldn’t sit down, was a bit full, but no one was in a hurry.

Feel the Maltese vibe 😉

They have nice coffee, croissants, desserts, gelato, salty and sweet pastries.

 

Sliema – Surfside

Surfside Bar is located on Sliema‘s promenade with 180 degrees view of the blue sea, we enjoyed the sunset from the upper floor. The view is also great from the air-conditioned indoor area with floor to ceiling windows.

Dinner and sunset at Sliema, Surfside bar - Drinking and eating in Malta

Dinner and sunset at Sliema, Surfside bar - Drinking and eating in Malta

They have a huge selection of food and drink. You can choose from pasta, salads, pizzas, hamburgers, Maltese dishes and fishes. We started with some cocktails and we went for the Maltese Platter for 2 people. We were very hungry, but couldn’t eat everything. Just to mention some things from the plate: Maltese sausage, Maltese cheese, olives, dried tomatoes, capers, bean dip and hot bread. Very nice and light dinner for a summer evening. 

Dinner and sunset at Sliema, Surfside bar - Drinking and eating in Malta

 

Gozo – Tal-Furnar Restaurant & Bakery

They advertise themselves with their old and traditional oven cooking. I read about this restaurant some website about Gozo.

We arrived at around 5:30 pm, the sign said it’s open, unfortunately, it wasn’t. We haven’t found any opening time, so decided to have dinner later on the main island. When I got home, I checked their opening time: on Wednesday it’s closed, on the other days it’s open from 8 am to 3 am and between 6 pm and 11 pm. We should have arrived half an hour later.

 

Il-Mellieha – Mithna

Mithna means windmill in Maltese, there’s a big wheel on the facade and the restaurant is situated in a converted 17th-century windmill. The mill still retains most of its original structural features. Today it is the only one still in existence in Mellieha.

Now, let’s talk about food. We had the Maltese reared rabbit, which was super delicious!!! I’m serious, must try it. The menu says it is braised in brandy, curry & coconut milk. One portion costs 22 euros, totally worth the price.

The funniest part was when the head waiter came to our table after we started to eat and said very seriously in a teasing way, that “We, Maltese people eat the rabbit traditionally with our hands and that way it’s tastier.” Hihi, so we continued eating with hands.

Rabbit for dinner at Il-Mellieha, Mithna - Drinking and eating in Malta

For the local dish, I ordered local red wine: Nexus Merlot of Malta from 2014. Mmmmm 😛 Put it on your list!

The restaurant is open every day from 6 pm to 10:30 pm.

 

Golden bay – Apple’s Eye

We got very hungry after the beach in Golden bay, but didn’t want to eat another ice cream, so when we saw the restaurant on the top of the cliff, we stopped by to have dinner and enjoy the sunset. It was a bit crowded, so the service was a bit slow.

The food was good, not the best we had in Malta. My boyfriend’s risotto was better than my pasta with rabbit. The Dolcino rosé wine was very tasty. I am very impressed by Maltese wines.

Dinner at Golden bay, Apple's Eye - Drinking and eating in Malta

Dinner at Golden bay, Apple's Eye - Drinking and eating in Malta

Dinner at Golden bay, Apple's Eye - Drinking and eating in Malta

 

Malta International Airport – Relish

Pastizzi was the 2nd food on my eating list (after the rabbit). Pastizzi is a traditional Maltese pastry. It’s filled with ricotta or mushy peas. Pastizzi are usually diamond-shaped or round-shaped.

Go into a pastizzeria, bar or café and try it. We didn’t have luck in Valletta, we haven’t visited that many pastizzerias, but couldn’t find any. Our Airbnb host told us later, pastizzi are more common in smaller family businesses. I tried it at the airport on the way back home, in a restaurant called Relish (at Gate 1). I completed my Maltese lunch with a can of local Cisk beer. This beer is everywhere. I am not a big fan of beer (I prefer wine), this is good, for me it tastes like a normal lager beer… 

Relish, Pastizzi and Cisk - Drinking and eating in Malta

 

Read more about traditional Maltese cuisines in my About Malta post. 

Enjoy your meal and drink!!!

What was your favourite? Any recommendation for my next visit to Malta?

Thanks in advance 😉

dessert,Recipe

Cheesy salty sticks

Cheesy salty sticks - Quick and easy salty snack only from 5 ingredients

Quick and easy salty snack only from 5 ingredients. Super easy to prepare and your guests will love it. Trust me 😉

When my guests see the salty sticks, their reaction is UUUUUUU and start to eat, they don’t care if it’s still hot 🙂 Freshly baked sticks are the best, just melting in your mouth 😛 omnomnom…

Tips and tricks before starting:

All of the dairy ingredients should be at room temperature, so make sure to take them out from the fridge 1-2 hours before starting. This way the diaries combine better, become smoother and will help to get the perfect texture and taste.

I use the kitchen machine almost for everything because I have to work less this way. The mixing is also working well manually 🙂 I know because I didn’t always have the kitchen machine.

I recommend the freshly baked sticks because freshly made snacks are best. It also tasty the next day, but most of the time, there’s no next day for sticks 🙂

You can make it 1 day before and store in the fridge for a night, covered with plastic wrap. In this case, take it out from the fridge half an hour before rolling.

This portion is enough to fill 3 baking trays with the sticks. If you’re hosting more people, make double portion with 2 balls.

Preparation time: 15 + 15 min

Baking time: 3 x 15 min

Ingredients

  • 250 g flour + some for the rolling
  • 250 g butter, room temperature
  • 250 g cottage cheese
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 150 g (or more) Gouda cheese

Cheesy salty sticks - Quick and easy salty snack only from 5 ingredients

How to make the cheesy salty sticks?

Preheat the oven to 175 oC (350 oF).

Mix flour, room temperature butter and salt until the mixture is completely smooth, then add the cottage cheese and stir till it’s well combined.

Cheesy salty sticks - Quick and easy salty snack only from 5 ingredients

Make a big ball from it and put into the fridge for half an hour, easier to roll the harder mixture.

Or you can prepare it 1 day before and store in the fridge for a night, as you could read the tips and tricks.

Cheesy salty sticks - Quick and easy salty snack only from 5 ingredients

Put the ball onto a lightly floured surface and roll until 3-5 mm thickness and cut into slices. Beat the egg and glaze the top with it. Finally, sprinkle the grated cheese on top.

Cheesy salty sticks - Quick and easy salty snack only from 5 ingredients

Cheesy salty sticks - Quick and easy salty snack only from 5 ingredients

Cheesy salty sticks - Quick and easy salty snack only from 5 ingredients

Place the sticks on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Put into the oven. They need 15-20 minutes, when the cheese on top is golden brown, it’s gooooood 🙂

Cheesy salty sticks - Quick and easy salty snack only from 5 ingredients

Cheesy salty sticks - Quick and easy salty snack only from 5 ingredients

Cheesy salty sticks - Quick and easy salty snack only from 5 ingredients

Serve immediately and enjoy it!

Be careful, it can cause addiction 😉

 

Malta,Travel

Day 5 in Malta – Ghajn Tuffieha bay

Day 5 in Malta - Ghajn Tuffieha bay

The last day on Malta….. We had only the morning, so we visited the Ghajn Tuffieha bay. Was very hard to leave the beach, because on Monday morning it was very peaceful and awesome. I would recommend visiting another nearby bay, Gnejna bay, which is the 3rd sandy beach in this area. You can also stop by in the city of Mgarr, located between Ghajn Tuffieha bay and Gnejna bay.   

Ghajn Tuffieha bay  

Situated at the western coastline between Golden bay and Gnejna bay. This bay is also surrounded by cliffs. Not as touristic as Golden bay, for me Ghajn Tuffieha bay is more likeable.

We visited it on Monday morning as our last destination. First, we checked the view from the tower. I’ll be honest, we went that way accidentally, we walked along the parking area to the defence tower. The view is great from there, the Golden bay is also visible.

Day 5 in Malta - Ghajn Tuffieha bay

Day 5 in Malta - Ghajn Tuffieha bay

Day 5 in Malta - Ghajn Tuffieha bay

The bay looks very mystical with reddish sand when you are going down the stairs. The water is low initially then gets deeper, so perfect for children. The sea might be wavy sometimes depending on the currents and the weather condition.

Day 5 in Malta - Ghajn Tuffieha bay

Day 5 in Malta - Ghajn Tuffieha bay

Lifeguards are there in the summer season because the beach won the Blue Flag quality, so it has to provide 1st quality service. Sun chair and umbrella rental are also available.

I read that the sunset at Ghajn Tuffieha bay is magnificent. So this beach could be the perfect place to finish your day too.

How to get there?

It is only a few minutes from Golden bay, you can follow the Golden bay sign and after that the Ghajn Tuffieha bay sign. There is a big car park on the top of the hill.

You can reach it on foot easily from the Golden bay, walking up on the cliffs to the tower, then down to the bay, in the meantime enjoy the view from the top.

The “Riviera” bus stop belongs to the beach. Reachable by the following bus lines: 44, 101, 223, 225.

Where to eat?

At the foot of the stairs, there is a café. At the car park, you can find a small kiosk too.

 

Gnejna bay

Situated at the western coastline, south from Golden bay and Ghajn Tuffieha bay. This is the 3rd sandy beach in the row. Here you can find sand, pebbles and flat rocks too. The bay is smaller and less crowded. Little boathouses are carved into the hill on the southern part, used by boat owners and local fishermen.

Sun chair and umbrella rental is available.

How to get there?

The bays are almost next to each other, however, you have to drive 5 km from Ghajn Tuffieha bay to Gnejna bay. The parking area is situated beside the beach.

On foot the distance is 1,5 km on the side of the hill, offering an amazing view from the steep paths.

Its bus stop is called “Gnejna”, and only the bus line 101 stops there.

 

Soooooo, which was your favourite beach on the western coastline? Golden bay, Ghajn Tuffieha bay or Gnejna bay? I’m voting for Ghajn Tuffieha 😉