One day in Gozo, Malta – things to do

One day in Gozo, Malta - things to do | PACK THE SUITCASES

On our trip to Malta, we spent one day in Gozo, Malta’s smaller and quieter neighbour to the north. It’s much more rural and green than Malta and has some beautiful scenery. We had hideous weather on our day there, which didn’t help, but we made the most of it.

Here are a few things to do in Gozo, including craft beer and the Citadel…

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Day trip to two sandy beaches in Malta: Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha

Day trip to two sandy beaches in Malta: Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha | PACK THE SUITCASES

We decided to explore the coastline with a day trip to two sandy beaches in Malta: Golden Bay and Ghaj Tuffieha. For some reason, there’s a myth that Malta only has rocky beaches. It does, but it has a fair few sandy ones too. We’re not fussy about what terrain beaches are – we don’t sunbathe or swim. But it’s always good to see a bit of variation. This area has a lovely walk/hike you can do and we were frustrated with how busy Valletta was, so it was ideal to get off the beaten track. And after a chilly few days in Valletta and Mdina, we got lucky with the weather this day: an added bonus that made for some pretty photographs… if I do say so myself.

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A day in Valletta and the Three Cities, Malta

A day in Valletta and the Three Cities, Malta | PACK THE SUITCASES

We spent our first day in Malta exploring Valletta and Birgu, one of the Three Cities, just wandering round to get a taste for the place and taking a ridiculous amount of photos. Valletta – a honey-coloured fortress city full of Baroque architecture – is the capital of Malta. The Three Cities is an area of, unsurprisingly, three cities built in very close proximity to each other around the Grand Harbour. The Three Cities is just over the water from Valletta so it’s ideal to see both in a day – we only went to Birgu, but you could easily do the other two as well.

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5 train-themed things to do in Japan for railfans and train geeks

Five things to do in Japan for railfans | PACK THE SUITCASES

Japan’s trains are a cut above anywhere else in the world. No one in Japan has ever been reduced to tears by the words ‘rail replacement bus service.’ Because of this, they’ve become quite a cult thing to obsess over and Japan is an absolute goldmine of brilliant and hilarious train-based stuff. I knew I’d have to write up my top things to do in Japan for railfans, and I’ve not even scratched the surface yet.

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How to watch sumo in Tokyo, Japan

Watching sumo in Tokyo, Japan | PACK THE SUITCASES

Watching sumo in Tokyo was not on our ‘must-do’ list of things for our first trip to Japan back in 2015. We didn’t really know anything about it and it seemed a bit weird and didn’t interest us. But we did it anyway and LOVED it. For our second trip, in January this year, we knew we wanted to go again. And after that, we seem to have become actual sumo fans. Who’d have thought it?

So we thought we’d share what it’s like going to watch it for the day and some useful things you need to know before you go.

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