Visiting in April 2014

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Visiting in April 2014

Postby Playbyte » Tue 16 Jul 2013 11:22

We have booked to come over to Malta for a month staying in an area we are familiar with namely Sliema where we have managed to get an apartment for a great price.

We intend to divide up our time going around lots of towns and villages, including Gozo, to get a feel for the area we would like to live in.

If anyone has some favourite places to go and see please add them here and we will work out a plan.

We will be travelling around by bus rather than hiring a car as that suits us.

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Postby Brightside » Tue 16 Jul 2013 20:24

Roger ....I'm biased but I Think Gozo is far superior to Malta ....despite its small size there is so much happening, and generally friendlier and more relaxed so I would recommend spending a few days on Gozo to get the feel of the place
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Postby SandT » Thu 15 Aug 2013 08:09

Gozo is lovely and in many ways I'd be happy to live there. The main put-off for us is the ferry trip between Gozo and Malta and the time aspect when we have to meet family and friends at the airport at very late or very early times (and return them) and when we have to catch the very early catamaran to Sicily - and also - when a strong wind is in the wrong direction, the long stomach-churning trip all round Comino to reach Malta. A very good friend of ours is soon to move from Malta to Gozo and I shall enjoy visiting them and no doubt I shall once again mull over in my mind thoughts of living there.

Other than that, if you can put up with the summer holiday-makers who crowd the beach - especially during August - Mellieha in Malta is a very nice town and a pleasant place to live. It's where we chose - and only a short trip to the ferry to Gozo! Folk are friendly and there are plenty of cafés and restaurants to meet up with friends and plenty of shops too. Buses go to most parts of the island and here in the north are the best beaches and lots of country walks not too far out.

The town has been smartened up over the last couple of years and is really nice now - other than driving along the main hill through the centre of the town where bendy buses and people who double park cause daily havoc - however, even that provides entertainment if you sit with a drink at a café and watch how it all works out! So many similar local occurrences all over Malta have to be treated with patience and acceptance.

Mellieha has plenty of activities available; several events arranged by the local council plus many courses where you can occupy yourself and make new friends; a small library; gyms and pools in the hotels etc.

The town shops are in two sections - the top half of the town just as you come in from the hill up from Xemxija where it is mainly flat and there is a large variety of "everyday" shops and it is near the area of the town called the Santa Maria Estate where the villas tend to be and "The Heights" where we live. The lower part just down the hill has more shops and also the touristy shops.

The bottom (and third) part of Mellieha is right down near the beaches but there is such a long and steep hill down that if you lived down there you'd not want to walk up the hill often, especially in the hot months.

It is a town where I'd suggest you come and mooch about to get the feel of it - maybe on your way to Gozo! It is NOT however, the place to live if you have a walking disability as many pavements in the lower part are too narrow and uneven to make for easy walking if you have any such problem - perhaps as per many, many towns in Malta.

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Postby Playbyte » Thu 15 Aug 2013 15:56

SandT (Sheelagh) - Thank you for a lovely response and humorous to boot.

We are of the older generation and looking for that oh so elusive quit place to while away our twilight years. We have been to Malta on several occasions in the past and are very familiar with Mellieha area.

The entertainment you describe reminds us of similar experiences when we visited Lindos on the island of Rhodes where we sat for many an hour eating our ice cream and being entertained by the locals trying to manoeuvre buses and cars around a tree which was the roundabout at the end of the road and had to be negotiated to get back up the hill.

From reading several items about where to live we are favouring Gozo for its tranquility and beauty but, decisions on where we want to live will be made on our next visit in April next year.

Having read many articles we currently favour the idea of finding an apartment in the area of choice, living there for 6 months to see that we have made the right decision then buying our own property. This would give us the opportunity to move to a different area if it didn't work out.

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Postby SandT » Fri 16 Aug 2013 06:52

Hi Roger, it's a very wise choice to rent in the area where you think you'd like to live first. You will then find out about all sorts of things including: early morning "walkers" and whether you are on their favourite, quiet, walking route. Our first "gorgeous" house was in a lovely quiet area because it was just one large oval meeting itself at the entrance, so didn't have passing through traffic and the view was stupendous. Morning walkers were a regular there because of those factors. However, in the warmer and lighter months the walkers started walking round completing their circles of exercising but they were mainly groups of two or three women and being Maltese, talked together very loudly and regularly woke us up as early as 5am - and then again 12 minutes later just when we'd nodded off - and then again 12 minutes later ......... They walked round and round and round..... Our elderly Maltese neighbour said she'd had to hang onto her husband's pyjamas to stop him going out on the balcony and yelling at them to shut up!

You can find out if there are non-stop barking dogs near you; whether there is someone working out of his garage next door, using it as a mechanic/body-beater etc from early morning 'til late evening causing not only a lot of noise that gets you down but also taking up all the parking close to you (two friends who have now moved again suffered this).

So many things to look out for! But such fun looking at properties!

We are retired too and having spent several years living deep in the breath-takingly beautiful countryside in the middle of France, when we moved to Malta three years ago we decided that we wanted the convenience of being able to walk into town rather than having to drive everywhere; we wanted a town where there was enough going on that it didn't disappear and become a ghost town once the summer tourists had gone home and also a town small enough for the shopkeepers to know you and chat. Mellieha fits that bill.

Good luck on your search.

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Postby Playbyte » Fri 16 Aug 2013 07:06

Thank you Sheelagh, these are things we hadn't thought about but we will certainly look out for them now we know. Thats the beauty of reading all the posts here in the forum from the "experienced" ones.

We agree, whilst it is nice to be peaceful we want to immerse ourselves in the local community and get to know the people of Malta and of course some expats lol.

Planning for this move is very exciting and there are so many things to think about and our list is getting longer and longer. We do expect to come over and visit at different times of the year during the next 3 years in our planning stage to get to know the seasons.

We don't expect to get it right despite lots of planning but thats the fun of such a big adventure and we are both well used to moving around every few years so making the move is not daunting us at all.

Although we will be retired and self sufficient when we finally arrive one of the things we are looking at is having some kind of training school for care workers as that is our trade at the moment, so a larger property farmhouse style might suit us but anything could happen during the next few years to dismiss that idea.

If anyone reading this wants to send us more specific info that they are not wishing to publish on the forum then please PM us and we will reply.

Roger and my lovely wife Marion
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Postby Malta2014 » Thu 07 Nov 2013 18:35

I will be house hunting from 16th to 23rd November, I have a couple of job interviews lined up.
How much for a 3 bed apartment to rent in Malta?
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Postby gozomark » Thu 07 Nov 2013 18:46

depends on the area - € 300 upwards
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Postby maxine » Thu 07 Nov 2013 19:44

Hi Malta2014

We will be doing exactly the same thing :) We arrive on Tuesday from the USA and will be house hunting so maybe we should trade info as we find properties. We have a place to stay in Mellieha for a month or until we find somewhere suitable.

Getting very excited now :)
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Postby Playbyte » Thu 07 Nov 2013 19:53

Hi again

We are coming over for a month in April 2014 so I would appreciate being adding to the loop as well please.

We intend to rent a place for 2 years which will form a storage place and a base to keep returning to from the UK, while we get ever nearer to 2016, to carry out our research. Our current thoughts are to stay in Sliema and look around a list of places we have picked out as well as keeping an eye on Gozo as being our probable final destination.
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Postby PeaCakes » Thu 07 Nov 2013 21:37

Playbyte wrote:Hi again

We are coming over for a month in April 2014 so I would appreciate being adding to the loop as well please.

We intend to rent a place for 2 years which will form a storage place and a base to keep returning to from the UK, while we get ever nearer to 2016, to carry out our research. Our current thoughts are to stay in Sliema and look around a list of places we have picked out as well as keeping an eye on Gozo as being our probable final destination.


Sliema is a nice place but busy and difficult to park a car, to say the least. Very difficult indeed! Important to ensure you have a garage or parking space included with the rental property.
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Postby Playbyte » Thu 07 Nov 2013 22:06

Ty PeaCakes we dont intend to have a car as we will be going everywhere on public transport using their 7 day savings card.

If that doesnt work out then I will revert to my youth and buy a Vespa scooter lol.

We have stayed in Sliema several times in the past and are well used to it and from that knowledge we can expand out and learn.
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Postby PeaCakes » Fri 08 Nov 2013 11:39

SandT wrote:However, in the warmer and lighter months the walkers started walking round completing their circles of exercising but they were mainly groups of two or three women and being Maltese, talked together very loudly and regularly woke us up as early as 5am - and then again 12 minutes later just when we'd nodded off - and then again 12 minutes later ......... They walked round and round and round..... Our elderly Maltese neighbour said she'd had to hang onto her husband's pyjamas to stop him going out on the balcony and yelling at them to shut up!

You can find out if there are non-stop barking dogs near you; whether there is someone working out of his garage next door, using it as a mechanic/body-beater etc from early morning 'til late evening causing not only a lot of noise that gets you down but also taking up all the parking close to you (two friends who have now moved again suffered this).


Good point regarding the walkers!!
But you are so right about the dogs and panel beaters etc. On our recent house hunting trip to Gozo we came across both of these. The next door dog barked non stop during two viewings to the same property and next door to one house had turned their front room into a workshop.
Another issue we can across was whenever there was a vacant plot of land on any side of a property be careful about what they can build and how it may impact on your day light and views etc. I know there are supposed to be laws to protect these but...............
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Postby gozomark » Fri 08 Nov 2013 11:43

there are no laws protecting views or daylight
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