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GOOD TO KNOW: Famous Ferry Routes from Great Britain
09.04.2014

As one of the more laid-back modes of transport, stepping onto a ferry is the perfect start to a holiday. With destinations including the French port of Calais and the city of Rotterdam, travelling by ferry will take passengers to some of the most vibrant towns and cities in the world. For the military community, arranging these travel experiences with O.Girke will provide you with advice, discounts and insurance to ensure your holiday experience are ones to remember.

For the most famous routes by ferry, it is the destination that makes them stand out. One such route takes passengers from Liverpool to Dublin. With the picturesque landscape of the Glendalough valley and the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher, Ireland is a place that attracts visitors year-round. Reaching Ireland by ferry, passengers can depart from Liverpool or Holyhead, before arriving in Dublin, Ireland’s capital city. Crossing the North Channel, the journey takes on average about 8 hours though P&O Ferries.

For ferry passengers travelling to France, a popular route to take is from Dover to Calais. The short 90 minute journey ferries you across a narrow section of the English Channel, before arriving at the port town of Calais. As one of the busiest ports in France, Calais sees a lot of tourists pass through the town every year - many destined for the sights of Paris. The operators on this route include P&O Ferries and LD Lines.

Lastly, the long established ferry service that takes passengers from the east of England to Southwest Holland. Through P&O Ferries, passengers travel a 6 hour journey from Harwich, an Essex seaport, across the North Sea and to the Hook of Holland, a western town in the Netherlands. Before taking in the sights of Holland, tourists disembark onto a large Stena Line operated terminal.

TRAVELING TO: Malta
09.04.2014

What to see and do in Malta With it's location in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea it should come as no surprise that the history, culture and lifestyle of Malta has grown out of the various civilizations that have ruled the island. This has left us today with a vibrant country with a strong sense of identity and a top class holiday destination.

History
Malta has been ruled by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Byzantines, Romans and latterly the Knights of the order of St John. This means the island has architecture and history dating back thousands of years. Highlights include The Grandmasters Palace, Sacra Infermeria and most famously St John's Co Cathedral.

Valetta
The capital city Valetta covers an area of less than one square kilometre so walking around it's historic streets is easy and public transport is not required. The city has a busy nightlife and can provide a full range of entertainment

Malta, Gozo and Comino
The country is made up of three islands. Gozo is only half an hour away by ferry and has lovely beaches and is well known as a snorkelling centre. The pace of life here is slow and a perfect place to relax. The smallest island of Comino is a stones throw from Gozo and is almost uninhabited. It's most famous attraction is the Blue Lagoon a much photographed natural feature. Malta itself has a range of beach resorts on it's north coast such as Mellieha Bay, Ghafin Tuffieha and Golden Bay

Culture
Each year Malta holds the Malta Arts Festival, the Valetta Baroque Festival and also Opera, Choir and Jazz festivals. There are also a range of religious festivals throughout the year led by the five day Carnival that precedes Ash Wednesday.

Food and drink
As you would expect Maltese cuisine draws on a range of influences. Look for local dishes like Lampuki Pie(fish pie), Rabbit stew and Kapunata a local version of ratatouille. The island has it's own vineyards making use of varieties such as Merlot, Syrah, Grenache, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

Getting there
There are direct flights to Malta from most European countries including Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Norway and the UK.

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