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Cerviola Hotel

The Cerviola Hotel is situated in Marsascala; just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre, an unspoilt tourist village in the south of the island.

The Hotel Cerviola has an official rating of 3 stars, but has more facilities than most 3 star hotels in Malta.  
The hotel has 51 hotel rooms which come with a private shower, TV, Air conditioning, Coffee Machine and free Wi-Fi. Most rooms come with a balcony.  

Facilities includes a 24-hour laptop with internet access at the reception lounge, a rooftop swimming pool with bar (from April to October), laundry service and an in-house mini market.

The Hotel has a range of dining options including an enriched continental and English buffet in the hotel’s restaurant.

Public transport to Valletta is just 3 meters away, right outside the property. From the bus stop you can go to Valletta and from there you can get transport right across the island.

Malta International Airport is just 6.8 km away, 12 minutes away by car.  
The hotel offers a taxi service on request, fare between 20€ - 25€, depending on the time of day.   
You can also use the Public transport service to and from the airport at a cost between 6€ - 8€, duration 1 hour.  

Car hire service is also available directly from Hotel at very competitive prices.

Eco Tax

Guests will be charged ECO TAX - 50c per adult, per night (18 years and over) paid on check in.

Maximum of €5.00 per adult

Location

Marsascala is situated in the south of the island and it sprawls at the feet of two hillsides descending from the villages of Haz-Zabbar and Zejtun. Its long U-shaped coastline and beach, its rocky promontories and its multicoloured fishing vessels give it lots of character. This is enhanced by a big variety of modern leisure facilities, restaurants and bars. Marsascala is still relatively quiet even during the peak summer months. It’s a good and quieter alternative to avoid the hustle and bustle of busy tourist resorts like Sliema, St. Julian’s and Buġibba.

In the holiday season Marsascala is buzzing with activity, much loved by locals and visitors alike. The mood is so relaxed here that the favourite pastime is walking along the promenade that stretches all the way around the bay from Zonqor Point around to the St. Thomas Tower, with stops on the way for drinks and snacks. These walks usually take place in the evenings as it’s a lot cooler than during the day. When it’s just too warm to contemplate walking, the day is usually spent in and around the beaches, the cafes and restaurants.

Marsascala Bay used to extend deep into the valley to a cave with a natural spring of fresh water where old mariners took their water before sailing. This zone used to be a haven for Roman ships during their long period of occupation. It is partnered by the next bay called St. Thomas Bay, dominated by the huge St. Thomas Fortress built by the Knights of St. John. 


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Directions to Cerviola Hotel (Marsaskala) with public transport

The following transport lines have routes that pass near Cerviola Hotel.
  Bus : 135, 91

Weather

Weather forecast accessible from  here .

Places of Interest

St Thomas Tower

Grand Master Wignacourt commissioned the building of St Thomas Tower out of his own pocket, building it on a plot of land he had bought. It cost him 12,000  skudi, a huge sum for the time and is bigger than other towers built by the Order of St John.

The reason is that, apart from guarding the bay, it was also used for storing weapons. The eighteen-metre high tower, which was named after a small chapel dedicated to St Thomas, has four small bastions, one in every corner.

The walls are five metres thick and a wide dry ditch runs all round the tower. A small window in the basement looks over the front battery which was armed with cannons and faced the sea. The tower used to have a drawbridge.

Mamo Tower

It was built in 1657 by the Mamo family. It can be found in the area known as Tar-Rumi, on the road leading to Żejtun. Built in the form of a cross, it has a small dry ditch around it and used to have a drawbridge.
On the inside, Mamo Tower has a big circular room in the centre, with three lateral smaller rooms opening into each of the arms. The fourth arm contains a flight of stairs leading to the roof. It was recently renovated by Din l-Art Ħelwa, a government owned organisation


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Tal-Buttar Tower

This tower, although privately owned, has been declared a national monument due to its unique features. Tall-Buttar Tower in fact contains a watermill within it and the machinery of the watermill is probably one of the best surviving examples in Malta

San Gaetan Chapel

The same family that built Mamo Tower built St Gaetan Chapel in 1657. This chapel and its saint were very sought after by local fishermen and their devotion is reflected in the inscriptions still visible on the stone of the medieval building
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The Three Crosses Monument

The origins of the Three Crosses monument are shrouded in mystery. Over the years, there have been many different interpretations as to why it was built. Among the popular theories are that three monks were killed by Turks and buried there; a man died of the plague and was buried at the site by the people of Żejtun; an elderly hermit was buried three times in that place, after arising from death. Another less fantastical theory suggests that the Monument of the Three Crosses was built around 1615 to indicate the confines between Żejtun and Żabbar.


St.  Anthony Chapel

Originally within the limits of Żejtun, this chapel is dedicated to St Anthony of Padua and was built in 1675. The feast of St Anthony is still held annually on June 13th with a mass and a short homily.
Small loaves of bread are distributed among the congregation on this day. Within the chapel there’s a small statue of St Anthony which used to be taken out to sea by Maltese fishermen. They lowered the statue into the sea praying and hoping for a good catch. And farmers used to lower it inside their wells during droughts.
 
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Żonqor Point Salt Pans

A ll along the coast of Marsascala salt pans are a common sight, especially at Żonqor Point and also towards St Thomas Bay. These historic salt pans, called  salini by the Maltese, have been carved out into the top layer of rock in squarish shapes. When filled with water, these salt pans make for an interesting sight to behold, especially at sunset

Riħama Battery

Riħama Battery lies on the southern end of St Thomas Bay. It used to be an artillery battery built by the Order of the Knights between 1714 and 1716 as one of a series of coastal fortifications around the coasts of the Maltese Islands. The building still exists but has long since fallen into disrepair.
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Birgu

Is a medieval fortress city surrounded by fortifications. It was fortified by the Order of St John under the Grand Master L’Isle Adam after seeing the pity state of Malta’s defenses especially those around the harbours when they were given Malta as their new home. After the Great Siege of 1565, Birgu was awarded the title Città Vittoriosa after withstanding the brutal attacks of the Ottoman Empire. 

Modern day Birgu is slowly developing into a high profile historical showcase of Maltese tradition with its narrow winding streets, alleyways, and converted townhouses. You can relax in the wine bars, elegant restaurants, and the Birgu waterfront , which have brought new life to the small city.

There’s a lot to see and explore in Birgu especially the Malta Maritime Museum, the Inquisitor’s Palace, the Vittoriosa Parish Museum, Malta at War Museum, Fort St. Angelo, and the Church of Saint Lawrence.

Valletta: Malta's Elegant Capital

This fortified city is the elegant capital of the Republic of Malta. The entire city of Valletta is testimony to the grandeur of the Knights of Malta, the European noblemen who were granted the Maltese Islands by the King of Spain in 1530. The city was named after Grand Master Jean Parisot de Valette, who succeeded in defending the island from an Ottoman invasion in 1565. The city's fortifications, consisting of bastions, curtains and cavaliers, along with the beauty of its Baroque palaces, gardens and churches was given the nickname of Superbissima – Latin for "Proudest". The city was officially recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980.

Places to visit in Valletta: 

Palaces

Grand Master’s Palace and Armoury, Palazzi Auberge de Baviere, Auberge d’Aragon, Auberge d’Italie, Auberge de Provence,  Auberge de Castille


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Blue Lagoon, Island of Comino

An amazing nature site, The Blue Lagoon is a mesmerizing scene of crystal-clear turquoise waters. It has a South Pacific quality with the waters lapping over a white-sand seabed. This expansive lagoon gives the impression of being a giant swimming pool because its waters are so calm and the shallow end is safe enough for children. 

The Medieval Town of Mdina :

Mdina offers an adventure to an enchanting medieval city. This fascinating medieval hilltop town is ingrained in history. From the time of the Phoenicians, Arabs , Roman and up to the time of the Knights of St. John and even later. This can be seen by the different kinds of architecture in the town. When passing through the remarkable Main Gate to enter the city, tourists are given the impression of walking back in time.

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The Blue Grotto

The Blue Grotto is a complex of seven caves found along the southern coast of the island, and less than a kilometre west of Wied iż-Żurrieq. It is approached by a winding road on a cliff high above the Sea, with  fabulous coastal scenery. It faces the little deserted islet of Filfla. A boat trip to the caves is the best way to experience the beauty of the area. It is also an exceptionally popular diving and snorkelling spot, due to the very clear, clean and deep waters.  The site is extremely popular, attracting thousands of tourists per year.

The location of this fascinating natural grotto combines with sunlight and the surrounding chain of caves to reflect the phosphorescent colours of the submerged flora and the deep dark shade of blue of the sea.

Marsaxlokk

Marsaxlokk is a small, traditional fishing village in the South of Malta and is the largest fishing harbour of the island. It has been so since antiquity and today the greater part of fish sold on the islands are caught by fishermen coming from this village. Traditional luzzu’s and larger fishing vessels can be seen in the sheltered harbour which make a very colourful sight.

During the week, fishermen coming in with their catch take the fish to the fish market in Marsa but on Sundays, fish is sold directly to consumers by the fishermen from stalls in the Marsaxlokk’s Sunday fish market which also includes vegetables stalls by the local farmers along with clothing and souvenirs stalls.

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