Out and About in La Plagne: Get Busy Off the Snow

Out and About in La Plagne: Get Busy Off the Snow

As any avid ski enthusiast knows, ski holidays are not just about shredding powder each day. After a long day on the slopes and once the sun goes down, there is nothing better than soaking up the atmosphere at the resort and mingling with other powder hounds.
One of the best places for events and après ski is, unquestionably, the famous resort of La Plagne in the Paradiski region. In my humble opinion, it is the best pick of the resorts for a group of lads looking for fun and adventure – this is because it has all kinds of fun activities that you might not normally try at home. Additionally, it boasts fantastic ac-commodation, so you can also spend time unwinding/nursing a hangover in your chalet. La Plagne has plenty of entertainment to choose from each night, but the some of the best events take place in a lively venue named Splitting Feathers.

 

Splitting Feathers is a brand new bar, which is conveniently located at the entrance to Plagne Bellecôte. It has an electric atmosphere every night of the week and a huge se-lection of beers, spirits, soft drinks, hot drinks and food – everything you could need after an exhilarating day on the mountain! Here are a few of the best ways to let loose in this venue.

Karaoke

Sink a few beers for some courage and then get up on stage and sing your heart out with your mates. The great thing about karaoke on holiday is that you’ll never see your audience again, so there’s no need to hold back. This is a barrel of laughs and most per-formers do not take themselves seriously, but keep in mind that the prize for best singer is a bottle of champagne. So get practising beforehand in your chalet! La Plagne’s greatest karaoke act is just waiting to be found…

Pub Quiz

Put your heads together or perhaps split into different teams for the brilliant pub quiz, which will put your trivia knowledge to the test. This is an excellent way to unwind and soak up the warm and friendly atmosphere inside Splitting Feathers, as everyone gets involved and the excitement can escalate rather quickly. There are also superb prizes from a few of the local businesses, such as a free trip on the Tyrolean Zip Wire. What’s more, this is an opportunity to sample the bar’s “resort-famous” home-made curry or to share a plate of nachos.

Bingo

This is not like the bingo your nan plays! Bingo in Splitting Feathers takes the typically quite sedate game and ramps it up a few levels by offering free shots for lines and house. You are sure to walk/stagger away from the bar, feeling very merry and content. Again, bingo is a great time to order some food from the bar and sample the wide range of booze that’s available (there may even be some ale on draft).

I love Splitting Feathers in La Plagne, as there is such a fun vibe and there are so many activities on offer. Of course, there are also plenty of other options in and around the area, which are easily accessible from your chalet. La Plagne has a lot to offer for young groups, and fun times are easy to find!

Sophisticated Sightseeing in Sliema

Sophisticated Sightseeing in Sliema

Whether it’s art galleries you’re after or strolling around amazing churches, the atmospheric coastal town of Sliema offers a wealth of sights for culture aficionados.
Unwind while our Malta Airport transfer whisks you away on a pleasant 20-minute drive to the heart of Malta’s culture capital, where you will be able to explore the historic town of Sliema at your own pace.

 

Visit Remarkable Churches

Sophisticated travellers will appreciate a wander around one of the many stunning churches that this tiny Catholic country has to offer. The Chapel of Our Lady of Graces is well worth a visit. Dating back to 1802, it is the oldest church on the island and is home to two wonderful paintings by Italian Baroque artist, Mattia Preti.

A few streets away, the stunning neo-gothic façade of the church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel cuts an impressive figure from its vantage point overlooking Balluta Bay.

When you’re ready, you can take a quick stroll to the impressive Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, which boasts five works of art by the Maltese painter, Giuseppe Calì.

Perhaps the most striking church is the Baroque Stella Maris Church, which houses a statue of the Virgin Mary.

If you’re lucky, you may even get to witness these spectacular churches in all their glory during the village festivals, which are celebrated from July to September.

Christine X Art Gallery

Art lovers will not be disappointed with this glorious gallery. Formerly known as Artitude, this wonderful little gallery boasts a number of avant-garde abstracts, contemporary interpretations of the Maltese landscape and figurative work by local and foreign up-and-coming artists. Occasionally, the gallery hosts temporary exhibitions that feature local and international artists.

The Salesian Theatre

Just over a century ago, the Juventutis Domus opened its doors with the intention of giving young people a space to create new ideas. Not much has changed since then, as the Salesian Theatre is still considered the artistic and cultural soul of the country.

Each year, this cosy venue hosts a number of live music events, ranging from classical to jazz music. Theatre and art buffs will not be disappointed either, as a number of plays and contemporary art exhibitions take place in the venue on a regular basis.

Folklore Night at the Limestone Heritage Park and Gardens

Enjoy a sultry Mediterranean night in the open air whilst you relax with a glass of red wine and enjoy an evening of traditional music and dancing in Malta’s most unique venue.

Set in impressively landscaped grounds, the Limestone Heritage Park is perfect for a night under the stars. Enjoy the freshest and most authentic Maltese gastronomy, such as crispy traditional bread that’s been dipped in olive oil, tangy goats’ cheese and tempting beef olives. And why not wash down these delicacies with a glass of local wine? If you’re looking for entertainment, you’ve come to the right place: dancers and musicians will perform local dances such as the Maltese Frejgatina (Fishermen’s Dance) and the Farmer’s Dance. The hospitality and friendliness of the Maltese people ensure that this will be an unforgettable night.

How to Get to Sliema

Valetta is the only airport on this tiny island, ensuring that you are never far away from your destination. The flight time from the UK is around three hours, and Malta is served by a number of carriers, including easyJet, Ryanair and Monarch.

Avoid the hassle of looking for a taxi on arrival and pre-book a Malta Airport transfer online. You’ll be sure to start your holiday in style when one of our expert drivers takes you on a pleasurable 20-minute drive to Sliema.

Savour the Flavours of Sliema

Savour the Flavours of Sliema

Once a tiny fishing village, the town of Sliema has grown to become the veritable gastronomic capital of Malta. From typical Maltese dishes to Asian fusion, you’re sure to find a restaurant to suit your palate and your wallet in this delightful town.
Situated only 20 minutes away from the airport, you can easily travel from terminal to table with one of Shuttle Direct’s transfers from Malta Airport. Our knowledgeable local drivers will be delighted to whisk you away to a restaurant that tickles your taste buds.

 

Our Top Picks

We have hand-picked some of the best restaurants in Sliema for sophisticated travellers and foodies alike. Check them out!

Il Merill

Dine in the tranquillity of this secluded family-run restaurant, which is located near Sliema’s waterfront.

Named after Malta’s national bird, – the blue rock thrush – this intimate restaurant offers a variety of traditional dishes from Malta and from the rest of the Mediterranean. The dishes, which are lovingly prepared by the head chef Patrick, are very generous in size, so only dine here if you’re hungry! The large portion sizes ensure excellent value for money.

L’Artiste

For lovers of fine Italian dining, L’Artiste will not disappoint.

Situated at the beginning of the Tigne Peninsula, this intimate family-run eatery offers the perfect setting for a romantic meal.

At the front of the house, the restaurant manager Gino will make your evening extra special with his witty repartee. He takes genuine pride in advising diners on the best dishes and, as an added bonus, he may even serenade you with his wonderful guitar playing.

In the kitchen, chef Steve Schembri passionately recreates local and Italian dishes with a contemporary twist. There is also something special on offer for wine lovers, who will be spoilt for choice when they behold the restaurant’s exhaustive wine list.

Rocksalt

Serious foodies will love this unique concept café. Situated on the densely packed Tigne seafront, which is where many restaurants jostle for attention, this atmospheric café-cum-wine bar stands out against the crowd.

Rocksalt is famous for its stunning and elaborate dishes, and also boasts a carefully crafted ambience. For those looking to sample the crème de-la crème of cuisine from France, Greece, Italy and Spain, then this restaurant is the place to go.

If you’re impressed by the food, you can also bring some home, as the café boasts a recently opened delicatessen store, where you can buy a selection of high-quality products.

Medasia Fusion Lounge

Situated bang in the middle of Sliema’s coastal road is the unlikely location for this chic gastro-lounge.

As its name suggests, this bold eatery offers an exotic combination of Mediterranean and European cuisine. If you want to sample the culinary delights from Japan, Thailand and China, which are all prepared with a distinctly European flair, this is the place for you!

Charles Grech Bistro

Highly reputed in Malta, the Charles Grech brand took the country by storm with the opening of its first café in Valletta.

The restaurant in Sliema continues to wow diners with its sophisticated French cuisine. This eatery boasts a menu consisting of everything you’d expect from a Parisian bistro, including foie gras and beef tartare that has been cooked to perfection.

Athletic and Après Ski Adventures in La Tania

Athletic and Après Ski Adventures in La Tania

If it’s an adrenaline rush you’re after, then La Tania is the perfect place for you. Nestled in the prestigious Three Valleys ski area and only two lift rides away from the swanky resorts of Mèribel and Courchevel, you’re sure to have plenty of fun both on and off the piste!
With a variety of pistes to choose from, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice here. For a double dose of excitement and adventure, you could try the piste which runs through the gorgeous woodland. Just make sure that you don’t forget to pack your winter sports travel insurance, and you’ll really be ready for anything.

 

After a long day of skiing, you’re going to need some fun downtime. We’ve put together a list of the most stylish places to see – and to be seen in – for the wildest après ski events.

The Drop Inn Bar

This is the newest and funkiest place in Courchevel. With a friendly, chilled-out vibe and a pool table, this is a great place to relax. Check out Wine Wednesdays, on which each glass will only set you back three Euros… oh, and you’re sure to be pleased with the fantastic selection of wines from all over the world.

La Taïga Lounge

If it’s excellent food you’re after, La Taïga doesn’t disappoint. This alpine-style restaurant and cocktail bar is located in La Tania, and boasts the most tantalising Savoyard cuisine. This place attracts a more sophisticated crowd, and is bound to get packed when live bands play at the weekends.

Pub Le Ski Lodge

If you’re looking for down-to-earth food, you’ll love this pub with an alpine twist. Pub Le Ski offers a range of favourites, such as speciality burgers, ribs, chilli, pasta, salads and sandwiches in a relaxed atmosphere. Thanks to its daily happy hours and après ski events on its heated terrace, this venue is very popular among young adults who are looking to let loose on their holiday. What’s more, there are themed nights, 4 big-screen TVs and regular live music performances.

Bouc Blanc

This huge restaurant has an open air sun deck, which can accommodate up to 400 people. On cold days, there is indoor seating on two levels. The service here is surprisingly quick – you can even get a cooked-to-perfection steak in only three minutes! This is a great place to chill out for lunch, and a favourite among tourists and locals alike.

Don’t Forget…

If you’re a real thrill seeker who loves nothing more than death-defying snowboarding, adrenaline-raising cross country skiing or gravity-busting tobogganing, make sure you stay safe with winter sports travel insurance. If you take the necessary precautions before jetting off on your athletic getaway, you can be sure that your winter sports travel insurance won’t let you down – and you’ll enjoy your adventures all the more!