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Why we love Malta…
Malta is a place of surprising diversity and no little history.
Precise knowledge of this island nation’s past is usually limited to the fact that it was once part of the British Empire (from 1814 to 1964). It played a key strategic role in World War Two.
But Malta’s story can be traced way back into the fourth century BC. Yes, this island has more to offer than kiss-me-quick hats and half-melted ice cream.
Of course, referring to Malta as an ‘island nation’ is also something of an oversight. Technically, it is an archipelago of rocky outcrops. Only three, the main island Malta, Gozo and Comino, are inhabited.
Together they make up a mere 316 km² of land, but there’s much to enjoy nonetheless. To name a few highlights, there is the delightful walled city Mdina, some small but lovely beaches, fabulous sea views and waters perfect for scuba diving.
As the capital, Valletta is the key city of Malta. It is a delightful spot, standing proud on a short peninsula on the main island’s north-east coast, and blessed with a visible history that saw it granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1980.
But of course there is a lot more to discover and to experience.
Some interesting sites to see in Malta.
Valletta, a magnificent City built for gentlemen.
When visiting Malta, the capital city Valletta is definitely a must see! One of Europe’s most beautiful cities with a rich history dating back to the Knights of St. John who built the city in the 16th Century.
Visit St. John’s Co-Cathedral. A a truly magnificent building considered to be one of the world’s greatest cathedrals. Have a look at its plain austere exterior and contrasting extreme baroque interior. Featuring a tapestry like flooring made of a series of marble tombs of the Grand Masters of the Knights of St. John. It is one of the most visited cultural attraction in Malta.
The Upper Barrakka Gardens from where you have a fantastic view of the natural Grand Harbour. A great place to have a relaxing drink in the well tended garden while enjoying the view. You can watch the reenactment and firing of the saluting battery daily at noon and 4pm. The reenactment is a fun activity to watch, not to be missed. A great spot to make picturesque photos!
Interested in learning a little about the history of Malta? Visit The Malta Experience, an audio visual show giving you an entertaining summary of Malta’s history in just 45 minutes. The show is on daily on the hour from 10 am to 4pm.
You can take a free guided walking tour visiting all the main sites of Valletta!
Visit Mdina, the old capital city of Malta. Enjoy wandering around the winding tiny streets of Mdina enclosed by imposing bastions that surround the city. Mdina has a rich 4000 year old history featuring various invaders such as the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Arabs, the Knights, the French and the British… History lurking around each corner!
Visit the market at the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk. This village is popular for it’s daily market, it’s fish restaurants and tranquil seaside walks around the coast. A great place to see the typical colourful Maltese Luzzu with the painted eyes keeping evil at bay!
Visit Malta, you’ll surely love it!