Malta is an amazing island, and would definitely suggest to everyone to go and enjoy its beauties. It is not as popular among tourists like Spain or Italy, and it is similar in popularity to for example Madera,…but this post might open your horizon of choices when deciding to see some unique places. I will give you 5 reasons to explore Malta before planning your next trip.
- WHEN TO GO: If you ask me when is the best time to go there, I would recommend travelling to Malta in late Spring or early Autumn when the weather is the best for sightseeing and exploring. In the summer it is very warm, though I am not so thrilled to spend my summer vacation there (as I prefer Greece or Spain for seaside). Winter is a bit rainy and windy, but temperature does not go under 10-15 degrees. This is an example of a beach near Intercontinental hotel and St George’s bay.
- WHERE IS MALTA: Malta has a great location, since it a small island situated between Sicily and the North African coast (Lybia), and it is surrounded with two small islands: Gozo and Comino as well as with clean Mediterranean sea. Gozo is quite nice as I heard, full of farmers and fishermen – haven’t been but should be on your TO DO list. According to myth-history, Gozo is the island where the nymph Calypso held Odysseus captive for seven years. This photo depicts what was the most famous attraction in Gozo – Azure window – stone arch carved by the sea, but unfortunately it collapsed in March 2017. It reminds me a bit of Lalaria beach in Skiathos and regret what happened to it, as looks astonishing. In Malta it is easy to get around the island even by public transportation, and it is quite calm to drive around on a bike or in a car. Below is a photo of a public bus which circles around the island and you can see it all the time on the streets.
- HISTORY, ARCHITECTURE, CULTURE: Malta became independent from the UK since 1964. However, Malta is interesting and charming because of its history and architecture. They are influenced by a mix of Roman and Arab cultures. Most of Valletta’s (capital city )architecture dates from the 16th and 17th centuries, but there are also Baroque influences. The city is built on on a plateau, and the streets dip down to the water. Malta, and mostly Valletta, are full of ancient and medieval temples, cathedrals ( in co-cathedral of St. John you may see famous Caravaggio‘s paintings), catacombs etc. Here are some photos to depict Valletta’s architecture:
On the other hand, I am extreme fan of medieval warriors and knights for their outfits, masks, shields and fearlessness – and island is known for Knights of Malta, nominated by Roman Catholic Church. There are many souvenirs based on this theme, so I also bought myself a small statue to remind me of Malta:
- ENGLISH is one of the two dominant languages (other than Maltese, which sounds to me like a combination of Arabic and Italian). Malta is famous also for English language learning schools, so especially in the summer the island is full of students and young people. I was there for a few times, and every time I was situated at St Julian’s area, which is famous for all the young people and those who come to practice English language.
- ACTIVITIES : You can eat quite well at Malta, as most of the restaurants offer great Mediterranean cuisine. I tried cooked rabbit for example as I heard it was traditional to eat it there, and delicious Sicilian style cannolis. For the party, nightlife and some international mega hotels, spa clubs…St. Julian’s and Sliema are parts of the city to be at. And if you are into some extreme sea sports then definitely try snorkeling, diving in Malta.
I hope I gave you enough good reasons why should you travel to Malta one day. I am sure you will love it, as much as I did, as I haven’t hear any bad experiences so far about it. It is small, fun and sunny, so absolute winner! 🙂
By Classy Explorer