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Malta - a Mediterranean jewel

A jewel in the heart of the Mediterranean, rich in history, culture and natural beauty.

Facts:

 

Capital:  Valletta

Population:  535,000

Area:  316 sq/km

Airport:  Malta International Airport – Luqa

How to get there:  Malta only has one airport which serves the whole of the Maltese Islands. It is situated on the main Island, southwest of the Maltese Capital, Valletta in the town of Luqa.

Description:  Malta forms part of the stunning archipelago including Gozo and Comino, situated right in the middle of the Mediterranean.  It is proud of its heritage and history, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site in its own right.  With history dating back to thousands of years, everywhere you turn, you’ll discover ancient Temples, awe-inspiring fortresses and mediaeval towns, each telling a unique story of a bygone era.  For instance Malta’s elegant capital city, Valletta is renowned for its grand architecture, museums and charming narrow streets. You can wander around the silent city of Mdina and enjoy the stunning views or delve into prehistoric Malta at the Hagar Qim temples, a Neolithic site older than Sonehenge.

Highlights of Malta:


Valletta, known as The Fortress City and built by the Knights of St John.  Valletta is rich in its Baroque architecture, Art, Heritage and  History.  The City is busy by the day, yet it maintains a timeless atmosphere.  It’s a pleasure to walk around inside the city walls where through the narrow streets you come across some of Europe’s finest art works, museums, churches and palaces.

The Megalithic Temples.  These unique temples, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites, were built approximately between 3600 BC and 2500 BC.   Malta and Gozo’s temples are known to be the oldest free-standing temples.  Some of these Temples include; Hagar Qim and Mnajdra in Qrendi, Ta’ Hagrat temples in Mgarr, Skorba temples in Zebbiegh and the Tarxien Temples. 

Mdina, The Silent City. Mdina, was Malta’s very first Capital City for more than 2,000 years.  However when Mdina was no longer the capital city, this became inhabited and a ghost town, thus the name Silent City.  As soon as you walk in through the gates, you are greeted by utter stillness and tranquillity.

Stunning Beaches & Bays – Malta is dotted with hidden coves and stunning sandy and rocky beaches. Some beaches are tucked away and off the beaten path, however worth seeking for their natural beauty.  Due to the mild climate, Malta’s beach days are extended to late October, making it ideal for a boat trip to the little sister Island of Comino.

Cuisine: Malta’s cuisine is a delightful fusion of Mediterranean flavours, rustic and based on the different seasons.  Being surrounded by the sea, Malta is rich in fresh seafood such as octopus stews and Lampuki (dolphinfish).   One cannot miss the fresh Ħobża, Malta’s local bread and the Pastizzi which are small savoury pastries filled with ricotta cheese or mushy peas.