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Malta

Nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean, Malta is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. This enchanting archipelago boasts a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty, making it a must-visit destination for travellers. From its ancient fortresses and crystal-clear waters to its vibrant festivals and delectable cuisine, Malta offers an unforgettable experience. I was fortunate enough to spend a month here a few years ago for work so lets dive into what makes Malta a unique and captivating destination.

Marsaxlokk Harbour

Malta's History

Malta's history is a fascinating, with evidence of human habitation dating back to 5900 BC. The islands have been a crossroads of civilizations, influenced by Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, and the Knights of St. John. One of the most iconic historical sites is the Megalithic Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which are some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world.

The medieval city of Mdina, known as the "Silent City," offers a step back in time with its narrow winding streets and grand palaces. Meanwhile, the capital city, Valletta, founded by the Knights of St. John in the 16th century, is a treasure trove of Baroque architecture and historical landmarks, including St. John's Co-Cathedral and the Grandmaster's Palace.

Natural Beauty

Malta's natural beauty is as captivating as its history. The archipelago comprises three main islands: Malta, Gozo, and Comino, each offering unique landscapes and outdoor activities. The Blue Lagoon on Comino is renowned for its turquoise waters and is perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and diving (this can be super busy especially during peak tourist season). For those who enjoy hiking, the rugged cliffs and scenic trails of Gozo provide breathtaking views and a chance to explore the island's rural charm.

The Dingli Cliffs on Malta's western coast offer spectacular sunset views and a glimpse of the island's untouched beauty. For an unforgettable underwater experience, dive enthusiasts can explore the numerous shipwrecks and vibrant marine life in Malta's clear waters.

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Popeye Village

Tips for visiting

Best Time to Visit: Malta enjoys a Mediterranean climate, making it a year-round destination. However, the best times to visit are during the spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is pleasant, and the tourist crowds are smaller.

Getting Around: Malta has an efficient public transportation system, with buses connecting major towns and attractions. Renting a car is also a convenient option for exploring the islands at your own pace.

Language: Maltese and English are the official languages, so communication is easy for English-speaking travellers.

Currency: The currency used in Malta is the Euro (€).

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