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Malta

Malta’s three islands are places of intrigue. Over 5,000 years old, it has long been the settlement for locals who embrace, embody and define the Mediterranean way of life. The landscapeis divided into two main sections: the verdant countryside and the rocky coastal shores. The former is the islands’ best kept secret away from the tourist areas and is great for country walks and cycling, while the latter is best known for its great swimming,sunbathing, diving and other water sports.

One of Malta's strongest points is its position. Its location, right in the centre of the Mediterranean, the sea that has fathered several of the world's greatest civilizations, has meant that throughout the ages Malta was one of the most sought after islands.  The archipelago consists of three inhabited islands, namely Malta, Gozo and Comino.

The first inhabitants crossed to Malta during the Neolithic Period and shortly after built  a series of megalithic temples that still impress and mystify to this very day.  The temples at Ggantija in Gozo are considered to be the world's oldest monumental architecture, built a thousand years before Stonehenge was even started.
Along the ages, the archipelago has been colonized and ruled by various rulers ranging from the Romans to the Arabs, Normans, along with the Knights of St. John, the French and the English.  The last mentioned were in Malta from Nelson's time till Independence in 1964. The bond between the two nations was made stronger during the Second World War when Malta went through a siege of over three years.  The bombing left scars on the architecture and the local population, the British garrison as well as the navy which suffered considerable losses.

The local culture was inherently spiced up with various traditions and ideas, so that today the Maltese culture is a mosaic that resonates both European and North African vibes.  Today, Malta is sought after both by the visitor looking for history and the visitor looking for relaxation and fun.  Whilst in Malta, the traveller cannot but be aware of the many historic monuments that have been erected over time. The capital city, Valletta, is the most densely historical city in the world.

The islands are compact and going around is easy.  Besides the historical monuments and treasures that Malta offers, one cannot fail to notice the village 'festa', in honour of the village's patron saint, most of which take place during summer.

The younger traveller is bound to indulge more in the party zone, epitomized by Paceville, which has come to be considered as the 'Mecca' for the younger generation.  Apart from all this, the Maltese archipelago is a haven for water sports lovers. The coast is marked by a series of both rocky and sandy coves and the sea itself attracts thousands of divers every year. In winter, the countryside of the islands offers interesting walks.

All in all, this minute archipelago hosts a variety of activities that makes Malta a great and versatile all round destination, no matter what age, what season and what interests.

Resorts in Malta
San Anton Gardens in Attard

Attard is ideal for those wishing to see the greener, more natural side of Malta. Populated for around 6,000 years, the locals’ traditional Latin mantra, Florigera rosis halo, means I perfume the air with my blossoms. This is probably where the country village gets its name from, as there are numerous flower gardens in the area and ‘Attar’ translates to fresh oil of the flowers.

Bugibba is a small seaside town that is abound with hotels, restaurants, pubs, and clubs - perfect for those seeking a more lively stay in Malta. Though, the bright, open promenade also lends itself to leisurely afternoon strolls along the shore and romantic walks by moonlight in the evening.

The magnificent Megalithic Temples of Malta are top of the ‘to see’ list. These ancient monuments were built between 3000 and 700 BC and seven of the eleven temples are UNESCO World Heritage sights and believed to be the world’s oldest free-standing structures.
Other attractions that top the ‘to see’ list in Bugibba are the Birdpark, which is home to a wide variety of species (over 2,000 in total) including: owls, peacocks, flamingos and storks; the Classic Car Museum which holds an array of 1940s and 50s; and the lush green retreat of Salina National Park which offers 1000s of trees.

The small harbour of Cirkewwa is situated in the north of Malta and is perhaps best known for its fantastic scuba diving where it stands as one of the most popular sites in Malta. Divers from all over come to explore its underwater tunnels, caves, cliffs. Because of its nearby diving school and relatively shallow waters, Cirkewwa welcomes novices to its translucent waters that offer visibility of up to 30m.


Ramla Bay

Gozo makes up one of the three main islands of Malta and, after Malta itself, is the second largest of the island group. The isle is beautifully rural and known for its treasured scenic hills, which feature on its coat of arms. Away from the quieter reaches, its stunning coastal regions are also an obvious choice for tourists, boasting beaches and resorts that attract visitors from far and wide. 

Mellieha is gifted with some of world’s finest beaches that attract sunbathers, idlers and water sports enthusiasts alike. Make no mistake that this beautifully free village is not just for beach culture, though; Mellieha offers many archaeologically rich sites also. Take the prized Sanctuary of Our Lady of Melliena for example: the beautifully ornate 16thcentury church is truly a sight to behold.

Qawra Promenade Qawra extends southwards from Bugibba and links up to Salina Bay - so called as it was used for hundreds of years to produce sea salt.  Both areas provide hotel accomodation and beach facilities.
Sliema Creek

Located on the Malta's east coast just north of Valletta, Sliema occupies a peninsula with a promenade facing the Mediterranean sea.

St Julians Initially a fishing village, later turned to a summer residence for wealthy locals and now developed into one of the Island's mostly fetched  resorts for night life and entertainment, especially for the youngsters and the middle aged. Within walking distance to Paceville, this village still retains some of it's old dwellings and boat houses.

St.Paul's Islands St. Paul’s Bay is located on the North East coast of Malta and is the largest resort on the north of Malta 10 miles from Valletta.  The old town of St. Paul’s Bay has extended to the south and engulfed the popular tourist areas of Bugibba and the newer resort of Qawra.
British Heritage.  Grand Harbour

The official name the Order of St. John gave to the city was Humilissima Civitas Valletta — The Most HumbleCity of Valletta. However, with the building of bastions, curtains and ravelins, along with the beauty of the baroque buildings along its streets, it became known as Superbissima — 'Most Proud', amongst the ruling houses of Europe. In Maltese it is colloquially known as Il-Belt, simply meaning "The City".

 
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