The Beauty of Malta (Photo Essay)

Perfectly Situated in the Middle of the Med, Malta is…

 Beauty of Malta

a fantastic destination, filled with a rich history, pristine vistas, sparkling beaches, and delectable seafood!

Beauty of Malta

Malta is a small Mediterranean island country.  Made up of three small islands, Malta, Gozo, and Comino with a population of about 400,000, it is a great place to go to warm up in the winter or early spring.

Beauty of Malta

Most visitors to Malta fly into Valletta, climb into a shuttle and go directly to their resort, because they love to hit the beaches, take boat rides around the islands, and just have fun in the sun.  But, Malta is so much more than all that.  It has a rich history dating back thousands of years before the Phoenicians.

Beauty of Malta

Beauty of Malta

It was the second time we flew to the islands, and the warm sea breeze welcomed us with its mix of European languages, hints of oriental spices, and a stone-walled fortress of a city that harkened back the whispers of a tumultuous survival.

Beauty of Malta

 

Beauty of Malta

Malta is at the crossroads of the north and the south, the east and the west.  It has long been coveted for its strategic importance, smack dab in the middle of the sea routes and all the riches that the various lands produced.

Beauty of Malta

 

Beauty of Malta

Long before a written history was developed an ancient people lived on the islands, built temples and farmed the land.  No one knows what became of them, but hundreds of years later Malta was rediscovered and endured thousands of years of rule from all corners of Europe and Africa.

Beauty of Malta

From the Sicilians and Phoenicians, to the Romans, Arabs, Germans, Aragonese,  the Order of St. John, the French, and finally the British all had a turn ruling the islands, using it for its military and economic advantage.

Beauty of Malta

Beauty of Malta

The wonderful thing about Malta being such a compact country, is how easy it is to get around.  The Maltese have established an efficient public bus system.  Within an hour, you can get to any part of the main island or to the ferry to take you over to Gozo.

Beauty of Malta

Beauty of Malta

Along with the ease of public transportation, Malta has two official languages, Maltese and English.  88% of the population speak English fluently, and both languages are taught at school, with English taking over as the primary language in secondary school.

Beauty of Malta

Have you been to Malta?  What was your favorite thing?

 

Note:  This post is linked to Noel Morata’s Travel Photo Mondays!  Check out all the great travel photos over there.

30 Comments

  1. It’s interesting because I can’t think of anyone I know who has been to Malta and some seem to have been about everywhere. I have read several books about people (generally Europeans) having gone there when it was a very popular destination in the past, but I haven’t heard much of it as a tourist destination for Americans. The photos look lovely and I would love to visit and learn more about Malta.
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    1. Jessica, I would say that the majority of tourists are beach-goers and maybe only marginally interested in other sites. We were there for the towns and sights!

  2. WOW…loved the pictures. I must put this on our list of places to go. It truly looks awesome, all the history. Your pictures made it most inviting.
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  3. Great post! It’s funny because before visiting Malta early this year I’d seen very little on the country, however since our visit I keep seeing photos and posts and trip reports popping up on my social media feeds regularly. I wonder if Malta is gaining in popularity or I’m just noticing more now that it’s on my radar. Either way, those little covered balconies are wonderful – I just couldn’t get enough of them!
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    1. Jessica. Go, the tickets are pretty cheap throughout Europe, and it’s one of those places that you don’t have to take too much time and still do it right. It’s small but awesome!

    1. Rhonda, Malta is pretty amazing. The nice thing about it is you can attach it to another trip in Europe for not much more. The flights are not too expensive and the islands are small. You can easily do it all in say five days! Trust me…you’d love it.

  4. Your photos are beautiful – the architecture looks wonderful! I would love to go to Malta one day. My mother has just left on a five week trip to Europe and is heading to Malta, so now I’m even more jealous of her after seeing these snapshots! 😛 x
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    1. Farrah, Thanks for the compliment, and the teal door was right across from the salt flats. Is that where you took yours? I always love it when that happens!

  5. I NEED to desperately go to Malta. Both sets of my grandparents migrated from Malta to Australia to raise a family. The Maltese culture is still very strong within my family now, especially the cooking, but I’ve never been! I really need to try head over there later this year, I’d love to see where my family came from.
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    1. Lynda, You really do need to get there! It’s an amazing place. I think exploring the place your ancestors come from makes it that much more special…and Malta is pretty special already! Good Luck!

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