Malta is an archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast. It’s a nation known for historic sites related to a succession of rulers including the Romans. Wherever you go, the Islands’ scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop. The colors are striking, honey-colored stone against the deepest of Mediterranean blues.
Malta is one of those places that puts you in a very holiday mood. And with the year round sun, it is counted as one of the best places for outdoor living.
The Grand Harbour Boat Tour
The famous Grand Harbour is at the heart of Malta’s much known history. Site of the Great Siege of 1565 in which the Knights of St John just managed to hold off the invading Ottoman Turks, as well as the centre of significant events of World War Two.
There used to be hundreds of these colorful little wooden boats ferrying sailors between ship and shore. Now there are only a few and their single oar, which are supplemented with a motor. Either ways, they are still the best way to get around the harbour to see the turquoise blue water that soothes the eyes.
Malta’s first citadel capital, Mdina has been inhabited and fortified since the Bronze Age and was the Roman centre of Malta. Daytime is the only time to see the sights of Mdina, but it’s best to return in the evening when the tour groups have gone and the sun is setting, to wander the atmospheric alleys in peace before settling down to a good dinner in one of Mdina’s excellent restaurants.
Mnajdra and Hagar Qim
Malta’s prehistoric temples are amongst the very oldest stone buildings in the world and all are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Built between 3600BC and 2500BC, they are much older than Stonehenge and significantly more sophisticated.
Mnajdra and Hagar Qim are people’s most favourite temple sites and in their view, the best temples to visit first.At Mnajdra, there are three temples next to each other and the largest is quite typical in construction and layout Hagar Qim, is interesting precisely because it is atypical. There is a useful introductory exhibition in the visitor centre and an audio guide to both sites.
There are dive centers all over the island offering everything from beginners’ courses to equipment hire for experienced divers. Diving in Malta is less about vast numbers of colorful fish and more about extraordinary underwater landscapes and wrecks.
There is a good choice of dives both from the shore and reachable by short boat trips. Day trips to Comino and Gozo with yet more dive sites are also easy to organise.
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