The Republic of Malta, a Mediterranean archipelago that lies hardly 50 miles south of Sicily. A small yet important state is a major tourist hub for its serene tropical destination, sunny and subtropical climate, spectacular beaches, and vibrant nightlife.
Touropia, a famous travel researcher and blogger further adds to it, “Malta boasts a stunning 7,000 years + worth of cultural and religious attractions from various civilizations, including the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs and the British, that occupied the country.”
Malta is not a country in itself, it is one of the 7 islands that make the Republic of Malta. Gozo and Comino are also famous islands and these 3 are the only ones where people live or are inhabited.
The smallest of these 3 is Comino that is nestled between Malta and Gozo, and has just 1 hotel! (Very Tiny Island)
Gozo on the other hand is known for its fantastic coastal lines, a plethora of ancient temples, and churches. Gozo is for those who like a relaxing atmosphere and a calm vacation.
Malta Valletta, the capital town is a must-see for first-time tourists as the city is full of 16th century UNESCO world heritage sites
The Malta Experience is one of the popular and hour-long shows highlighting Malta’s magnificent landmark, ideal for tourists about to embark on a sightseeing tour.
Let us explore,
Valletta is an important town and is set along the southeastern coastline, and called the fortress city.
Valletta resides in the most southernmost part of any capital in Europe and also the smallest city of the European Union!
Valletta is a city built by “Gentlemen for Gentlemen” and has many claims to fame.
The Maltese capital has a flamboyant Baroque character, influenced by all different types of architecture. Also, there is absolutely no shortage of historical wonders here.
The most recommended places to visit in Valletta are St John’s Co-Cathedral and museum, the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, or taking the ferry to the Three Cities – the trio of the fortified cities of Birgu, Senglea, and Cospicua.
Ghawdex is the 2nd largest island of 7 islands Archipelago. Gozo was discovered around 5000 BC by some Sicilian Farmers. Gozo is not that developed as South of Malta.
Gozo is known for more of the scenic hills, countryside walks, a Feb carnival, and excellent beaches making Gozo the top diving destination in MED.
Ggantija Temples were built during the Neolithic period, which means belonging to the giants, and are believed to be the world’s oldest religious structures. According to locals, they were created by the giants.
Some other fantastic tourist attractions involve the Dwejra Inland Sea, Wied il-Mielah Window, and the Azure Window. (Game of Thrones shooting)
Also, don’t forget to visit the Baroque Cittadella Cathedral and the onyx covered Żebbuġ church – the second-oldest consecrated church in Gozo.
The fortified city of the Northern Region. Mdina served as Malta’s capital all through the Middle Ages until St. John declared Birgu as the administrative center.
Today, Mdina is a walled city and less than 300 inhabitants.
Phoenicians were established in the 8th century BC as Maleth, later named Melite by Romans. Finally, the city came under Byzantines and is known for some stunning palaces and private residences.
Mdina, today is flocked by tourists as over 7,50,000 tourists visit there every year. The city is called a silent city as, except for Ambulances or residents, Mdina doesn’t allow any outside cars.
Take your time exploring the city walls, the Roman Catholic St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the French Baroque Palazzo Vilhena.
It is one of the most northernmost villages of Malta and is set up across a hilltop. Mellieha Bay is the largest sandy beach in Malta.
The valley offers some of the most ridiculous valley views of gorgeous and quaint villages.
Mellieha is an incredible destination to visit especially if you are seeking a traditional Maltese village experience close to the beach.
Hiring a car is recommended if looking for exploring the 19th-century Parish Church of Mellieħa, the 16th-century Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mellieħa, and the Red Tower, which offers some sensational views.
Some other places worth visiting are the Għadira Nature Reserve, Il-Majjistral Nature, and History Park, and visit the Mellieħa air-raid shelter – the largest of the 46 shelters built during World War II.
Marvelous Malta, the Republic of Malta is an amazing coastal town with medieval relics, picturesque destinations, stunning views, and an incredible story to tell from the walled city.
From Valletta, the smallest city of the European Union to the ever-lasting glades of suburban cities, the ROM has something for everyone.
Gozo provides a stupendous light on the past which traverses through the present. Gozo is developing soon and reaches the level of Malta as tourist increases.
The Republic of Malta is a one-stop destination for everyone, so pack your bags today.
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