5 Reasons Why Malta Should Be Your Next Travel Destination
In the middle of the Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast, Malta has a rich history coupled with stunning coastlines and rustic villages. From prehistoric underground temples to vibrant nightlife, Malta really does have the whole package when it comes to a holiday.
Here are just 5 reasons why Malta should be the next place you visit.
With more than 6000 years of history, there is plenty to discover and explore. The Megalithic temples are a must-see as these are the oldest discovered prehistoric temples in the world. The sites date back more than 5000 years, which means they were even built before the world-famous Stonehenge. The temples were only discovered in the nineteenth century, so are still a fairly recent historical find.
Interestingly, Malta has a connection to Britain as a result of the 160 years that Malta was part of the British empire. It was in 1964 when the islands gained their independence and as such, there is British architectural influence in some of the towns. As a result, both English and Maltese are spoken here which makes communication with locals easy. For example, asking for directions or picking up Malta airport transfers is a breeze.
An island that is part of the Maltese archipelago, Gozo boasts an array of things to see and do. Head to the unbelievable Blue Lagoon for a snorkelling experience like no other. The turquoise waters and stunning natural rock formations are truly awe-inspiring.
If staying on land is more your style, there is plenty of impressive sights to see. Take a trip to the citadel to delve further into Malta’s history with Britain. Or, head to St Georges Basilica and square to check out the local market and eateries.
The incredible coastline of Malta makes it a hotspot for diving enthusiasts. The surrounding waters are crystal clear which means every diving trip is an exciting one. Plus, the warm Mediterranean waters make for a great spot to begin learning to dive if you’re a novice.
With hundreds of reefs, ancient shipwrecks and caves, Malta is frequently considered to be one of the best places in Europe to scuba dive.
2018’s European Capital of Culture, Malta’s capital city of Valletta should not be missed. Although it is one of the smallest capital cities in Europe, there’s a lot packed in. With an array of cultural points of interest, this is a real history lesson for visitors.
St John’s Co-Cathedral is an iconic building for Malta and represents the Order of the Knights of St John’s reign over the islands. The Catholic Military Order settled in Malta after being given the island by the Kind of Sicily at the time.
The Cathedral itself has an imposing interior with ornate designs, impressive arched ceiling and paintings donated by Grand Masters and the knights themselves. Other top sites to see would be the National Museum of Archaeology as well as the Upper Barrakka Gardens which offers stunning panoramic views.
All in all, Malta is a hugely underrated travel destination. With so much to do both in terms of activities and history, there really is something for everyone!