The country of Malta consists of eight islands. Four of them are inhabited, which are the largest island of Malta, Gozo, Comino and Manoel Island. They are located in the Mediterranean Sea below Italy and above Libya. The architecture and culture of Malta has characteristics of countries from both Europe (Italian and Spanish) and North Africa (Moorish). Malta has traditionally been a British colony. Hence, English is spoken on the island next to Maltese. The islands of Malta and Gozo are very touristy. Many Europeans come here for the authentic Maltese atmosphere and the pleasant Mediterranean warmth.
10. Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum (underground complex)
In the small town of Paola in Malta is Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. This huge underground complex is located under a residential building, which has been converted into a hall with a waiting room and cash register for visitors. Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is from the years 3600 to 2500 BC. In three levels, an underground cemetery was built at that time. In suspicion, prehistoric people used natural caves and cavities to excavate the hypogeum. However, the walls and pillars in the hypogeum are very beautifully processed as if they consist of large rectangular beams and stones. Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum consists of hallways, rooms and niches. It seems that there has been a monumental construction, such as a temple, above the hypogeum in the distant past. If you want to visit the underground complex, you can book in advance , as only 100 visitors are admitted. Please note that until 2017 this attraction is closed.
9. St. Janscokathedraal
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One of the main tourist attractions on the island of Malta is St. John’s Cathedral (in English St. John’s Co-Cathedral). This cathedral is in the capital of Valetta (the number 1 of this list) and dates back to the 16th century. Standing at the St Janscok cathedral, you look at a sober building with two simple bell tower, but when you walk in there you are overwhelmed by splendor and beauty. The baroque style of the interior is largely designed by Italian artist Mattia Preti. He painted among others frescoes with scenes from the life of John the Baptist (to whom the cathedral is dedicated) on the ceiling. The sculpture in the walls is also out of hand. There are grave monuments and tombstones of pastor churches in the church. The church contains eight chapels and many works of art, including the famous Caravaggio’s decapitation of John the Baptist.
8. Ghajn Tuffieha Bay (beach)
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Malta does not have so many beaches, especially few sandy beaches (a complete overview can be found here, but in the north west of Malta there are three beaches that are definitely worth the first: Golden Bay and Gnejna Bay, the smaller sandy beach of Ghajn Tuffieha Bay is the biggest recommendation of the three, located south of the Ta’Ghain Tuffieha Tower, where it is relatively quiet, as you have to walk a bit (6 to 10 minutes) and steep a steep stairway to get there The sheltered bay features a small restaurant and crystal clear sea water.
7. Marsaxlokk (fishing village)
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South-east of Malta Island is the traditional atmospheric fishing village of Marsaxlokk. This village is described as one of Malta’s most picturesque places. Here you will find traditional fishing boats (called Luzzu), many seafood restaurants and beautiful sea views. The only downside of this village is the very eye-catching power plant.
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6. The Blue Window (hole in the cliffs of Dwejra Bay)
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To the west of Gozo Island, in the cliffs of Dwejra Bay, a large gap has arisen over the years due to erosion and wind. The hole is called the Blue Window (and in the English Azure Window). This is because you can see the azure sea as you look down the hole. There is a natural bridge over the hole, but you can not walk over here. This is too dangerous, because the Azure Window may probably deposit in any moment due to weakening. From the south side of Azure Window, look best down. If you want to go here, you should attract a good pair of shoes, as you have to climb a lot of rocks. For fans of the Game of Thrones series, it is also nice to know that this is one of the locations where the series has been filmed. Malta is a popular place for the recordings, see here an overview .
5. Mdina (city)
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The town of Mdina is located on the island of Malta. This is a historic town with churches, monasteries, houses and palaces of the Middle Ages and Baroque times. Mdina has an old city wall, which is still in good condition. In the town, only few people live and almost no cars can drive. This makes it a very authentic place. The nearby larger town of Rabat is also worth a visit. Despite the fact that there are more people in Rabat, you can also get to know some of the authentic Malta in some places.
4. The megalithic temples
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Spread over Malta are megalithic temples. These very ancient prehistoric temples were built in the years 2500 to 3600 BC . According to archaeologists, these megalithic complexes are the end result of local innovations in a process of cultural development. The construction of all these temples is the same: stone kidney or horseshoe-shaped structures are built together by apes. In some temples women’s figurines are found, sometimes dressed in skirts, often with corpulent shapes. The oldest megalithic temples are on Gozo and are called the Gegantija temples. These are recorded by UNESCO in the World Heritage List. Also the temples of Ħaġar Qim, Mnajdra, Ta ‘Ħaġrat, Skorba and Tarxien stand on this.
3. Palazzo Parisio (palace)
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In the place of Naxxar northeast of Malta Island is Palazzo Parisio. This was originally a villa, but was later converted into a palace. Palazzo Parisio was built in 1733 on behalf of the grandmother of the Johannites, Manoel de Vilhena. Around 1900, the building was owned by Giuseppe Sicluna. He is the one who converted the villa into a palace with richly decorated interior. The most spectacular are the gilded ballroom, the huge staircase of carraramarmer and the palace gardens. It is possible to visit Palazza Pariso. It is fully open to the public.
2. Valletta (capital)
Valletta, Malta’s capital, is located on the east coast of Malta Island. This historic city has beautiful old buildings, including the grandmaster’s palace from 1571. Here you will find impressive decoration, including frescoes and paintings. The National Museum of Fine Arts is located in a rococo building dating from the 16th century. Here is a large art collection, with mainly religious subjects. The Sint-Janscokathedral is also located here (the number 9 of this list).
1. Blue Lagoon
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Between the islands of Malta and Gozo is a blue lagoon called Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is a large piece of seawater with a beautiful turquoise blue reflection. From the ferry between Malta and Gozo you can see the Blue Lagoon from a distance, but close by you can visit this place by booking a boat trip. From Malta or Gozo, you can go for a day or a part of the day to the blue lagoon and join it. You can enjoy the beautiful view on the boat or take a dip in the enchanting water.
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