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The colors of Malta, Gozo and Comino
June 4, 2018, 3:05 pm
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The colors of Malta, Gozo and Comino are breath-taking, honey-colored architecture compliments the deepest of Mediterranean blues.

Stunning bays hug the sparkling crystal-clear waters, topographical cliffs rise from the gentle sea, and beautiful sandy beaches open up the landscape to untouched countryside dotted with villages, majestic churches, farmsteads and the oldest known human structures in the world. Discover the Mediterranean’s best- kept secret whilst basking in over 300 days of sunshine a year.

Five reasons to visit the Maltese Islands in 2018

Valletta: European Capital of Culture 2018

Over the past five-years, Valletta 2018 has been instrumental in the social, economic and cultural regeneration of Valletta; making it a flourishing cultural and social hub for all to discover. Valletta 2018 has invested strongly in a diverse cultural program that is seeing the involvement of over 1,000 local and international artists, curators, performers, writers, designers, choirs and film-makers in over 400 spectacular events.

Spectacular year-round event calendar

The Maltese Islands are a year-round destination, made possible by over 300 days of sunshine and over 400 eclectic events a year. Whether you are experiencing Malta’s International Fireworks Festival, Fashion Week or International Jazz Festival in the spring and summer months, or Malta’s International Air Show, Rolex Middle Sea Race or Baroque Festival in the autumn and winter months; there is an event for everyone throughout the year.

Home to the oldest structures in the world

History enthusiasts can discover over 7,000 years of history. The Islands’ scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop to explore megaliths, medieval dungeons and ancient cities.; the destination is positively mythic. There are three UNESCO World Heritage sites found on the Maltese Islands; the Megalithic Temples, the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum and the City of Valletta. The Megalithic Ġgantija Temples were created 1,000 years before the Egyptian Pyramids and is the oldest free-standing structure in the world.

Calling all adventure enthusiasts

The sparkling Mediterranean-Sea offers a tranquil environment for snorkelling, kayaking and swimming; whilst the topographical island landscape encourages rock-climbing, mountain-biking and horse-riding. At the 2017 Diver Awards, the Maltese Islands won the title of second Best Dive Destination in the World. Malta, Gozo and Comino offer an array of unique diving experiences with an abundance of stunning reefs, natural caves and WW2 wrecks to explore.

Maltese gastronomy

The flavor of Maltese cuisine is the result of a 7,000-year relationship with the many civilisations who have occupied the Maltese Islands. A tantalising melting-pot of cultures including the Sicilians, Romans, Spanish and French have influenced the unique blend of Maltese cooking. Enjoy local specialities including Pastizzi, a delicious savoury filo pastry filled with either rich ricotta cheese or mushy peas; Fenek, rabbit stew and Malta’s national dish; and Kunserva, a sweet concentrated tomato paste, which is delicious spread on bread.

Five places you must visit

Valletta

City-breakers can discover Malta’s capital Valletta; the sunniest city in Europe and Europe’s smallest capital, meaning it is easy to explore completely on foot. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to elegant winding streets, stunning historical monuments and an abundance of waterfront dining options. Visitors can stay in one of the many old palazzo buildings in Valletta that have been transformed into boutique hotels; perfect for visitors wanting to stay in stylish accommodation with a quirky edge. The city’s beautiful baroque architecture and rich heritage has earned Valletta the accolade of being 2018’s European Capital of Culture.

Mdina

The history of Mdina, Malta’s original capital, can be traced back to more than 4,000 years ago, when the Apostle St. Paul is said to have resided inside a grotto nearby. Mdina is still home to Malta’s noble families, and one of Europe’s finest examples of an ancient walled city due to its unusual mix of medieval and Baroque architecture. The only mode of transport within the honey-colored walls is horse and carriage, giving Mdina the name of the ‘Silent City’. Visitors can stroll through the narrow meandering streets and marvel at impressive palaces, palazzos and museums.

Three Cities

The Three Cities is a collective description of the fortified cities of Birgu, Senglea and Cospicua. The oldest of the Three Cities is Birgu, which has existed since the Middle Ages. The other two cities, Senglea and Cospicua, were both founded by the Order of Saint John in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Discover the Three Cities via a ‘Rolling Geeks Tour’ which enables you to explore the beautiful cities on self-drive electric cars, complete with a programmed GPS with an audio guide that explains what you are seeing. It is a fun, innovative and informative experience that all ages can enjoy.

Gozo

Charming Gozo offers visitors a slow-paced culture with the chance to discover natural caves, world-class diving, rock climbing and picturesque walking routes boasting flora and fauna. Gozo is just a short twenty-five-minute ferry crossing from Malta, and once there you can immerse yourself in spectacular natural beauty, Mediterranean cuisine and colorful feasts and festivals throughout the year.

Between the last weekend in May and mid-September; each village in Gozo holds an annual feast dedicated to its patron saint; experiencing a village festa is not to be missed if you visit Gozo during these months. Visitors are always welcome to join a festa and it is a great way to get a real taste of local life. Villages are decorated with lights and bunting, bands march through the streets and fireworks light up the skies as crowds enjoy traditional cuisine from street stalls.

Comino

Comino, the smallest of the Maltese Islands and measuring only 3.5 square kilometres, can be explored easily in a day-trip. Carefree and car-free, the virtually uninhabited island of Comino is a favourite escape all year round. Take a 20-minute chartered boat ride from Malta to Comino or a shorter 10-minute boat ride from Gozo. The serene environment of Comino appeals to nature enthusiasts and holiday-goers in search of escape.

The Blue Lagoon is one of the most picturesque locations on the Maltese archipelago. The small cove between the western end of the island and the uninhabited islet of Cominotto, boasts turquoise shallow waters perfect for swimming, snorkelling and exploring by boat.

Comino’s rocky coastline offers bays and caves perfect for relaxing and basking in the Maltese sun. San Niklaw Bay and Santa Marija Bay in particular, offer a tranquil and quiet backdrop for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing.

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