Malta Vacations

Malta is an archipelago of small islands located in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and the coast of North Africa. The 3 main islands, which are inhabited are Malta, Gozo and Commino. It is a glitzy group of islands with ancient cities, palaces, temples and stunning beaches. It's culture has been influence over the centuries by the countries that have laid claim to the island for over 7,000 years because of the island's strategic influence. Phonecians, Moors, Romans, French and the British have invaded the island during various chapters in it's history. Malta is considered to be one of the oldest Christian country in the world and it is believe that St Paul was shipwrecked on the island in 60 AD. Scattered across the islands are 360 churches and chapels. A popular destination on the islands are the numerous beachside resorts. They range from the large seaside resort areas of Bugibba and Qawra to picturesque villages such as Dahlet Qorrot.

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Malta Vacations: Things to see while on vacation in Malta

Nestled into the emerald green waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the tiny archipelago of Malta hides some interesting treasures. Unbelievable historic sites, fascinating cities, splendid beaches and seascapes, seasoned with Mediterranean dishes weave a very attractive vacation destination.

Malta Geography

The coralline limestone archipelago of Malta is quartered into the Mediterranean Sea, some 90km south of Sicily and approximatively 300km from the African continent. Even if part of the European continent, Malta heads southerly than some capitals and important African cities. The archipelago counts 3 inhabited islands Malta, Comino, Gozo, and other 18 uninhabited, among which Filfla, Cominotto and St.Paul's Islands. Malta island hosts 92% of the Maltese archipelago population. The islands’ coastline is dotted with many bays providing important harbors. The scenery of Malta is composed in great part of high hills, terraced fields, rock, limestone and dry vegetation. The water sources are scarce, mainly due to large periods of intense sunshine and Mediterranean climate with dry and hot summers. There are practically no forests in Malta, just some sporadic trees like olives, citrus, ficus, pine, carob trees and tamarisk.

As Mediterranean island, Malta is also a beach travel destination, so, a Malta vacation destination will focus primarily on the beautiful high-quality beaches. Among the best beaches in Europe, in terms of quality, some of them classified blue beaches, Maltese beaches pride with very clean bathing waters. Displaying a wide variety of options from red sand beach, gold sand ones, rocky ones to blue lagoons, there is something for everyone. Calm waters for swimming and all sort of water sports, diving, snorkeling, parakiting, windsurfing, jet skiing, are available. Among the most popular Maltese beaches we count:

Blue Lagoon
A gigantic natural swimming pool sparkling in the sun with crystal clear azure waters, is the definition of a European slice of paradise, otherwise called the Blue Lagoon of Malta. One of the top beaches in Malta lasts between the islands of Comino and Cominotto and is gifted with two white sand beaches and a series of caves. The Blue Lagoon has a stunning seascape and is also an interesting snorkeling area. As one of the emblematic Maltese beaches, it is quite crowded, particularly in summer and can only be accessed by water.

Golden Bay
As the name states, this is a large sandy beach that offers great swimming opportunities and splendid sea views. Golden Bay is a Blue flag certified beach, easy to reach, with all amenities and very family friendly, placed on the North-Western shore of Malta. This is a popular spot for evening barbeques, water sports and windsurfing.

Ghajn Tuffieha
Another Blue Flag certified beach, extremely popular among tourists, because its spectacular scenery with great panoramas, turquoise dazzling waters, red sandy beaches and gorgeous sunsets is Ghajn Tuffieha. It offers a perfect mix of beach facilities and pristine nature. This is the perfect place to enjoy sunbath, relax and swim with family. Ghajn Tuffieha is circled with cliffs and sloping hills, a 200 steps stair is the way to access it, so, might not be so easy accessible.

Malta History and Culture

Nowadays the Maltese culture defines itself as a Latin European culture with some accents of British legacy. The raw source of the Maltese culture is the European one, thanks to the quasi continuous cultural exchange and impact with the continent, for almost a millennium. Also, sharing the similar religion, traditions and beliefs with its South European neighbors had a powerful influence.

People of Malta admits to the influence on their culture by Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Sicilians, Normans, Castilian, Aragonese, the Knights and the British. A turning point in the nation’s history was the Christian conversion and the century long ruling of the Knights of Malta. This period when Knights governed the island is considered the Golden Age and remembered as a prosper, flourishing and over all development era.

Malta voluntarily joined the British Empire and was represented for decades, due to its strategic position, a "fortress colony". It opted for independency in 1964 and is part of the Commonwealth.

The proximity of Sicily required its tribute and has large contribution concerning customs, beliefs and traditions. Trade, migration and intermarriage emphasized the cultural exchanges. The Sicilian influence is especially obvious in local cuisine, local superstitions, devotion to certain saints like St. Agatha, and religious rituals. Also, the Maltese language bears rich Sicilian legacy, besides some Arabic, Berber, Hebrew and Hausa influences.

Due to its implication in the crusades, Malta conserves important religious symbols like the Roman Catholicism, the European identity, the Maltese cross. Saint Paul, as the convertor of the Maltese people to the Christianity is a prominent national symbol. As 98% of population belongs to the Romano Catholics religion, the religious events are fervently observed, processions and celebrations are organized to honor the saints, patrons of localities. The secular celebrations are also related to religion like the Independence Day, Pre-Lenten Carnival, Republic Day and the Spring Show of Vegetables, Flowers and Fruits organized at San Anton Gardens.

Malta Landmarks

A vacation in Malta comes with ancient temples, historic cities and beautiful beaches. Art and history amateurs will be particularly enchanted by:

The Megalithic Temples
Ancient traces of human activity on this part of the world may be observed while visiting the Ggantija Temples on Gozo Island and Mnajdra, Hagar Qim and Tarxien temples on Malta island. All these masterpieces are classified UNESCO World Heritage Sites, due to their historical importance.

The Ggantija Temples are remarkable for the two giant structures from the Bronze Age, dated at least a millennium before the Egyptian pyramids from Giza.

The Tarxien Temples is a complex of four megalithic forms, best preserved and most important prehistoric site in Malta. It presents a sample of artistic work belonging to the prehistoric Maltese culture, during the Late Neolithic, 3600 BC-2500 BC. The temples are garnished with decorations, spiral design and animal reliefs. Also, proofs of advanced roofing techniques that astonished archaeologists are present.

The Hagar Qim Temples are positioned on the South coast, on a cliffy plateau surveilling the neighborhood, the Filfla island and the sea. This ancient megalithic site dates back several millennia 3600 BC to 3200 BC. What amazes visitors are the dimensions of the largest megalith: it measures 7m in length and weighs 20 tons. The artifacts found here, like Venus of Malta and headless deities, are displayed at the Archeological Museum from Valletta.


Mnajdra Temples are located some hundred meters away from Hagar Qim Temples, on a secluded piece of isolated seacoast, they comprise three buildings and a courtyard. The structures are supposed to be built during the Bronze Age. The most shocking characteristics of Mnajdra Temples is the doorway found in the South Temple, that displays the Solstices and Equinoxes.

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
A prominent exponent of the prehistoric era, Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, one of the most significant in the world, is a stone complex of catacombs, stretched on three underground levels. This Neolithic cult site is a subterranean labyrinth, composed of ritualic chambers, passages and stairways used for burial ceremonies and oracle consulting. The lowest level hosts the precinct known as "Holy of Holies". The structure is very well preserved and depicts ancient paintings and carvings, showing the reminisces of a disappeared cultural tradition that specialists cannot depict. For its historic relevance - it dates back 4000 BC, and archaeologic value Hal Saflieni Hypogeum is classified UNESCO World Heritage Monument.

The fortified city of Valletta
A mandatory must of Malta vacations is a tour of Valletta, the Maltese capital, listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fortified city of Valletta is the clear exponent of the century old history of the military Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Its name is due to the Grandmaster Parisot de la Valette and was erected in the 16th century. The splendor and grandeur of Knights of Malta is chiseled here. They established an aristocratic city that rivals with any other European capital.

Visit the opulent 16th century church of Saint John's Co-Cathedral and the grandiose residence of Knights of Malta, the Grand Master's Palace. This flamboyant castle was constantly improved along centuries by the most talented craftsmen of those times. Displaying the order’s history, the interior shows rich frescoes decorations, magnificent marbles, original paintings, extravagant mirror walls. To complete the splendor of the palace, Upper Barracca Gardens, designed in Romanesque style, will astonish you with great sights of Valletta harbor.