As the sun rises and sets on December 21st, pay a visit to our pick of where to spend winter solstice in the northern hemisphere.
Celebrated across the globe, winter solstice marks the beginning of longer daylight hours, bringing with it the optimism that spring is on the horizon. As the sun rises and sets on December 21st, pay a visit to the northern hemisphere’s most significant winter solstice settings.
Like many ancient sacred sites, the Unesco World Heritage temples of Angkor Wat are thought to have been built with celestial events in mind, with solar alignment between the temple and a nearby mountaintop shrine, making winter solstice here especially significant.
A group of enormous megalithic structures stand tall in Tarxien, on the southeastern part of the main island of Malta. Called the Tarxien Temples, the huge structures remain as a testament to the architectural, artistic, and technological abilities of the ancient islanders who constructed them.
The Tarxien Temples have been dated to the Temple Period (which lies between the Neolithic period and the Bronze Age). This temple complex is one of six sites that form the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Megalithic Temples of Malta (the other five being Ġgantija, Ħaġar Qim, Mnajdra, Skorba and Ta’ Ħaġrat).
THE LARGEST KNOWN PREHISTORIC SITE IN MALTA
The Tarxien Temples consists of four structures built out of enormous stone blocks. It is the largest known prehistoric site in Malta.
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Quintessentially Mediterranean, Malta is a blend of European, North African and Arabic cultures. With lovely beaches, fascinating history and beautiful ancient architecture, this little island has a lot to offer. With one major international airport, grab a flight deal to Malta and explore this Mediterranean gem.
Capital city Valetta is buzzing and cultural, and has had UNESCO World Heritage status for years. Take in the amazing views over Grand Harbor from Upper Barrakka Gardens. Visit the Church of St Paul’s Shipwreck, for an insight into the religious history of this Saint.
Ancient capital Mdina is filled with UNESCO World Heritage sites of Neolithic architecture. This elegant city is beautiful and charming, and Malta’s cultural capital.
Malta is the gem of the Mediterranean Sea. This beautiful island country boasts balmy weather, azure waters and a vibrant culture unlike anywhere else.
To describe it to another, simply imagine one of the friendliest places you’ve ever been, where you’ll find the locals always put lifestyle before work and the weather is almost always sunshine.
Not only is Malta famed for its laid back locals and year round good weather, but this cultural hub boasts more historical and cultural significance packed per square metre into its tiny islands than anywhere else in Europe.
From prehistoric temples and hundreds of years old churches, to natural landscapes carved by Mother Nature over thousands of years, whether it’s history you want to discover or just the best beaches to relax, you can do it all in Malta.
Europe, Mexico and Malaysia are improving for retirees, as parts of Latin America grow more expensive.
Affordability, safety, health care and culture make these places enticing.
I suspect that when Americans think about retiring abroad, they focus on Latin American countries, due to proximity and because places like Panama, Belize, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic usually show up on Best Places to Retire Abroad lists. Well, you won’t find any of those four countries in the Top 10 of The World’s Best Places to Retire in 2017 from Live and Invest Overseas.
What you will find is a preponderance of Europe (six of the Top 10) plus a smattering of Mexico (two places) and Asia (two places, both in Malaysia).
Another surprise: eight of those didn’t even make the Top 10 in the 2016 list from Live and Invest Overseas.
Perched in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, the country of Malta is a stunning little archipelago that sits neatly, just south of Sicily and just shy of Tunisia to the north. This nation of islands is one gorgeous place you should visit, especially for its UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Stunning fishing villages and natural vistas.
Obviously, spending a day or two in Malta just isn’t enough and if you want to pack in lots of Maltese experiences, I’d definitely recommend 5-7 days. On my last trip to Malta, I spent 5 nights on Malta itself and a full day exploring the beauty of Gozo, the nearby island that is easily reached by boat.
Anyway, I’m rambling as usual! Take a look at some of the very best places you should definitely see whilst visiting Malta.
Hmmm. Malta? Isn’t that a part of Italy, somewhere near Sicily? This is what many people think, but that’s only half right. Malta is an archipelago that lies between Sicily and the Northern African coast. It is packed with interesting architecture, brilliant turquoise sea, charming cities and a laid-back vibe.
I predict that Malta is going to be the next hotspot, much like Croatia is now. So, you gotta go before that happens. And when you do, don’t miss these best things to do in Malta.
WHAT TO SEE + DO
1. Eat Fish in Marsaxlokk
Marsaxlokk (pronounced marsa-schlock) is a traditional fishing village where colorful boats clutter the bay and the shore facing street is lined with fresh fish restaurants.
Popular amongst tourists, it’s best to go to Marsaxlokk on Sunday when the open-air local fish market sells the morning catch.
Applications to attend the Curatorial School close this Friday, 30th June.
Apply to attend at: https://goo.gl/forms/u96tDdusT4ujQ0VY2
The Curatorial School (28 August – 1 September 2017) is a one-week intensive lecture and workshop programme for students, emerging and established curators, practitioners and researchers. Meet, learn from and network with some of the world’s leading curators in the heart of Valletta, Malta: a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Presented by the Valletta 2018 Foundation and the University of Malta, the theme for this year’s Curatorial School is RESEARCHING CURATORIAL PRACTICES.
Attend the Curatorial School to further your career development through insightful lectures, workshops and professional networking opportunities.