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.
There are few islands that can rival Malta for its magical mix of culture, history and natural beauty.
Thanks to its enviable position in the middle of the Mediterranean, this island has been much coveted as a naval base, conquered by a succession of world powers for more than 7000 years, from the Romans to the Knights of St John.
Today, though, it’s Malta’s fantastic climate and unusual story that attracts visitors, although the rich influence of its former rulers is never far from view.
For such a compact island, there’s a huge variety of things to do, making Malta a perfect choice for families looking for a holiday that delivers above and beyond.
Malta is small rock packed with interest, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Boat trips, beautiful towns, deep blue sea, friendly locals and soul-feeding views will greet you on arrival. Here, you can go from swimming in crystal clear seas, to a clifftop prehistoric site or a harborside restaurant, all in the space of a few hours.
Malta’s geographical location, historically made it an alluring and much-fought-over prize. Thus, the island is full of majestic medieval defenses. The capital, Valletta, built by the Knights of St. John, is a harmonious and iconic puzzle, Mdina and Victoria are fortress-like hilltop towns and watchtowers dot all of the coast. Even the fishing boats resonate with the past, their prows painted with eyes, just like those of their Phoenician predecessors…
Here are some things to look for, if you plan to visit Malta!
Three beautiful Maltese islands to explore but not enough time?Here are the five short cuts to the ultimate Malta experience – and yes, you will get fantastic local food, great Maltese wine, an historic temple, a dip in a blue lagoon and souvenirs to bring back home.
See one of the worlds’ oldest temples
If you have to choose one historical sight to see while in Malta this is it: The Ggantija temples and heritage park in Xaghra village is the oldest free-standing temple in the world. The Ggantija megalithic temple complex is one of the oldest and historically significant man-made structures on Earth – older than the pyramids of Egypt! The Ġgantija temples were built during the Neolithic period (c. 3600–2500 BCE), making them more than 5,500 years old. They were built before metal was had been introduced, so the temples are made of limestone.
Built between 3600 BC and 700 BC, the Megalithic Temples of Malta have been claimed as the oldest free-standing structures on Earth.
The Wonders Of The Megalithic Temples Of Malta
Historians have always put emphasis on Egypt, Greece, and Mesopotamia when talking about ancient temples. However, the small country of Malta has become a focal point of discussion after the discovery of the Megalithic Temples of Malta. The Megalithic Temples of Malta are ancient temples built over a period of 2900 years with construction commencing in 3600BC, and this makes them one of the oldest free-standing artificial structures in the world. Carbon dating conducted on some of the temples have indicated their date of construction as being 5,500 BC making them the oldest temples in the world, and older than the popular Stonehenge or the Egyptian Pyramids.
Who built the megalithic temples of Malta, though to be the oldest temples in the world? Let’s take a look at these magnificent mysteries of Malta.
The Megalithic Temples of Malta
Over the years, I have combined travel with visiting archaeological sites around the world. Don’t worry, I don’t have Indiana Jones syndrome! I just have an interest in ancient civilisations, and like to have a wander around places built thousands of years ago. On my recent visit to Malta, I had the chance to visit some more ancient sites. In fact, it was one of my reasons to visit Malta in the first place.
The Megalithic Temples of Malta were constructed sometime between 3600BC and 3000BC. Current dating puts them as older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids, and they are often referred to as the oldest in the world.
The alfombristas international commission entity of ephemeral art is organising an event in Victoria Gozo, between 9th and 12th March.
This is a project of great socio cultural importance to be held in conjunction with the conference of the Peripheral Maritime regions of Europe (CPMR), which will gather the Presidents of the peripheral maritime regions of Europe.
It will be the first joint activity of the International Commission for 2017. This activity will give visibility to ephemeral art in an appropriate frame, working at the same time to give importance to the Conference of Regional EU Presidents.
A total of 10 carpets will be created, nine of which will have the shape of a stylised flower petal. These will be presented together, meaning the willingness of working together for a common project of ephemeral art.
Many ancient buildings are predominantly functional and are often related to primary concerns of ancient civilizations: death and the afterlife. This gives them an air of mystery and unique beauty and to celebrate the oldest and most ancient architectural feats, we have compiled a list of must- see buildings from around the globe.
Pyramid of Djoser, Egypt
The pyramids of Egypt will capture the desire for ancient architecture like no other. Not to be missed on an Egyptian adventure is the oldest in the region: the stepped Pyramid of Djoser. Constructed in 2667-2648 BCE for the Egyptian king in the third dynasty, Netjerykhet (aka Djoser) and planned by the deified Imhotep. The labyrinth below this 6 layer stone and clay structure are about 3.5 miles long.