Malta: Discover the rich history and spectacular sights of this Mediterranean gem; Caroline Leeming; Daily Express

Malta – City of Valletta

BEING slightly off the well-trodden European holiday path, Malta often gets overlooked.

I’d wanted to go for some time and so my husband and I were intrigued to set off for a whistle-stop weekend there this year.

The Maltese archipelago is made up of three islands – Malta, the largest, Gozo and Comino – and lies 50 miles or so south of Sicily.

Malta is an island with a complicated past, invaded by empires across the ages, from the Carthaginians and Romans to the French and finally the British.

It has Neolithic wonders, Italian influences and played a huge role in the Second World War when it was awarded the George Cross for valour.

We were keen to try to understand this complex history in our few days there.

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Cheap Flights to Malta from $537; Skyscanner

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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.

 

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10 Reasons To Add Malta To Your Bucket List; Alexis Zahner; HuffPost UK

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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.

1. The Culture is Incredible

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10 of the best places to retire abroad; Richard Eisenberg; MarketWatch

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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.

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18 Incredible Things You Have To See And Do In Malta And Gozo; Yaya & Lloyd; Hand Luggage Only

Malta – City of Valletta

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.

1.) Dive to see the fallen Azure Window, Gozo

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Malta Bucket List: 14 of the BEST Things to Do; Annette; Bucket List Journal

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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.

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Applications Closing — Curatorial School, Malta; Creative Arts Update

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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.

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Exploring Malta’s magical mix of culture, history and natural beauty; City A.M.

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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.

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Travel to Malta, the Island of Knights!; Deviant World

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!

#1. Stroll around its capital city, Valletta

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Malta’s secret tunnels: inside the newly discovered underworld of Valletta; Bradley Garrett; The Guardian

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Malta’s picturesque capital has been used as the set of Gladiator, Troy and King’s Landing in Game of Thrones – but it is also riven by subterranean passages that go back to the legendary Knights of Malta. As the city prepares to be European Capital of Culture, should the tunnels be opened to the public?

When Albert Dimech recognised us, rather than introducing himself, he simply said: “Follow me.”

Dimech had asked the artist Leanne Wijnsma and me to meet him in the centre of Valletta, Malta’s capital city and the European capital for culture in 2018. Wijnsma had been commissioned by the Valletta 2018 foundation to create a piece of artwork about the city’s subterranean world, and Dimech was our point of contact.

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