About as near as Brits can get to
home-from-home abroad; they drive on the left and know how to build a
British pub, well almost!
The island has a rich history with
well-preserved remnants of its turbulent past. The fortresses that
encircle the grand harbour are like a movie set and
have been used by film makers over the years for classics such as
Gladiator while the blue lagoon at nearby Comino is also not camera shy.
Italian and African influences have
also been thrown into the mix. Beach lovers will find their choice
limited to Melleiha, Golden Bay and Gozo, while those seeking culture
will find an abundance of historic sites and religion.
The main towns give off a biblical
appearance with their square, sandy ancient-looking buildings and some
of the larger resorts remain working towns - bustling, noisy and tatty
in places, however they're generally quiet and relaxing.
Driving is a joy in Malta. The island
is 13 miles (21km) wide by 9 miles (14km) long at its furthest points
and is crisscrossed by scenic country roads (unsurfaced in places). In
most resorts there are plenty of parking spaces with the exception of
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Language: Maltese with English
Weather: Summer: hot and
sunny. Winter: mild, slightly cooler than Spanish costas. Most rainfall
occurs in November and December.
Places to visit:
- Valleta offers wall-to-wall
history dating back more than 500 years although, surprisingly it's
the more modern architecture that is beginning to look shoddy. The city's Grand Harbour
fronts a wealth of ancient palaces, fortresses and chapels among the
narrow crowded streets. It's best explored on foot due to a
frustrating one-way system and a lack of parking.
- Mdina is Malta's original capital and
its breathtaking, well-preserved medieval architecture make it the
highlight of any trip to Malta. Within the vast wall-city are quiet
narrow streets with history you can reach out and touch dating back
to the 1700's.
- Rabat is next door to Mdina within
walking distance and remains a fascinating working, living ancient
town. St Paul's Church, grotto and catacombs have been visited and
blessed by popes
- Craft Villages on Malta and Gozo are
great places to see ancient craftsmanship such as silversmiths,
glassblowing and lace-making, still is use.
- Sicily can be reached by ferry in 90
- Blue Grotto is reached by small boats
from a well-signed village of Zurrieq. The clear bright-blue water
within the caves is magical. Note - the boats will not sail
in rough or windy conditions.
- Blue Lagoon is a vast expanse of
beautiful, crystal-clear sea water near Comino. Daily boat trips
from around the island.
- Marsaxlokk (Marsa-schlok) is a pretty
fishing village with a vast open-air daily market.
- Splash and Fun water park is a
wet-knuckle theme park with waterslides, lazy river and children's
- Sweethaven Village is where the Robin
William's movie, 'Popeye' was filmed and resembles a ramshackle
fishing town. The site boasts a small amusement park, boat
rides, a lido, Popeye shows and the the original film set of the
Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter churches. Driving
around Valletta is a logistical nightmare ... parking is even worse.
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