“The reason we often refer to Malta as an archipelago is because it sounds bigger”, my guide quipped. I smiled. At just over 300 square kilometers, Malta is indeed small. However, as I was about to discover, what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in history and culture. Situated smack in between Sicily and the African continent, Malta has long benefited from its prime location on one of the most important trading routes in the Mediterranean Sea. Its prized location made it a magnet for the region’s superpowers through the centuries, from the Phoenicians and Romans to the Moors, Normans, Aragonese, Spanish Habsburgs, the Knights of St. John and lastly the French and the British. These influences are visible till this very day through the Maltese people, their culture and language, and the ancient structures across the islands.
I recently spent two days (way too short!) exploring the main island of Malta and its capital, Valletta. What I found was an island of proud citizens, a gorgeous capital and a multitude of cultural and historic attractions. Here are my impressions of Malta, packed into a photo essay.
A photo essay of Malta
I spent my first day walking around Valletta and exploring the quiet town of Birgu. The weather was perfect, around 22 degrees Celsius and sunny – awesome, considering it was winter!
The next day, I was taken on a drive to the south of the island where I got to see parts of the rugged coastline, several amazing Neolithic Temples and the colourful fishing town of Marsaxlokk.
From here, it was short drive back to the airport. My stay was too short but it was the perfect teaser! I’ll be back for sure and share my Maltese tales with you. Watch this space!
Note: a big thank you goes to my hosts, the Malta Tourism Authority and Air Malta. Air Malta operates frequent services from major European hubs such as London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Rome to Malta.