A GUIDE TO MALTA
NOMADSofORIGIN takes you on a day trip to Malta to show you this part of the Mediterranean in a whole new light
Words: Emily Georgieva
Photography: Annie Spratt
21 January 2019
Malta is one of the world's smallest countries that is appropriately populated but is does wake a lot of interest when it comes to travellers, who are looking for new adventures. It is the land of the constant sun as it is warm almost all year long. What is there not to like about this?!
The archipelago holds in its arms a range of coves, beaches, temples, rocky coastlines and fissile cliffs. Anyone interested in sailing, people owning boats or even yachts should plan a trip towards the Mediterranean archipelago. You won't be disappointed by the wonders of the sea because it is easy to feel one with everything that surrounds you. It is a preferred destination for divers and snorkelers. In total, there are around 100 dive sites around the country. Regardless of whether you are a beginner or a professional, Malta's waters are warm and inviting. There are a lot of fishermen boats as well. They have their own unique appeal. Most of them are colourfully painted and are given to Malta by the Venetians.
The food is, of course, influenced by the water kingdom as sea food is treasured and commonly eaten, the gbejniet cheese of Gozo is very much loved by locals. Honey is another thing that locals like to add to their meals. Influenced by the Sicilian and Middle Eastern cooking styles, the cuisine is varied, interesting and innovative.
Malta has interesting architecture. There is a lot to see in the country. The underground historic site of Hal Saflieni Hypogeum is ancient for its time - it was built over 5 000 years ago. The history of Malta is quite a challenging one, dating 6 000 years back in time. An interesting fact besides the temples that are scattered around the territory of the country are the huge female statues that have been build there as well. Once displayed on the streets, now most of them can only be seen in the local museums. Malta has some of the oldest buildings such as the Tarxien Ruins and the Megalithic Temples.
Positioned between Europe and North America, the islands have a long and interesting history. The big cities have their charm as well if you want to get away from the sea, the salty pools and the sunshine. Make sure to go to Valletta, which is also known as the 'Silent city of Mdina'.
Malta gained its independence in 1964. A huge part of it is devoted to creating and has an art influence. Years ago, bohemians and artists brought their ideologies to the land and contributed to its history. Once the sailors left the territory of the Mediterranean country, Malta was quiet and kind of empty for a while until it gained people's interest back and became more populated once again. Today, there are numerous festivals of art and music celebrating artists and bohemians - the people, who transformed the creative norms in the first place.
The cities have beautiful buildings with interesting floors, some of them with idyllic views of the sea. The villages are quieter and somewhat peaceful in their stillness - a perfect place to leave change life's busy pace for a little bit and spend some alone time or enjoy the company of friends and family.
The busiest periods to visit are the months from June to August as the weather is at its hottest. If you like kayaking, rock climbing, like music festivals, trying good cheese and swimming around underwater wrecks, Malta is the place for you. Its tropical vibe and bohemian charm don't get any better than that. Life is beautiful when you live it in Malta.
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