Historic, Medieval, Mythic
The Mediterranean islands of Malta sitting just over 50 miles south of Sicily boast a craggy coastline, stunning beaches and are swarming with history. Consisting of three islands, Gozo, Comino and Malta, the country's land-mass combined still makes it one of the smallest in Europe. Regardless of its diminutive size Malta combines the perfect beach destination with a cultural treasure trove, as destinations go it's hard to beat!
Malta at a glance
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What to Expect
Culture and Traditions
Malta encompasses some of the most stunning and diverse remnants of the past, with ancient Neolithic temples, cobbled ancient towns and the grandiose city of Valletta. There are many exquisite Maltese traditions; glass-blowing and lace-making are just some of the intriguing local crafts which have been practiced and perfected for centuries. The Maltese also relish a love of good food and festivals, between June and September villages hold around 75 village feasts or ‘Festa's’. These are often held in honour of the town’s patron saint and during this time the village comes vivaciously alive with fireworks, processions and band marches.
Weather and Climate
Malta has a predominantly Mediterranean climate with the average temperature being 23ºC. With hot humid summers and mild winters Malta experiences highs of around 29ºC in August and 12ºC in the winter time, with most of the rainfall occurring in the autumn and the winter months
Gozo and Malta are the most inhabited islands on the archipelago which lies on the Malta plateau which formed a shallow land bridge between Sicily and North Africa before last Ice age. As sea levels rose the higher points formed the landmass that we know as Malta today. The islands form many bays along the coastline which make for excellent harbours across the coast and the majority of the land is low hills with terraced fields for farming. There are no naturally occurring rivers all year round although heavy rainfall can often create fast flowing rivers throughout the hills.
The pinnacle of Malta’s history and culture is the fortified city of Mdina, known in medieval times as ‘Citta Notabile,’ meaning the noble city. Ambling through the cobbed back streets resembles a journey back in time, with stunning baroque architecture at every turn! With few cars allowed within the city walls due to a restriction it remains a Silent City whose timeless beauty has been perfectly preserved for over 4000 years.
Mnanjdra is a unique megalithic temple complex positioned dramatically on the ridge of a limestone clifftop in the southern edge of the island. Constructed between 3200 BC and 3600 BC, these awe-inspiring prehistorical monuments are amongst the worlds earliest free-standing stone buildings!
A traditional and heart warming dish the ‘Soppa tal-arma’ is known as the ‘Widow’s Soup’ and is one of the most beloved in the country. Originally made by poor widows from the cheapest vegetables accessible to them, this soup is now a staple part of the Maltese diet. Whilst walking through the narrow streets the delicious smell of soup simmering on the stoves is an all-pervasive assault on the senses!