There are Myriad Wonders to Explore in these Ancient Mediterranean Islands
The Mediterranean archipelago of Malta stands at the crossroads of civilizations. Over the millennia, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, and the British have all left their mark on this island chain.
The complex and ever-evolving legacy of cultural influences is evident in everything from the Maltese language (a mélange of Semitic roots and Romance-language flourishes), which is spoken alongside English, to the local cuisine, featuring dishes from a Mediterranean twist on British rabbit stew to island delicacies found nowhere else in the world.
The sun-soaked archipelago of Malta fairly busts with history and culture. It’s easy to gaze at Malta’s craggy landscapes, endless beaches, and breathtaking historical sites and artifacts and imagine the lives of the seafaring explorers who first settled these islands thousands of years ago.
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Malta’s Natural Wonders
Malta boasts an array of captivating natural wonders. The Blue Lagoon in Comino lures travelers with its mesmerizing azure waters, offering an idyllic spot for swimming, snorkeling, or simply basking in the extraordinary natural beauty. Farther along the coast, the Dingli Cliffs afford hikers a panoramic view of the open sea, an especially enchanting vantage point during sunset.
Further south, the Blue Grotto shines like neon with its shimmering underwater hues and intricate cave systems. Conclude your pilgrimage to Malta’s natural wonders with a stop at Calypso Cave, where legend tells us the Greek goddess Calypso imprisoned Odysseus for seven years. It’s easy to see why this cave made such an impression on the ancient Greeks.
Malta is Alive with History
Relative to its size, Malta may well be one of the most history-rich countries in the world. The islands of the Malta archipelago are dotted with a surprising number of surviving historical sites, and many people visit Malta as much for the history as for the beautiful beaches and glorious Mediterranean weather.
The Ġgantija Temples predate even the pyramids of Egypt and bear testament to ancient ingenuity. Not far, Mnajdra and Hagar Qim showcase intricate megalithic structures that continue to mystify archaeologists today.
Within the fortified walls of the silent city of Mdina, abandoned centuries ago, cobblestone streets and medieval edifices whisper tales of knights and nobles from eras gone by. St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta fascinates visitors with its ornate Baroque interiors adorned by masterpieces from Caravaggio and other Renaissance painters.
Nearby, the Upper Barrakka Gardens offer breathtaking views of the Grand Harbour, a perfect complement to the opulent grandeur of the Grandmasters Palace. The Verdala Palace, once a hunting lodge and now the official summer residence of the President of Malta, allows visitors to explore Malta’s history with guided tours of the palace’s public areas.
Relax and Enjoy Yourself
While some people visit Malta to explore its history and experience its natural wonders, others just come to play.
Snorkeling enthusiasts revel in its crystal-clear waters, uncovering a vibrant marine ecosystem just beneath the surface at nearly any point in the island chain. For the more adventurous, the island of Gozo beckons experienced divers (or those accompanied by them) to iconic diving sites such as the Blue Hole or the Inland Sea. The former presents a unique underwater landscape of mineralized blue surfaces, and the latter lures divers in with an intimidating 80-meter tunnel connecting the rock-bound body of water to the open sea. The islands of Malta are among the most popular dive sites in the world, and for good reason.
Visit Malta this winter to explore the history, natural beauty, and stunning blue waters of this Mediterranean jewel. Call our flight coordinators today!