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The beaches of Malta

What is exactly Malta? Perhaps we can say that it is the closest place to Italy, however, with completely different characteristics. Some examples? look at the anguage (Maltese and English) or the way locals drive a car (left side of the road). But both Itay and Malta got the best beaches in the world: if you look out over the wonderful sea, you will see always crystal clear.

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Before describing in detail Malta’s beaches, let’s understand a little better Malta’s culture and geography. In fact Malta is in reality an archipelago, which is located in the Mediterranean and is formed by the island of Malta up to Gozo, including Comino, which is the smallest one of the islands. The archipelago is located a short distance from Sicily, from which it is separated only by the Malta Channel. The capital is La Valletta and you can also reach Malta by ferry. The territory spreads for 316 square kilometers with a predominantly hilly sides; the coasts are high and jagged, with many inlets. From 1814 until 1964, which was the year when Malta gained independence, the isle was a British possession and this explains why English is one of the official language and people drive on the left side of the road!

Now let’s speak about the beaches: a large part of the coast, whether it belongs to Malta, Gozo or Comino, it is formed by rocks with a number of high cliffs. However there are also some beautiful sandy beaches, some very well equipped, that can easily used by families with children or seniors who prefer sandy beaches – of course this kind is easier to reach with not too deep seabed.
For those instead who loves practicing sports such as sailing, surfing or windsurfing the archipelago is a true paradise, thanks to strong winds which support these sports’ practice. The diving enthusiasts will have a lot of fun, thanks to ocean currents that keep the clean sea! You will be able to admire the seabed through the crystal clear waters and find numerous diving centers in Malta and Gozo.

As for the island of Malta, the sandy beaches are located mainly in the north.

Ghadira Bay is located in Mellieha Bay; it is one of the most popular beaches, thanks to its fine golden sand and its quite shallow water, which is greatly appreciated by families with children. There are also several games and water fun for everyone.

In the north-western part of Malta there is another beach, which is also very popular thanks to its beautiful golden sand: welcome to the GOLDEN BAY. But this beach is fairly exposed to winds and strong currents, and thus those who practice sports such as sailing or windsurfing find here their true heaven! The Golden Bay is located in a very nice area and close to the History Park (national natural reserve).

Always in the West, near the Golden Bay, there is also the Ghajn Tuffieha, which is located below a promontory and could be accessed going down for 180 steps! Even if the access is not the easiest one, it is still a beach worthy to visit.

In the most northern part of Malta, just across the island of Gozo, there is the PARADISE BAY; as its name indicates, it is a true paradise with its clear waters, especially for snorkelers. It is a very popular beach also with young people because parties and music are often organised here.

The most spectacular beach is not a real beach, because it is in fact a cliff overlooking what was originally a salt pool: it’s called PETER’S POOL. This incredibly charming yet wild place is located near Marsalaxlokk. To reach the sea you have to go down a staircase created in the rock! There are many flat rocks that were the tanks where the salt dried in the sun – today they are very comfortable to lie down and sunbathe.

On the island of Gozo, however, the most famous beach is the RAMLA BAY, located on the north-eastern coast between two rocky headlands. The features that attract tourists are many: firstly the scenery is really beautiful, thanks to the reddish color of the sand. Then in the middle of the beach there is a statue of the Virgin, in memory of a shipwreck in 1881. Another major attraction is the presence of Xaghra on the promontory, the Calypso cave overlooking the bay of RAMLA. It is said that the island of Gozo is nothing less than the Isle of Ogygia mentioned by Homer in the Odyssey (here Ulysses would have met the nymph Calypso).

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The Comino Island (Kemmuna) lies between  Malta and Gozo. It is very small and has only one hotel, but this is also the reason why it is charming to visit. The beach that attracts tourists and diving enthusiasts is the BLUE LAGOON – it deserves its name because the water here is shaded with an amazing blue (who has seen the movie Blue Lagoon will not  be disappointed!). Further north there is the SANTA MARIA BAY; this beach has fairly deep water and is perhaps why it is quieter than the Blue Lagoon.

Available on many beaches, whether in Malta, Gozo and Comino, there are stalls with food and beverages or otherwise of the nearby restaurants. Armier Bay -which is located in the North of Malta- is renowned for its grilled prepared in the kiosks. Here, however, the sea is quite rough, with high waves, so not suitable for everyone, or at least if you get there…be careful.

All along the coast you can practice many aquatic sports and there are also many places where you can rent pedal boats, kayaks or jet skis.

The beaches are all different in the Maltese archipelago, but one thing is the same everywhere: the sea. It is always clean and full of underwater life you can enjoy. So are you ready to leave for Malta? Well, don’t forget your mask and fins!

Having fun in Malta

Until a few years ago the youth tourism, oriented to fun, did not take much thought to Malta, but nowadays  this tourist destination is the hub of European nightlife. Will Malta become the new Ibiza? It is probably a bit too much as a comparison but, for sure, in a few years we can talk again about it.

A pearl in the midst of the sea

What attracts to Malta, and that has also attracted settlers who arrived in this land, it is the strategic position at the centre of the Mediterranean, making it easily accessible and halfway between Europe and Africa.

If at first Malta was colonized by Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Angevin, Aragonese, Italian and English, to rule the Mediterranean, today that position so strategically makes a real pearl of the same sea and the island of fun, easy to get and very much alive. Malta’s history has its roots very remote, since the first evidence of humans on the island date back to 5200 BC. It is a land that has always inhabited and, therefore, the traditions and the testimonies of all the civilizations that have conquered the land are an added value that make Malta one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean and beyond.

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Malta can be reached very easily, since many low cost airlines have thought of flights that depart from main airports and that, with their relatively low cost, motivate young people to choose precisely this as their holiday destination. Not to mention the fact that Malta is also reachable by ferry. If you consider also that here you will find everything you want to have fun, while spending an unforgettable summer of sea and entertainment, and travelling with a low budget, it’s done.

But where you have fun in Malta and what provides the island with regard to entertainment?

As mentioned, Malta is a beautiful island, which encompasses many facets ranging from ancient history to the sea and the sun, but also the nightlife. Those arriving in Malta with the idea of ​​fun certainly will not be disappointed, because here, year after year, they are growing clubs, discos, restaurants and everything else and the world of entertainment can not but be happy. Malta, therefore, is taken by storm, just like Sardinia or Ibiza, from all those who want to spend a summer full of hot sun, sea and fun. What could be better than enjoying the sunset on an island that is the focus of one of the most beautiful seas of the world, namely the Mediterranean? Before delving into the real advice, it should always remember that Malta is not a single island, but contains a number of islands that are the island of Malta, an island of Comino and Gozo.

The island of Comino is unique, because it is virtually uninhabited but for sure the most beautiful sea in the archipelago.

Of course, the island of Malta is the busiest and the most beloved. Here the nightlife is concentrated in the two main cities that are in Valletta, which is the capital of the island, and St Julian. Valletta offers so much to all who come. Whether it’s young people looking for fun or for classical music lovers, the city is without doubt the best choice. Here is the famous Manoel Theatre which is a real place of worship for those who are fans of classical music and theater performances. Here, in fact, they go on stage all the major cultural events of the island and is also the home of the famous Philharmonic Orchestra of Malta.

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But who goes to the theater you can not pass up the opportunity to have a coffee in one of the oldest bars in the city. This is the theater café, located in the beautiful courtyard of Casa Bonici, which is a splendid eighteenth-century building located in Old Bakery Street.

Bar and Cafes

To all those who, instead, want to have fun without paying too much attention to all that is cultural, we recommend attending the many bars and pubs of Valletta that are a favourite of both locals and foreigners looking for fun. One of the bar without a doubt the best known of the city is the Cafe Jubilee, one of the most popular located on St Lucia Street. It is a bar where you can eat traditional cuisine and immerse yourself in the world of blues, jazz and ethnic music. Here you find yourself and you will meet people from all over the world. Trabuxu is also a hot spot. Easy to reach, since it is located right in the city centre, this place offers plenty of very fine wines to customers. It is a trendy wine bar, where you can also enjoy excellent traditional dishes. The promenade of La Valletta, then, is full of bars, more or less small, that offer music every night and where you can drink and have fun. We are talking, for example, about the V5 Bar, the Q Bar and many more.

St Julian’s also full of entertainment, including discos that rock out to the rhythm of R & B, salsa, hip hop and more. There are also many night clubs of various kinds.

As for the nightlife in Gozo, one must say that here we have fun until late at night and there are two places, the Aurora and the Arena, which often host many famous singers and groups. Even here there are clubs, discos, bars and all that you want to spend a holiday full of fun.

The official language is English, which facilitates tourists increasing number coming from everywhere!

 

 

 

 

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Malta can host you all year round

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The island of Malta boasts over 300 days of sunshine per year. Surrounded by crystal clear waters, l perfect for the summer months being among the cleanest places in the Mediterranean, Malta is  a place popular with swimmers, snorkelling and diving enthusiasts.
But in addition to  the binomial beach-sea, Malta reveals to be a perfect destinationp for other reasons.
His ancient history and witnessed by the high density of places of historical interest. Prehistoric temples, the Roman catacombs, the medieval villages, heritage architectural and extraordinary artistic life coupled with the Knights of St. John (Knights of Malta) legends. Those attractions are all good reasons to visit Malta in any moment of the year.
The country is also, and let me say fortunately, finally shook off the British culinary heritage and today is home to some excellent restaurants  in Mediterranean cuisine, ready for gourmets.

When to go
The summer and the blue sky invite you to dive in the clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. This is the perfect time to sunbathe, to swim, to dive and practice boating,.
Spring and  Autumn periods are ideal to visit and explore Malta, when the weather is nice and the temperatures pleasant.
Winter brings greater risk of bad weather (although, in January high daytime is a pleasant 15C) but during the winter the costs drop significantly. In this way you avoid the crowds and enjoy the beauties of this  Place. Christmas period in Malta is lovely on the island.

Malta has many cheap taxi and car rentals. Cars can be rented at the airport from the hotel or in advance through local and international cCompanies.However, the main bus station is located just outside of Valletta City Gate and from there you can get anywhere on the island. All buses with numbers lower than 100 will be leading to Valletta and buses whose code numbers beginning with X will be leading to the airport.

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The island of Malta is ideally can be divided into two parts due to a vast conurbation rising In the eastern coast, while  the other is more deserted, rising to the west in the inner zone.

The cityìs  highlights not to be missed are:
The capital of Malta, La Valletta, the “Most Humble City”,  is part of the UNESCO world heritage site, and the main centre of activity in the island. It is a city-fortress risinge on the hill  and overlooking the sea, located on the rock of the peninsula of Mount Sceberras. He had natural harbours, Marsamxett and Grand Harbour.
Medina, the “Silent City”,  was the ancient capital of Malta, a kind of fortress walls and medieval architecture mixed with Arab ancestry and Baroque palaces. Boasting the title of ” Notable City”; indeed it  can be called “L-Imdina”. Rabat is rising near Medina and here it is possible to access the catacombs of San Paolo.
Cottonera (Kottonera) includes the city of Vittoriosa, Cospicua, Senglea and then shopping enthusiasts can go to Sliema.
Who wants to see more examples of medieval buildings can opt for Victoria and the Citadel of Gozo.

Christmas in Malta
Malta is a Catholic country, and it is gorgeous here to party fo rChristmas. In all locations ther are set up cribs, masses and songs.
In particular in La Valletta the co-cathedral of St. John organises carols by candlelight. During the Christmas period all churchesand the  baroque parish are decorate with typical colors of Christmas, white and red carmine, and here are prepared wonderful handcrafted mangers.
Among the most anticipated events by children and adults it is  the show, which is held at the Manoel Theatre.

Riding a car in Malta

It is notorious that driving in  Malta is subject to the British rule:  Yopu should keep the left lane of the road. Among the main rules of traffic there are:

  1.     On the circular roadway keep  left
  2.     Overtake right
  3.     Give priority to right
  4.     Do roundabouts clockwise (the vehicles inside the roundabout take precedence)
  5.     Put the seat belts
  6.     Observe the maximum speed In built-up areas of50 kph
  7.     The yellow lines at the edges of the streets indicate the parking ban.

Getting to Malta
Malta can reached by sea or by air. How about taking a frry or a ship? Here all the information you might need: http://www.ok-ferry.com/en/ports/ferries-malta.aspx