Posted on March 12, 2011
It has an ideal climate, a story that mixes British and Italian traditions and stunning natural scenery. From Valletta to Gozo, there is much to see and do.
It is only 90 kilometers from the coast of Sicily and there are direct flights from most European capitals. That may explain that every year, travelers will meet your beaches and towns, attracted by a magical atmosphere in which a long and rich history and magnificent scenery are intertwined.
In Valletta, the capital, which is more surprising architecture, with multiple narrow cobbled streets and churches of different faiths. Founded in the sixteenth century by the Knights of the Order of San Juan, the city was designed as a haven of nobles. Hence its many castles and Baroque palaces. Must: the Cathedral of San Juan (with his paintings of Caravaggio and 369 marble slabs!) And Grand Masters Palace, which houses the national parliament today.
Beaches, villages and cliffs
Beyond its cultural richness and picturesque Anglo-Italian influences in their culture and society (the cars drive on the left), the Maltese archipelago keeps great natural attractions.
To appreciate (and incidentally get away from the crowds), should travel to the island of Gozo. Here we can run into charming towns as Xaghra and Marsalforn. In the latter, it is worth scheduling the subtracted "The Pulena" , where you can sample from Gozitano risotto with cheese (a local cheese variety), pizza and mushroom dishes.
The natural beauty also appears hard on the island of Comino, almost uninhabited paradise (according to Wikipedia, in the last census 8 permanent residents were counted) dominated by wild flowers and a constant sea breeze that seems perfuming everything. Its main beach is "Laguna Azul" perfect paradise for surfers, divers and travelers in general.
What has been said here is just an outline of what you can see and do in Malta. But it is enough to encourage them to discover this exotic corner of the European Union can still boast fabulous quiet and corners.