5 Reasons Malta Should Be Your Next Europe Stop
Malta is a small island country situated nicely in the Mediterranean Sea just 50 miles south of Italy. The nation is known for its picturesque beaches and waters, plethora of historical sights, and charming architecture. We just returned from a great trip to Malta, and I can say that it is one of my favorite European countries thus far and a truly unique destination. Read on to learn more about this hidden gem and why it should be your next must-see spot in Europe.
The water is something off a postcard
Malta boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, and they are easily accessible across the island. However, you’ll also want to get out on that clear blue water and go snorkeling and diving or explore sea caves among the cliffs. Boat tours can take you to places like Comino and the Blue Lagoon for a full day of some of the best underwater sights you’ve ever seen. Or, take a quick trip inside the caves of the Blue Grotto, perfect for the whole family.
The oldest historical sights in the world
Malta was inhabited somewhere between 5500 and 4500 years ago. The lives of this first society are still greatly a mystery, but its people built some of the most incredible historical sights on earth. The Ggantija Temples are considered to be the oldest free-standing monuments in the world, predating Stonehenge and the Pyramids in Egypt. The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is an underground temple and burial place with a maze of corridors and chambers dug out of the rock. It is the only structure of its kind in the world. At least a dozen other temples and similar sites exist across the island that illustrate Malta’s sacred importance for prehistoric communities.
Mediterranean food is top notch
Thanks to its close proximity to Italy, Malta boasts some pretty life changing pizza and pasta, which is sure to please everyone in your group. The seafood is also wonderfully fresh, with common dishes including swordfish, octopus, and calamari. And, don’t miss the chance to try some more traditional rustic Maltese fare, such as stews, hearty pies, cheeses, and olives.
Stunning medieval architecture
The architecture in Malta is surely unlike anywhere you’ve ever seen. The town of Mdina, also known as the Silent City, is a must visit on your trip. Mdina was the capital of Malta through the medieval period and has been home to noble families throughout the island’s history. Visit today and you’ll feel like you’ve taken a step back in time, with its narrow cobblestone streets and gothic building facades. Tours by horse drawn carriage are a popular way to explore and learn more about the town.
Another favorite spot for us was the Cittadella, located in the center of the small city of Victoria on the island of Gozo. As the ferry approaches Gozo, you’ll immediately catch sight of this giant fortress situated high above the countryside. The Cittadella has been occupied since prehistoric times and has a rich military history. Today, visitors can explore its various museums, grand cathedral, and Norman-style alleyways.
The weather is always perfect
There really isn’t a bad time to visit Malta. Summers are warm, winters are mild, and it’s sunny nearly all the time. In fact, summer is considered to last for around 7 months of the year, making it one of the warmest countries in Europe. Rainfall is minimal and is unlikely to interfere with your trip. Pack your beach bag, and get ready to soak up the beautiful Mediterranean climate.
If you need any more convincing as to why to start packing your bags for Malta, send me a message today. You might also consider beginning your trip in nearby Italy so that you can really maximize how great this region is. Let’s start planning your perfect itinerary.