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TOP 5 THINGS TO DO ON THE MALTESE ISLANDS
1) Explore Valletta – The Capital City of MALTA
Valletta, the European Capital of Culture for 2018, owes its existence to the Knights of St John, who planned the city as a refuge to care for injured soldiers and pilgrims during the Crusades in the 16th century. Until the arrival of the Knights, Mount Sceberras, on which Valletta stands, lay between two natural harbours. No building stood on its bare rocks except for a small watch tower, called St Elmo, to be found at its extreme end. Many iconic places to visit like St. John’s Co-Cathedral, The Palace of the Knights and The Upper Barrakka with Saluting Battery.
2) Day trip to the sister island of Gozo
Gozo means ‘joy’ and a visit to this relaxed little sister island of Malta should bring exactly that. Though separated from mainland Malta by a mere 5km stretch of sea (20/25 minutes by ferry), Gozo is distinctly different. The Island is a third the size of Malta, more rural and much more tranquil. Gozo is known for its picturesque scenery, pristine coastline and untouched country trails.
3) Have dinner in Mdina – The Silent City
Mdina has had different names and titles depending on its role and rulers, but its medieval name describes it best as ‘Citta' Notabile‘ or the ‘Noble City’. It was home then, as now, to Malta's noble families; some of which are direct descendants of the Norman, Sicilian and Spanish overlords who made Mdina their home from the 12th century onwards. Impressive palaces line its narrow, shady streets. Mdina is one of Europe's finest examples of an ancient walled city, and is extraordinary in its mix of medieval and baroque architecture, with magnificent panoramic views from the bastions.
4) Take a boat trip to Comino Island and The Blue Lagoon
Embark directly on a catamaran, gullet or a super yacht, exclusively chartered for the day or extended afternoon. Head to St. Paul’s Islands for a first dip in Malta’s crystal, clear seas, before proceeding to Comino, to experience the magical Blue Lagoon.
Enjoy different kind of water sports such as jet skis, power boat rides, banana rides or crazy sofas, snorkel or just disembark for a walk on the almost bare island of Comino. This little heaven still resists the modern world, with no traffic, a few small paths, beautiful swimming spots, and an early 17th century watch tower that casts a romantic protective look, over what was once a refuge for hermits and exiles.
5) Discover Malta’s night life
Nightlife on the Islands is always bustling - even if the vibrant calendar of events gets leaner during some periods, there are always scores of clubs to visit, excellent wine bars and first-rate restaurants to try. The Islands have an effervescent calendar of cultural events to see, such as the Malta Arts Festival, the Valletta Baroque Festival, the Opera Festival, the Choir Festival and the International Jazz Festival held in July.
The Maltese Islands have also become a hub for the clubbing scene. The main nightlife clubbing action is in Paceville, on the coast near St. Julians, where the clubs and bars are in abundance.
*Picture 1: Gala Evening (Knights of Malta Theme) - Mediterranean Conference Centrein Valletta
*Picture 2: A chartered gullet in the magical waters oft he BlueLagoon
*Picture 3: The Azure Window used as the background in the set of Games of Thrones
*Picture 4: One of the majestic palaces found in the narrow winding streets of Mdina
*Picture 5: The stunning skyline of Valletta at night