Located in the middle of the Mediterranean, Malta is a destination that you can consider for your European travel. Malta is a bustling island in the Maltese archipelago along with the two islands of Gozo and Comino and four other smaller islands.
Although the area of Malta is small, the landscape of this island makes people overwhelmed with its grandeur and beauty. Let’s see why so many travel bloggers choose Malta as the ideal destination for your European vacation.
1. 10th smallest country in the world
This small country is not a popular country to visit. However, the beauty of city planning and rich culture are well worth your attention. Located between the continents of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Malta is a meeting place for many cultures. In 2018, Malta’s capital Valletta was selected as the cultural capital of Europe.
2. Valletta is the smallest Capital city in Europe
It takes quite a while to get around Paris or London. However, in Valetta, tourists only need a day to enjoy the beauty of this capital city of Malta. With an area of 0.8 square kilometers, tourists can visit in just an hour’s walk.
3. The hospitality of the locals
Maltese are famous for their hospitality, friendliness and generosity. The people here are very kind and often go out of their way to make guests feel at home. Most people are very pleasant and happy to help, should you need directions or require any form of assistance. This trait is ingrained in Maltese culture and makes for a very warm and welcoming experience.
4. Almost everyone speaks English
The fact is that English is the second official language of Malta. This is obviously a very useful thing because the language barrier often makes you not want to explore a new country. Malta was part of the United Kingdom for about 160 years (gaining independence in 1964), which has made the country’s residents fluent in English.
5. Full of sunshine
Malta boasts more than 300 days of sunshine annually, so chances are that during your trip to Malta, the sun is sure to be your best companion. The weather in Malta is ideal for anyone who wants their holiday to be full of sunshine and bright. Whether you visit Malta in the summer, when the beaches are sparkling, or during the colder months, the weather will still be perfect for walking to explore some of Malta’s most fascinating landscapes.
6. Rich local cuisine
Food in Malta takes a little bit of Italian, a little spice from North Africa, a touch of Spanish flair, and the rustic simplicity of the Normans (an ethnic group in the North of France). It is like a culinary reflection of the history of the islands themselves, almost every dish will impress any foodie.
Fish plays a big role in Maltese cuisine. Come to Marsaxlokk harbor when the boats are full of seafood returning from the catch, seafood from here will be taken directly to restaurants and eateries to prepare dishes from the freshest seafood. You can also nibble on appetizers served with Moroccan herbs and olive oil or take a stroll while enjoying a cool gelato typical of Sicily, Italy.
7. Peace and quiet: Gozo
The Republic of Malta also includes the sister island Gozo. Gozo is a great location for families, couples and senior citizens who enjoy a peaceful stay with its beautiful beaches and countryside views.
There are many interesting sites around Gozo, such as the citadel fortress of the island capital Victoria, the megalithic temples of Ggantija, or the caves of Calypso. The seaside town of Xlendi is also a popular tourist destination, offering stunning views of the bay surrounded by high cliffs. Ramla l-Hamla, Dahlet Qorrot and San Blas Bay are beautiful beaches to swim in.
8. Famous filming locations
Despite being called a small country, Malta has been the filming location of at least 100 films. The first film shot in the country was “Sons of the Seas” in 1925. The Irish director’s adaptation of Agatha Cristie’s detective novel “The Murder of the Orient Express” also filmed some scene in this country. In addition, various famous films such as War Z, Asterix and Obelix, Davinci Code, Troy, Pinnochio and Popeye were also filmed in this country.