Guess what? WIT Agent Pam has flown over to Malta for the week–she’s staying in Valletta and checking out various day trips and excursions to some great UNESCO sites. We’re excited to see her pics and hear her tales of this fascinating archipelago!
In the meantime, let’s check out this little country in the middle of the Mediterranean:
Just the facts, sir:
Association with the Maltese Falcon: None
Official Languages: Maltese (a blend of Arabic and other influences) and English
Comprising of just three islands, the Republic of Malta lies a mere 50 miles south of Italy and 176 miles east of Tunisia. This unique position smack-dab between Europe and Africa has contributed to its melting-pot status throughout the centuries. At various points in its history, Malta has been the strategic base for the Phoenicians, Romans, Carthaginians, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Sicilians, Spanish, Knights of St. John, French and British–phew!
The famous Knights of Malta were awarded the islands by Emperor Charles V of Sicily in 1530. They established several famous citadels and cathedrals, which you can explore in all their magnificence still today. After their two centuries of rule came Britain and France–and independence was finally achieved in 1964.
Malta’s three islands are called Malta, Gozo and Comino, and the eponymous main island only measures 95 square miles. Interestingly, Valetta’s streets were designed in a grate pattern, meaning that summer breezes bounce off the medieval walls, which is especially cooling during the hot months. Long known as a destination for sun and sea, the islands receive a whopping 300+ sunny days a year!
So What makes Malta a stunning place to visit?
Its gorgeous heritage–embodied by ornate baroque churches, hilltop citadels and impressive megalithic temples–offers much to even the most weathered of travelers. The charming landscape, with limestone cliffs and sparkling seas, are also attractive. Diving, windsurfing, and sailing are among the more popular activities. Spend your first few nights on Malta exploring the rich architecture, then make your way to Gozo for watersports and idle relaxation.
Did you know? The Calypso Cave in Malta is said to be the cave where Homer’s Calypso from The Odyssey is said to have dwelled.
More on Malta in the coming weeks! Stay tuned!
WIT has booked several clients on recent trips to Malta. Call us at 503-224-0180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about these intriguing isles.