Sightseeing in Malta (Short Stay)
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Megaliths, medieval dungeons and Calypso’s Cave – The Maltese Islands are positively mythic.
The narrow meandering streets of their towns and villages lead to the main square, which is invariably dominated by the huge baroque church. As the countryside is dotted with medieval towers, wayside chapels and the oldest known human structures in the world, the Islands have rightly been described as an open-air museum.
The Maltese archipelago lies virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean, 93 km south of Sicily and 288 km north of Africa. The archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino with a total population of over 400,000 inhabitants occupying an area of 316 square kilometers.
Malta is the largest island and the cultural, commercial and administrative centre.
Gozo is the second largest island and is more rural, characterised by fishing, tourism, crafts and agriculture.
Comino, the smallest of the trio, has one hotel and is largely uninhabited.
With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do.
Valletta is the Capital City of Malta, and dates back to the time of the Knights of St John, and there is a lot one can see in this city. Besides the cultural sights, it is undoubtedly beautiful.
One can get to Valletta either by catching a bus, with bus stops just opposite all ST Hotels. Alternatively, one can catch the Ferry from Sliema to Valletta which only takes a few minutes.
Valletta is full of beautiful buildings and traditional Maltese houses, the city was planned by the Knights of St John, and most roads lead to the sea.
The Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens offer breathtaking views of the Grand Harbor, one of the most beautiful harbors in Europe.
There are also many Palaces and Auberges, around the city, which are beautifully built, with a lot of attention to detail.
One can also appreciate the quaint streets and bastions that surround the city.
Cordina Café is a coffee shop, located in an old palazzo in the bustling streets of Valletta. It occupies a special place in the hearts of local and foreign visitors alike. It has since grown and flourished into the Maltese icon we know today.
The history of Mdina traces back more than 4000 years. According to tradition it was here that in 60 A.D. that the Apostle St. Paul is said to have lived after being shipwrecked on the Islands. Furthermore it is said that St. Paul resided inside the grotto know as Fuori le Mura (outside the city walls) now known as St. Paul’s Grotto in Rabat. Lamp lit by night and referred to as “the silent city”, Mdina is fascinating to visit for its timeless atmosphere as well as its cultural and religious treasures.
Mdina has had different names and titles depending on its rulers and its role but its medieval name describe it best – ‘Citta’ Notabile’: the noble city.
It was home then, as now, to Malta’s noble families; some are 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 extraordinary in its mix of medieval and baroque architecture. Like nearby Mdina, Rabat played a major role in Malta’s past and is a prime source of its cultural heritage.
This large provincial township was part of the Roman city of Melita, with the sites and archaeological relics found testifying to the town’s importance during the Roman period.
These two localities are along the coast of the island, thus having exceptional sea views, and within walking distance of all ST Hotels.
St Julian’s was once a pretty fishing village, but now five-star hotels and apartment complexes dominate its scenic bays. It adjoins the small nightlife enclave of Paceville, which springs to life at night after a couple of shots. This, coincidentally, is where many of Malta’s English-language schools are located.
More exclusive-feeling Sliema has long been associated with the Maltese upper classes, and makes an enticingly more peaceful base, just far enough from the action. Gracious townhouses sit along backstreets, while burgeoning swish apartment blocks line the seafront, which is blessed by sun-trapped rocky beaches and swimming spots.
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