Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Chronicles from Malta | 3 Places to Remember




We arrived less than a week from our visit to Malta and my memories of this Mediterranean country will always be pervaded by its yellowish limestone walls, the colorful doors, the clear and warm waters and the kind people I've met there.

There are many points of interest in this small nation, including natural, archeological, historical and artistic attractions, but in this first article, I'll focus on 3 places included in our itinerary that struck me the most: Mdina, Valletta and the Three Cities, and Gozo and Comino.


MDINA





The fortified city of Mdina was the island's capital from antiquity to the medieval period and is still known today as the Silent City, and by its titles of Città Vecchia or Città Notable. Within the walls, the resident population is of just a few hundreds, but you can count on the tourists, arriving each day, to add largely to these numbers. Walking around the narrow streets, you can count on finding something to aim your camera at the turn of each corner: the impressive stonework, the colorful doors, and windows or the detail of a balcony will surely capture your eye








GOZO AND COMINO





Gozo is the second-largest island in the archipelago and although is more rural then the main island of Malta, is deservedly known for its scenic coastal landscape and geological features (who have not heard about the Azure Window or the Blue Hole?). Gozo is also rich in archeological sites of notable importance, like the Ġgantija temples and presents some stunning beaches and places to dive. The Blue Lagoon of Comino surely is a winner to me and Victoria is a city not to be missed, especially during the Festa of Saint George.








VALLETTA AND THE THREE CITIES





Founded in the 16th century and built under the rule of the Order of St. John - also known as Knights Hospitaller - the city of Valletta is essentially Baroque in its character. And if some of the simpler and austere facades of churches and cathedrals may full you, the rich interiors remind us of glorious days. Its monumentality and historical value are such that Valletta was officially recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980. To move around the city you must be prepared for some steep streets and stairs (nothing much for a Lisbon native, though!), but the views of both the city, the Grand Harbor and the Three Cities (Birgu, Senglea, and Cospicua) across the water are recompense enough for your effort.







You can find all the information you need on Malta, Gozo, and Comino, at the Malta Tourism Authority site. Pay them a visit at Visit Malta for inside tips on what to see, what to do and where to go, and for loads of relevant information on the country and specific places that you don't want to miss.





1 comment:

  1. I want to go to Malta SO BAD! I feel like very few people write about it, so thanks so much for sharing your experiences! I'm hoping to go later this fall, and will definitely be checking out all of these places :)

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