The turquoise Malta - Guide

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Malta is an archipelago composed by the islands Malta, Gozo, Comino and Cominitto (which is not uninhabited), located in the heart of the Mediterranean. On Comino Island were poured several films, including "Troy", "Gladiator", "Munich" and "The Count of Monte Cristo" (Château d'If is actually Sf.Marja Tower). Gozo Island is full of megalithic ruins and Roman streets marked on both sides by flowering oleanders and Malta is dominated by modern cities and fortresses.
Thanks to its 320 monuments concentrated on more than 55 hectares, Malta historic area is the busiest in the world. It is an incredibly beautiful country, full of history, here is the place where lived Knights of St John, the carriers of the Cross of Malta. The official languages ​​are Maltese and English, given that Malta is a former British colony.

Valletta is the capital of the city, a port city that is the main island of the archipelago. Valletta is a complex of palaces and museums hidden in parallel streets. Do not miss the St. John's Cathedral, a magnificent medieval building, famous for its masterpiece Caravaggio – and Barakka Gardens, where you can see the entrance to the Grand Harbor - the largest natural harbor in the Mediterranean and Palace of the Grand Masters.

Palace of the Grand Master is a huge building with a few rooms open to the public and the rest belongs to the Parliament. Visitors can admire the statue of Neptune, the fountain and watch from the eighteenth century, the shields, swords and trophies, during the Turkish siege.
Casa Rocca is located near the palace, belongs to a family of Maltese nobility and is open to the public. Built in the late sixteenth century, it has its own chapel and a dining room with 16 seats.Worth to visit also the Museum of Fine Arts housed in an eighteenth century palace and National Archaeological Museum.

The main entrance is the Valletta city gate, near which was the terminus for all bus lines that cross the island. From here you enter the Republic Street (Triq Repubblika), the main commercial area of the city. Parallel to this, eastward, is the Merchants Street (Triq Mercante), ideal for a first walk through the city. From these two arteries come off several narrow streets, facing the shore, some of which are very steep. Due to its compact structure, Valletta is advisable to be crossed on foot. The monuments are found very close to each other, and the city itself looks like an outdoor museum.

The Barrakka Gardens, located across the splendid Auberge de Castille, is a real opportunity to relax. True corner of paradise, with lush vegetation, it offers a spectacular view of the Grand Harbour. Near Barrakka Gardens is a maze of streets with shops, restaurants and cafes. Between shopping, you can eat or you can cool off with a drink Kinnie (sour, sweet, bitter, made ​​from bitter oranges and many herbs) or Ciskei beer (the famous Maltese beer, slightly bitter, with dense foam).

Blue Window & Blue Caves are amazing. Water catchy incredible shades of blue with sun and rocks , is so clear that you'll see the small and camouflaged creatures on the bottom. Blue Window is like an arch carved by the sea in the rock…stunning. Here is the place where, according to legend, the sirens lured sailors with their songs. Four of the caves reflect the bright colors of coral and limestone minerals. The Blue Grotto is advisable to be seen in the early morning, when the sea is calm.

In the citadel of Mdina you could admire one of the finest examples of medieval walled cities. A special interest is Palazzo Falzon, built in Norman style. From the Bastion Square you will have panoramic views of the surrounding area and the bay of St Paul.

The best beaches on the north coast are in Paradise Bay, Golden Bay, Mellieha Bay, Armier Bay and Ghajn Tuffiejha Bay. Il-Qawra is known as an inland sea, with a secluded pool with crystal clear water and rocky cliffs.

Gozo is the greenest island in the archipelago. The island can be reached only from Malta, since it has no airport, so remain a haven of tranquility, cleanliness and civilization. Gozo, is belonging to the Maltese archipelago but has its own capital, Rabat (or Victorja).

You should also visit: the Popeye's village - here was made ​​a film about the famous Popeye, the sailor man, which today is an outdoor museum and entertainment complex, the temples of Malta, which are the oldest stone structures remaining from ancient times, the Cathedral St. Johns, which was built by the Knights of Malta in baroque style, and the interior has eight chapels inspired by Knight Mattia Pretti, whose interior is among the most beautiful in the world.

Other ideas to spend your time in Malta is a walk with ‘’karozzin’’ (a horse and a traditional carriage), which is still found in Valletta, Mdina and Gozo, but pay attention that the walks are not cheap at all. A great way to spend a few hours 

Maltese cuisine is healthy and delicious: food rich in seafood, olives and olive oil, pasta and rice, fruit and vegetables, goat and sheep cheeses, capers, Zebbug Mimli (stuffed olives), Fażola Bajda bit-tewm u it-tursin (a cold salad beans with garlic, olive oil and parsley), Tal-Qaqoċċ Fritturi (fried artichokes) or Bebbux (snails cooked in red wine sauce), are just a few of the tasteful culinary delights of Malta. The Maltese produce a kind of cheese called Gbejniet, sheep or goat milk. It is served as such, round pieces or melted in soups or other dishes.

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