Malta: The hidden paradise in the Mediterranean

Date : 18 Nov 2013
Grand Harbour Marina is one of the finest marina locations in the world. The marina is much sought after as a home port, charter yacht base and winter stopover.Malta trip will not be complete if you will not visit Valetta. Valetta is the capital of Malta. It is located in the central-eastern portion of the island of Malta. It contains buildings from the 16th century onwards, built during the rule of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.Compared to its southeastern neighbour, Gozo is more rural and known for its scenic hills, which are featured on its coat of arms.
Maltese cuisine refers to the dishes identified as Maltese. Reflecting Maltese history, it shows strong Sicilian and English influences as well as influences of Spanish, French, Maghrebin, Provençal, and other Mediterranean cuisines.
The City of Valetta was officially recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980. Famous movies are also shot in Valletta like World War Z, Alexander and TV series The Saint.The luxury Mediterranean marina in Malta is also an established cruising destination for visiting yachts throughout the Mediterranean season.The city is essentially Baroque in character, with elements of Mannerist, Neo-Classical and Modern architecture in selected areas, though World War II left major scars on the city.
There is a natural harbor on the island of Malta. It has been used as a harbor since at least Phoenician times. The natural harbor has been greatly improved with extensive docks and wharves, and has been massively fortified.Fenkata (traditional rabbit stew) is often identified as the national dish, quite possibly started off as a form of symbolic resistance to the hunting restrictions imposed by the Knights of St John. The dish was to become popular after the lifting of restrictions in the late 18th century.The town is still confined within its walls. It is mix of medieval and baroque architecture; its fortification walls and its location on high grounds make it one of the most enchanting places on the island. It’s no wonder that this beautiful place has been featured in some hit movies like Gladiator, The Count of Monte Cristo and Swept Away.
Fungus Rock Atop this 60-metre monolith, also known as the General's Rock, grows a raretubular plant that was believed to cure dysentery and many other illnesses.There is a small village on the west coast or at the extreme end of Malta, quite remote from the centre. The village lies on a plateau some 250 metres above sea level, which is one of the highest points of Malta.The area provides not only open sea views over the tiny, uninhabited isle of Filfla, but is also a good vantage point over Malta.
The ancient citadel is situated in Victoria and has been aptly called the crown of Gozo. It was the centre of activity possibly since Neolithic times but it became the focal point of Gozo around 1500 Bc, when it was first fortified by the Bronze Age people. The Phoenicians developed it further and the Romans turned it into their acropolis dominated by a temple dedicated to Juno.
Mdina is Malta’s first and old capital city during the time of the knights of Malta. It is also a colonial settlement of Imperial Rome. Mdina is a medieval walled town situated on a hill in the centre of the island. The place is commonly called the "The Silent City" by natives and visitors.It is a small island of the Maltese archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. The island is part of the Southern European country of Malta; after the island of Malta itself, it is the second-largest island in the archipelago.Trip to Gozo will never be complete if you will not stop at the Azzur Window. The said place is always seen in post cards.There is a natural rock formation on the west side of the island of Gozo that’s the last remnant of ancient underwater caves that collapsed over the years, leaving just the somewhat precarious arch remaining.This historical area has been left rather unexplored by tourists and they have largely retained their past architectural glory (even though very heavily hit during World War II). Holy days and feast days are celebrated here like nowhere else on the island and are a unique sight especially in Easter processions when devotees carrying large statues of the ‘Risen Christ’ run through Birgu Citta in Vittoriosa.
Birgu, Bormla and Isla, commonly known as theThree cities, were renamed to Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea respectively by the Knights of St. John following the against-all-odds success in repelling the Ottoman Empire during the Great Siege of 1565. They are situated on the other side of the Grand Harbour from Valletta.
The museum houses numerous artefacts highlighting different epochs, shaping Maltese seafaring trough paint, charts, evidence and sea technology evolution. Exhibits include two ceremonial barges several models of sailing ships and galleys of the Order, as well as a number of authentic guns and cannons.The museum was once a bakery belonging to the Royal Navy in Vittoriosa. It drafts Malta’s maritime history which is tightly bound to Mediterranean Sea. It also higlights the most important moments of Malta’s maritime history.One of the must see spots in Malta is the cannons of the battery placed high on the defensive wall of Valletta protect the entrance to the Grand Harbour and look across towards Vittoriosa.