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Malta has had such a rich history that the country is practically saturated with attractions and places of interest. Few European countries have such concentrated history, architecture and, yes, beaches in so tiny an area.
There’s been an eclectic mix of influences and a roll-call of rulers over the centuries. With 7,000 years of history, the sites to visit are endless. The Maltese Islands are positively mythic. The narrow meandering streets of the Maltese towns and villages are crowded with Renaissance cathedrals and Baroque palaces. As the countryside is dotted with 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, with Malta 93km south of Sicily and 288km north of Africa. The archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino with a total population of 400,000 inhabitants over an area of 316sq km and a coastline of 196.8km (not including 56.01 km for the island of Gozo).
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 while Comino is largely uninhabited.
With superbly sunny weather, vast amount of beaches, a great nightlife scene and amazing scenery, there is a great deal to see and do. With a little help from any guidebook, captivating places of interest are immediately identified – the world famous Hypogeum selected as a place of World Heritage by UNESCO, prehistoric temples and grand palaces are but a few.
The long relationship between the Islanders and the various nationalities that occupied Malta over the centuries has created a marriage of styles and traditions, giving the Islands a fascinating eclectic culture.
For those who love the water, scuba diving is an avid sport on the Islands. Malta has beaches for everyone, from windsurfers to sunbathers. Choose from golden sand, red sand, rocks, blue lagoons and even inland seas. Some beaches and rocky shores are off the beaten track, but worth seeking out for their seclusion.
The deep blue Mediterranean Sea, which surrounds the Maltese Islands, is full of natural wonders and distinctive beauty. Whether visitors are under or above the water, there are various sites that can be visited and appreciated for all that they are.
The strong topographic structures of the Maltese Islands also continue underwater, so visitors can find a most bizarre underwater landscape of the Mediterranean, with an abundance of caves, holes, grottos and crevices. Caves that equal in size to a large sports hall are not unusual and there are some wrecks of ships and aircraft around Malta, which also have become the home to a multitude of underwater life.
Walking in Malta
The first rain after the long, hot summer brings the landscape to life with an astonishing variety of wild flowers. From mid November until mid May or so, you’ll find the Islands green and lush. Fields are full of vegetables and waysides are carpeted with fennel, clover, wild iris, myrtle and much more. By late spring, a thousand or more species of plants will be in flower.
Away from the resorts and urban areas of central Malta, there is a surprising amount of countryside, some left almost untouched by the 20th century. You may be surprised to learn that only around one-fifth of the Maltese Islands is urbanised.
The Islands offer trekkers some of the most stunning views anywhere in the Mediterranean. Dramatic cliffs plunge into waves, the rocky, scrubland of the garrigue or hidden, lush valleys are scenery that spoil the viewer for choice. During trekking, you’ll come across mysterious, prehistoric sites, cave chapels and secluded palaces of the Knights.
In Malta, many areas make excellent trekking spots. Amongst the most popular areas for trekking are Marfa Ridge, Selmun, Bahrija, Buskett(Situated next to Verdala Palace in a valley just inland from Dingli Cliffs, Buskett Gardens was planted by the Knights as a hunting ground. From autumn to spring the gardens are full of wild flowers, natural springs and woodland creatures) and Ta' Dgiebi, near San Lawrenz, the Gordan Lighthouse near Ghasri, Hondoq ir-Rummien near Qala and San Blas Valley near Nadur. The island is literally criss-crossed by tracks and lanes and the possibilities are endless.
Comino is ideal for a good day's hiking or for a great camping adventure due to its solitude and views. Gozo in its entirety is excellent walking country. With Camping in Malta all you have to do is to put on your walking boots and we will take care of everything for you to find yourself in a timeless landscape, quite alone even in peak season. There is plenty to discover, from ancient farmhouses and wayside chapels to spectacular seascapes. It is well worth the effort!
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