As I was very interested lately in Malta, I checked a lot the hidden face of this… archipelago of 3 islands 50 miles south of Sicily, and I’ve drawn a list of things I would check at my first visit. Once again this is not a beach destination from my point of view but more of a cultural one, especially that it is a mix of so many different rulers, from Arabians to Brits. It is like the city states from the series of Game of Thrones and surprisingly I discovered some of it was filmed here. And when you see the language and names of villages, in fact a mix of European and Arabic, then you almost found the source of inspiration for the famous series.
So here are the things I would absolutely love to discover in Malta, courtesy of Huffingtonpost:
Calypso Cave is said to be the cave that Homer wrote about in The Odyssey. The cave itself isn’t all that great, but the views of the nearby beach are.
The official languages are English and Maltese, which sounds Arabic.
Victoria, the capital of Gozo, is also known as Rabat. It’s famous for its beautiful Cittadella, which goes way back to the Middle Ages.
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, an underground necropolis, was excavated around 2,500 B.C.
Comino, the smallest of the islands, is virtually uninhabited—save one hotel—and is carless. Blue Lagoon is its biggest attraction and it’s not hard to see why.
The Brits ruled Malta until 1964, when it became independent. So the driving is on the left side.
Valletta, its current capital, is one of the most concentrated historical areas in the world, according to UNESCO.
The 16th centuryVerdala Palace, is now the official summer residence of the President. It’s closed to the public except during the Ball of the August Moon party, which is on August. Check for your tickets online…for real.
San Blas Bay is a red sand beach on the northeast coast of Gozo.
Azure Window is Gozo’s naturally flat-topped rock, which you can’t walk on, but you can bathe nearby.
Hagar Qim, which dates back some 5,000 years, older than Stonehenge, is the best preserved ancient limestone temple on Malta.