Malta – Valletta

Malta

Valletta is the capital city of Malta.
It’s named after its founder – Grand Master Jean Parisot de la Valette.

Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage site and definitely you should visit the city while being in Malta. Take a walk in the center, visit St. John’s Co Cathedral, explore the city walls and Malta’s Grand Harbor. And simply, take your time, don’t hurry. 🙂

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Malta – Maltese Cross

Valletta, Malta

While being in Malta, you may often see the so-called Maltese Cross (visible in today’s photo).

The eight-pointed Maltese Cross was given to Malta by the Knights.
“The Maltese Cross was officially adopted by the Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St. John in 1126. Its eight points denote the eight obligations of the knights, namely “to live in truth, have faith, repent one’s sins, give proof of humility, love justice, be merciful, be sincere and whole-hearted, and to endure persecution”.” – This information was taken from Visit Malta.

The Maltese Cross is not the same as the George Cross, that’s presented on the Maltese flag.

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Malta – British Legacy

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When you’re visiting Malta, you may still feel there was a British influence.
First, English is one of the official languages (after Maltese language).
Second, Malta is the country with left-hand traffic.
And from time to time, you can find these cute red telephone booths (as seen in today’s picture). 😉

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Malta – British Empire

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Malta has a long history, with “complicated relations” with different nations (e.g., Italy, Spain, France), but the most known is the “British period”.
For 150 years, Malta was a British Colony, until it became and independent country in 1964.
What’s interesting, Malta is still a member state of the Commonwealth of Nations.
(Wikipedia: The Commonwealth of Nations is an intergovernmental organization of 52 member states that are mostly former territories of the British Empire.)

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Malta – When to travel?

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I think, spring or fall are the best periods to visit Malta.
Summer may be too hot and too crowded, however, it still can be very pleasant.

I was in Malta in winter, in February. A few Maltese people said that it’s usually colder in February, so I guess, I was lucky with the weather. However, there were some cloudy moments. In general, there is much more rain in winter, but during my trip, it wasn’t raining at all.

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Malta – Why to travel to Malta?

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Malta is a popular tourist destination, I think, it’s even getting more and more popular.

But is Malta worth visiting?
-Absolutely, it is!

What’s so special about Malta?
-Megalithic temples are the most interesting sites of Malta! They are considered as one of the oldest free-standing structures in the world.
Malta is a nice place for holidays, especially during the shoulder or low season, then you can enjoy everything without crowds.

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Malta – Cats

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It’s always nice to meet cute creatures on your way, especially while traveling. Then, the given place stays in our minds as e.g., “a place of hummingbirds”, etc. In Malta, I met some nice cats, one of them is shown in today’s picture. 🙂

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Malta – Comino Island

Malta Island, Malta

Comino Island (Kemmuna, Ephaestia) is the smallest from the three Malta’s inhabited islands. It’s called as an inhabited island, however there are only a few people living there! What’s interesting, there is even a hotel in Comino Island, so you can stay overnight.

I haven’t been to Comino Island during my trip to Malta, maybe one day…
Have you been there?

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