Thursday, December 3, 2020

Malta – Island Of Knights, Architecture And Culture

Magazine Summer destinations Malta - Island Of Knights, Architecture And Culture

Malta is an island proud of its rich history, its crystal blue sea and its festivals. It is an island of knights, architecture and culture. The mild climate attracts tourists all year round and bathing is pleasant even in October.

The island of magnificent beauty, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, is dotted with houses made of honey-colored limestone, which changes according to the refraction of the sunlight. This island is the pearl of the Mediterranean. It covers only 300 km2 and has 400.000 inhabitants.

MALTA – ISLAND OF KNIGHTS, ARCHITECTURE AND CULTURE

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At every turn you can see traces of its rich history and magnificent architecture.

Walking through the narrow cobbled streets of the capital Valletta, you get the impression that the spirits of the knights of St. John the Baptist, who in the 16th century prevented the Turkish invasion of Europe, are hovering above you. They were led by the famous great knight Jean de la Valletta who, after the victory over the Turks, built a fortified city whose walls reach an incredible height of up to 50 meters.

MALTA – ISLAND OF KNIGHTS, ARCHITECTURE AND CULTURE

Here is the stunning church of St. John the Baptist, and in it are the tombs of the greatest knights of the Order of Malta. There are also two extremely valuable paintings by Caravaggio and splendid tapestries from the 16th century. The rocky coasts of the Maltese archipelago are washed by the waves of one of the cleanest seas in the Mediterranean, with the highest salt content and a transparency of up to 60 meters.

MALTA – ISLAND OF KNIGHTS, ARCHITECTURE AND CULTURE

On the smooth rocky beaches, although there are also sandy beaches, you can swim in the crystal clear water. The sea shines in the sun in azure and green tones. The bathing season lasts from May to October and the average temperature is 16 degrees in winter and 30 degrees in summer. There are few rainy days, mostly in winter. That is why this Knight’s Island is the perfect choice for an active vacation in every season.

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MALTA – ISLAND OF KNIGHTS, ARCHITECTURE AND CULTURE

The tourist offer is very diverse. Started with cruises to the Blue Lagoon on the island Komino, Kristalno and other bays up to organized trips, but also individually, depending on the wishes of the guests. Swimming with dolphins is especially attractive for children in the water park. For the more courageous tourists we offer an unusual “dinner in the sky”, on a platform hanging on a crane, 200 meters above the sea, recommended by Suzana Đorić, head of the agency “Robert Arrigo & Sons”.

MALTA – ISLAND OF KNIGHTS, ARCHITECTURE AND CULTURE

Malta also has a large number of festivals. Artists from all over the world are guests at traditional open-air summer festivals. One of the most famous is the famous MTV festival in June, where the most famous DJs and singers of the world participate. Every year in February about 10,000 tourists gather for the “Lost and Found” festival. The most popular destination for young people is Pacevil. There are numerous discotheques and bars that work all night long and remind us of Ibiza.

In Valletta you can enjoy a ride in a romantic carriage. You can also enjoy one of the gardens with “live” music or visit the wine cellars and bars located at every corner. Valletta was declared European Capital of Culture in 2018.

MALTA – ISLAND OF KNIGHTS, ARCHITECTURE AND CULTURE

The new city gate at the entrance to the capital is the most expensive project, as it bears the signature of the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano. The complex also includes a new building of the Maltese Parliament and a magnificent staircase that blends very well with the medieval ambience.

There is no crime or terrorism on the island, making Malta a safe destination. There are a large number of schools for learning foreign languages. Young people usually come here to learn English, which is the official language besides Maltese, because they receive a scholarship and the opportunity to live with Maltese families during their studies. Maltese is a mixture of Arabic, English and Italian, so Maltese can easily learn foreign languages.

MALTA – ISLAND OF KNIGHTS, ARCHITECTURE AND CULTURE

On the exotic island of Gozo there are old churches and chapels. With interesting blue fishing boats you should visit the magnificent temple of Gjantija. It is the oldest neolithic site in the world in the open air. This temple is older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids.

Megaliths are huge blocks of stone that weigh up to 50 tons and are 7 to 11 meters high. On Goza you can enjoy a boat trip through the Blue Cave, a paradise for divers. This cave has walls in the colors of the rainbow and is protected by high cliffs and unrealistically beautiful shades of the sea, 600 meters deep and coral-colored.

MALTA – ISLAND OF KNIGHTS, ARCHITECTURE AND CULTURE

There are restaurants for everyone’s budget in Malta. Dinner or lunch can cost between 10 and 15 euros. You must try the lampuki. It is a species of mackerel that only spawns in the Mediterranean, as well as hobz biz zeit – bread with olive oil, capers and tomato sauce. imaret – a cake made of fried dough with figs, rabbit and of course the famous Maltese wines.

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