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Friday Feature: Malta

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Megaliths, medieval dungeons and Calypso’s Cave – The Maltese Islands are positively mythic. The narrow meandering streets of their towns and villages lead to the main square, which is invariably dominated by the huge baroque church. As the countryside is dotted with medieval towers, wayside chapels and the oldest known human structures in the world, the Islands have rightly been described as an open-air museum. The archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do.

Best Time to Visit: Spring and early summer, (April, May, and June) are the best times to visit Malta. The weather is not too hot and there are fewer tourists. The days are sunny days and the nights are cool.

Things to Do:

Visit the old capital of Mdina: Mdina is the ancient capital of Malta and sits of a scenic hill in the center of the island. There are a huge range of activities to enjoy here such as strolling around the picturesque streets as well as ducking into the many museums.

Take in the views from Upper Barrakka Gardens: Upper Barrakka Gardens sits close to Valletta and is the place to come if you want to take in some of the best views across Malta. From the vantage point of the pretty gardens you will get to look out across the famous ‘Three Cities’ of Malta and can see as far as the Grand Harbor.

Go Horseback Riding at Golden Bay: Golden Bay is made up of a soft sandy beach that backs on to towering cliffs in the north of Malta. One of the best ways to take in the stunning scenery in this part of the country is on horseback and you can choose from a range of options including day trips. If you prefer you can join a sunset horseback ride which is the perfect way to end the day as you watch the sun slip below the horizon.

Explore Fort St. Elmo: Malta’s history is riddled with stories of the Knights of St. John who were akin to something like a military group who fought in the days of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Fort St. Elmo is built in a star formation and looks out over Valletta’s harbor in order to protect it.

Go cave diving in Comino: Comino is the best spot in Malta if you like reef and cave diving. It’s also a great choice if you want to see a wide range of aquatic life such as octopus and barracuda.

Go on a day trip to Gozo: The island of Gozo is often referred to as the ‘sister’ of Malta but it only takes 20 minutes to travel here by ferry. The main reasons to make the trip include enjoying the cultural activities as well as rugged coastlines and secluded sandy beaches.

Dance the night away at the Isle of MTV: If you are looking for a party in Malta then make the trip to the Isle of MTV music festival which is held in July every year. It usually welcomes music stars from all over the world and past acts have included the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, and Akon.

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