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Malta

This tiny island in the sun-soaked, deep blue waters of the southern Mediterranean packs one hell of a punch. Having absorbed the competing influences of Byzantine, Roman, Ottoman, French, British and modern Italian influences, Malta has been rewarded with some of the best cultural artifacts from each. The narrow, cobble stone streets of the capital sit virtually undisturbed by modernity; giant piazzas open up into spiralling church facades, Crusader palaces and museums gifted with the works of European masters. The mix of baroque architecture and southern Italian influences which permeates the entire island exudes an ambience which harkens back to the glory days of early 19th century classical European culture. Away from the capital, any destination is in easy reach due to the small distances, good public transport and virtually zero traffic congestion. Exploring the spectacular natural periphery of the islands or the intimate and authentic townships is made even more inviting by the ubiquity of the English language, the value for money and without doubt the hospitality of the Maltese people.

Valletta
Mdina
Hagar Qim and Blue Grotto

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Photography by Footside

Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour, Valletta
Valletta Skyline, Malta
Valletta Skyline
Valletta Walls and Harbour, Malta
Valletta Walls and Harbour
Blue Grotto, Malta
Blue Grotto
Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour, Valletta
St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina, Malta
St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina
Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour, Valletta
Grand Harbour at Night, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour at Night, Valletta
Fort St. Angelo, Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Fort St. Angelo, Grand Harbour, Valletta
St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina, Malta
St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina
Blue Grotto, Malta
Blue Grotto
Valletta, Malta
Valletta
Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour, Valletta
Valletta, Malta
Valletta
Valletta Marina, Malta
Valletta Marina
Valletta, Malta
Valletta
Mdina, Malta
Mdina
Valletta Marina, Malta
Valletta Marina
Mdina, Malta
Mdina
Grandmaster's Palace, Valletta, Malta
Grandmaster's Palace, Valletta
Valletta, Malta
Valletta
Mdina, Malta
Mdina
St. Johns Co-Cathedral, Valletta, Malta
St. Johns Co-Cathedral, Valletta
Grandmaster's Palace, Valletta, Malta
Grandmaster's Palace, Valletta
Blue Grotto, Malta
Blue Grotto
Hagar Qim, Malta
Hagar Qim
Valletta, Malta
Valletta
Valletta, Malta
Valletta
View from Mdina, Malta
View from Mdina
Fort St Angelo, Valletta, Malta
Fort St Angelo, Valletta
St. Johns Co-Cathedral, Valletta, Malta
St. Johns Co-Cathedral, Valletta
Valletta, Malta
Valletta
St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina, Malta
St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina
Mdina, Malta
Mdina
Mdina, Malta
Mdina
Mdina, Malta
Mdina
Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour, Valletta
Valletta, Malta
Valletta
Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour, Valletta
Fort St Angelo, Valletta, Malta
Fort St Angelo, Valletta
Valletta, Malta
Valletta
Valletta at Night, Malta
Valletta at Night
St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina, Malta
St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina
Valletta, Malta
Valletta
St. Johns Co-Cathedral, Valletta, Malta
St. Johns Co-Cathedral, Valletta

Valletta

Text by Footside; Photography by Footside

Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour
Valletta Skyline, Malta
Valletta Skyline
Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour
Grand Harbour and Fort St. Angelo, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour and Fort St. Angelo
Valletta at Night, Malta
Valletta at Night
Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour

You can more or less divide Malta’s capital city into two parts, the first being the Grand Harbour and the second being pretty much everywhere else. Despite the riches of history that lay clustered within the heart of Valletta’s alleys, the draw of the city’s flagship harbour remains strong. The northern shoreline showcases a continuous series of brutally simple stone walls and fortifications, which can be easily walked to give unsurpassed views of the three-pronged forts of Ricasoli, St. Michael and St. Angelo to the south. Against the backdrop of protruding church towers and domes, the distinctive baroque architecture of Valletta rests upon the harbour like a floating citadel. This effect is enhanced during sunset, when the glow of dusk reflects off the centuries-old stone to produce a sepia-like colour scheme reminiscent of classical turn of the century photographs. Of course, a harbour cruise on one of the many charter boats is an absolute must. The interior of Valletta is truly a treasure trove of history. Duck into any of the small alcoves or hidden foyers around the popular Piazza Regina and be blown away by Catholic-Renaissance inspired art. The dominant St. Johns Cathedral at the centre of the city is built as a typical tower of strength, but many smaller chapels and churches dot the alleyways and are well worth a look. The National War Museum is a good option, even for those not too concerned with history. Housed within Fort St. Elmo, this is the only chance you’ll have to get inside and explore one of the ‘Big 4’ forts.

Valletta Grand Harbour and Fort St. Angelo, Malta
Valletta Grand Harbour and Fort St. Angelo
Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour
Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour
Valletta Skyline, Malta
Valletta Skyline
St George's Basilica, Valletta, Malta
St George's Basilica
Grandmaster's Palace, Valletta, Malta
Grandmaster's Palace
Valletta Street, Malta
Valletta Street
Valletta Skyline, Malta
Valletta Skyline
Carmelite Church and Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Carmelite Church and Grand Harbour
Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour
St George's Basilica, Valletta, Malta
St George's Basilica
St. Johns Co-Cathedral, Valletta, Malta
St. Johns Co-Cathedral
Valletta Street, Malta
Valletta Street
Valletta Grand Harbour and Fort St. Angelo, Malta
Valletta Grand Harbour and Fort St. Angelo
Valletta Grand Harbour, Malta
Valletta Grand Harbour
Valletta Grand Harbour at Night, Malta
Valletta Grand Harbour at Night
Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour
Valletta at Night, Malta
Valletta at Night
Valletta Street, Malta
Valletta Street
Valletta, Malta
Valletta
Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour
Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour
Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour
Fort St Michael, Valletta, Malta
Fort St Michael
Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour
St. Johns Co-Cathedral, Valletta, Malta
St. Johns Co-Cathedral
St. Johns Co-Cathedral, Valletta, Malta
St. Johns Co-Cathedral
St. Johns Co-Cathedral, Valletta, Malta
St. Johns Co-Cathedral
Valletta Walls, Malta
Valletta Walls
St. Johns Co-Cathedral, Valletta, Malta
St. Johns Co-Cathedral
Valletta, Malta
Valletta
Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour
Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour
Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour
Grandmaster's Palace, Valletta, Malta
Grandmaster's Palace
St. Johns Co-Cathedral, Valletta, Malta
St. Johns Co-Cathedral
Grandmaster's Palace, Valletta, Malta
Grandmaster's Palace
Fort St. Angelo, Valletta, Malta
Fort St. Angelo
Fort St. Angelo, Valletta, Malta
Fort St. Angelo
Fort St. Angelo, Valletta, Malta
Fort St. Angelo
Valletta Walls, Valletta, Malta
Valletta Walls
Fort St Elmo, Valletta, Malta
Fort St Elmo
Fort St Elmo, Valletta, Malta
Fort St Elmo
Carmelite Church, Valletta, Malta
Carmelite Church
Carmelite Church, Valletta, Malta
Carmelite Church
Valletta, Malta
Valletta
Valletta at Night, Valletta, Malta
Valletta at Night
Valletta at Night, Valletta, Malta
Valletta at Night
Valletta at Night, Valletta, Malta
Valletta at Night
Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour
Valletta Walls, Valletta, Malta
Valletta Walls
Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
Grand Harbour
Valletta Grand Harbour, Malta
Valletta Grand Harbour
Valletta Grand Harbour, Malta
Valletta Grand Harbour

Mdina

Text by Footside; Photography by Footside

View from Mdina over Malta
View from Mdina over Malta
Mdina Walls, Malta
Mdina Walls
St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina, Malta
St. Paul's Cathedral
St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina, Malta
St. Paul's Cathedral
Mdina Walls overlooking Malta
Mdina Walls overlooking Malta
Narrow Medieval Streets, Mdina, Malta
Narrow Medieval Streets

Mdina is often described as a ‘little Valletta’, minus the spectacular harbour of course. This landlocked town, which is completely fortified by walls, towers and a disused moat, sits elevated upon the otherwise flat central Maltese landscape. Head to the outpost walls for great views across the entire island, where you can literally see the Mediterranean ocean on all sides. Mdina’s narrow streets, which are largely unsuitable for vehicles, wind around a maze of small boutique shops, cafes and exhibitions. As with any Maltese town, the centrepiece is the outrageously ornate St. Pauls Cathedral, whose dazzling interior is the main draw for the town. The town is very popular with local families who seamlessly blend in to the restaurants, parks and walkways and at no time is there ever the feeling of being overrun by tourist hordes. In this sense Mdina retains its authenticity as a small and accessible, yet, well endowed cultural hub of the island.

St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina, Malta
St. Paul's Cathedral
St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina, Malta
St. Paul's Cathedral
St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina, Malta
St. Paul's Cathedral
Streets of Mdina, Malta
Streets of Mdina
St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina, Malta
St. Paul's Cathedral
St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina, Malta
St. Paul's Cathedral
Mdina Walls, Malta
Mdina Walls
View over Malta from Mdina
View over Malta from Mdina
Mdina Courtyard, Malta
Mdina Courtyard
Mdina Main Gate, Malta
Mdina Main Gate
St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina, Malta
St. Paul's Cathedral
St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina, Malta
St. Paul's Cathedral

Hagar Qim and Blue Grotto

Text by Footside; Photography by Footside

Blue Grotto, Malta
Blue Grotto
Hagar Qim, Malta
Hagar Qim
Blue Grotto, Malta
Blue Grotto

Due to Malta’s small size and extensive public bus network, even the far extremities of the island can be reached with ease. The archaeological site of Hagar Qin and the natural rock formations of the Blue Grotto lie on the far southern coastline and make a sensible, combined day trip. Whilst the Blue Grotto itself is nothing more than a cave whose ocean floor creates a blue reflection, it is the journey to this area that is most appealing. Accessed only via a rustic fishing village on the tip of the island, the boatmen take pride in their lavishly coloured vessels that look like they have been transported directly from the 1950s north Italian lakes. The surrounding area is virtually empty and it is a solitary yet pleasant walk along the largely unused roadway to Hagar Qin. To be honest, it’s a little hard to be impressed by Hagar Qin. Supposedly the oldest man-made stone structure in the world, it rests beneath a giant artificial covering that does a great job in blocking out sunshine, uninterrupted camera shots and any sort of appreciation. Still, hike around the periphery of the site and grab some great views of the raw Maltese coastline. If nothing else, it’s a very nice day in the sun at this rocky outpost.

Blue Grotto, Malta
Blue Grotto
Hagar Qim, Malta
Hagar Qim
Hagar Qim, Malta
Hagar Qim