Gozo: Malta’s Other Island

Near Masalforn on Gozo’s northeastern coast

Everyone we met on the island of Gozo told us the same thing: “You will find a big difference between life here and life ‘over there’ (meaning the island of Malta). ” The reasons become obvious during the 25-minute ferry ride from Cirkkewwa, the ferry terminal port on the north of Malta, to Mgarr, the southeastern port of Gozo three miles away. Gozo is one-third the size of its sister ... Read Full Article

Lodging in Malta, As You Like it!

Lodging in Malta comes in all shapes and sizes and from comfortable to elegant; we tried a little of each. For our first lodging in Malta, my husband and I chose a B & B instead of a hotel. Our reasoning was simple: tips about transportation, sights, food, wine, even whether the tap water is okay to drink – are best gleaned from the proprietors of a good B & B. Lodging in Malta A ... Read Full Article

What You Need to Know about Malta’s Amazing Food

A streetfront confectionery in Rabat

What do you need to know about Malta's amazing food? Well, the old adage that “you are what you eat” is accurate in Malta when flipped around. “You eat what you are,” which in the case of Malta means a mélange of all the cultures bordering the Mediterranean – Sicilian, Spanish, French, North African, Greek, Arabic, and more. Malta's Amazing Food So you find minestra and kannoli, local ... Read Full Article

Valletta: the Tiny Capital of Malta

postcard-perfect port in the three cities of malta

Valletta, the capital of Malta, is the smallest capital in the European Union, with a city population of about 6,400. (The whole country is only twice the physical size of the US capital city of Washington, D.C.). It was founded by Jean de Valette, Grand Master of the Knights of Malta, in 1566, because of its strategic location between two deep harbors, one of them the deepest in ... Read Full Article

Malta and its Many Marvels

Entrance to the city of Mdina in Malta

‘We are incredibly varied in spite of our size,” our taxi driver boasted during our 45-minute drive from Malta’s international airport to Cirkewwa on the northern coast. My husband and I had just arrived on the main island (also called Malta) and were trying to reconcile his words with what we knew about the place and what we were seeing outside our car window. What we knew was very little, ... Read Full Article

A Mediterranean Fish Market: The Marsaxlokk Market in Malta

On a Sunday morning in Malta, colors, sounds, and smells all fought for my attention. Walking through the traditional fish market in Marsaxlokk, a basket of rich, purple eggplants caught my eye, but soon I was distracted by a fisherman slicing off salmon steaks. Remarking on huge heads of broccoli, a crate of fish fresh from the boat was piled for display. Local ladies rushed for the ... Read Full Article

Malta Tourist Information

The little country of Malta, a member of the European Union, consists of a series of Mediterranean islands located 90k south of Sicily, Italy. This densely populated country holds an incredible variety of attractions for visitors, from prehistoric temple ruins to art festivals to scuba diving. It’s surrounded by clear waters and is sunny most of the time—hot in summer, mild in winter. Passports ... Read Full Article

The Stone Temples of Malta

The stone temples of Malta, built 5,000 to 6,000 years ago, are the oldest human-made monuments in the world. Over time they’ve partially crumbled, but the immense structures remain. Now they are protected, entrance fees are charged, and parts are off limits to the public.** The Stone Temples of Malta Tarxien is the most recent temple (3300 BCE) and the most elaborate. Inside the entrance is ... Read Full Article

Ancient Temples of Malta, Part I

grandmasters palace in Malta

The tiny islands of Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea 60 miles south of Italy, hold ancient secrets. The ancient temples of Malta were built 6,000 years ago, before Stonehenge, before the pyramids of Egypt, and are the oldest stone monuments in the world. Who were the prehistoric people who, without metal tools or the wheel, cut slabs of rock, stood 20-ton megaliths on end, stacked them in circular ... Read Full Article