A few tiny islands in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea offer the perfect destination for a vacation off the beaten path. Malta is one of the world’s smallest countries (and the smallest nation in the European Union) but the tiny archipelago packs a big punch as a getaway destination. |
Crazy for Coastlines
Malta is made up of seven islands but only three of them are inhabited. About half the country’s population live in the capital, Valletta, on the main island. But the biggest draw for many tourists is outside of town at the seaside. This is regularly voted as one of the world’s best locations for diving, and its coastline boats hundreds of reefs, caves and sunken ships.
Visitors who like to stay above the waves are in for a treat, too. The emerald lagoons are just as beautiful from the beach. And the small islands are perfect for a long stroll, which may lead you from seaside cliffs to ancient chapels to lush valleys. The gorgeous scenery has provided the backdrop for films including Gladiator and Troy and the TV show Game of Thrones, all of which featured scenes filmed in the country.
History Stretching Back Millennia
The ancient Megalithic Temples are some of the oldest man-made structures in the world. The historic and beautiful Hagar Qim dates back more than 5,000 years - older than the pyramids of Egypt or ruins of Stonehenge. The temples are some of the many Maltese spots on the prestigious list of UNESCO World Heritage sites, alongside the capital of Valletta and the prehistoric Hypogeum, an underground temple. There’s so much history, UNESCO claimed that Valletta may be one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.
A Feast for All the Senses
Malta isn’t just a feast for the eyes. Tourists who do things right tend to leave with full bellies, too. That’s because its unique culinary tradition has nearly as much to offer as its natural beauty. For a snack, why not try a classic pastry filled with ricotta called a pastizz. Or maybe a sweet filled with figs called an imqaret, found on nearly every street corner. Another Maltese speciality is slow-cooked rabbit with onions and wine.
Britain ruled over Malta for 160 years, ending in 1964, and the English tradition is still strong. English is one of the country’s two official languages (along with Maltese) and Malta is one of just four European countries where cars are driven on the left side of the road. During World War II, the islands came under heavy attack from Italian and German fighters and the country was awarded the George Cross for its bravery during wartime.
How to Get There
Multiple airlines fly direct from the United Kingdom to Malta Airport, a flight of three hours. The airport is a 30-minute drive from downtown Valletta, so book a Malta Airport transfer to have a driver meet you in the arrival lounge. A Malta Airport transfer can speed you off on your holiday so in no time you’ll be diving in the sea or through thousands of years of history.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable Malta airport transfer service Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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