When you think of the Mediterranean, your first thought is probably towards countries like Greece, Italy or Cyprus. But, you have to consider other areas as well, and one of the great hidden gems of the Med is Malta. This archipelago lies between Italy and the coast of North Africa and is becoming a much more popular vacation choice for people these days. Malta is not seen as a mainstream option for a lot of people but is certainly the hidden gem of the Mediterranean.
This wonderful country has so much to offer tourists, as it has a number of historic sites, supreme natural beauty, and the perfect climate for beaching. Malta is a fantastic place to visit if you want the combination of a beach vacation and a cultural tourist experience. We’re going to take a look at some of the things that make Malta such a hidden treasure for you to uncover.
It’s not too big
One of the worst things when traveling somewhere is if you get a place that’s huge. You might have a lot you want to do, but getting around to all the different places can be expensive and time-consuming. Luckily, Malta is actually pretty small – 122 square miles to be precise. The capital city, Valletta, is also the smallest capital in the European Union. The benefit of this is that it means you can get around much more easily and take in all of the beauty that Malta has to offer.
Malta brings much of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood with it. You may not know, but there are a whole host of Hollywood blockbusters that were filmed here. Movies like Gladiator, The Da Vinci Code, and Troy all had filming locations in Malta. There are also plenty of celebs that visit so you might wind up spotting a few stars while you’re here! Sidebar – make sure you head over the Anchor Bay and check out Sweethaven Village, a charming amusement park built in 1979, and the home of Popeye. It appeared in the film starring Robin Williams.
Malta has some of the best attractions in Europe, mainly due to the fact that it was under the rule of lots of different Empires. The Romans, and the Moors, in particular, laid roots here, and you can see from some of the stunning temples and fortresses that are prevalent throughout the country. For example, the Temple of Hagar Qim is one of the oldest and most impressive temples in the world, and predates the pyramids! Also, make sure you check out Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, a Neolithic, subterranean collection of halls and burials chambers dating back to 4000 B.C., it’s out of this world.
If you’re looking for some incredible nightlife options, again, Malta is the place to be. There is a vibrant nightlife scene, and plenty of opportunities to go clubbing and hang out at bars. There are smaller parties, as well as big events at clubs like Plush. If you’re after something a little more authentic, you should check out the Maltese Festa that runs every weekend over the summer. It’s the perfect opportunity to drink lots of beer and enjoy some live entertainment. Wonderful.