People sometimes ask me about my life ‘before kids’ which I admit feels like forever ago. As you probably know by now I grew up in the Netherlands and moved to Australia after meeting my wonderful Aussie hubby. What most of you don’t know is that I used to work as a travel agent, sending people on fabulous journeys around the globe and even going on some wonderful trips myself too. I have seen quite a few beautiful holiday destinations during that time but one of my personal favourites was a visit to the Island State of Malta thanks to Malta Tourism Authority:
From prehistoric temples and ancient walled cities to scenic coastlines and beautiful cathedrals, the islands that make up the Mediterranean country of Malta (Malta, Comino and Gozo) are unlike any other place on earth – in the best of ways. Malta’s geographic position has meant that it has played a significant role through history and had been been invaded by many empires, the result of which can still be seen today in its rich tapestry of historical monuments and sites. If you’re looking to head on holiday to a place that has a great mix of history waiting to be explored, as well as stunning Mediterranean beaches and beautiful nature, you are sure to love what Malta has to offer. Here are just some of the great things you can see and do during your stay:
Malta’s capital was built by the Knights of St. John in the 16th-century, and today UNESCO has called it “one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world”. The town, which measures little more than a square kilometre, is a stately design and home to the country’s most famous and grand cathedral, St John’s Cathedral, as well as the Grand Master’s Palace, both of which are decorated with ostentatious interiors. Here you will also find the National Museum of Archaeology, a great starting point to explore Malta’s many famous archaeological sites.
For those who like to keep active on their holiday there are plenty of sporty opportunities to be explored. Walking, hiking, rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking, biking and even snorkelling… from amateurs to experts, there is lots of active fun to be enjoyed for everyone. With so many great options to choose from Malta and its surrounding islands are a perfect family destination where no one will have to go bored!
Malta Marine Park
One of the highlights of my trip was a visit to Malta Marine Park, situated right next to the sea, where I had the fabulous opportunity to swim with dolphins (and all that was classed as ‘work’, how lucky was I?). If you’re not too keen to get in the water with these amazing sea creatures you can still get up close with some other wonderful animals like sea lions, parrots, iguanas, turtles and many more.
The Ġgantija Temples
Scattered throughout Malta there are a variety of prehistoric temples, which are megalithic structures built between 3600 and 2500 BC. The most famous of these temples, and what are often cited as being the oldest free standing structures in the world (older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids), the Ggantija Temples will provide visitors with a surreal perspective of the ability and innovation behind this region’s ancient inhabitants. These sites are some of the best representations of artistic and architectural development from early humans.
So whether you’re interested in some of the best architecture of the medieval period, want to admire the amazing beaches and scenery or enjoy an active holiday, Malta has treasures for all to discover and remember.