MALTA - TRAVEL AND TOURISM

he Republic of Malta is a small but heavily populated island nation in the middle of the Mediterranean. Consisting of 7 islands it is a popular tourist resort due to it’s tropical climate, exciting nightlife, and a history dating back thousands of years. Please take time to browse the site and learn more about this gem of the Mediterranean. There is something here for every type of holidaymaker.

If you want know something about ways and means of travelling, you can visit interactive Malta’s map. There you can find the most amazing places, which are really worth to look at least on the internet.

Due to its great mass of defensive architecture Malta is known as the Fortress Island. It is a real discovery to archaeologists or to the people which are not indifferent to mysteries of the past. There are megalithic monuments, Bronze Age dolmens, Punic tombs, remains of Roman Villas and traces of prehistoric man. Very important are the St Paul’s Catacombs .According to the legend, Apostle Paul, which brought Christianity on the Malta’s land, found asylum at that very place. It is a typical complex of interconnected or Ghan Dalam cave. This is a highly important site as it was here that the earliest evidence of human settlement on Malta. Everyone can find something interesting to himself in the Island’s museums. Whether you’re browsing for leisure or wish to deepen a special interest. For example, there are museum of archaeology, toys, war or nature. Malta is full of churches and chapels, it counts more then 350.

Malta- fortress

Malta- fortress - source

Even children can find entertainment and relaxation having a rest on The Islands. There is great number of attractions for the whole family. For crafts, the Islands hold two main villages, one in Gozo and one in Malta. Visitors can see craftsmen making lace, silver filigree, pottery, fabrics, knitwear, baskets and clocks. Also fascinating to watch are the glass blowers; cased behind a sheet of glass, visitors are encouraged to witness the craftsmen making the unique Maltese blown glass by hand.

Besides the beaches and pools, there is a marine and water park available for water fun. Not to be missed by the kids is the Sweet haven Village - the film set of the 1980 Musical Production "Popeye". Malta is a diving paradise. Mediterranean Sea known for some of the best diving in Europe (www.malta.greatestdivesites.com ).

For more information about travelling and if you want see INTERACTIVE MAP you can visit www.visitmalta.com Interactive map of Malta . When you don’t know which things to see, to do, to try or to eat, visit this web site www.101malta.com

Entertainment

Nightlife in the capital amounts to no more than a drink or two in a bar or an evening trot in a horse-drawn karrozzin round the city’s floodlit ramparts. However, there is plenty of action in resorts to the northwest.

Those seeking the bright lights should head to the small area of St Julian’s known as Paceville. Here you will find scores of discos, pubs and late-night bars. In summer the neon-lit streets are crammed with action-seekers. St Julian’s is also home to Malta’s casino – the only place where the nightlife could be described as glitzy. Beyond the headland, St George’s Bay has a growing number of fashionable discos. Lesser concentrations of bars with live music, and the occasional discos, can be found in Sliema and in the St Paul’s area, around Buggiba and Qawra.

Discos open early in the evening for the benefit of the young (and not-so-young) Maltese visiting from the countryside who have to catch the last bus home at around 9 or 10 pm. For the rest, the music throbs on into the early hours of the morning. The older generation of visitors to Malta are usually quite content with hotel entertainment, which take the form of folk nights, cabarets and possibly discos. These events are normally open to non-residents.

On the cultural side, Malta has several English-language theatres and cinemas. The delightful Manoet Theatre puts on ballet, opera and concert performances in addition to plays. One of the most important cultural events in the Maltese calendar is Maltafest – a month of concerts, recitals, jazz performances, open-air theatre and art exhibitions – which takes place from mid-July to mid-August.

National specialities

Lampuki pie (fish pie).

Bragoli (beef olives).

Fenek (rabbit cooked in wine).

• Ricotta sweets are popular.

Helwa tat-Tork (a sweet sugary mixture of crushed and whole almonds, offered to diners after a meal).

National drinks

• Maltese beer is excellent.

• Maltese wine.

• Maltese spirits

Malta is also very famous for the locally-made alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks particularly the Maltese wine and the Maltese beer.

This sub-category collects any other drinks which have not been included or which do not fall within the other sub-categories. Such an example is Kinnie, the local soft drink alternative since 1952.

Kinnie is a unique tasting, alcohol-free, natural, refreshing beverage. Its golden amber colour, and the fact that it is made from bitter oranges and a variety of aromatic herbs, lend this beverage a bitter taste which is an excellent thirst quencher.

National food

National food - source