WHY I LOVE MALTA – 42 THINGS

1. Eating your first pastizzi.

2. Learning all about the Knights who forever left their mark on the country.

3. Stop by Calypso Cave on Gozo not for the cave, but for the beautiful coastal views nearby.

4. Be somewhere special for the sunset; there are thousands of prime spots.

5. Snorkeling along the bays and inlets of Gozo.

6. For a better understanding of prehistory on the island, spend some time at the National Museum of Archaeology.

7. Walking up and down the many hills of Valletta to capture your own special moments.

8. Learning to navigate the bus system like a pro.

9. Eating the delicious date dessert imqaret with a strong cup of Maltese coffee.

10. Enjoying a coffee while people watching in Victoria, Gozo.

11. Whether it’s in Valletta or on Gozo, be sure to rent a house or apartment to really feel like a local.

12. Taking in the views on the short ferry from Malta to Gozo.

13. Drive to Mdina and spend a few hours walking the Silent City.

14. Head down to the Lower Barrakka Garden in Valletta for a different perspective.

15. Walk by the Auberges of the Knights in Valletta.

16. Stop by the local markets on Gozo for a true Maltese experience.

17. Step back in time at the well preserved mansion, Casa Rocca Piccola in Valletta.

18. Enjoying locally made Gozo cheese ravioli for a real culinary treat.

19. Learn to take life a little slower, like the Maltese do.

20. Make your own pilgrimage to Ta’ Pinu Church on Gozo.

21. Taking the ferry across the Grand Harbour to the Three Cities.

22. Stop by a few of the many churches, like the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is in the town of Xaghra.

23. Gazing out across the Gozan countryside from the top of the Citadel.

24. Walk along the ancient fortifications of Valletta.

25. Swimming in Comino’s Blue Lagoon.

26. Exploring the island’s megalithic temples for a glimpse into our prehistory.

27. Spend at least one dinner in Senglea, with an incomparable view of Valletta.

28. Learning more about the history of the Maltese Cross.

29. Getting the best view of town from the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta.

30. Visit Dingli Cliffs and see the ancient cart ruts etched into the land.

31. Spend some time at the National War Museum and be impressed by Maltese bravery, especially in World War II.

32. Marveling at the beauty of the Co-Cathedral of St. John.

33. Gazing at the Azure Window on Gozo and losing yourself in the views.

34. Enjoy a slow walk along the Birgu/Vittoriosa waterfront

35. Visit the sometimes-ignored Church of St Paul’s Shipwreck.

36. Learning to enjoy tomato conserva and bread before every meal.

37. Buy tickets well in advance to visit the ancient Hypogeum.

38. Trying to speak Maltese, a strange mix of Arabic, Italian and who knows what else.

39. Spending an afternoon at Ta Mena farms and winery on Gozo for a delicious look into Maltese cuisine.

40. Rent a car and (carefully) drive around Gozo, exploring towns like Marsalforn and beaches near Xlendi.

41. Touring the Grand Master’s Palace in Valletta for a look at both the island’s history and its current politics

42. Rent a boat and enjoy being on the deep blue waters of Malta’s islands

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