Malta is an island paradise enjoying a gorgeous climate, fabulous food, great beaches and a relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle. But there’s a whole lot of other things that this archipelago of three islands is famous for.
Malta is renowned for being the home of the Knights of St John. It is also the turning point of Christianity when La Valette led his knights, Maltese and Spanish soldiers in the Great Siege by the Ottoman Empire in 1565.
Malta is known for the Second Great Siege, which saw the people of Malta being awarded the George Cross for bravery, resisting the Axis forces in World War II.
It is no coincidence that Malta is known for its architecture and Valletta, the first grid planned city in Europe.
Malta also has Neolithic temples, which are believed to be about 5,000 years old and are the oldest free-standing buildings globally.
Malta is also famous for being the most densely populated country in Europe, with a rich history that gave us 359 churches – more than there are days in a year.
The island country has Comino’s blue lagoon. Ask any Maltese, and they will tell you that boats look like they are floating on air because the water is so clear!
Maltese has immense love for food. One unique savoury snack in Malta is the Pastizz, made out of the flaky golden pastry filled with ricotta or mushy peas. The country is also known for its traditional rabbit dishes, pasta and fantastic seafood.
Speaking of the sea, Malta has traditional luzzu fishing boats. You can see hundreds of them with their all-seeing eyes in the fishing port of Marsaxlokk. The island nation is repeatedly voted the best diving destination in Europe.
Warm and Welcoming Communities
As a people, the Maltese are known to be hospitable. Maltese people will go out of their way to help you, even taking a detour to show you to your destination.
Moreover, the Maltese will use any excuse for a party. Whether it is politics, football or the local village feast, they pull out all the stops to have fun.
Festas are a sight to behold, and they are famed around the world. A mixture of the sombre procession and exuberant band playing and street parties, Maltese religious feasts are the stuff of legends.
Maltese people can be passionate and loud. They are renowned for loving life and being the life and soul of the Mediterranean. Malta is known for being an island nation that has flourished despite the challenges posed by size and geography.