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Home Page > Travelogues > Malta

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Click on the colored areas of the map to access a travelogue.  The colors indicate different regions of Malta -- scroll down for explanation and introduction for each location. (Original map comes from the CIA World Factbook)

IntroductionI have very fond memories of my first and only trip to Malta, taken Maltaseveral years ago.  I stayed in a hotel in Sliema, a city with a lot of British influence that faced the decidedly Turkish facade of the capital Valletta.  Exploration of the main island presented a number of such opportunities to see western and eastern cultures co-exist peacefully, especially in languages -- the average hotel worker spoke at least three and some of the street signs were in six.

Malta only consists of three islands -- Malta in the south, Gozo in the northwest, and tiny barely-inhabited Comino in the middle.  Malta was mostly big city, while Gozo seemed peaceful, small-townish.  In between Gozo and Comino is Malta's best-loved escape, the so-called "Blue Lagoon", a huge lagoon of perfectly clear water surrounded by huge rocky cliffs.

Many of my friends and acquaintances have been to Malta since, and tell me that the place has changed little over the years -- it's still a great place to visit.  Some of them were scuba divers who praised the country as a neat place to dive.  Others were just in awe of the pleasant people and healthy climate.

Malta as a whole is on my "list", but I went before I had a digital camera and only have those dreadful instant camera pics in my album.  I did little of Gozo proper and would love to explore it more, and I definitely must wander Valletta next time. 

Travelogues.  The coloring of the locations on the map above indicate different locations in Malta, as shown below.  

RED:  Island of Malta.  Malta is the main island of the country, with the Sliemagreatest concentration of people in the eastern port region, dominated by the capital of Valletta, with the largest unsupported dome in the entire world.  Two travelogues are offered here, the harbor city of Sliema (pictured) with a decidedly British influence from the country's days under the Crown, and the fabulous walled medieval city of Mdina. BLUE:  Blue Lagoon.  The Blue Lagoon, between the small islands of Gozo and CThe Blue Lagoonomino, is Malta's greatest attraction.  The crystal blue waters amidst impressive rocky cliffs and formations attract hundreds of boats every day, filled with sun worshippers eager to get away from civilization for a day.  But watch out -- remember to bring plenty of SPF30!

LinksThe below links connect you to external sites in a new window.  All links are official sites sanctioned by the national, state, or local governments unless otherwise indicated.  These links will open to the Maltese-language home page, which will offer an icon or link to an English-language section (normally limited content).  If an English language link is not available, click on the "Tourismus" section.  This is for the tourism page, which should have English content available.  Links updated 8 January 2006.

Country Links:

bulletMalta National Tourism Page
bulletMaltese Tourism Authority
bullet US Embassy to Malta
bullet US Consular Sheet for Malta
bullet Maltese Foreign Ministry (direct website in US not available) 

 

City and Town Links:

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Blue Lagoon Page on National Tourism Site

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Mdina Page on National Tourism Site

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Sliema Home Page

 

   
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