As you walk beside Malta’s coast what strikes you is the colour of the sea, where shades of turquoise and deep blue fade into one another. The coastal paths pass clumps of golden samphire, thriving in the salty Mediterranean air. Inland the paths cross the rocky Maltese garigue where aromatic shrubs such as thyme, sought out by bees, make a home in the thin soil.
Man has made his mark with dry stone walls and small farmsteads. In the cities human history goes back millennia, to the time of the Knights of Malta, St Paul and beyond. More recently, the plaque awarding the island the George Cross, and the list of sunken ships in Fort Angelo can be seen in Valletta, the Fortress City, whose Grand Harbour is indeed very grand. You may also be surprised to know that Malta claim to have some of the oldest manmade structures in the world, the Megalithic Temples.
Malta is a compact island only 17 miles long by 8 miles wide. This allows us to explore almost every inch of the island on enjoyable scenic walks, where either the Mediterranean Sea or rural towns and villages act as the perfect backdrop. This small island also has an astonishing amount of historical artefacts and monuments from all phases of history, scattered around every corner of the island and this adds great interest to every day.
Gozo, in contrast, is greener and more rural than Malta, with fewer towns and less bustle and activity. Its farmland producing melons, grapes, vegetables and fruit, the steep valleys, terraced fields and table-top hills make the island an attractive hideaway. Cottage industries produce the famous Maltese lace, most of which is made on Gozo.
Here the coastline is characterised by white washed cliffs and rocky tracks. From the hillsides you have unobstructed views of the Maltese Archipelago. From Dwejria Bay the famous view out to the Azure Window particularly impressive.
The walking is good, and as on Malta, depending on the season, there is ample opportunity for swimming in the numerous clear water bays.
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