Five Fun Facts about Malta
- The name Malta is supposedly derived from the Greek word melite meaning “honey-sweet”. Indeed Malta has it’s own endemic species of bee which produces a unique type of honey
- More Maltese people are living abroad than there are citizens in Malta. The population of Malta is 432,000ish; but there are thought to be over 1,500,000 Maltese people (or with Maltese descent) living around the world. Oh, and citizens of Malta are Maltese. They are not Malteasers.
- Traditional Maltese fishing boats are painted in bright colours and have Eyes of Osiris painted on them to protect the fishermen from evil spirits
- Malta made the world record books in 2011 for the largest amount of people in one place dressed as story book characters. Singapore however broke this record in 2014
- Britney Spears’ great-great-grandfather was born in Malta in 1873
Later on this month, we’re off to Malta for the first time, so here’s some of the things we’ve got planned so far!
Visit Malta’s former capital Mdina
Mdina sits in the centre of Malta, it’s narrow cobbled streets encircled by perfectly-preserved fortified walls – it’s a taste of the Malta of the past and is known as the “Silent City”. Fontanella Tea Garden comes recommended for delicious cakes and spectacular views
Eat freshly caught fish and seafood in Marsaxlokk
This picturesque fishing village on the south-east coast is where those brightly coloured, eye-adorned boats can be found, and a promenade lined with restaurants serving the day’s catch.
Stroll through the streets of current capital city Valetta
Valetta is a small UNESCO World Heritage city, covering less than a square kilometre, filled with historic buildings, brightly-coloured doors and beautiful balconies. And there are great panoramic views of the harbour from the colonaded Upper Barraka Gardens, and from the water on the ferry between Valetta and the Three Cities.
Take a boat trip to the uninhabited island of Comino
We’ve already booked our Comino Day Cruise with English Rose Cruises after it was recommended by another blogger! We’ll get to sail inside the natural caves, and swim and snorkel at the famous Blue Lagoon. All for a bargain 13€ per person.
Eat lots of pastizzi
Filled with mushy peas or ricotta cheese, this savoury pastry is a Maltese fast-food favourite. There are pastizzerias and street vendors all over Malta, but Crystal Garden in Rabat comes highly recommended
Take a day trip to Gozo
Gozo is Malta’s “sister” island, just a 20 minute ferry ride from Cirkewwa. It has architectural wonders in the fortified city of Victoria, a rugged coastline and secluded sandy beaches to soak up the sunshine
It’s over to you folks…what are your Malta and Gozo recommendations? Eating, drinking, sunset spots… I welcome all suggestions! Keep an eye out on my Instagram and Facebook pages for live updates, and I can’t wait to share my Maltese stories with you when we return!