Why You Must Visit Magnificent Malta Travel With Cooky

My trip to Malta came during the heatwave known as Lucifer. Aptly named after the devil himself and as one local tour guide put it so simply… “because it has been as hot as hell”.

Met by temperatures surpassing 45oC according to the local pharmacy indicator, I arrived in the town of Mellieha. Home for the next week would be at the beautiful ‘Maritim Antoinette Hotel and Spa‘.

Everything from the staff, location, room and views were astonishing. Two outdoor pools; an indoor pool with hot tub; roof pool and a terrace bar with restaurant. After a slight problem with the first room, we were put into an amazing room with a view of stunning Mellieha!

Uncharacteristically and mainly down to the last minute nature of the booking, I went to Malta totally ignorant of any culture or any real knowledge of…well anything to do with the country. So with no expectations on arrival, I was absolutely blown away by every aspect that the beautiful archipelago had to offer.

That’s right, it is in fact an archipelago; with 7 islands making up the nation. The three inhabited islands being; Malta, Gozo and Comino. The latter has a population of JUST 5 people when I visited! The other 4 islands all being tiny and one of which being a nature reserve inhabited totally of birds.

Malta is dripping in history everywhere you look. From the ancient walled city of Mdina (pronounced Im-dena), the modern-day capital of Valletta and the town of Mosta. The latter hosting the 3rd largest unsupported dome structure in the whole of Europe. Not to be sniffed at for a place just 316 km². 

The latter has also been housing a lodger since the 1940’s… and un-exploded German Bomb which can still be seen in the building today!

Charming buildings of Mdina, Malta

All you have to do is look around any street of Malta and you would be forgiven for thinking you had gone back in time. Things really have not changed for centuries.

It is clear to see why so many film directors have chosen to film in this beautiful country. Troy, Assassins Creed and Game of Thrones to name but a few hits you will recognise Malta in.

game of thrones setting, mdina, malta

The architecture and landscapes are the stuff of dreams for travellers, photographer’s and movie directors alike. It really is no wonder why so many Hollywood directors are drawn here.

The site in which Mdina is set dates back THOUSANDS of years. Although, it was originally founded as Maleth in around the 8th century BC. Mdina was the Maltese capital prior to Valletta and was most likely favoured for its high setting and fortified city walls.

I could write all day about the stages of history that flow through this city’s walls; from the 8th Century settlers, to the Romans; to the middle ages; Christian and Muslim crusades, all the way to WW2. Then their independence in 1961.

The city boasts its own astonishing cathedral as well as 7 other chapels and churches. This is all within the walls of a city that is under 1km². It is a labyrinth of tiny streets and alleyways that open up to the entrance of the stunning St Paul’s Cathedral in the centre of the city.

You can see that the architecture has not changed in hundreds and hundreds of years. However, don’t mistake this place as just a tourist hot spot. It is also home to around 300 people.

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