Here are ten fun facts you didn’t know about the islands Malta, Gozo and Comino, that will have you planning your next vacation.
From being climatically incredible to having the best diving, snorkeling and swimming spots, the Maltese Islands need nothing more to be the perfect vacation destination. Not a fan of the water? Charming cultural experiences and awesome timeless architecture await you. Check out our ten facts that will have you have you Malta bourn before you know it.
1. A colossal climate
According to International Living Magazine, Malta has the best-rated climate in the world allowing you to swim even in the Winter months. If this isn’t enough to convince you to visit, then keep on reading and you’ll be booking flights before #9.
2. First-class films
Quality of natural light and weather are perfect for filming and photography in Malta, meaning many filmmakers come here to shoot scenes. See snippets of these magical islands in World War Z, Kon Tiki, The Da Vinci Code, Troy, Gladiator, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and of course our beloved Game of Thrones. A big fan? Do a walk around the film locations with Game of Thrones Tours. The very popular Popeye Village, still stands as it was in the 1980 musical production starring Robin Williams as the spinach-loving sailor.
3. The Awesome Azure
The famous Azure Window is found on the island of Gozo and is simply put, pretty cool. The limestone arch is sadly falling apart so if you want to see it for yourself, you will need to book a trip quick. Meters away is another natural phenomenon, the Blue Hole. This swimming spot is like a vertical chimney, connecting to the ocean a few meters below. It is home to fire worms, sea horses and octopi making it an interesting dive site.
4. Sensational sunken ships
After WWII, sunken ships are a plenty. The depths surrounding the Maltese Islands have more than their fair share of awesome shipwrecks to explore, including the P29, dubbed one of the 10 most incredible sunken ships on earth. Watch this video by Aquatica to see what is waiting for you to discover.
5. Forest Free yet fantastic
Malta is a natural beauty but has a grand total of 0% forest coverage. Caves, cliffs, an exciting underwater world and beaches that will turn you green with envy are just some of the amazing nature experiences native to the Maltese Islands. Although there are a little less trees than other vacation destinations, the animals don’t seem to care. There are plenty birds, reptiles and cute little hedgehogs to be seen.
6. The curious Calypso Cave
Malta has a cave of legends. This is said to be the place where the beautiful Calypso kept Odysseus a prisoner of love for seven years in Homers’ ‘The Odyssey’. While the cave is cool, the views of Ramla Bay are reason enough to make the trip.
7. Motorcars in Mdina
The incredibly beautiful walled city of Mdina is the nation’s old capital and only lets residents and those with a special permit drive on its roads. Driving can be tricky for some visitors as on the island, you also drive on the left.
8. Be the belle of the ball
In August each year there is a Ball of the August Moon held at the President’s summer residence, Verdala Palace. And yes, you are invited! Tickets can be purchased online!
9. Beautifully bright boats…with eyes
Fear not when riding around in one of these colorful boats. The eyes painted onto the front will keep you safe and sound from any harm, as they are the Eyes of Osiris. An old Phoenician custom, these are painted on to protect passengers from evil spirits.
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10. A handsome history
The new Capital, Valletta, is one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world according to UNESCO. Being ruled by Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Byzantines and the Knights of St. John, there are 320 diverse monuments to ponder and marvel at.
There really is no better time than all year round, to visit this wonderful island nation. Regardless of what kind of vacation you are looking for, Malta is the destination. It is like a ‘pick your own adventure’ haven incased in crisp blue waters, limestone walls and enough culture to captivate and charm you endlessly.
Let Radisson Blu add to your experience by offering water-front accommodation at Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta, Golden Sands in the north near Gozo and Comino, or Radisson Blu Resort, Malta St. Julian’s just moments from Valletta.