Malta is an island nation sitting in the Mediterranean Sea, although a part of
it is further south than the capitals of
and Algeria. Malta was under heavy seige during the Second World War
base, but it never caved in to the enemy pressure, earning every citizen of the country
the George Cross, which now appears on the national flag. Malta joined the EU in 2004 and is rapidly
I spent a few nights in Malta after a long trip offshore one February, two nights at the Imperial Hotel
in Sliema (across the harbour from Valletta) and another night in a tiny village on the smaller
island of Gozo. Although it was February the weather was still very clear and bright, and I even got
sunburnt. Shortly after my visit, Malta switched to the Euro from the Maltese Pound, one of the world's
highest-valued currencies. I still have some as a souvenir.
A shot of the cool blue waters of the Mediterranean, taken from a cliff top at Gneja Bay on the west
The town of Mellieha as viewed from the road up to the Red Tower.
Take notice of colourful falling rocks at Gneja Bay!
Much of the country looks much like this; farming land which is slightly arid due to the climate.
A shot across Ghajn Tuffieha bay, which sits between Gneja Bay and Golden Bay.
There aren't many sandy beaches in Malta, it's a very rocky place. There are however a few secluded
coves where you can lie on the sand, this one is called Paradise Bay and is very near the ferry terminal to
A view out west to the setting sun across the Mediterranean, taken from near to Il-Ghadira.
Fort St Agatha, or the Red Tower, can be seen from the road on the way to the Gozo ferry terminal in
the north of the island.
This is the entrance to fortified Mdina, a small but well defended village next to the town of Rabat.
It would seem there is something of an
Arab north African
influence in Malta, judging by the place names.
One of the narrow streets of Mdina, it is very popular with tourists.
The church in the square of Mdina. It only took fifteen minutes to walk around the whole place, it's
not very big.
A particularly narrow street in Mdina curves away around the side of another church.
The church in Mgarr, on the road on the way to Gneja Bay.
The defensive tower at Gneja Bay. The Maltese islands are surrounded by these lookout towers.
This is the church in Mosta, with its famous unsupported dome. It came very close to destruction during
the Second World War when its roof was penetrated by a bomb, which subsequently failed to go off.
Some of the oldest settlements in
are to be seen in the megalithic temples of Hagar Qim on the
south west coast of the island, dating back over five thousand years.