Strategically located at the very center of the cool Mediterranean Sea, the tiny cluster of Maltese islands is the perfect place to relax where there’s plenty of sun all year round, with sandy beaches stretching miles along the coastline and many historical places and structures to discover. This archipelago is found on the southern part of Europe and consists of 18 islands, out of which only the three main islands are inhabited: Malta, Gozo and Comino. Throughout time, the country has witnessed the past glories of powerful kingdoms and their struggle over the dominion of its shores. Come and visit Mediterranean’s sparkling jewels and indulge in the simple luxuries of the vibrant scenery of Malta.
St. Peter’s Pool
If you’re looking for a good swim, then you can jump right in! A little trip to the south and a lot of luck, you’ve discovered one of the hidden gems of Malta, the St. Peter’s Pool. There’s no sand here, just flat rocks naturally cut to form a small inlet partly enclosing the clear, blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. You can start sunbathing on the smooth rocks or you can dive in and start snorkeling underwater. Its name comes from a historical narrative wherein the pool was said to be the place where St. Peter baptized many Christians when he visited Malta, generally practicing the faith of Roman Catholicism.
Even Comino, the smallest of the archipelago’s three main islands have something to fun and relaxing to offer. The Blue Lagoon is a bay with its crystal clear waters ideal for swimming, diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, water skiing and other water sports. Or if you want a good tan, the white sand on its shorelines is great place to recline and unwind. To complete the charming scene of the Blue Lagoon are huge rock formations carved and good for hiking to those who’d rather stay out of the water and watch the beauty of the lagoon from afar.
Head West of Malta and visit the small village of Dingli that sits on a plateau. The Dingli Cliffs, when seen from the sea, offers itself as a majestic fortress and a watchtower. Historically, The Crusader Knight’s used the cliff as a natural stronghold as it overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. From the cliff’s view, even Fiflia, one of the uninhabited islands can also be seen. Take a peaceful stroll around Dingli and you’ll discover lush vegetation and gardens and experience simple village life among the friendly locals. After a calming stroll, go back to the cliff and watch the sun set over the sapphire sea.
The second largest island of Malta, Gozo, has its own treasure hidden underground in the village of Xaghra just near a small church. Ninu’s underground cave made of limestone is filled with odd yet abundant formations of semitransparent stalactites and stalagmites columns brought about by years of de-calcification. There are even helictite formations on the walls of the cave. Ninu’s Cave is only one of the numerous remarkable caves of the archipelago of Malta.
What makes Malta quite special are the complex, underground caverns it contains or sea cave. One can explore these caverns, magnificently carved and hollowed in time by the surging deep waters, by means of boats. Blue Grotto is the largest and most popular out of six interconnected caves that form this natural architecture. Because of the crystal clarity of the water, the right strike of sunlight can reveal much underwater vegetation and if you look above, you’ll see dazzling colors reflected against the walls and ceilings of the cave giving life to these cluster of hollowed rocks.