Malta has a long and rich history, and this is reflected in the island’s cultural attractions. The country’s modern museums and art galleries feature relics from Malta’s history. There are also many aquatic activities to enjoy along with a choice of beaches. Whether you’re a history buff, a night owl, or simply a rambler wishing to be bowled over by natural splendour, the list of things to do in Malta is endless.
Vietnam, has finally won its last battle, to capture the imagination of the travelling public. Elegant Hanoi now vies with its dynamic sister, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) for the attention of visitors drawn by the eclectic mix of old and new. More modern than other Vietnamese cities, Ho Chi Minh City has also retained its French colonial influences. Its vibrancy is maintained by the ever-entrepreneurial Saigonese and the streets are jam-packed with mopeds and scooters, often carrying whole families. The markets are chaotically busy.
Food and Wine
The Portuguese love their food and even more so, their wine! From north to south the variety is huge, the north prefers their strong meats and stews accompanied by full bodied red wines from some of the 250 native grape varieties, or a salted cod baked in the oven paired with a reserve white. The coast offers such an array of fresh fish and shellfish, grilled on charcoal accompanied by a cool Vinho Verde. The south is the land of garlic, olive oil, and acorn fed black pigs. The Algarve goes Mediterranean with its oranges, figs, almonds that taste so good in the local traditional sweets.
Portugal is surprisingly varied in nature, considering how small the country is. From the craters of the old volcanoes in the Azores, turned into beautiful colourful lagoons, to the ravishing tropical vegetation and breath- taking cliffs of Madeira island, the vineyards of the Douro Valley, or the endless plaines of Alentejo just after the highest mountain in the country with its pure springs of water, until we get to the caves of the Algarve, in between the long white sand beaches and sand islands where the birds build their nests when fleeing from the cold weather of norther Europe.
Maltas Top Destinations
Also known as the Fortress City, Citta’ Umilissima and “a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen”, this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world and a masterpiece of the Baroque.
Often referred to as the ‘Noble City’, Mdina is one of Europe’s finest examples of an ancient walled city and extraordinary in its mix of medieval and baroque architecture.
Malta’s majestic Grand Harbour is one of the most spectacular ports in the world and has been a hive of activity for over two thousand years, earning the name of ‘cradle of Maltese history’.
This colourful and quaint village situated on the sea is truly a feast for the senses and the place where you can see the decorative fishing boats, visit the vibrant fish market and enjoy a fish-based meal in one of the many restaurants that dot the waterfront.
This city, situated on the sea, was the first home of the Knights when they arrived in 1530 and contains many important architectural riches. Its city centre is a labyrinth of colours and traditions, and show a slice of authentic life as well as a glimpse into Malta’s maritime fortunes.
Steeped in myths and legends, Malta’s sister island is a tranquil haven with baroque churches and old stone farmhouses dotting the countryside, whilst its coast offers some of the Mediterranean’s best dive sites and amazing panoramas.
Situated between Malta and Gozo, this tiny island is virtually uninhabited and is a paradise for snorkelers, divers, windsurfers and ramblers, with Blue Lagoon being its main attraction.