It’s already summer in London, and vacationers will once again look for a good place to spend their free time. When browsing lists of popular destinations around the world, however, seldom included is Malta, which is tucked away in the middle of the Mediterranean.
Malta, which is a relatively small country, is one of the smallest in the world that’s located between Italy and Libya.
However, it isn’t just another vacation spot as the nation has a deep history with associated with the United Kingdom. King George VI bestowed upon Malta the St. Georges Cross for the devotion and heroism of the Maltese people during the early phases of World War II. As a matter of fact, the cross was officially incorporated onto their flag since 1943, according to Malta Uncovered.
Transit To The Destination
Malta is relatively sunny all year round, even averaging five to six hours of sunshine during mid-winter and more in summer the summer reports Weather Online UK. Thus, travellers need to pack appropriately.
A one-way flight takes just over 3 hours and there is no shortage of flights as daily trips both ways are provided by major carriers, including British Airways and Thomas Cook Airlines from London Gatwick.
Keep in mind though that Gatwick Airport caters to hundreds of thousands of passengers everyday, so you might need to consider things like eating before leaving to avoid crowded diners, unexpectedly long queues, or bringing a car to the airport, as parking slots may not be immediately available. London Gatwick has more than 60 restaurants and shops, in case you want to purchase duty free or even go for a nice meal before your flight. It also has a variety of parking options for every traveller, including a summer special, long-stay parking, and short-stay parking, which “won the prestigious Park Mark Award,” according to Parking4Less. Just make sure to book early, so that you get a parking spot close to your terminal.
Once inside, if there’s a need to transfer from North to South Terminal or vice versa, there are shuttles that carry passengers between terminals. The ride typically lasts around 5 minutes, and is free of charge.
Upon arrival, you will land at Malta’s only airport that welcomes international travellers, simply called Malta International Airport.
Malta is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites as listed by their official tourism website, Visit Malta.
The Hypogeum, the first of the three and more formally known as Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, is a massive subterranean complex of halls, passages, and chambers some of which date back as far as 3600 BC. Archaeological finds within the site include pottery, ornaments, and even human bones. It is divided into three levels – upper, middle, and lower, the last of which contains a room more than 10 meters underground.
The second Heritage Site is the country’s capital itself – Valletta. In Maltese it means ‘The City’. Founded by the Knights Hospitaller or Knight Order of St. John, the city is a prime ground for Baroque style housing especially in areas such as the Lower Barakka Gardens and St. John’s Co-Cathedral, which are widely considered to be some of the epitomes of High Baroque architecture in all of Europe, as well as being one of the world’s great cathedrals.
The collective term, “Megalithic Temples of Malta,” is used to refer to a number of prehistoric temples; some of which were built in 3600 BC. These sites are some of the oldest free-standing structures on Earth, comparable to the likes of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, and the Parthenon in Greece.
These World Heritage Sites are just some of the wonders that Malta has to offer, but are definitely a great starting point to discovering the country’s rich history.