Now, honestly – do you know where Malta is or what its capital is? If not, let us introduce this tiny island country to you. Covering an area of just about 120 square miles, Malta is one of the world’s smallest but most densely populated countries in the world. It is an archipelago comprising of seven islands in the Mediterranean Sea located 50 miles south of Sicily, 176 miles east of Tunisia, and about 200 miles north of Libya. Its capital is Valletta, which is also, at just 0.3 square miles, the smallest capital in the European Union. But despite its size, Malta can boast of enormous amount of both natural and historical sites which makes it one of the prime tourist destinations in Europe. Here are 25 stunning photographs Of Malta and of its most amazing attractions.
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Ghajn Tuffieha Bay
Ghajn Tuffieha Bay is famous for its red beach, unspoiled atmosphere, fine sands and perfect sunsets. The bay is surrounded by vigorous vegetation such as tamarisk, samphire or acacia. The Ghajn Tuffieha Bay is often visited by the Maltese themselves, as well as foreign tourists.
Situated in the south west of the Malta´s sister island of Gozo, the town of Xlendi is one of the most popular Gozitan tourist destination. Dominated by a watch tower from 1650, Xlendi is surrounded by huge limestone cliffs that offer spectacular views of the town and the Xlendi bay.
With a population of almost 7,000 people, Victoria is the capital of Gozo and the largest town of this island. In the heart of Victoria lies the Citadella which has been the center of activity of the island since possibly Neolithic times, but is known to be first fortified during the Bronze Age c. 1500 BC. The Citadella is on Malta’s tentative list of future World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
Malta is also a great place for shipwreck diving. Alongside a number of purposely sunk wrecks dating back 10 years, there is also a number of historic shipwrecks and aircraft at both recreational and technical depths. The most popular shipwreck diving sites are the tug boat and petrol boat at Cirkewwa, tanker at Zurrieq, or the Blenheim bomber.
Situated along the coast, north of the country’s capital Valletta, St. Julian´s is the nightlife center of Malta. Its neighborhood Paceville is renowned for numerous bars and nightclubs that attract tens of thousands visitors every year. The town also features the only Maltese skyscraper, the 322 feet tall Portomaso Tower.