There are few beaches in Malta that have such fine sand. An original way to replace this is to use the natural resources which are available on the island. Being an island with an important limestone base, the rock formations are a sight even on the banks. You can go for a lovely swim in these clean and blue Maltese waters, and you can explore these curious pools. In the evening there is a lovely color.
The villages of Mdina and Rabat were constructed on an ancient Roman city. These catacombs of Rabat were used in Roman times to bury the dead. Now they are in the care of Heritage Malta. Christianity arrived in Malta from the hands of Paul around the year 60DC. St. Paul was on his way to Rome on a boat but it sank and ended up in Malta. According to tradition, the Apostle Paul took refuge in a cave, now known as the Catacombs of St. Paul.
It's amazing to think that we are treading on ground where over 5,000 years ago our prehistoric ancestors did exactly the same thing. How could they build such constructions using stones so large, how could the transport the stone from the quarries? What were their traditions, their languages, their means of living.
How they later disappeared without us knowing the causes. They are a series of questions that, in view of these cyclopean constructions, one is made to admire so much history that there is to be found in this enclave.
The Mdina of Rabat (Malta), the former capital of the island, is an ancient walled city with one single entry. The so-called "Silent City" consists of different sections that make it a bit easier for visiting since they help give you a sense of direction. You can see the entrance plaza, the cathedral, the main street that leads directly to the viewpoint and the so-called "old city" and "the village" which are located on either side of the main street. Because all of these things are sort of matted together it can sometimes be hard to know where you are but don´t worry, it is impossible to get lost in here. It´s always nice to know a little about the history of places the Mdina has a lot of that!
The other major area of Mdina is known as the "old city". It is made up of endless alleys and winding streets. Everything is very well kept, making it a pleasure to walk around. You can enjoy the gentle breeze in the summer, the shade which it offers, its restaurants hidden in corners, and many places that you can not let slip by without first taking a photo.
Mosta Cathedral is a beautiful temple, which has one of the world's largest religious domes. It is easily noticeable for its size, and for being surrounded by smaller buildings around. You can see it from almost any high elevation on the island of Malta. Really worth a visit.
This street which cuts the entire walled city in two, is a collection of exquisite architecture and is very well maintained. They try to keep the original tone of the corners, and facades of some of the luxuriously authentic buildings. You can visually see the great class that this little capital could have had but didn´t because of the distance from the sea and the scarcity of the water in the area. This made population growth impossible. If you walk down the street completely straight, you´ll come to the viewpoint of the Medina on the other side of the plaza.
Dwejra Lines is the name given to the western sector of the Victoria Lines, a series of fortifications that run the width of the island of Malta. Taking advantage of a natural slope, the British built this 12km line of defense in the late nineteenth century. The remains of these fortifications can be visited walking westward from the roundabout on the outskirts of the city. Two hundred yards away you will see what were Targa batteries, now used by local farmers. We will continue walking down a quiet so you must be careful with the branches. We will see a large pit on our left and we discover some entrances to tunnels that have yet been closed off. The walls of the pit are naturally eroding over the years. The flora is abundant and fauna may surprise you with a common chameleon. At the end of the lines we come across Bingemma Gap, where we can enter some old Punic tombs and walk across a wall. The walk ends as you turn towards the front of Bingemma chapel and continue towards Mgarr Bingemma to take the bus.
The citadel of Rabat, in Gozo, is surrounded by a high wall. It reflects the strategic and defensive situation of a small capital. From up here you see a large part of the island and you can see the demographic situation chosen by the first settlers. A vast flat area with a small hill in the middle. Here they built the capital and afterwards they built small surveillance hills all around. Today these strongholds are small towns.
The Triton Fountain of Malta is the first prominent monument that welcomes visitors at the entrance of the city of Valletta. It stands in the square where you'll find the island's bus terminal, and was sculpted by Vincent Apap in the first half of the 20th century. In the evening, it's busy with young people who meet here.
Fort Saint Elmo keeps watch over the entrance to Valletta's Grand Harbour. You can explore it in a single morning, but I'd recommend bringing a sandwich with you as there aren't many options to eat in the area. You can always ask a local people about the history of the fort and, in our case at least, they were more than willing to tell us