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Location - Mediterranean Europe; Capital - Valletta; Population - 420,000; Currency - Euro MORE MALTA

From Mosta it's a short drive to the former capital Mdina - September 2010.

 

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malta135The Main Gate is the entrance to the walled city of Mdina, the former capital of Malta

 

 

malta136A horse and cart stands outside the Palazzo de Vilhena, home to the National Museum of Natural History - Mdina

 

 

malta137On the main street - Triq Villegaignon - is the Banca Giuratale, built in 1730 - Mdina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta139The 17th/18th century St Paul's Cathedral - Mdina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta144There's many alleyways and narrow streets dotted around Mdina

 

 

malta146At the far end of the walled city are superb views of the north and east of the island - Mdina

 

 

malta150The unmistakable roof of the Mosta Dome, with the Mediterranean behind - Mdina

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malta151I'm pretty sure the dome in this photo belongs to Valletta's Basilica of our Lady of Mount Carmel with St Paul's Cathedral to the left - Mdina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta154A full moon over Malta - Mdina

 

 

malta156More Mdina alleyways

 

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malta159Mdina is even smaller than Valletta and can be seen in a very leisurely day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta161A section of the town had been taken over for an HBO TV fantasy called 'Game of Thrones' - Mdina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta145The street just outside Palazzo Falson - Mdina

 

 

malta163The 15th century Palazzo Falson is now a museum exhibiting artist Olof Gollcher's memorabilia - Mdina

 

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malta164The rooftop of Palazzo Falson affords views of St Paul's Cathedral - Mdina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta165The dimly lit streets of Mdina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta166As you can see Mdina is pretty quiet at night, though there are a few restaurants open in the evening

 

 

malta162Another Mdina doorway

 

 

malta168Outside the walls of Mdina is the more modern town of Rabat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta169A very quiet Sunday afternoon in Rabat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta170On board the ferry to Gozo from Cirkewwa in north west Malta. It's a quick 20 minute journey.

 

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malta175On the south west of the island of Gozo is the picturesque bay at Xlendi, Gozo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta178The bay at Xlendi has cordoned areas for swimming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta179Restaurants line the waterfront at Xlendi, Gozo

 

 

malta182The cliff lined coast at Xlendi, Gozo

 

 

malta193Victoria, also known as Rabat, is the main town of Gozo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta192Looking past the Cathedral of the Assumption to the island - Victoria, Gozo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta191Victoria's drawcard is the town's Citadel, which can be dated back to the 8th century - Victoria, Gozo

 

 

malta198Wandering the Citadel streets - Victoria, Gozo

 

 

malta195There's more good views from the Citadel. The red dome of St George's Basilica can be seen here - Victoria, Gozo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta185St George's Basilica, built in 1678 - Victoria, Gozo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta188More narrow streets, this time in Victoria's old quarter of Il Borgo

 

 

malta201On the north coast of Gozo is the resort town of Marsalforn, Gozo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta202A traditional Maltese (or should I say Gozitan?) boat at Marsalforn, Gozo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta207Prickly pears are found everywhere in Gozo - walking from Marsalforn to Ramla Bay

 

 

malta210There's a lookout over Ramla Bay at Calypso's Cave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta211The beach at Ramla Bay is said to be the best on Gozo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta212It was a sweaty walk from Ramla Bay up to Nadur. The building on the left is a few minutes walk down from Calypso's Cave.

 

 

malta217St Peter & Paul's Church at Nadur, Gozo

 

 

malta224The walk down to Mgarr from Nadur affords more great views of Comino, Malta and the harbour - Mgarr, Gozo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta229Taking in the harbour and the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes from the ferry terminal at Mgarr, Gozo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta232On the way back to Malta - Mgarr, Gozo

 

 

malta233The glistening Mediterranean Sea looks beautiful - Gozo to Malta

 

 

malta241The Pergola Hotel has a good position on the hill, opposite the Church of Our Lady of Victory - Mellieha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta235The Church of Our Lady of Victory - Mellieha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta236The church overlooks Mellieha Bay - Mellieha

 

 

malta238Go behind the church for views of Mellieha Bay below - Mellieha

 

 

malta244The beach at Mellieha Bay gets pretty busy - Mellieha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta247Mellieha Bay and the resort town of Mellieha on the hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta251The Mellieha air-raid shelters were dug by hand to protect the local population from bombing raids during World War II - Mellieha

 

 

malta249Outside the grounds of the Church of Our Lady of Victory at Mellieha

 

 

malta253Further along the coast is the resort town of Bugibba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta254Fish supper for the family - Bugibba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta255The small man-made beach at Bugibba

 

 

malta257Marsaxlokk is a fishing village on the east coast of Malta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta258Brightly coloured luzzu (traditional Maltese fishing boats) in the harbour - Marsaxlokk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta260The waterfront has several outdoor restaurants serving fresh seafood - Marsaxlokk

 

 

malta264The 'Eyes of Osiris' on a luzzu are to ward off evil spirits while out at sea - Marsaxlokk

 

 

malta271These boats just look like floating coffins to me - Marsaxlokk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta273Rod fishing in Malta seems to be a pastime of the elderly - Marsaxlokk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta276A bamboo curtain shields the front door of a Maltese home in Marsaxlokk

 

 

malta275The busy harbour at Marsaxlokk

 

 

malta278The waterfront at Sliema lies opposite Valletta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta287A boat sails by the domed Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Valletta, as seen from Sliema

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta282The Valletta waterfront and Marsamxett Harbour - Sliema

 

 

malta285A beach club occupies prime position at Sliema

 

 

malta289Tigne Point is being redeveloped with restaurants, a shopping centre, and residential & office space - Sliema

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta290Valletta waterfront, from Sliema

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta295Looking along the coast towards the Portomaso Tower in Paceville - Sliema

 

 

malta300Sliema and St Julian's have a seafront boulevard that bustles with activity in the evening. Break up the stroll at Balluta Bay in Sliema, pictured.

 

 

malta304The Dolce Vita restaurant has a perfect position over Spinola Bay at St Julian's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta310A Saturday night in Paceville is pretty hectic. It's rammed with teenagers and students spilling out from bars into the streets.

 

 

malta312An international crowd of Canadians, Australians, Spanish and French on a night out in Paceville

 

 

malta313And I join in. These guys were studying English; doing the odd bit of work; on holiday courtesy of parents - Paceville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta314A nightime view of the beach at St George's Bay, Paceville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

malta315Saturday night on the beach at St George's Bay, Paceville

 

 

malta317Lazing on a Sunday afternoon at St George's Bay beach, Paceville

 

 

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LINKS

www.visitmalta.com - Malta tourist board

www.nottebiancamalta.com - Notte Bianca

www.gozochannel.com - Gozo ferry

www.gozo.gov.mt - Gozo

www.maltabulb.com

www.whatson.com.mt

www.maltairport.com

 

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