Thursday, October 20, 2011

Much Ado about Malta

I don't know is the Maltese have a saying about windy days, but they really should say: Riħ Tibni Karattru or Wind Builds Character. Because, my friends, Matt and I learned that in spades when we traveled to the quirky little island nation known as Malta.

Trust us, this island is as filled with character as it is wind.

Nestled in the Mediterranean just south of Sicily, Malta is a tiny island which has long been an attractive strategic point for different powers such as the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Crusaders, the French and the British.

Now it has become a hot spot for thrifty Europeans who are looking for a seaside holiday on a budget. Therefore, this combination of exotic tropical sex appeal edged with post-colonial grittiness that, for me, made it the the truly endearing "Poor Man's Italian Rivera."

Malta has a lot of history, a lot of beauty and a whole lot of eccentricity which you won't find anywhere else. Oh and its got wind too.

Matt and I spent a few days taking in the ancient sand colored fortifications, ancient ruins and breathing in the salty sea air. We were lucky enough to be there for the Easter week celebrations which allowed us to witness the profound spirituality of the Maltese. This made the island seem much more mystical; as if we had stepped back into the Malta of the Knights of the Order of St. John. It truly was a unique twist to our very eclectic experience.

All and all, Malta really is a hidden gem of the Mediterranean. If you are looking for a topical getaway with a flare completely different from the continent then Malta is a must! Just be prepared for the winds, and the sunsets.

Tanti Baci,