It is here in Malta that Paul was shipwrecked and converted a large proportion of the population to Christianity. It has been said there are 365 churches and chapels in Malta and Gozo, one for every day of the year. The first building to be constructed in Valetta the capital was the Church of Our Lady of Victory and the Collegiate Parish Church of St. Paul’s Shipwreck, which is also said to be one of the oldest churches in Malta.
The Maltese were officially accepted by the Order of the Knights and its eight points represent the eight obligations the Knights. The Knights of St John is evident all over Malta through their palaces, courtyards, and gardens. Gozo and Comino offer plenty of out-of-the-way rocky inlets with clear waters and perfect snorkelling. Visit the Mdina the beautiful baroque styled cathedral dedicated to St. Paul and the Carmelite Church and Priory. The Malta Mosta Rotunda which has the third largest dome and an intriguing World War II story attached to it.
Sister islands Como and Gozo in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea are perfect for diving with few underwater current and unpolluted waters, there’s perfect visibility. Marine life abounds and offers excellent photo opportunities especially with the Blue Lagoon a feature in music videos and films alike.
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Gozo is second in size to mainland Malta with its life rhythms dictated by the seasons, fishing and agriculture. Despite its rugged scenery it is greener, more rural and smaller and its spectacular coastline awaits exploration with some of the Mediterranean’s best dive sites.
Situated between Malta and Gozo, the smaller island of Comino is a paradise for snorkelers, divers, windsurfers, and ramblers. The island’s main attraction is the Blue Lagoon which is a sheltered inlet of shimmering aquamarine water over white sand is very popular with day-trippers accessible by regular ferry crossings from Malta. Como has the most beautiful red sand beach at Ramla l-Hamra a large beach. The island is uninhabited except for one hotel within its 3.5 square mercer perimeter. Other beaches on the island include Santa Marija Bay and San Niklaw Bay and its aroma of wild thyme and herbs surround the walkers and photographers.
Things to see and do
- Join in the Festas religious festivals happening in every town and village during the summer months
- Check out the quaint Christian shops where you can pick-up much-loved gifts
- Take the sightseeing train and explore the historic Cathedrals and Priory of northern Malta
- Join a guided wine tour and taste and buy wine at a museum
- Take the Upper Barrakka lift from Valetta Sea front right into the city for shopping Dance the night away in Gozo every Friday night to reggae beats and dance hall rhythms
- St Pauls Catacombs in Rabat
- Explore the narrow streets of the Mdina which served as the island’s capital from antiquity to medieval times