Malta, A Sophisticated Cultural Destination

With a history that dates back almost 7,000 years ago, not less than 9 UNESCO Heritage Sites, temples older than Egypt’s ancient pyramids, plenty of folklore, and a mix so unique of ethnicities crossing its threshold along history, is no wonder Malta enjoys such a sophisticated cultural background.

Malta Landscape

Malta Architecture

From Phoenicians to British, there have been many nations who left their deep-rooted marks on this land, including Romans, Greeks, Spanish, Arabs or French, but even so, the tiny Mediterranean country has never lost its identity and uniqueness. Nevertheless, it has grown into a popular tourist destination, where the incredibly rich culture and history blend beautifully with the enticing Mediterranean flair.

For those who don’t know, the Republic of Malta consists of an archipelago in the central Mediterranean Sea, somewhere between Sicily and Tunisia. It is one of the world’s smallest states and only three of its islands are inhabited – Malta, Gozo and Comino.

Cultural Highlights

Malta beach

Malta Coastline

The Megalithic Temples of Malta are the oldest free-standing structures on Earth and probably the most important cultural and historical sites in the country. The seven temples spread throughout the islands of Malta and Gozo are notable for their unique architecture, respectively for their colossal Bronze Age structures.

A great way to learn about Malta’s history and culture is to visit its wonderful museums and art galleries. They feature relics from the country’s turbulent history, offering visitors an insight into the locals’ life from the early stages of their existence. Some of the most prominent are the National Museum of Archeology in Valleta, the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Lascaris War Rooms, Malta Art War Museum, Malta Maritime Museum and the National War Museum which focuses on the two World Wars. Another top cultural venue on the island of Gozo is the Folklore Museum, which offers an excellent display of the Islanders’ rural trades.

In order to go even deeper into the wonderful Maltese culture, we suggest you to pay a visit to the famous Manoel Theater in Valleta. It is the third-oldest working theater in Europe and the setting of various concerts, operas and dramas. The highlight, however, is the popular Christmas Pantomime held here during the winter.

Furthermore, Malta’s cultural scene has been enriched lately with a series of art festivals, the majority being scheduled throughout the summer months. Most notable are Malta Arts Festival and Malta Jazz Festival, both of them taking place here in July.

All in all, Malta is not only about wonderful beaches, exciting water sports and natural wonders, but also an exquisite destination for culture and history buffs, providing a great educational background in addition to the amazing range of activities. In order to enhance your cultural experience in Malta, you can even combine traveling with an English course. Maltalingua, for instance, offers a brilliant learning experience combining expertise with friendliness.

Malta’s dynamic cultural scene surely deserves recognition, and this will almost certainly come in 2018, when Valleta is set to become the European Capital of Culture.

Customs and Traditions

Malta port

Malta Port

Malta features a delightful mix of cultures and traditions, being especially noted for its lively festas, but also for its fine arts such as handmade lace and woven fabrics, as well as silver filigree and blown glass.

The festas are religious holidays celebrated with fanfare in each village throughout the country, and yet an important part of the Maltese culture. They are taking place throughout the year, but the season reaches its peak in July and August. During the festas, locals honor their patron saints by lighting up the villages, decorating the churches and marching the streets. Despite the religious ceremonies, the festa acts like a festival in its own right, with spectacular fireworks, colorful parades and delicious traditional food.

When to go

sunrise beach

Malta Beach

With its lovely museums, archaeological marvels, exciting sights and everlasting traditions, Malta is an amazing cultural experience at any time of the year. In the summer, travelers can mix sightseeing with festas, festivals and gorgeous beach activities. Autumn is quieter, but still an ideal period to explore this wonderful country. Christmas is, as well, a great opportunity to visit Malta, as the country puts on its celebration outfit. However, the most important, exciting and colorful event in the Maltese calendar is Easter, and tourists visiting the country during this period (Holly Week) have the chance to experience Malta’s culture at its best.



16 Responses / Leave a comment

  1. hotel booking system Reply

    Great photos. I’ve been itching to travel to Malta for years now. It’s definitely high on my list and posts like this make me want to go all the more. Of course, my bank account disagrees. Details, details :)

  2. Kat Reply

    Malta is treasure in Mediterranean Sea!!! Its wonderful island with a lot of beautiful places to see like Gozo or Comino.Once you go to Malta you wish to come back again. i was there few years ago and still remember this wonderful time and would like to come back.:)The best to go summer or winter,but not January.

  3. Niki Reply

    Lovely article, thanks.

    There are also loads of special interests that Malta caters for too, such as Diving and Rock Climbing,.. and with the great weather, it is possible to practice these all year round =)

    Niki
    My Destination Malta

  4. Gozobreak.com Reply

    Malta is a gem in the Mediterranean! 23rd November and there were still bathers on the beach at Mellieha Bay and Golden Bay! Where else in Europe?? Not to be missed! :)

  5. Malta Covered Reply

    Great article on Malta, your pictures are fantastic, but nothing can quite capture the real beauty of Malta, this is something you must experience in person, to feel and see for yourself. Those who have been, know what I mean :)

  6. louise Reply

    I am Maltese. We love travelling but when we are back home we always count our blessings, living on a lovely, relatively serene Island with so much to offer to the tourist with regards History. The Maltese are very friendly. Very safe place. Wonderful Sun and Sea.

  7. Tony C. Cutajar Reply

    You have to see for yourself the natural beauty of Malta as well as its historic remains and the grandeur of the capital city of Valletta, especially the Cathedral of St. John built and adorned by the Knights of Malta. Don’t miss the Grand Master’s Palace where the President has his office.

  8. Marlene (Cutajar) Lo Presti Reply

    My 2 sons and I were there Sept/Oct 2011. We were in awe from the moment we flew over the majestic rock, having no idea of all the history she holds.

    My sons were mesmerised by the beauty of the architecture, engrossed by all the history and the beauty of the beaches, but most of all, the people and their lifestyle and their warm hearts.

    Visiting Malta is an education that has to be experienced by one’s self and not in any magazine, brochure or class room.

    Malta/Gozo/Comino we love you!!!!!

  9. Gozo-Bookings.com Reply

    Malta and Gozo are definitely top spot European holiday destinations with the island’s ancient history to explore and marvelous places to visit! Fantastic article indeed.

    • Miruna Reply

      Thanks, it’s very nice of you to say that. Malta is definitely something to behold.

  10. Marius Reply

    Great article, Miruna!
    I’ve moved to Malta a year ago, and still in love with it. It’s a beautiful and safe place. Was a bit difficult with my daughter (she is a teenager), but after a few months she told me: dad, you made the perfect choice.

    • Miruna Corneanu Reply

      Hi Marius,
      I’m glad to hear that you and your teenage daughter have found a home there. Malta is indeed a special place full of culture and picturesque places.

  11. Smichel Reply

    I heard the place Malta before but I wasn’t caught on it. Now that I have seen this pretty pictures I think it’s a beautiful place. Nice article, thanks!

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