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Malta & St. Julians

 

The Maltese archipelago consists of three main islands which, in descending order of size, are: Malta, Gozo and Comino. Most of the nation’s population of 450,000 live in Malta itself, while the greener sister island of Gozo is home to a much smaller community; many of whom commute to the main island via the Gozo ferry. Comino and a scattering of other islets are uninhabited. In general, the terrain consists of gentle hills and valleys with lots of great panoramic viewpoints. Along the coast you’ll find plenty of sandy beaches and stunning limestone cliffs.

Saint Julian's is a town in the Central Region of Malta. It is situated along the coast, north of the country's capital, Valletta. The population of St. Julian's is 10.232 people as of March 2014. The Portomaso Business Tower, which is the tallest skyscraper in Malta, is located there. Up till the nineteenth and early twentieth century, St. Julian's was a very peaceful coastal town for its Latin Architecture such as the Spinola Palaca and beautiful greenery. Moreover, Spinola bay was characterized by its fisherman and farmers dwelling the countryside. Todays St. Julian's is a city with a lot of tourism and many nice bars, restaurants and little shops.

10 Must-Dos
Here are 10 things you must do to get a taste of Malta.

1. Visit the St. John's Co-Cathedral
It is a Roman Catholic co-cathedral in Valletta dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. It was built by the Order of St. John between 1572 and 1577. the church was designed by the Maltese architect Girolamo Cessar, who designed several of themore prominent buildings in Valletta. The church is considered te be one of the finest examples of high Baroque architecture in Europe and one of the world's greatest cathedrals.

2. Visit Valletta
Valletta is Malta's capital city squeezed in less than one square of kilometre of space. From the rich St. John's Co-Cathedral to the pristine 300 year old Manoel Theatre, restaurants, arts, monuments, traditional balconies, shops and malls, museums, forts and bastions, flea markets... Valletta has got it all.

3. Valletta fortifications walk
Walk a circuit around the edge of the city on top of the walls looking down the two harbours that flank the capital. The walk is circular so you can start anywhere, but the recommendation is to start at City Gate, the main entrance of the city.

4. Grand Harbour boat tour
The Grand Harbour, also known as the Port of Valletta, is a natural harbour and the heart of Malta's history. Water taxis, leaving from Customs House (next to Valletta Waterfront), will take you on a short tour.

5. Malta at War Museum
This is not only a museum about Malta's Second World War but it also offers tours of the vast World War Two shelter below ground.

6. Visit Mdina
Mdina is a city distinctive by its narrow winding streets , heltered by imposing walls of nobles houses. It also offers the best views of Malta.

7. Diving
Malta has some of the best diving spots in the Mediterranean, 50.000 people a year come to this country to dive. There are dive centres all over the island offering everything from beginners' courses to equipment hiring for experienced divers. Diving in Malta is about extraordinary underwater landscapes and wrecks.

8. Visiting the island Gozo
Gozo is a smal island of the Maltese archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. Compared to its southeastern neighbour, Malta, Gogo is more rural and known for its scenic hills, which are featured on its coat of arms.

9. The Megalithic Tempels of Malta 
These several prehistoric temples, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, built during three distinct time periods approximately between 3600 BC and 700 BC on the island country of Malta. They have been claimed as the oldest free-standing structures on Earth.

10. Comino and the Blue Lagoon
Comino is a miniscule island half way between Malta and Gozo. In an area of just over a square mile, it packs a day's pleasurable walk complete with a charming little, chapel, picturesque castle and dramatic cliffs. The latter's turqoise waters must be the best spot for swimming and snorkling anywhere in the Mediterrean.