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Photo: Magnus Glans

Quick guide to Malta

Three beautiful Maltese islands to explore but not enough time? Here are the five short cuts to the ultimate Malta experience – and yes, you will get fantastic local food, great Maltese wine, an historic temple, a dip in a blue lagoon and souvenirs to bring back home.

See one of the worlds’ oldest temples

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If you have to choose one historical sight to see while in Malta this is it: The Ggantija temples and heritage park in Xaghra village is the oldest free-standing temple in the world. The Ggantija megalithic temple complex is one of the oldest and historically significant man-made structures on Earth – older than the pyramids of Egypt! The Ġgantija temples were built during the Neolithic period (c. 3600–2500 BCE), making them more than 5,500 years old. They were built before  metal was had been introduced, so the temples are made of limestone. The Megalithic Temples of Malta were awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1980, so give it an hour of your time.

Triq John Otto Bayer, Ix-Xagħra 2161, Malta

Taste traditional delicatessen

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Diar Il-Bniet, one of Malta’s best traditional restaurants offers a fresh blend of the old and the charming, the traditional and the genuine, the trendy and the cool. The motto of this family run treasure is “directly from farm to table” and the recipies have been in the family for generations.

Don’t miss the vegetable soup served with a fresh cheeselet and make sure you taste their own wines. With Marrakesh-inspired floor tiles, industrial lamps, concrete walls and robust wooden details, the place could well be a stylishly designed New York restaurant. Instead it’s on the quiet Main Street of Ħad-Dingli.

Main Street, Ħad-Dingli, Malta
diarilbniet.com

Shop for local souvenirs

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Savina is a haven for anyone looking for souvenirs and gifts to bring home. Not only do you get to taste all goods before buying them, you also learn how they are made. Savina was founded 100 years ago by the Magro Brothers who had a passion for taste and became the leading food processor in Malta, with influences from the Arabic, British, French and Italian heritage. Check out the handcrafted lace items, carvings in limestone, knitted scarves and sweaters, aromatic candles, chocolates spiced with sea salt or chilli, fresh cheeses, flavoured sea salts, virgin olive oils, honey, prickly pear fruit jam.

Triq-l-Ghassara, Xewkija, Gozo
savina.com.mt

… and swim in paradise

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If you have ever dreamt of swimming in a blue lagoon, this is your chance! Take a boat from Cirkewwa harbor (only runs between June and September) to spend the afternoon on the sister island Comino and swim in the crystal-clear turquoise water of the Blue Lagoon. Don’t expect a sandy beach, or any kind of privacy, but the sea more than makes up for it. If you get hungry there are plenty of little food stands to choose from.

If you get sick of the crowd you can go trekking around the island (a 2.5-3 hour hike) and see the watch tower from the film The Count of Monte Cristo.  

 

Text: Sofia Zetterman

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