One of our favorite places in the world is Malta and we discovered it by accident.  We were in Austria in October, and it was freezing!  Our plan had been to go to Italy but all the flights were expensive and the train ride was really long.  To top it off, I was on the 10th day of a horrible cold that would not go away.  Rich was searching every flight he could to find 5 affordable tickets from Salzburg to Rome.

He came across a really cheap flight to Rome through Malta.  We didn’t know anything about Malta but it was cheaper to fly to Malta, stay a a few days and then fly onto Rome, than to buy a one way ticket from Salzburg to Rome.  So we thought, why not?  It ended up being a great decision and we fell so in love with Malta that we ended up staying 3 weeks.

Azure Window, Near Dwejra Bay on the Inland Sea

Azure Window, Malta

The Azure Window can be seen in the background of Daenerys and Khal Drogo’s wedding in Game of Thrones

Boat houses on the Inland Sea, Gozo

Boat Houses on the Inland Sea

Dwejra Tower, Gozo

A watchtower built by the Knights of Malta, who controlled Malta from 1530-1798.  Malta has occupied a strategic location in the Mediterranean for commerce and military operations since the time of the Phoenicians.  It’s been controlled at different times by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, French and British.

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Mgarr ix-Xini is a picturesque cove for swimming and snorkeling on the south coast of Gozo.

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Running off the end of the dock into the ocean at Mgarr ix-Xini.

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Malta and Gozo (the smaller of the two islands) is almost entirely terraced and farmed, with green fields overlooking the deep blue of the Mediterranean.

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The beach at Ramla Bay, with a reddish volcanic sand.  It is believed that Homer (writer of the Iliad and the Odyssey) spent time on Malta, and there is a cave above this beach that was the inspiration for the Calypso Cave.

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Malta is a kids’ paradise, with plenty of rocks to climb on, beaches to dig in and ice cream trucks to sample.  The Maltese people love families and were warm and accommodating to us.  It was an unexpected surprise to visit Malta, and we can’t wait to return!

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