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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  1. I absolutely love this! Malta has been high up on my list for quite some time, and these photos are definitely adding more inspiration to visit. Thanks for sharing your “surprise” adventure to Malta!

  2. Love the vibrant colours in the photos 🙂 Gozo looks beautiful, and the Azure window is a real attention-grabbing sight. Malta is not a place I know an awful lot about, but everyone I know who has been there has been singing its praises, so it is a place I might have to consider!

  3. I’ve never been to Malta, but seem to be hearing a lot about it lately. If this is what it looks like, I can see why! Great pics!

  4. So glad you found this place by accident! It is a backdrop for Game of Thrones? I’m sold!

  5. My parents have always spoken very highly of Malta. I’m not far away in Italy so hopefully I can get there soon.

  6. Malta looks amazing! I would love to go there, I am a big fan of Game of Thrones, I’m sure I will enjoy it.
    Great pics!

  7. Isn’t fun when you discover something wonderful by accident. I’ve never been to Malta, but you’ve put it on my radar now. Thanks.

  8. I’ve never been to Malta but I’ve seen plenty of pictures from there lately. It looks beautiful and now I want to go too!

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  11. I’ve always wanted to visit Malta and it looks amazing especially during the off season, I would love to do this someday, perhaps in 2017

  12. I love that you discovered this place by accident — that’s so awesome. You never really know, right? That happened with me and a little village in Switzerland. Your photos are all really gorgeous too! I should definitely check out Malta…

  13. Malta has a very special place in my heart as my dad grew up there, and we have visited many times. I love that you discovered it accidentally, flights can be so quirky. I had not seen the points you picked out on the island, nice to see them through a creative lens.

  14. Congratulations! You shared the beautiful side of Malta w/o including Popeye’s Village. Really beautiful water and I love how few people there are.

  15. I certainly love the gorgeous island of Gozo, which you have captured to the utmost. Beautiful photos!

  16. I love how such a last minute change of plans turned into something great 🙂
    Your photos look stunning, and I’m a little annoyed I never got to visit Malta when I was still living in Europe.

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