Things you didn’t know about Malta

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Small but perfectly formed, the dazzling republic of Malta is Europe’s newest hot destination. With ancient history stretching back thousands of years, panoramic landscapes and one of the best diving scenes in Europe. So adjust your scuba tank, and dive into thirteen fascinating facts through pictures that you never knew about Malta!

Here they are:

1. Cultural Capital for 2018

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Valletta, along with all the localities of Malta and Gozo, was awarded the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture 2018 on 13th October 2012. The nomination presented by the Valletta Local Council, on behalf of all the localities of Malta and Gozo, was confirmed by an evaluation panel today, during a meeting in Valletta, where our country was awarded the title of European Capital of Culture 2018. This announcement was made during a press conference by Manfred Gaulhofer, Chairperson of the Evaluation Board. Mr. Gaulhofer said the board was convinced there was the necessary will, motivation and ambition in order to award the title to Valletta. 

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2. Island Living

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The Maltese archipelago, situated in the Mediterranean Sea, consists of mainly three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. The archipelago is named after Malta which is the largest island of the group. Malta is the smallest country of the European Union in the centre of the Mediterranean and enjoys sunny weather nearly all the year. Influenced in history by many cultures, it has enjoyed its independence since 1964. The Republic of Malta consists of Malta and its smaller sister Gozo and the tiny island of Comino. Malta is about 300 sq.km, Gozo is approximately 100 sq.km, and Comino covers only 2.5 km. Valletta, is the capital of Malta. Gozo is the second largest island, Gozo is quite different from Malta. Gozo is less industrialised, enchanting and quaintly attractive, Gozo can be reached from Malta by boat and by helicopter from the airport.

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3. Beautiful Ruins

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Malta have three sites considered world heritage by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), which is remarkable, since the archipelago is so small. This means you can see all of the properties even in a short visit to Malta. Malta UNESCO World Heritage sites are unique and offer a great cultural experience while knowing more about the country’s interesting historical background.

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4. Unique Flavors

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5. Home from home

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6. Local Traditions

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7. Watching the waves

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8. Mythical visitors

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9. Diver’s Paradise

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10. Smaller than you think!

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11. Cinematic landscapes

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12. Unspoilt Paradise

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13. New Music Scene

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