Malta is a paradise for lovers of architectural masterpieces. This island nation, washed by the waters of the Mediterranean, has seen many conquerors throughout its history. Being at the junction of two civilizations, Malta has long been the heart of the sea routes between Europe and Africa. It was colonized by the Phoenicians, captured by the Greeks, and then intercepted by the Romans, the Carthaginians, the Arabs and even the Normans. Here Spaniards and Byzantines managed to visit – all this played a role in shaping the unique architectural appearance of the Maltese cities.
Rent a car in Malta
If you plan a full tour of Malta, you should book a car in advance. More than 90% of roads in the country are covered with excellent asphalt, cities are located at short distances from each other, all routes are free. The exception is the city of Vallet – to enter the rental car will have to pay, and the rule applies only to the historical part. However, it is better to rent cars for other cities – here the streets are mostly pedestrian and extremely narrow.
Hiring a car, you can go to Mdina, included in the UNESCO list. If the idea to rent a car does not seem interesting, you can get a scooter. However, at a cost it will cost as a full-fledged rental car, and there are practically no traffic jams in the country, so the movement will not be limited by anything.
What to see in Malta
The sights of Malta are lost among the narrow streets that preserve the atmosphere of antiquity. Despite the tourist attraction, Malta did not become one continuous attraction. Most of the population is still Maltese, and in some cities there are streets that can accommodate a maximum of two people.
The Palace of the Grand Master of Malta
Malta was not spared by a wave of crusades – a palace was built for the ruler of the Knights of Malta, or as they were called hospitallers. The name does not end there – many people know their johannites. Today, the palace of the Grand Masters of the Order has been preserved well, but apparently it is unattractive. The rough architecture of the palace is formed from the facade with two simple galleries and unremarkable columns at the entrance.
The most interesting things are hidden inside the palace: during its visit, tourists can see all the magnificence of the Baroque. Skillfully executed sculptures are replaced by luxurious bas-reliefs, all this stands out in contrast to the background of magnificent mosaic floors. The ceilings are decorated with paintings – this is the work of talented Italian masters of the time. Attention also deserves the Armory, which stores exhibits from different eras, collected all over the world.