GET TO KNOW MALTA
The Southern European nation of Malta (official name: Republic of Malta) is an archipelago consisting the islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino. Situated in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is one of the world’s smallest nations with land area of just over 316 kilometres square. Due to its strategic location at the heart of the Mediterranean, Malta enjoys a subtropical-Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm and sunny summers.
Of the three islands, Malta is the largest and most populated one. It is also where the capital city, Valletta, is located. Gozo, much smaller than Malta, is known for its greener landscape and is largely populated by fishermen and agriculturists. With its renowned beauty of mythical proportions, Gozo is believed to be the legendary Calypso’s isle mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey. Nestled in the middle of its two sister islands is the tranquil Comino, the smallest of the three and is largely unpopulated. A snorkelling paradise, Comino is today a bird sanctuary and nature reserve.
马耳他 (Malta) 位于欧洲南部 (官方名称：马耳他共和国)，由马耳他群岛戈佐和科米诺组成。马耳他在地中海的中心，是世界上最小的国家之一，面积仅超过 316 平方公里。战略位置在地中海的心脏，温暖的冬季，而阳光夏天却呈现亚热带地中海气候。
三个岛屿中，马耳他占的土地面积和人口最大，并且处于首都瓦莱塔。戈佐岛 (Gozo) 比马耳他面积小，是著名的绿色景观，常住人口是渔民和农民，神话般的美丽。戈佐岛被认为是希腊史诗《奥德赛》中描述的传说卡利普索岛。依偎在这两个姊妹岛中间是宁静的科米诺 (Comino)，浮潜天堂科米诺岛目前是鸟类和自然保护区。
Heritage & History
The winding streets of Malta and its ancient islands hold secrets of the past with innumerable megaliths, medieval dungeons and picturesque towns and villages. Its Renaissance cathedrals and Baroque palaces are some of the best in the world.
From the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Megalithic Temples that include Ggantija, the world’s oldest freestanding temple, to the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, the ancient subterranean structures that was used for burial purposes by temple builders, Malta is steeped in ancient culture and heritage that give the island nation its mythical allure.
The capital city of Valletta itself is a museum of sorts, with the streets and structures dating back to the days of the ancient civilisations. With a rich history of over 7,000 years, Malta holds a deep treasure trove of cultural masterpieces in the museums, palaces and temples that adorn the islands.
联合国教科文组织世界遗产 – Ggantija 巨石神庙，是世界上最古老独立式寺庙。在马耳他，古老的地下结构和作为墓陵用途的寺庙建筑，令人沉浸于古老文化和遗产，也为这个神秘岛国增添吸引力。
首都瓦莱塔本身是一个巨型博物馆，各式街道和建筑可以追溯到古文明。具有丰富超过 7000 年历史，马耳他是集博物馆深刻文化宝库、宫殿和庙宇于一身的岛屿。
Malta’s amazing coastline is one of the most magnificent with its crystal blue waters and impossible rock formations that dot the sea, adding all the more to Malta’s stature as the perfect holiday destination. Of the numerous rock formations is the Azure Window – a natural arch in the island of Gozo. This table-like rock formation over the sea provides some of the most stunning views in Malta.
The Maltese coastal waters as a whole are safe for swimming. Protected from the heavy tides is the picturesque Blue Lagoon of Comino. This beautiful sandy bay is rich with marine life and is a popular spot among divers, snorkelers and swimmers.
Just as any popular beach holiday location, Malta is also packed with exciting beachfront activities such as paragliding, windsurfing, wakeboarding, water skiing and scuba diving that are enjoyed by locals and tourists. Kick back your heels and explore the amazing Malta from up in the sky or deep under the sea!
Images courtesy of Jennifer Lim