Malta has been described as the Mediterranean’s ‘best kept secret’ and offers a plethora of opportunities for overseas property investors.
In 2018, the capital Valletta was crowned 2018’s capital of culture, however there is far more on offer than simply this city. Malta boasts one of the world’s best climates, with over 300 days of sunshine per year. This marks it out as a prime destination for tourists at all times of year. Malta’s variety of megalithic temples, beaches and historic cities mean that there is something which appeals to almost everyone.
The hilltop city of Mdina, once the country’s capital, holds a strong appeal for those fond of history, having been founded in the 8th century BC. It holds mosaic pavements which have been preserved from the Roman era at the Domvs Romana. This is a ruined Roman era house that has been open to the public since 1882. Noble families lived in the home in the Maltese middle ages.
Rabat also offers an insight into Maltese island life, home to 11,000 residents. The picturesque area is colourful and quaint, with bright wooden shutters.
Moving on from Rabat, Marsalaxlokk is a traditional fishing village in the south eastern region. Colourful fishing boats are easily spotted floating in the ocean, yet its appeal does not end there. There is an open market held every Sunday which offers locally-produced items such as honey, jams, sweets and wine.
Malta is also home to Hagar Qim, Mnajdra and Tarxien, three of the world’s oldest freestanding structures. They are prehistoric temples, dating back to between 3600 BC and 700 BC. The temples pre-date the Egyptian periods. Malta’s ancient history is frequently forgotten amidst the wonders of Rome and Athens, however it boasts an exciting past that is still very much alive today.
A mere two kilometres away is Malta’s blue Grotto. While the famous Azure Window has since collapsed, bioluminescent water surrounds an ancient rock formation in the Grotto, marking it as an equally exciting site. The Grotto is composed of seven caves and can be explored by a licensed boat which departs from the harbor, which can be found within a small inlet of cliffs in the seaside village of Wied iż-Żurrieq.
While there are many sites to see, Malta is relatively compact and can be covered in just a few days, However, for many people, the island holds enough excitement for a long term stay. The ideal climate means that it is perfect for expats escaping for some winter sun.