The West Coast of Malta

photo by Anne Pflug
A beautiful swimming spot on the west coast

You can see that the west coast of Malta is less populous and less built up that the east coast, where important cities and towns with marinas and beaches dot the area.  Here, on the other side, you see a view of Malta that is not so crowded.  Because of this, tourists who are looking to get away from it all tend to head in this direction.  This swimming hole can be reached after long driving and many ups and downs in the hilly terrain.  If I had taken the photo further back, you would see the many steps one has to take to reach this sweet spot. Beautiful, cool Mediterranean Sea especially enjoyable on a hot day. Put yourself here and relax!!

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The Maltese Language

photo by Anne Pflug
Psalm 23 in Maltese

Whenever I say that I am Maltese, one of the next questions is usually: Is that Italian?  Do you speak Italian in Malta? or something similar.

Although Malta is very close to Italy, in the middle of the Mediterranean, it has a unique language of its own.  In fact, Maltese is an Arabic dialect which uses the Roman alphabet. It is also the only Semitic language to be officially recognized in the European Union.

Above are the first two stanzas of Psalm 23 in Maltese (The Lord is my shepherd).

Actually, Malta has two official  languages.  One is, of course, Maltese but the other is English.  It is the only island in the Mediterranean that has English an an official language.

Now you know.

 

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Scuba Divers at the Blue Grotto

photo by Anne Pflug
Scuba divers getting ready to dive

 

Still on the rocky west coast of Malta, divers congregate to explore the underwater beauty of The Blue Grotto.  As I am not a diver, I am unable to describe the underwater scenery but I did speak to some divers, just returning from their dive, and they were very impressed with the beauty of the surroundings.

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A Rocky Coast

photo by Anne Pflug
Malta’s western coast is very rocky

Traveling on the west coast of Malta is a complete change of vistas.  First of all, it is not well populated. Second, it is extremely rocky; possibly  why it is not too crowded.

Driving on the few roads on this side of the island takes one to exotic views of ancient rock formations.  This side of the island is also where the Blue Grotto is located. The few roads here are also very hilly and one needs a good map to find specific places as there are not too many signs.

However, it is definitely worth visiting here.  It is truly beautiful!

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The Seven Story Street

photo by Anne Pflug
Amazing, this street goes down seven stories.

Malta, the country where I was born, tends to be very hilly in some places. Case in point.  The last time I was there, I spent time in a hotel  in Mellieha. The Preluna Hotel and Spa occupied seven stories and all of them went out to the street. The street itself is made up of steps, seven stories worth and all the  floors had an exit to the street. It had swimming pools on three levels, all street-side. At first it was very confusing and hard to imagine. Once we got used to it, it had advantages.  No matter what floor you were on, you can walk out to the street on that level.  This is not the only hilly street in Malta; the capital city, Valletta, a;so has its share.  Walking around town becomes an exhausting experience.

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A Rare Sandy Beach

photo by Anne Pflug
one of the few sandy beaches in Malta

Malta is a very rocky island and most of the beaches there are quite rocky.  However, in Mellieha, I found a beautiful sandy beach, easy to walk on.  It reminded me of the beaches back home.  It was more enjoyable to set a blanket on the sand and relax there.  Spending a day here is pure heaven.

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