Malta

Malta pictures. A tiny island country in the Mediterranean with a population of 400.000 people, and a culture that is a mixture of Arabic, British and Italian influences.

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Valletta

Valletta, Malta's capital

Old Bedford bus, customized to the owner's taste, but serving as part of Maltese public transport

Faded

Statues of saints often adorn Malta's corners, believed to protect locals from harm

Many public buses in Malta feature hand-painted labels, blessings ('God bless us all') and mottos

Fort Saint Elmo, a fortification in Valletta previously protecting the island from invaders.

Family

Mom and baby

Fort St Elmo

Wings (on a Maltese bus)

Watching the world from a bench in downtown Valletta

Entering a residential building on Republic Street (Triq Ir-Repubblika)

Many Maltese buses are owned by their drivers, and customising the interiors is very common, often including religious (Christian) items (the Order of St John had its seat on the island for centuries, and the Military Order of Malta is still a prominent international charity organisation)

A Valletta lighthouse by St Elmo

Mailboxes in a crumbling but beautiful residential building

Illuminated Maria

Thoughts

A local

The Times (of Malta)

'Paradise', claims this bus at Valletta's bus station

Passengers - sadly streets are often narrow, steep and bad quality, so travelling by bus in Malta can be a shaky experience

The British ruled the island from 1800 for more than 150 years, which has left a lasting legacy: signs are in English (even in remote areas), most people speak English (as well as the local, Arabic-based Maltese language) and there are many 'British' things, like these red phone boxes

Saint with a dog

The Valletta seaside with one of its steep alleys

A former shop?

Shadows

Many streets in Valletta have a San Francisco-like steepness

The bus station (essentially a multi-lane roundabout) just outside Valletta is a wonderful spot to watch all sorts of vintage (and less vintage) buses wooshing past

Colourful balconies are a common feature of Malta's residential buildings - they were apparently built so women who stayed at home could watch what was going on in the street. This building had a tad too many of them.

'Welcome aboard - good luck!' - the Maltese bus experience

Dingli

The uninhabited island of Filfla off the coast of Dingli

The 100m high 'lower' cliffs of Dingli (there's a terrace - filled with farms and shacks - between the lower and higher cliffs, which can be seen below)

On top of Dingli's cliffs on the western coast of Malta

Watcher

Narrow headland with a dirt track running along it

Dingli's a popular spot for tourists, though the bad quality of the roads means it's easier to get around in a sturdier vehicle (though we recommend renting a bicycle)

Dingli

On the road on the Triq Panoramika (Panoramic Road)

The Dingli coastline

Sliema

Customised Maltese bus

Vintage bus

Cacti and flowers in a mini balcony garden

Casa Roma Flats - giving a house such a name would be a cheap marketing stunt in most countries, but Malta's proximity to Italy and the countries' often shared history could actually explain the name

An interesting dog

Typical Maltese house with a typical 'Maltese balcony'

Jesus saves

The capital, Valletta, as seen from Sliema across the bay

Maria - a lot of houses have such religious symbols next to their gates

Sliema seaside

A street in Sliema

Going for a swim in the icy waters of a Maltese winter (temperatures ranging between 10 and 20 degrees)

Valletta

Xghajra

In the nondescript seaside village of Xghajra

By the sea

The Mediterranean Sea

Road across the barren landscape leading to Marsaskala

Vittoriosa

A sunny winter afternoon in Vittoriosa

Senglea, part of the fortified Three Cities complex across the bay from Valletta

Houses in Vittoriosa

Counting the days - the former Inquisitor's Palace is now a museum where one can visit the cells where people were imprisoned (usually briefly though) for various things that the Church considered a crime

Old lady

Bighi Hospital, where many wounded soldiers were tended to

Other

The colourful fishing boats of Marsaskala

Marsaskala harbour

Traditional Maltese produce

The beautifully preserved (and nearly car-free) streets of the medieval walled city of Mdina

Locals

Swings

View over Malta from the hilltop town of Rabat

Marsa

Animal Welfare car in an industrial satellite town of Malta

Football pitch near an education centre mostly attended by African refugees


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