Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
The Ħal-Saflieni Hypogeum was discovered as an underground complex of halls, chambers and frescoed passageways near the town of Paola around 3600 BC. built. The temple complex, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was only discovered by chance in 1902. It is a treasure trove of pottery, jewelry and wall paintings from the Stone and Bronze Ages. It is believed that the entire temple complex of the Hypogeum was built using stone and bone implements. Only a limited number of visitors are allowed. You can book a guided tour well in advance at www.heritapainteda.org.
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Chagar Qim and Mnajdra
The temple complexes of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra, only 500 m apart, are located on the south coast of Malta. Like the megalithic temples of Malta, they are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The approximately 2800 B.C. Ħaġar Qim Temple, built around 1000 BC, is a winding limestone complex enclosed by a wall. The temple complex Mnajdra was already 3350 BC. Built on a rocky outcrop in a cliff. It is one of the most beautiful megalithic temples on the island.
Temple of Tarxien
The Tarxien Temples are one of the main attractions in Malta and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a place of worship and the largest temple complex on the island. It has four individual temples in a row that were discovered in 1914. Many reliefs, animal images and the huge statue of a mother goddess, as a symbol of fertility, can be seen in the Tarxien temple complex. A visit to the Stone Age complex is possible daily until 5:00 p.m.
Ta’Qali handicraft village
The workshops of the arts and crafts village of Ta’Qali in the center of Malta are located in former aircraft hangars. In the halls, guests can watch the potters, carvers, blacksmiths and glassblowers at work. Somewhat apart from the big demonstrations, for example, carpenters produce individually made products for their local customers. Ta’Qali’s shops offer many unique handicraft items in addition to commercially produced goods. The craft village is open daily until evening and can be easily reached by bus from Valletta.
Weaving and pottery, glassware, dolls, copper and brass items, gold and silver filigree, handmade lace. Opening hours of the shops: I. General Mon-Sat 09.00-13.00 and 16.00-19.00.
There are several nightclubs. Roulette, Baccarat, Blackjack and Boules can be played at the palatial Dragonara Casino in St Julian’s or the Casino de Venezia in Vittoriosa. The Manoel Theater is one of the oldest theaters in Europe. English and American films are often shown in cinemas.
There is a large selection of restaurants and cafes. Local dishes include lampuki pie, bragoli and fenek (rabbit stewed in wine). Pork and fish dishes are recommended, and the vegetables are also excellent. Drinks: The Maltese beer is excellent; there is also imported beer from abroad. Local wine is inexpensive and the selection is good. The sweet and sour and very refreshing lemonade Kinni is a typical Maltese non-alcoholic drink. Bars, restaurants and cafes are usually open from 09:00-01:00 and later, although alcohol can only be bought until 01:00. Most hotel bars close between 1pm and 4pm and reopen in the evening.
Many hotels offer significant discounts off-peak. The Tourist Office can provide further information (see addresses). Hotel Classification: Hotels are classified into the Hotelstars Union star categories from one to five stars.
There are no campsites. Outdoor camping is not permitted.
Other accommodation options
There are five youth hostels in Malta (four in Malta, one in Gozo) of which at least two are always open. For more information, contact NSTS, 220 St. Paul Street, MT-Valletta VLT 07 (tel: 25 58 80 00. Internet: www.nsts.org). Written reservations in English.
Catholics (98%); protestant minority.
Social Rules of Conduct
The usual European politeness is expected. Maltese are extremely hospitable. Shoulders and legs should be covered when visiting a church. Smoking is prohibited in public transport, cinemas, discos, hotels and restaurants. Tip: If the tip is not already included in the hotel or restaurant bill, 5-10% is expected, which the guest leaves on the table. Taxi drivers are given 10% of the fare.
Best travel time
Mediterranean climate. Hot summer temperatures, especially from July to September. Cool sea breezes moderate the climate. There are only short rainy periods, mainly in the months of December – March. Mostly mild winters. Hot winds blowing in from the African continent can cause spring and autumn temperatures to rise in Malta. The best travel time begins in late spring and ends in late autumn.
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441,543 (Source: homosociety)
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