Category: Maltese History

Carnival, A 600-year Maltese Tradition

The Maltese people celebrate Carnival for 5 days leading up to Lent.  It is a time for silliness, dressing up, and colorful floats.  Adults and children fill the streets wearing masks and brightly colored costumes to celebrate this annual event. Parade winding through streets The tradition has references dating back 6 centuries. It became more […]

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The Ultimate Bucket List: Malta

There are many things to do when in Malta. Here are a few things that you definitely don’t want to miss!   1. Spend a day on Gozo. We highly recommend going on a jeep tour. You’ll see the most beautiful natural sights and shades of blue water on the small island. 2. Take a […]

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The Three Cities of Malta

We have introduced and mentioned the Three Cities on different occasions throughout our blog, talking about the history of Malta. In this post, we are going to dive deeper into the southern part of Malta. The cities are Senglea (L-Isla), Cospicua (Bormla) & Vittoriosa (Il-Birgu). These cities connected with the Cottonera Lines, fortifications in Cospicua […]

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Traditions in Malta

Something that is very close to many people in Malta is tradition! There are a few traditional jobs that through time have become part of the Maltese identity. Ultimately these jobs became the Maltese traditions! Bizzilla (Lace) Il-Bizzilla (bitz-tzeella) is the Maltese word for lace. Lace has been part of the Maltese identity since the Knights […]

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Malta is full of history and beauty and attracts the interest of a variety of people. Malta offers a lot of museums due to its rich history as well as traditions and cultures. Any potential visitors find it hard to believe the variety of activities on the Island due to its size! Malta has plenty […]

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Modern Malta

A Timeline of Maltese History 5200BC- Pre History 900BC- Early Inhabitants 218BC- Roman Times 870- Under the Arabs 1090- Norman Rule 1530- Knights of St John 1798- French Occupation 1814- British Period 1964- Modern Malta As we have mentioned in previous posts, the Brits left a great influence on the Island since their departure. Here […]

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The Azure Window

The Azure Window (It-Tieqa Zerqa) is the most iconic and popular landmark of Gozo. It used to be a cave but due to sea erosion it became a 92ft natural arch. Past pictures show where an indication became an arch in the 19th century. It has become extremely popular since then. Known as the Dwejra Window, it […]

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What Gozo is Famous for

There are many aspects of Ghawdex that make it extra special. These include the eldest man-made structures like the Ggantija, the Calypso Cave, and its amazing fortress called Citadella. It has been inhabited since the Bronze Age and reconstructed completely in 1622. Gozo is famously known especially with Maltese people for their Carnival (Karnival) and Village feasts (il- Festa […]

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The Island of Gozo

Gozo, also known as Ghawdex (Aw-desh) in the past, had a population of roughly 37,342. The people are known as Gozitans (Ghawdxin—Aw-Tshin). Gozo is more rural than Malta and fishing and agriculture play a major role in the life of a Gozitan. Historically, Gozo and Malta are linked through time. Most of the nations who conquered […]

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