The landscape in Malta
is typical of any Mediterranean island. With its rocky surface, huge cliff faces and rolling hills, it presents the onlooker with a wonderful backdrop. It is a tiny island that pans 19 miles by 7. With such a small surface area, towns and villages seem to blend together, and with a population of over 370,000 there are said to be around 3000 people per square kilometre.
There is not a huge amount of greenery but this is typical of the islands' location. Villages like Gharghur and Mosta are surrounded by valleys that are dry and arid during the summer months but prove to be greener later on in the year. What are really fascinating are the ancient rubble walls found almost everywhere that divide the rocky landscape and hills, built to protect the land from soil erosion.
The cliffs prove to be the most stunning landmarks of Malta and Gozo. Dingli Cliffs are the most popular, as some parts have heights of over 200 metres, the views will leave you breathless and are even more spectacular at sunset with an endless horizon of open water.
Ghajn Tuffieha and Golden Sands are two beaches in close proximity yet are divided by clay hills and farming land, they too reveal the essence of a timeless landscape. Agriculture is a primary industry, yet farmers can still be seen to be using traditional labour intensive methods, which add individuality to the overall picture.
There are many fishing villages like Marsascala that are built around small bays filled with traditional fishing boats, "luzzu's" that contribute to the intimate feel of the island. At a glance, Malta is full of diverse architecture that is blended together with the colours and sights of past and present, which gives the viewer a wonderful overall picture of life in the Mediterranean.
From a different perspective, Bugibba and Paceville are the two areas that cater for nightlife. Filled with clubs and bars there are enough venues to suit everyone. It all starts around 10pm and carries on until the early hours of the morning.