Malta | photoreport
To be honest, Malta was my European dream in terms of travel. It didn’t appeal to me to travel around Germany, France, etc., but I was attracted to this country like a magnet, despite the fact that the opinion of those who visited it was ambiguous. Surprisingly, I learned about Malta through football, although the level of development here is very far from the average European teams. I could name the FNL championship as an analogue from Russia. What is really remembered when dealing with Maltese football are the names of the players. One gets the impression that they are all taken from one small pool of surnames: Camilleri, Zammit, Attard, Caruana, Spiteri, Azzopardi. About a quarter of the population of Malta has these names and each of them has its own origin.
Our cruise ship went into the Florian neighborhood, which occupied a small part of the capital of Malta - Valletta.
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Malta, although it is considered a resort, is still not it: there are no adequate beaches and beautiful azure waters, and tourists sometimes swim literally in puddles between the stones. The beach picture from here does not show off on postcards from the best resorts in Europe, so tourists who want a typical beach holiday here have nothing to do.
The tourist infrastructure resembles Bulgaria without Golden Sands.
The only thing that catches your eye is architecture. You will not see this in any European city. The buildings carved from limestone and the majestic walls surrounding the capital of Malta - Valletta are simply unforgettable. Typical cities of Europe are recognizable immediately and it is very easy to confuse one with the other, but Malta is special in this regard. Well, look, where else will you find similar structures?
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Once on the shore, you immediately realize that people here are clearly not of a European standard of living: people build houses from improvised materials (mainly limestone) and try their best to escape from the widespread heat. The houses resemble caves carved in stone, with doors.
Yes, here are the standard cottages of locals living in the port
Here is our liner MSC Meraviglia. It turned out that we were the first passengers on this ship. He had just been launched and before our trip sailed a test route.
It’s very unusual to sail on a completely new airliner, where all things and objects are completely new. Of course, there is nothing to compare with us.
This is what the Florian district looks like, which has its own football team, which has long lost its status and has not won the local championship for a long time. During the day there is wild heat, and the yellow buildings add some kind of desert around, which burns even stronger and the heat becomes unbearable. Do not forget about hats when you go to Malta
Light yellow color prevails in Malta, because all the buildings are made of limestone - this is the most accessible material here, which is mined here on the island. No, of course there are buildings made of concrete and brick, which we are accustomed to, but mostly these are representative offices of foreign hotels.
We drive into the ancient Maltese city - Mdina. It is immediately obvious that its prototype is the city of Medina in Saudi Arabia.
The history of Malta is filled with "colors" worse than any other European country. Countless conquests, destruction, perestroika, transfer from one hand to another - all this constantly changed and left its imprints on architecture: here all sorts of mixes of styles - something was built by the Spaniards, something - by the Arabs or someone else.
So, in Mdina there are residents who literally live in a monument of architecture.
The only international stadium in Malta in the Ta-Qali resort area. The area is considered a place for picnics and relaxation of the Maltese.
One of the most famous buildings in Malta. During the war, the building was used for refuge and one of the bombs that fell inside did not explode and this event saved a lot of lives.
There are many such buildings in Malta, but the most famous one is all the same.