10 lush images show Malta looking greener than ever
When you think of the Maltese Islands it’s easy to imagine narrow streets, crystal clear seas and golden sandy beaches.
But there’s so much more to Malta and Gozo than that.
Malta’s Instagram-loving scenery is often overlooked, despite being just as beautiful to explore.
Gozo offers some of the most breathtaking sights, even in winter when the countryside turns a bright green colour.
Take a look at our gallery, below, and explore the beauty of the lush Maltese countryside in winter.
1. MGARR IX-XINI, GOZO
A beautiful spot for swimming and snorkeling, this once-secluded inlet was used by the invading Turks to load captive Gozitans onto their ships in the worst-ever raid on the island in 1551.
2. RIVIERA BAY
Riviera Bay is a twin beach to Golden Bay. It is a secluded beach and accessed only by a long flight of steps.
3. DINGLI CLIFFS
Dingli Cliffs are the highest point of the Maltese Islands with a tiny chapel perched on the edge to mark this fact. The spectacular sheer cliffs are 220 metres high in places.
4. FOMM IR-RIH, MGARR
Fomm Ir-Rih Bay in Malta is a pebbly, secluded beach on the western side of Malta, that is perfect for snorkelling. The beach is hard to get to but worth the effort.
5. MGARR IX-XINI TOWER, GOZO
6. XLENDI COAST, GOZO
Xlendi Tower is the oldest of the four surviving watchtowers on Gozo. It dates back to 1650 and was used as an observation post as recently as the Second World War.
7. RAMLA BAY
Ramla Bay lies between the villages of Xaghra and Nadur. You can reach it easily from the centre of Nadur and the 322 bus stops regularly at the beach. Ramla’s unique red sands make it stand out from all the other beaches in Malta and Gozo.
8. TA’ PINU SANCTUARY
The shrine to Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu was built between 1920 and 1931. It is an architectural masterpiece, especially inside with its superb sculptures in Maltese stone.
9. SAN ANTON GARDENS, ATTARD
San Anton Gardens in Attard have been open to the public since 1882 and were built by Grand Master Antoine de Paule next door to his summer residence. San Anton Palace is today the official residence of the President of Malta.
10. VICTORIA FROM THE CITADEL
Victoria is the capital of Gozo. The name was changed from Rabat to Victoria to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887. At the same time, the town was given city status within the British Empire.
Cover photo: Robert Muscat