Rent a house or a Room in Gozo, Malta
Is Living in Malta different from renting a house and staying in Gozo. Well yes and No. It depends what you are looking for. The two Islands are practically the same in their topography, language, customs, history and climate. If you prefer the hussle and bustle of the larger cities, then Malta is for you. Malta is much larger than Gozo and more densely populated. , (consult Map) for example has a population equal to that of the whole of Gozo. In Malta there is more commerce, more luxury, better shopping and nightlife, larger villas for letting, more 5-star hotels and language schools but much more traffic and pollution. Speaking for myself I prefer living in Gozo rather than in Malta.
Valletta, the capital city of Malta is today a World Heritage site, a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen (Benjamin Disraeli, Britain's Prime Minister). A veritable monument bequeathed by the Knights of St John to the Maltese nation nearly five centuries ago.
The city is today one of Malta’s main tourist attractions. It is enough to pay a visit to the magnificent St John’s Co-Cathedral. Admire the imposing fortifications and step into the interesting museums and savour the priceless treasured paintings by the great masters, like Caravaggio.
Valletta Auberge de Castille The National Museum of Archaeology houses collections of pottery, sculpture, statuettes, stone implements and personal ornaments recovered from the megalithic temples of the Hypogeum and Hagar Qim while the Palace of the Grand Masters, completed in 1574 contains portraits of the Grand Masters of the Order and European monarchs, interesting antique furniture and other works of art.
The Armoury is another intriguing Museum in Valletta where one may delve into the history of weapons of war and armour all through the various periods of Maltese History.
From the Upper Barrakka Gardens one can admire the stunning view of the Grand Harbour and the imposing bastions as well as the forts guarding the 3 Cities across the water. The Grand Harbour is the most beautiful natural deep-water port in the Mediterranean.
This is exactly what I said to myself as we entered the Grand Harbour on returning from a Cruise in Northern Europe two years ago. The cruise liner sailed up through the picturesque Kiel Canal and berthed in the vast ports of Estonia, St. PetersBurg, Helsinki and Sweden, not to mention Dover the port of Departure and Arrival, but none was as strikingly beautiful as the Valletta Grand Harbour.
Valletta Malta, baroque auberges and palaces In the mornings the city bustles with activity owing to its being the Island's main commercial and financial centre. The city also houses several hotels, the Seat of Government, several beautiful Churches, Auberges and Palaces which are all well worth a visit.
Auberge de Castille, Office of the Prime Minister.
A bustling open-air flea market in Merchants Street and the quaint Cafes and wine bars on every corner contribute to give Valletta a typical Maltese ambience. Do not miss a couple of maltese "pastizzi" with your morning cup of coffee. They are delicious pies and come either with rikotta or with green pea filling
After 7 when many of the shops close for the day, the City quietens down considerably and it is a joy and a great opportunity to stroll along the streets and admire the majestic buildings and the quaint characteristics of the town totally undisturbed.
Years ago in the 60's, Republic Street, then Kingsway used to take on a festive air and was bubbling with activity. Kingsway was the venue for all kinds of activities. Many sailors in their white uniforms and other military personnel used to frequent the wine bars and pubs when their ships berthed in the Grand Harbour.
Hundreds of people used to stroll casually up and down the upper part of Republic Street, from the Wembley to Palace Square talking, gesticulating and laughing.
Living in Malta - - Meanwhile the open-air cafes at Piazza Regina were in full swing their tables fully occupied and with live music almost every evening. When we young boys first started working in Malta, we used to rent a flat in Valletta or Floriana dividing the rent among us. Although we were away from home one week at a time, it was fun for us too. Valletta centre all lighted up in the evenings, had a festive air which to us budding youths was something completely different from Gozo. Sometimes we had supper at a restaurant, and then proceeded to watch a film in one of the Cinemas.
Then in the 70's things began to change. People started going to Sliema for an evening out. It was bigger, more open and more trendy and the "il Belt" (Maltese for 'the City) lost its popularity as an evening venue. Long ago the same thing happened to Mdina. It was the Capital city of Malta but lost its importance when the Knights moved their headquarters to Valletta.
However the Valletta Waterfront has for the last 5 years or so been trying to re-capture the long-lost clientele back to old City. The grand stores which date back to the time of Grand Master Pinto and De Vilhena have been superbly restored and redeployed as retail outlets, souvenir and gift-shops, restaurants and wine-bars. Indeed it is very relaxing sitting and having a glass of wine at the tables on the Water Front while admiring the view of the Grand Harbour.
The Valletta Water Front is another gateway to the Capital and more than half a million tourists disembark at the cruise liner terminal every year and make their way into the City for a short sight-seeing visit.
So impressive it is that many of the tourists make it a point to come again to Malta for a longer stay.
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View of the Grand Harbour, Valletta.
It is indeed grand since there is none like it in all Europe.
I heard a captain of a Cruise Liner stating on TV that he feels proud every time that he sails his ship into the Valletta Grand Harbour.
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