An archipelago located between the coast of North Africa and Sicily, Malta is a gem in itself with its epic historical sites that include fortress, temples, burial chambers, and more. If the mainstream is not where you tread, then hop on and as we take you around Malta to discover 5 of its best kept secrets. By Shubhanjana Das
1. Blata tal-Melh
A not-so-easy hiking route takes you to what will be one of the most unique landscapes you will have seen in your whole lifetime. Looking at Gozo in a distance and at cliffs on both its sides and the promontory of Ras Ir-Raheb up above — this place is a diver’s paradise. While the nature of this mysterious yet bountiful site is still ambiguous, it has spewed out some precious artefacts in the past. The depths of the waters are inhabited by tuna and shark and when the sea permits, the salt crystallises, adding another interesting dimension to this site.
2. Victoria Lines
One of the most important historic fortresses in Malta, the Victoria Lines is the island’s very own ‘Great Wall of China‘, except that this one runs from coast to coast for a distance of about 12 kms. Even though only three of the four fortresses remain after having negotiated time and weather’s wear and tear, you can still walk a partial distance to experience Malta’s colonial past and also for some of the most scenic and breathtaking views of Malta from up there.
3. View Filfla from the Dingli Cliffs
Views of the majestic and mysterious island of Filfla, the southernmost point of the archipelago, silhouetted against the setting sun far in the sea is perhaps one of the most majestic sights that you need to witness. This island, considered sacred to the Neolithic inhabitants of Malta may be off limits for visitors, but its view is no less worthy.
4. Il Hofra L-Kbira
It’s true that the most genuine hidden secrets are truly hidden in plain sight, and that is why they reveal themselves only to the true explorer. This rugged beach is one of the most unusual anchorages that leads to the ocean and with the water’s depth just about ideal for bathing, it is a win-win revelation for a hot summer day. The beach has a cave-like area that can be spotted once you stroll down and is perfect for an after-bath relaxing sesh. With great holding spots for boats and yachts, IlHofra L-Kbira serves way many purposes as compared to its size and popularity.
5. Ruins of Fort Campbell
It can’t be that you come to Malta and not visit one of the many iconic ruins that are remnants of its colonial past. Fort Campbell is one such historic site, which commands views over both Millieha and St. Paul’s bay. It is believed that Fort Campbell was the British’s last constructed fort in Malta during the time when the world was at the threat of war for the second time. Since aviation was taking ground back in the time, the fort was built so as to merge with the surrounding topography to fool enemy jets. You are unlikely to find anyone in this ruined fort except for a bunch of curious and enthusiastic historians, perhaps.