need info on Malta for trip in Nov.

Old May 23rd, 2003, 07:24 AM
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need info on Malta for trip in Nov.

My husband and I will travel to Malta in Nov. of this year. We will stay at the Westin Resort. What info can you share. We love to scuba dive. How is the diving there?

Any and all info is helpful.

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Old Jun 5th, 2003, 12:25 PM
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I need some assistance. Can someone please let me know something.
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Old Jun 5th, 2003, 12:41 PM
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I visited Malta for some walking last March. Malta and Gozo have many interesting architecture, and nice walking routes-the Tourist Info issues 5 brochures for the details on walks.

I didn't try diving, but I have heard it is one of the best places for diving in Mediterran.

Useful web sites:
VisitMalta.com
Aboutmalta.com
Maltaweather.com
Maltatransport.com
Searchmalta.com

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Old Jun 5th, 2003, 12:48 PM
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He is some info for you:

Malta's odd position - near major Mediterranean shipping routes yet out of the way - has resulted in long stretches of isolation punctuated with often violent episodes of foreign intrusion. The island's oldest legacy is the megalithic temples that date from as far back as 3800 BC. The Phoenicians colonised the islands around 800 BC and stayed for about 600 years. The Romans made Malta part of their empire in 208 BC.

Apart from Ulysses' stay on Gozo (known as Calypso's Isle), the most famous visitor to the island was the apostle Paul, who was shipwrecked on Malta in 60 AD. Tradition has it that he converted the islanders to Christianity, although Biblical and scientific scholars now suggest he may have been wrecked on Kefallinía in Greece. Several hundred years of peaceful isolation followed, until Arabs from North Africa arrived in 870. The Arabs exerted a powerful influence on the Maltese, introducing citrus fruits and cotton and warping the language. Norman invaders from Sicily displaced the Arabs in 1090, and for the next 400 years Malta remained under Sicilian sway.

In 1530 the Emperor of Spain gave the islands to the Knights of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, in exchange for a rent of two Maltese falcons a year. The Knights, formed during the Crusades, were a dumping ground for those younger members of the European aristocracy who didn't stand to inherit property. They fortified the islands - just in time for an invasion of 30,000 Turks in 1565. The Turks laid siege to Malta for three months, but 700 knights and 8000 Maltese managed to hold them off. The knights were hailed as the saviours of Europe. For their pains they were awarded a newly designed and fortified city, Valletta.

With fame and power came corruption, and the knights turned to piracy. By the time Napoleon arrived in 1798, they were too enfeebled to put up a fight. It was the British who aided the Maltese in their fight against the French, and by 1814 Malta was a British colony. Britain turned Malta into a major naval base, making it an inviting target for the Axis during WWII. After a long blockade and five months of non-stop bombing raids, Malta was devastated.

Soon after the war, Malta began moving away from Britain and toward independence, achieving complete autonomy in 1964. By 1979, however, the government was signing agreements with Libya, the Soviet Union and North Korea, much to the chagrin of Britain and its allies. This flirtation with Communism ended with the victory of the Nationalist Party in 1987, which began leading Malta toward membership of the European Union (EU). The 1996 general election saw the Labour Party, led by Dr Alfred Sant, regain power on the promise that the country's application for EU membership would be withdrawn. In 1998, with the application suspended, Eddie Fenech Adami's Nationalist Party was returned to power. In recent decades, the Maltese have achieved considerable prosperity, thanks largely to tourism, but increasingly because of trade and light industries.

BTW-This came from the Lonely Planet Malta guide, which I highly recommend for your travels!

A fellow Fodorite named Howard is due back any day from Malta and will post a trip report that will probably answer many of your questions. For more info on his trip check out http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...avelbear&fid=2

Diving is some of the best in the Med, but November will be a bit chilly, bring a wet suit.
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There have been several recent discussions on Malta which you can find by doing a text search in the box above.

The Westin Dragonara in St. Julian's is a popular hotel on the island because of the casino, but the rooms have gotten mixed reviews.

There is some good diving on Gozo and even on Comino, although Comino is largely uninhabited and only has one hotel. There is also good diving at some of the bays such as St. George's.

IMO, Malta is one of those places that inspires very strong opinions--you either love it or hate it. You either think it is a charming island with a rich history and amazing architecture, or your view it as a big gray rock in the Mediterranean.

I enjoyed Malta very much and hope to go back. Hope you have a wonderful trip.
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Just back from Malta yesterday evening. (Travelbear - thanks for the plug!)

Just a couple of quick things now...more in a new post later.

We very much enjoyed our week in Malta, though I can see how it would not be everyone's favorite.

Assets - very nice people, good food, interesting sites to visit, great weather.

Debits - Not pretty in the conventional sense - brown landscape and brown buildings, however the bright blue skies makes this less significant. Also, bus system was fine up to a point (will explain in more detail later), but was kind of a hassle.

We did not dive, but talked to several who did, and they said it was great diving. Did not visit the Westin.



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