Malta: A Cultural Destination to Behold

Many of us know Malta for its pristine beaches, natural wonders and exciting water sports but it is also an exquisite destination for cultural travel. Who would have known that the island actually hosts a grand fest for jazz music? If you happen to catch this even, you’d likely hear musicians play trumpets and other brass instruments in a totally unique way.

A top European destination for vacationers, the “Land of Honey” has a long history that dates back to almost 7,000 years. The country is located along the ancient maritime routes of the Mediterranean – a very strategic position that makes it very attractive to ancient powers. And because of this, a succession of powers and culture intersperse throughout Malta’s history – from Phoenicians to Romans to Greeks to Moors to Spanish to French to British.

But despite its ambiguous history, Malta has never lost its uniqueness and identity. The incursion of various cultural influences has even made the island more culturally vibrant – a charm that can only be found in this tiny Mediterranean island.

Small as it may be, Malta is home to a number of impressive heritage and cultural sites. Situated on the island of Malta and Gozo, the megalithic temples are a testament to the island’s ancient predecessors. The temples were constructed 1,000 years before Egypt’s ancient pyramids.

Valleta, the capital of Malta, is also recognized as a world heritage site. The city has an inextricable link to the Order of St. John of Jerusalem – a charitable and military order established after the Great Siege of 1565. They fortified this relatively small land and have filled it with stunning monuments, making it one of the densest historic sites in the world. The order named the city in honor of Grandmaster Jean Parisot de la Valette.

Another prehistoric monument, the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum dates back to 3600 to 2400 B.C. The rock-cut underground levels were thought to be used for burial purposes, as well as a sanctuary. Visit the wonderful art galleries and museums that feature the dynamic history of the island. These museums can give you a peek at the long history of Malta.

Vacationers will definitely enjoy the experience of immersing into the distinctive Maltese culture. Get closer to its locals – listen to their ancient folklore, be amazed with their unique customs and be carried away by their penchant for music. Maltese people are very warm and hospitable hosts. They make every tourist feel welcome and special.

For a deeper appreciation of Maltese culture, you can pay a visit to Manoel Theater in Valleta – one of Europe’s oldest working theater. The theater presents various dramas, concerts and piano performances. Throughout the summer months, a series of art and music festivals are also staged. One of the most notable and crowd-drawer is the International Jazz Festival held during July. Fall in love with the world-class jazz music. Who knows, you might even find yourself playing the trumpet. I actually wanted to learn more about how to play trumpets and my search brought me to this site – a helpful site with reviews of different trumpet brands.

No photo can capture the real beauty of Malta, much less words. Behind its wonderful beaches, exciting water activities and panoramic landscapes, Malta is home to a rich culture, colorful history and amazing people. All these make Malta definitely a place to behold!