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Malta has been strategically important in the Mediterranean for thousands of years. Romans, Normans and the British are just some of the former empires that have laid claim to the island’s beauty. Experience this rich history across the island, starting by the small coastal capital, Valletta. Described by UNESCO as ‘one of the most concentrated historical areas in the world’, it boasts over 320 different monuments as well as architectural and cultural gems. The historic centre of Valletta is one of three UNESCO Heritage Sites on Malta, with the 6,000 year-old subterranean labyrinth Hal Saflieni Hypogeum and the megalithic temples of Malta and Gozo making up the other two. Built around 4,000 BC, the temples are some of the earliest freestanding structures in the world, beating Stonehenge by almost a thousand years. On Gozo, visit the natural wonder that is the Azure Window. A rock formation hollowed out by the sea, it has a wild beauty that should be witnessed before the waves devour it completely.
If you are seeking alternative things to do on Malta, then enjoy a local festa-celebration in St Julians, wander the car-free streets of the walled, former capital of Mdina and experience the slightly surreal Popeye Village – a theme park found on the former set of a film from 1980 about the cartoon strongman.
Spend hours basking in the Mediterranean sun, experience the many sides of the islands at your leisure and then seek out a local restaurant for an authentic Maltese dinner. Snack on traditional hobz biz-zest — Maltese bread dipped in olive oil and filled with tomatoes, fish and onion, and feast on more hearty dishes like rabbit stew, the Maltese take on ratatouille (kapunata) and freshly caught fish from the Mediterranean Sea. Remember to complete your experience with famed Maltese wine, surrounded by loved ones and friendly locals.
Permeating every particle of Greek culture is its rich heritage of history and mythology. Regardless of where you choose to holiday in Greece, you’re never far from a place that in one way or another is linked to one of the great gods like Zeus, Aphrodite or Poseidon, or the historical setting of fabled demigods and heroes like Hercules, Perseus and Odysseus.
The Moroccan metropolis is a plethora of colours, tastes, scents and of course sounds. Visiting the city will leave you with an infinity of impressions and regardless of where you move in the centre of Marrakech, you’re never short of new experiences. During your stay in this amazing city, sometimes you’ll need a space where you can just relax and enjoy the silence for a bit. Luckily there are numerous options for you to choose between, and below we have selected four things for you to do when you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the souks.
Every year on the 17th of March the planet glows in a special green hue, in honour of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Throughout the world, millions of people gather to celebrate everything Irish and the most famous festivities take place in New York City, Boston and of course Dublin. With lots of activities and performances taking place during the weekend around St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve chosen some of the main things that you can do, if you find yourself in Dublin during these joyful days. Check out more events here: http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/