We took a hop on bus from our location at St. Julians Bay to Sliema to start a tour of the upper part of the island. This is a gorgeous harbour with magnificent yachts.
Valetta, is an absolutely stunning harbour that we checked out the next day. It is one of the few surviving inhabited walled cities in the world and is a UNESO world heritage site. It was started by the Knights of the Order of St. John in 1568.
We stopped at Mosta with its domed church, is the third largest unsupported dome in Europe. It survived a direct hit from a bomb (unexploded) during WW2 for which the pilot later apologized for.
Mdina (meaning walled city), was the capital before Valletta, has been inhabited since 700 BC by Phoenicians then in 218 BC by the Romans.
60,000 people were killed in the region in a earthquake in 1692 ad. The vast majority of buildings had to be rebuilt
There have been prehistoric excavation of ruins in Mgarr from 3500bc and another from 5000bc.
Not sure why … all vacated abandon homes around Golden Bay
Prickly pear seen all over this island…. introduced from Mexico.
Salt flats at Bugibba.
More pictures to follow….