As you walk beside Maltas coast what strikes you first is the colour of the sea, where shades of turquoise and deep blue fade into one another. Coastal paths pass clumps of golden samphire, thriving in the salty Mediterranean air. Inland our paths cross the rocky Maltese lowlands where aromatic shrubs such as thyme, sought out by bees, make a home in the thin soil. Man has made his mark on the landscape with dry stone walls and small farmsteads. In the cities human history goes back millennia, to the time of the Knights Templar, St Paul and beyond. More recently, the plaque awarding the island the George Cross, and the list of sunken ships in Fort Angelo can be seen in Valletta, the Fortress City, whose Grand Harbour is very grand indeed. You may also be surprised to know that Malta claims to have some of the oldest man-made structures in the world, the Megalithic Temples. Malta is a compact island only 17 miles long by 8 miles wide. This allows us to explore almost every inch of the island on enjoyable scenic walks, where either the Mediterranean Sea or rural towns and villages€t as the perfect backdrop. Gozo, in contrast, is greener and more rural than Malta, with fewer towns and less bustle and€tivity. Its farmlands produce melons, grapes, vegetables and fruit, whereas the steep valleys, terraced fields and table-top hills make the island an attractive hideaway with cottage industries producing the famous Maltese lace, most of which is€tually made on Gozo. Here the coastline is characterised by white washed cliffs and rocky tracks. From the hillsides you have unobstructed views of the Maltese Archipelago. Each day the landscape differs from green farmland with patches of yellow flowers to dramatic rocky bays. The walking is good, and as on Malta, depending on season, there is ample opportunity for swimming in the numerous clear water bays.
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