In 2006, I made my maiden voyage to the Mediterranean island nation of Malta, spending a whirlwind long weekend there. A decade later, and my husband and I would move to the diminutive nation, so that Shawn could pursue a year-long educational program at its university. The resulting experience has allowed me to soak up copious amounts of sunshine and culture, while teaching me how to appreciate a slower pace of life.

From day trips to prehistoric temples, to olive and citrus harvests, and lively feast day celebrations known as festas, here’s hoping these dispatches help you find your own magic on Malta.

Below, you’ll find my Maltese indexes, as well as specific tips for the islands of Malta and Gozo.





  • Watch snow-white salt being harvested from the Xwejni Salt Pans on Gozo’s northern coast.
  • Admire the sophisticated construction of Malta’s mysterious ‘Temple Builders’ at their largest temple, Ġgantija, which predates Egypt’s Pyramids.
  • Gawk at the beauty of the Gozitan countryside while strolling atop Victoria’s Cittadella.