Many foreigners tend to refer to Malta as the rock or similar. This with cause. Primarily based onlimestone the island is in fact a solid rock in the middle of the Mediterranean. For tourist or beach purposes, this unfortunately also means a very limited number of sandy beaches around the island, though with most of them being quite beautiful. Armier Bay and Golden Bay up near Mellieha arethe most renown and popular with sort of a paradise look to it. Also worthwhile is the island of Comino with its beautiful blue lagoon, where the caves, grottos and bright blue water creates an idyllic picturesc image. Combined with Gozo, this is definitely worthwhile taking a small boat trip for. Fastest and most direct trip is from Mellieha, though it is also possible to go from a number of other harbours in example Buggiba and Sliema.
For other interests besides beaches, there's also a few nature reserves, including bird sancturies. All of them are strictly protected, but still open to the general public with some reservations though.
Best way of getting to know Malta is to rent a car or take a bus to the more secluded areas, and take a long hike.
The nature & wild life of Malta is limited, but may positively surprise you a bit.
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Dingli Cliffs provide a fantastic view over the Mediterranean and a great chance to do a bit of rock climbing.
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