Manoel Island Marina

Manoel Island Marina Local Area - Manoel Island

Manoel Island Marina

Longitude: 14° 30' 4" E

Latitude: 35° 54' 10" N

Malta Malta

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Discover a historic heart enveloped in eclectic culture and glorious weather in the Maltese Islands.   view

With a rich history spanning over 5,500 years, Malta is famed for its stunning setting in the azureus waters of the Mediterranean and its tempestuous changes in culture over the ages.

The Maltese archipelago consists of approximately 21 islands, only three of which are inhabited – Malta to the south, Gozo to the north and Comino in the centre. These islands were originally part of the land bridge that formed between Sicily and North Africa during the last Ice Age and were isolated over 10,000 years ago when then glaciers melted.

With Sicily its closest neighbour at 50 miles to the North, Gibraltar to the West at 1,091 miles and Alexandria at 937 miles to the East, Malta’s location has given it strategic importance throughout its history.

The earliest indication of human settlement here was dated at 5200BC with the extinction of the prehistoric pygmy Elephant whose remains have been found in the numerous caves around the island. One such cave is the Ghar Dalam on the south-east coast of Malta which, along its 144m depth contains the ancient evidence of now-extinct hippopotamuses, deer and bears.

The people of this age were responsible for building some of the longest standing structures in the world, such as the temples at Flagar Qim and Mnajdra and the Ggantija temple on Gozo, the northern most inhabited island of the Maltese archipelago. With their distinctive trefoil architecture, these temples were thought to be the site of ritualistic sacrifices to the goddess of fertility. For unknown reasons, possibly related to famine and/or disease, evidence of human settlement suddenly vanished around 2500BC.

It wasn’t until 700BC when the Ancient Greeks settled on Malta, that the island began to flourish again. With the arrival of the Phoenician traders a century later, the Maltese Islands were used as a rest stop between the trading route of Cornwall and the Eastern Mediterranean. This then began a long period of acquisition of Malta between several nations, cumulating in its Independence on 21st September 1964.

With its rich history, Malta has a wide range of attractions available for the 1.2million tourists that visit its islands each year. Including the caves, there are catacombs of St. Agatha and St. Paul [the patron saint of Malta whose public holiday falls on the 10th February when his ship was wrecked on the rocks in late 50AD], the Museum of Roman Antiquities and several exhibitions of fine art.

The official languages of Malta are English and Maltese, a variant of Arabic and Italian developed between the ninth and fourteenth centuries. The currency is the EURO the state religion is Roman Catholic.