We all now know Malta as a tourist destination, this is because it is a place full of spectacular landscapes, starting from the beaches to the typical places of the country. Not everyone knows, however, that in addition to being a fantastic place to visit, Malta is also a place full of curiosities. Let’s start to see some of it.
What you are about to read will amaze you! The name of the archipelago of Malta derives from the Greek and means “sweet”. Is it called this because more sweet than salty foods are produced? Or why do they prefer sweet to savory? No, no, no. The Greeks called it this for the large quantities of bees that produced abundant honey. In fact, today in Gozo, the other island of Malta, the tradition of honey production has been maintained.
Did you know that there are more than 350 churches in Malta? And already, the Maltese citizens are very devoted and, when the order of the knights ruled Malta, many churches were built to strengthen the religious community. In fact, today there is more than one church for each Maltese village. It is now impossible to be anywhere in Maltese and say that there are no churches.
For sure you don’t know that Malta is loved by Hollywood! The Maltese archipelago is loved by film producers from all over the world, especially those from Hollywood. Malta has in fact made, and still does, set many famous Hollywood films, including “Gladiator”, “Troy”, “Captain Phillips”, “World War Z” and the very famous “Game of Thrones” series. The “Popeye” movie was also shot.
Dwelling on “Popeye” in Malta the “Popeye Village” was built, born as a film set for one of the first Popeye films but still today it has remained as it is in the film, becoming a tourist attraction where children, above all, have fun at to play.
The curiosities obviously do not end here. There are still so many, maybe even too many. Who expected that a small archipelago like the Maltese one would be so full of curiosities!