Ancient Roman evaporation basins for sea salt extraction / © Photo: Georg Berg

Sea salt from Gozo and Malta

Romans and knights carved basins into the soft stone on the flat limestone coast. Today, it is families who keep the tradition of salt harvesting alive

Gtar Grotto. Mary and Joseph with baby Jesus in the Bethlehem village of Għajnsielem on Gozo. The actors are from the village, are a real family and their child was born in 2023 / © Photo: Georg Berg

Bethlehem f’Għajnsielem on Gozo

In Għajnsielem, the whole village is on its feet from mid-December to bring the biblical Bethlehem to life. The live nativity scene on Malta’s sister island of Gozo is a popular Christmas destination

Christmas decorated street in the old town of Valletta, Malta / © Photo: Georg Berg

Lametta in Valletta

In Malta and Gozo, almost every street and square glitters in the run-up to Christmas. Angels, stars and often the three holy kings are brought into position in every village. Magnificent fairy lights are strung across the streets and fountains and squares are decorated with figures

Fishing port in Marsaxlokk, in the southeast of Malta. There are ports large and imposing like that of the capital Valetta, but small fishing ports characterize the varied coast of Malta and Gozo / © Photo: Georg Berg

The small islands of Malta and Gozo

Malta and the neighboring island of Gozo offer a lot in a small area. Greeks called Malta the navel of the sea. Knights of St. John built it into a strong fortress

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