So Malta is reopening itself to tourists on the 1st of June 2021 after the second wave. Prior to today, tourists could come to Malta without a negative test, & undergo a paid-for rapid test at the airport. As of today, they have to present a Negative PCR test or a VALID Maltese Vaccine Certificate. Not presenting a PCR test prior to boarding will result in denied boarding. No foreign vaccination certificate will be accepted unless we have a bilateral certificate recognition agreement with ANY country, or till 1st July, when the EU-wide Digital Green Certificate will be used, and bilateral agreements with 3rd countries thereafter only. Mask-wearing is also no longer mandatory on beaches. Please check updated information as this may change in future.
Realised I hadn’t posted this video here..
The Gut Malta: Walking in Strait Street Valletta, Malta’s Historic Red Light Area on 1st May 2021. I review its history, showing some old photos while walking in the street. You might not be able to visit Malta right now, this way you can see it. Known as “The Gut”, or “Strait Street” (Strada Stretta in Maltese), this street was the focus of entertainment, nightlife and even prostitution ever since the 18th century up to the mid-20th century when the soldiers, sailors and Maltese would meet up here. Barmen and Maltese ladies pined for the British sailors here. It’s still vibrant, though not right now due to the pandemic. In the evenings there are bars and live music. Following Malta’s independence in 1964, and thus the lack of foreign servicemen, it effectively closed down. But the stigma of the place remained. Marks and Spencer opened an annexe in the street in 2003 and built a bridge to “protect” customers and bring them over the street instead of along it.
I walk in Mdina, the old capital city of Malta. The old city is known as the Silent City of Malta. If you are in Malta it is a great place to visit and explore. It is also known by its titles of Città Vecchia or Città Notabile, is a fortified city in the Northern Region of Malta which served as the island’s capital from antiquity to the medieval period. The city is still confined within its walls and has a population of just under 300, but it is contiguous with the town of Rabat, which takes its name from the Arabic word for suburb, and has a population of over 11,000.
I go through the Greeks Gate and explore the Mdina Ditch (Il-Foss tal-Imdina) which are newly restored gardens.
Last month I visited Marsalforn in Gozo again and did a bit of hiking in the Xwejni Rock area and saw the Salt Pans. Remember that one should not wade in the pans.
I also visited an old Fortress which was built by the Knights and used by the British too. Enjoy the VLOG which is found after the jump.