Jul 24, 2014

The little island of Comino

The little island of Comino has a small chapel, Santa Maria Tower, a hotel, a cemetery that is not used any more, and a bakery which also is not used any more.  Only 3 inhabitants are living on the island at the moment.  There are beautiful views, magnificent sea and serenity.  

Photos by Christine Farrugia

Cirkewwa Harbour

These photos were taken in Cirkewwa from the rocks close to the Harbour where the Gozo Ferry set sail for Gozo.  Photos taken by Christine Farrugia.

Chinese Garden in Santa Lucija, Malta

This photo showing the Chinese Garden was sent by Christine Farrugia.

The Chinese Garden in Malta was renovated a few weeks ago.  The garden was built in the form of a story.  The fountain at the entrance is a significant of life.  Going further on in the garden one finds the masculine lion statue and the feminine lioness statue with a cub representing the parents with their baby.  At the end of the garden there are some trees representing the end of our lives, like a cemetery. 

Jul 20, 2014

Bugibba Sunset

Clint Micallef sent these 2 pictures taken in Bugibba during sunset. On the background there is a glimpse of St. Pauls' Islands.

Jul 18, 2014

Large caves along the northern Gozitan coastline

"Here is another pic I would like to share with the community of FirstMalta" stated Philip Mizzi.
 In this pic one can see two large caves along the northern Gozitan coastline between Xwejni and Wied il-Ghasri. Subject to correction, this cave is known by the name: Ghar il-Qamh located at what is known by these names, Ras il-Kanun, Ras ic-Catta, Is-Siggu, Il-Bajda, L-Inxjuxar (Source: “The Place names of the Coast of Gozo” by Joe Zammit Ciantar).

The cave (at the forefront) is a very large cave that extends from the sea level nearly up to the rock face more than 200 feet above. During big northerly storms sea spray will rush out from cracks above this cave some 20 feet or more from the cliff edge! The sound coming up through these cracks are terrifying and one would feel the power of the storm raging more than 200 feet below! A  truly big and awesome cave!

Port Cruise

Marthese Magro, described herself as an amateur photographer.  She took these photos whilst enjoying a port cruise taken from Sliema Ferry.  She stated that this was a great experience and enjoyed watching Malta from another perspective.

Marsalforn, Gozo

Marsalforn, Gozo - photos taken by Freddie Micallef

Fantastic photos taken around Malta & Gozo by an amateur photographer

Michael Borg from Valletta (but now living in Luqa) sent us these fantastic photos.  Michael told us that photography is his hobby and judging by the photos he sent, we can safely say that he is really good at it!

Thanks for these fantastic photos Michael.

FirstMalta.com team

An abandoned farmhouse

Azure Window, Gozo




St. Agatha's Tower

Sunset at Zurrieq


Xrobb l-Ghagin

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Jul 17, 2014

Ta' Pinu, Gozo

Here is a pic Philip Mizzi took from l-Gholja tal-Ghammar just in front or north of this magnificient sanctuary, popularly known as Ta’ Pinu.   

Ta' Pinu, Gozo
This church is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu, hence its name.From the front and above this sanctuary on l-Gholja tal-Ghammar you get this beautiful view of Ta’ Pinu, but you can also see nearly all of tiny but beautiful Gozo.  The building of this Romanesque style sanctuary began in 1920 and in 1932 it was opened for the public. The stone works show the technical ability of the Gozitan builder.

This sanctuary shows also the Gozitans’ love for the Blessed Virgin.  It was Pope Pius XI that gave the status of a Minor Basilica to this beautiful church in 1935 and in the same year the miraculous image of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu was crowned by Cardinal Alessio Lepicier.  In 1990 Pope John Paul II celebrated mass in the forecourt of this sanctuary after praying in the chapel.

Jul 16, 2014

Impressive photos taken from the Grand Harbour

Etienne Ciantar, is a Maltese living in the United Kingdom.  He still comes to Malta often tough and he has just sent us some wonderful pictures showing the Grand Harbour.  Photos taken from the Upper Barrakka Gardens.