First Impressions Of MALTA | Exploring Valletta

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hey there this is Valletta the capital of Malta a tiny island nation smack in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea just south of Italy north of Libya east of Tunisia Valletta here and I'm going to walk through and just explore this really amazing looking city for the first time I just arrived yesterday flying from Toulouse France and so today is my first full day in Malta and it is looking absolutely stunning the history here is really intense and ancient it is believed that the first people to arrive here came around 6000 BC so 8,000 years old the human history here and because of its strategic location in the Mediterranean then it has been a prize for peoples of you know the entire region throughout history wanting to occupy this island and have this spot to fortify their empires and just to live in this little Mediterranean paradise if you can stand the heat and so at various times than it was occupied by the Romans and the Greeks and the Phoenicians and the British and the French it has a unique language Maltese which is related to Arabic it is actually a Semitic language but with heavy influences of Italian and Sicilian yet distinct and so I've heard it walking around here and it sounds to me very similar to Arabic Wow look at these amazing ruins here and so it was a British colony up until as recently as the 1960s and then gained independence and so it is a fully independent nation and it is the tenth smallest country in the world it is actually smaller than Andorra where I just was it is a archipelago of three islands the main island of Malta here and then go so is the second largest island and then a third one I forgot what it's called but it is very small sandwich in between Malta and Gozo and so goes Oh for Game of Thrones fans is where that arch collapsed recently that was a filming location in that Game of Thrones I think a wedding was set there with that massive arch in the background before it collapsed and then it collapsed sometime like in the past year or so just naturally as a result of storms I guess and I want to visit that art so I will do my best you got to get a boat over there and I plan to explore much more of this island I came here by bus from where I am staying it's called st. julian's and it's just a couple of miles away although there's a bigger bay in the way and so you can take a bus around the bay or you can take a ferry across the bay but it was the cheapest accommodation that I could find Malta is not cheap I was having a hard time at finding a room for less than a hundred dollars or whatever but I got a room for 40 bucks very basic but in suite bathroom kind of funky but it works and better than paying a whole lot of money and so it is a hot hot day July 26th and it's about 90 degrees Fahrenheit or 33 Celsius but it feels even hotter than that at least there's a a little bit of a breeze helping out with now but the Sun is very intense here as you can see not a cloud in the sky okay there's a couple of months but not many and as you can see it is definitely a popular spot there are great beaches ancient ruins and so the official language is shared between Maltese and English basically it seems like everybody here speaks English so it is very convenient you travel to if you speak English st. john's co-cathedral so that must be maltese English French German Italian Spanish and I am just exploring abandonment this is my first time walking you're getting the first impressions along with me here and I am definitely very very impressed I love the Mediterranean in general the climate I mean a little hot now in the intense summer heat is a bit much but the nice sunshine reliably sunny weather and the landscapes and the architecture and this has such a unique history and as you can see in these buildings it is still retaining that history in the architecture the many different layers of history and different cultures that have occupied this island and so as always then yes it is choice you know yeah yeah capital city but I will be exploring further and you can always get away from the crowds that is you know just something to keep in mind when you travel is people tend to go to the specific well known places but if you explore further then you can get to amazing spots where there aren't gonna be many people get away from the crowds find those like hidden secret beach coves and go hiking and stuff like that so and so I'll be showing much more of malta beyond the capital here in upcoming videos I love these colors the beige buildings and then these things here these lights with the various brown and orange and some music getting started here I guess they're just practicing doing sound check or something and here we have remnants of the British Empire classic London telephone booth so this sign carved in the stone their ad 1814 that looks like Latin and it says Britannia magnae at Invictus or Invicta something Britannia Mela 10 cm or more at Europa so I believe that would be when in Britain occupied Malta so anyways a very interesting our little piece of history there and so I'll get down here and then go left and show the waterfront there is a Ford up ahead I'll see if I can get a view of the fort love all these classic old buildings Thanks so this is that fort obviously fort st. elmo and National War Museum I think I'm not going to go inside the fort now but oh wow that is a view there looks very British but it's actually a pizzeria cool back in the valley here I saw some interesting-looking alleys going out this way I thought I would explore off the our Main Street Wow City Garage general higher service trippy it's like an ancient cave well check this out I wonder what it was originally they could have been a church or maybe a storehouse Wow yeah some girls found a random spot to sunbathe air and notice that they drive on the left British style and so there's the classic side of the domed church that you see often in like postcards and stuff of Malta and it's amazing gotta be careful here let's see is this a sheer drop yes it is ooh there is a nice swimming spot down there okay and lots more nice swimming spots down there the problem is I can't figure out how to get down there there is no way along this it's just a sheer wall so I guess I got to go back the other way and there must be a way to get down up ahead here [Applause] and there's the dome okay and so this is the building right here and being right next to it is not be a place to get a good vantage point there's no open square next to it so there you go just a little taste of it yeah cross on top and look at this it's like a huge natural swimming pool but nobody in it and a locked gate down there maybe it's used for certain events or something it looks a little neglected people are swimming other places and it looks like I can get down over there this way to go from still if it goes oh go there they are cool I see there's a bunch over to the arch musical I've started a line and see ya you go down goes oh then come in a beloved only stop one hour and a half okay this one is the boat price is 4000 baht inclusive the bus story goes o open bar yeah beer wine water and something's free it's a great price and communicates free of charge excellent I want to do it and so I got that tour he got me with the open date and so 35 euros and I can just show up any morning that I feel like doing the torrent so that goes to the two other islands next to Malta Camino I think it was in Gozo where the archer the broken arch


43 Comments

Luca Ellul · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

The pillars you see 6:30 and 9:24 aren't ruins they are decorations for the Feast of St. Dominic.
Proud to be from Valletta!!! Forza Valletta City!
If anyone wants to know anything about Valletta, just ask me.
Valletta was completely built by the Knights of St. John in 1571. Valletta was built as a celebration for the Knights, who defeated the Turkish Ottomans in the Great Siege of 1565.
The dome 15:08 is of the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, as written later. The Feast in Valletta of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, was just a few weeks ago.
The 'natural swimming pool' (16:55) is where the Waterpolo club of Valletta trains: Valletta United Waterpolo Club (Valletta UTD WPC).

In Valletta we have 4 (Main) Feasts:
1. St. Paul the Apostle
2. Our Lady of Mount Carmel
3. St. Dominic of Caleruega
4. St. Augustine of Hippo

Other small Feasts are:
1. St. Vincent
2. St. Elias
3. St. John

Other small Churches:
1. St. Francis of Assisi
2. St. Anne
3. St. Nicholas
4. Our Lady of Victories
5. St. Barbara
6. St. Jacob
7. St. Roch
8. St. Catherine of Italy
9. Our Lady of the Pillar
10. St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral
11. St. Andrew's Scots Church
12. Ta' Giezu Church

Keira Tonna · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

Hi did you like Malta? I actually live
in Malta

Dawn D · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

Gabe, you need a sailboat.
Love the channel

Tom Tom · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

One of the most beautiful places iΒ΄ve ever been, i hope to visit Malta again in the next few months.

Karma The Giant · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

Amazing megalithic stones there. Where are your goggles πŸ₯½ lol

Don's travels and rants DON · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

It's a beautiful city. Before they joined the European Union and introduced the Euro, it was a cheap place to visit.

ripmax333 · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

And slowly its becoming a concrete jungle, overpopulated and full of immigrants.

Mike Poznanovich · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

Is the Mediterranean warm?

voxley19 · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

Very interesting indeed. You're certainly clocking up the new countries on this trip!

RHYMANTV · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

getting dangerously close to Greece Gabe… bets are on, anybody? πŸ˜€

william · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

I saw Colonel Gaddaffi there in 1978 or 9

Madjoy Diaries · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

Great Video , Gabriel !! πŸ‘ . We also make travel videos around India

azaz z · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

the post box is english also

Dat Scammer · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

WE WANT TO SEE LITTEL LIECHTENSTEIN

Tayyab Maqbool · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

Huge Thanks for sharing exclusive video of Malta πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ή love from Pakistan πŸ‡΅πŸ‡°

λͺ»μžλ₯΄νŠΈ[Motzart] · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

I wanna go thereπŸ‘

Anonymous User · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

Don't go in the caves, Gabe. There are monsters in there known to eat humans!!!

Imran Naser · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

Wow!

Prince Cloud · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

Thanks you for sharing Malta is so beautiful πŸ’•

JOSCHKA HURST · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

What a great video Gabriel I love it , keep up the great work thank you…

Brett Michael · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

Malta looks amazing! Thanks for sharing this incredible footage of this beautiful island!

sigoisfier · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

I speak Arabic and I understood what the sign said in Maltese. it's looked like Arabic but written in Roman letters.

Moto CyclaVlogga · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

Malta looks very beautiful. Magic πŸ˜β€πŸ‘

Tube Specific · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

Wow, Malta is a beautiful classical military fort of a bygone great empire. I was almost expecting to see the Knights of Malta marching down the cobbled avenue in extravagant high styled shining armor doing some formal esoteric ritual for public viewing. The khaki place set against the bluest azure sky is one of the most stunning on Earth, but it's just old money aristocracy and well to do Europeans going on holiday with the occasional sprinkling of one American backpacker budget world nomad. I could easily just stay put there the rest of my life casting rod and reel, wining, and dining at my great splendid leisure.

Carmen Peters · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

Hi. Go past Mellieha to Cirkewwa and you'll see the Weid Musa Battery. You can walk through. It's abandoned. My mother's parents had a hotel in it. She spent much of her life there. It was called the Marfa Palace Hotel. Built in 1742 by the knights of Malta. My mother reported German u-boats during WW2. They had a distinct sound.
St.Johns co-cathedral you must pay to see. But don't miss it what ever happens. You'll see my ancestors, Vella and Camilleri on the very unique floor. There are noblemen and knights buried under the floor. Please go. Make sure to eat pastizzi, and rabbit stew, but if you want good prices get out of City center.

Bob Low · July 31, 2019 at 8:06 am

Learn Malta's History before you go there. You will appreciate it so much more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DOG_tVDfxI&t=16s When driving a rental car in Malta… they have electronic speed traps at the tunnels and DO NOT SPEED…especially at the exits of the tunnels. I cancelled my credit card I used with the rental agency just in case I got tagged. I drove through the tunnels at least 20 times while there so I may have 20 speeding tickets outstanding. I was wondering why people would slow down towards the