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13 aerial shots of Malta that make you wish you could fly
What would Malta look like if you had wings and could go wherever the breeze led you?

Melanie Drury

Some drone shots would make anyone dream of flying! Let’s take a journey - up in the air - across the Maltese Islands.

We first swoop in on Fort St Elmo - the awesome fort which guards Valletta and the two ports: the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour, as seen here. It looks awesome, doesn’t it?

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Circling over the Grand Harbour, we can admire another historic gem: Fort St Angelo, with the Three Cities sprawling behind it towards the south of Malta.

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Turning back north, here’s a wonderful view of the grid-like layout of the 16th century city, Valletta, the capital of the Maltese Islands which was built by the Knights of Malta.

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We zoom in on the iconic church that’s responsible for the capital’s idiosyncratic skyline and you'll also be able to see Fort Manoel and Manoel Island lying yonder at sunset.

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Having flown over Manoel Island, we come to The Strand in Gzira. With its palm trees and high-rises, it offers an altogether different view of the Maltese Islands.

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By the time we get to the Portomaso Marina in St Julians, we get a proper view of the high-life: luxury apartments, luxury yachts and all.

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We follow the coast a little further and look back. The Hilton Tower certainly stands out in a crowd. We also can’t help but notice the stark difference between the modern Sliema coastline and the historic Valletta.

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Then, what is this gigantic building which stands out of a crowded landscape? The Mosta Dome is the third largest in the world and looks just massive in the central town.

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At land’s end, a short stretch of sea gives way to a few more islands. Here's where the Gozo ferry leaves Cirkewwa Harbour towards Mgarr on Malta's sister island. This is also where you'll find ferries to Comino, a stunning piece of rock which lies between the two main isles.

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Nestled between Comino and Cominotto, the Blue Lagoon's azure waters are a heavenly sight.

In Gozo, we are attracted by the island's most prominent attraction: the old city of the Citadel. Enclosed within bastioned walls, it marvellously contrasts with Gozo’s open green fields scattered with villages, while the coast and the vast horizon are never far away.

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At Xlendi Bay, on the western coast of Gozo, we bid farewell to the Maltese Islands with a view of how the quaint and the extraordinary marry so well in Malta and Gozo.

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No wonder the birds enjoy flying over Malta on their journeys south! Wouldn't you also enjoy such a panoramic view?

2nd July 2021


Melanie Drury
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Melanie Drury
Melanie was born and raised in Malta and has spent a large chunk of her life travelling solo around the world. Back on the island with a new outlook, she realised just how much wealth her little island home possesses.

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