Arguably one of the year’s most scenically spectacular movies was Brad Pitt and Angelina’s The Sea, a complex relationship story played out against the backdrop of Malta.
With its 70s feel and cool camera work, Gozo is the main star of the film. Its pirate coves and azure waters have tempted first time visitors back many more times, and unsurprisingly, Malta has a legion of timeshare fans who flock back year round, for long summer days and warm winter sunshine.
Malta may not be famous for its beaches but its intriguing Moorish-Sicilian feel and independent vibe (in some ways it doesn’t feel like Europe) and eclectic cuisine make it one of the more interesting islands to spend a holiday on.
In the film, Brad Pitt’s character drinks his days away at a local café which actually exists, where they still serve a local favourite, pastizzi (a cheesy flaky pastry) and time slips slowly by.
Even the names of destinations in Malta and her surrounding islands sound “foreign”…and are difficult to spell: Marsalforn, Dwejra, Port of Mgarr and Mgarr ix Xini Fjord, the name of the actual bay which featured heavily in The Sea.
Yearning to retrace Brad and Angelina’s footsteps for some late winter or early spring sunshine? Air Malta has flights from Heathrow, Birmingham, Gatwick and Manchester. Take a good camera, because this part of the world attracts artists for its beautiful light and is full of natural wonders like The Azure Window and The Blue Lagoon.
If you’ve overdosed on those perennial timeshare favourites Malaga, Tenerife or Alicante, Malta’s very different feel and unique landscape, language people and food will tick plenty boxes.
For more information on Malta and her surrounding islands, visit www.visitmalta.com