Visit Malta A Fortress of Wanderlust Exploring

Written by  Oliver Astrologo

Travel to Malta for a destination that will satisfy your wanderlust for ancient civilizations, intricate architecture and a culture rich with history.  Malta, located in the Mediterranean Sea, just south of Sicily and north of Africa, is actually an archipelago of three islands.  Besides Malta, there is Gozo and Comino, both smaller than the main island but with their own rich and ancient history and epic scenery. It has a long history spanning centuries of colonial occupation, from the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs and France to Britain in more recent times.

Walk A Walled Fortress

The small capital city and port is Valletta, a walled fortress built by the Knights of St. John in 1565 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significant number of historical buildings.  It also is the Grand Harbor and main port of Malta and offers an impressive view to cruise ships approaching its harbor.  The city itself has numerous cathedrals and forts, with the most popular attraction being the Hypogeum temple ruins, a huge underground temple and cemetery from prehistoric times.  The Grandmaster's Palace dominates the Palace Square and is a must-see for visitors, as well as St. John's Cathedral with its spectacular frescoes, painted vaulted ceiling, intricately carved stone walls and stunning Baroque architecture.

Most of all, if you are arriving by cruise ship in Valletta, you do not want to miss the extraordinary view of this medieval walled city as you approach it from the Mediterranean Sea.  Get your camera ready for that one.  There is a reason why Game of Thrones used this as one if their filming locations.

What we love about this video of Malta are the dramatic landscape sequences and views from above of the towns and countryside as well as the sense of getting a glimpse of the real life of the Maltese people.  Mr. Astrologo's incredible talent for creating visually beautiful videos that teleport you to the destination and take you on a non-tourist journey leaves you wanting to watch his videos over and over again.  

Stay tuned for more updates on this article as we travel there on the Carnival Horizon in April.

Comments by Oliver Astrologo on the travel video:

This video takes us on a journey to discover an island of contrasts and surprises: Malta.
From lounging on St.Peter’s pool beach to discovering the colourful village of Marsaxlokk, mingling with the fishermen and relaxing on the traditional Luzzu boats marked by “Eye of Osiris”, there is a whole island of stunning views to wake up to.
Add to that the famed old capital of Mdina, the imposing Saint John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, and magnificent cliffs in Gozo and it’s easy to understand why most of the people start planning their return trip to Malta before they’ve even left the island the first time.

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Locations - Map available here:
Aħrax, Azure Window, Blue Grotto, Blue Lagoon, Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, Gnejna Bay, Golden Bay, Iz-Zerqa, Marsaxlokk, Mdina, Popeye Village, Rabat, Salt Pans, San Blas Beach, Sliema, Spinola Bay, St. Mary's Tower, St. Peter's Pool, St.Ursula Street, Triq San Żakkarija, Valletta, Victoria and many more.

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I put down this short piece: this explains few techniques I have been using and includes a list of equipment. Don't hesitate to write to me if you need further details or have any recommendation.

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DJI Mavic Pro 4K 25p it seems like that this drone can deliver excellent imagery. Add a pinch of colour correction and the imagery turn out to be amazing.
Sony A7R2 4K 25p PP7 (Exposed in S-Log2)

Used Lenses
Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM
Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA

Color Correction
Impulz LUTs with some tweaks

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