By Janelle Geocaching country souvenir: MaltaAfter learning about Malta for the first time, most people have the same reaction: a sudden urge to sell everything they own, hop on a plane, and spend the rest of their life on a beach, drinking wine, playing guitar, and (of course) geocaching.
Malta is located in the Mediterranean Sea, 93 km (58 mi) south of Italy, 300 km (186 mi) east of Tunisia, and 333 km (207 mi) north of Libya. From April through November, the climate deliciously hovers between 20 °C (68 °F) and 30 °C (86 °F).
Known for its dramatic coastline, stunningly turquoise waters, countless hidden coves, phenomenal snorkeling, rich history, decorative architecture, and vibrant culture, Malta has it all. But did you know:
Malta is more than just one island, it’s an archipelago, or a chain of islands. Only the three largest islands; Malta (Malta), Gozo (Għawdex) and Comino (Kemmuna), are inhabited.
There are over 1,300 rock climbing routes in Malta.
It actually snows on very rare occasions. The last recorded snowfall occurred on December 31, 2014.
Malta has double the amount of summer sunshine and quadruple (!!!) the amount of winter sun compared to London.
Now that you’re thoroughly inspired to board the next plane, here are three must-find geocaches to earn your shiny new Malta Geocaching country souvenir!
The DWEJRA – GOZO
EarthCache | GC3XFYV | by bern082 | D3.5/T1.5 |
EarthCache | GC3XFYV | by bern082 | D3.5/T1.5 |Located on the northern island of Gozo (Għawdex), the Dwejra Inland Sea is a lagoon within the rock coastline produced by the “caving in” of the surfaces above. A narrow tunnel, called “Ghar iz-Zerqa” (Azure Cave) because of the colour of the sea, cuts through the cliffs and connects to the sea. Full of octopus, cardinal fish, barracuda, and parrotfish, Jacques Cousteau once said that Dwejra was among his favorite dives.
To log this EarthCache, you’ll need to answer four questions about the rocky coastline that surrounds you.
Elmo, the Athlete
Traditional | GC1NZ4G | by mjtannin | D1.5/T3We know what you’re thinking, and no, we’re not talking about that Elmo. This Elmo is a fictional Finnish sports hero created as, “a hilarious parody of nationalistic sporting fervour, featuring a peerless athletic giant who despite his fantastic achievements, suffered from loneliness.”
This cache is located at a Fort Saint Elmo in the capital city of Valletta and best known for its role in the Great Siege of Malta of 1565. This cache is best approached from the coast.
The Blue Grotto – Il-Hnejja
EarthCache | GC1HWV9 | by Sinclair of Rosslyn | D1.5/T2
EarthCache | GC1HWV9 | by Sinclair of Rosslyn | D1.5/T2The Blue Grotto is a system of six sea caverns on the southeast coast of Malta. The most famous landmark is Il-Hnejja (The Arch). The water is an intense blue color due to the reflection of the sky off the white sandy bottom. It is possible to enter into the Blue Grotto and the other caves on “Dghajjes”, which are small Maltese boats. The Dghajjes are piloted by expert boatmen who know the surrounding waters and caves very well.
To log this EarthCache, you’ll need to determine the height above sea level from the viewpoint.
We announced five new Geocaching country souvenirs on Monday, December 4th. If you’ve already found a geocache in any of these countries, you’ll automatically receive the souvenir on your profile. Check out all of the geocaching souvenirs here.