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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust
 
At Culture3sixty we select the best experiences according to your particular interests to give you the possibility of discovering Malta in the most authentic way. We offer a full range of activities, from excursions to water sports, from mystic tours to wellness and spa. Let us know what your interests are and we will tailor an experience exclusively for you!
 
Spiritual / Mystic Tours
They chose the three mountain tops of Malta, Gozo and Comino for many reasons, but mainly for its position and its abundance of limestone. Limestone is Calcite; it is in effect quartz with crystalline property. It has the capacity to absorb, store, transfer and emit life-force energy - the basic properties essential to life. Crystals, like colour and music, emit a vibrational frequency. The Star Beings built the temples with limestone because of these special ‘crystalline properties.’ Besides, limestone has the same colour and vibration of the third chakra - yellow.
 
But, there are other special qualities about this land, besides the quantity of limestone. Malta holds the energy of Sirius, the Sacred Planet, and the Light from the Great Central Sun of the Galaxy. It is the portal of the original light, and all the other energy centres around the world get their supply from this central power station.
Malta was the Central Core of that first Cosmic Civilisation on Earth, and hence its name. In Atlantean time, it was called ma.al.ta, meaning the centre abode of life. When spelt in reverse, it becomes at.la.am - the high pillar towering towards heaven. Malta was both the central abode and an energy pillar connecting the Cosmos with the Earth. Malta was also linked with all the other energy centres around the world like one big network.
 
Before the land of Atlantis fell beneath the sea, the leaders encoded and stored in crystals and in stone their hidden knowledge, so the temples are also holding and storing the secrets of Atlantis.
The above is an extract from the latest creation, by Author Francis Xavier Aloisio, An Alternative Visitors Handbook/Guide to the Maltese Temples, which will be published in the coming weeks. Francis Xavier Aloisio has teamed up exclusively with culture3sixty to deliver alternative tours to the Goddess Temples of Malta. 
Click here to send us your request and we will tailor your visit to the Goddess Temples of Malta with Francis as your guide.
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Archaeology
Malta's history dates back 7,000 years, the first inhabitants of the island settling in Neolithic times and leaving a number of Megalithic Temples dedicated to the goddess of fertility. Seven megalithic temples are found on the islands of Malta and Gozo, each the result of an individual development. Several of these are unique architectural masterpieces, particularly the Hal-Saflieni Hypogeum, which is the oldest example of prehistoric rock cut tombs in Europe, and a world-class archaeological site.
 
 
History
Though small in size, Malta is rich in history, one that has been shaped by its strategic location and perfect harbour setting. Situated at a crossroads of civilization its location meant it could exercise control over the passing of trade ships across the vast Mediterranean Sea. Consequently, Malta has been irresistible to military powers, and the archipelago has been conquered or protected by every expansionist power that ever shaped history in this cradle of civilization, from the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans and Arabs to the Normans, the Knights of St John the French and even the British. At various points in its history, Malta has been a battleground, a refuge and a home to people of different races and cultures, resulting in a place that although small in size, is huge in history.
 
This rich background is reflected most cities, towns and villages in the Maltese Islands, many of which still bear testimony to the heritage of many of these past cultures in their architecture, cuisine, art, artefacts and monuments.
 
Gastronomy
 
Maltese gastronomy is a fascinating blend of influences that reflects Malta's location and history. Primarily Italian in character, Maltese cuisine also borrows extensively from the kitchens of North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean; nonetheless Malta boasts its own special dishes, mostly rustic in character. Over the centuries, all of these distinct components have been integrated into a uniquely wholesome and flavourful melange. Maltese people mostly rely on seasonal produce and fishermen’s catch.
 
Malta’s ancient wine industry, though still relatively unknown outside the island, is beginning to attract international attention as Maltese vintages are increasing in quality and holding their own at international competitions, winning several accolades in France, Italy and further afield. International grape varieties grown on the Maltese shores include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay to mention a few. Apart from that there are also the indigenous varieties such as Gellewza and Ghirgentina, which produce some excellent wines of distinct body and flavour.
 
Bespoke programmes can be tailored, such as cooking classes with local chefs and wine tasting experiences.
 
Religious
In the year 60 AD an event took place that is comprehensively described in the Bible: the shipwreck of the apostle Paul. According to the legend this shipwreck took place at St. Paul's Bay. Tradition has it, that St. Paul converted the Maltese to Christianity, although there is no historical evidence to prove it. The grotto where the saint is said to have taken refuge and preached to the locals after his shipwreck on Malta still stands beneath the beautiful church also dedicated to St. Paul. The legacy of Malta’s chequered history as a bastion of Christianity and an island fortress is still very much evident. There are over three hundred chapels and churches on the island, many of them intricately decorated with paintings, frescos, and tapestries.
 
Architecture
Malta’s architectural history is the longest in the world: More than 7000 years ago, gigantic megalithic structures were erected here; one of these temples is said to be the oldest free-standing building in the world.
 
But Malta has much more to offer besides these unique temples: The Island presents its visitors nearly all kinds of buildings, starting from secluded cave churches, small chapels in picturesque landscapes and medieval palaces surrounded by fortifications to its richly decorated Baroque churches and places.
 
Naval & Military Architecture
Malta’s naval and military history spans many centuries. Geographic location has an emphatic habit of influencing the course of history, and the story of Malta is an important case in point. Sited practically in the centre of the Mediterranean, its important strategic position was such that over the centuries, the Island has witnessed the building of great works of fortification designed by engineers from most of the major military powers: Spanish, Italian, French and British, the result of which is one of the finest collections of military architecture in the world.
 
 
Medical History
Perhaps the most fascinating chapter in the story of Malta’s medical history is that pertaining to the Knights of St John, also known as the Knights Hospitaller. A number of buildings remain as testimony to this legacy, perhaps the most magnificent being the Sacra Infermeria, a hospital which was far superior to any in the rest of Europe until the age of Florence Nightingale.
 
 
Painting & Photography
Malta offers the artist a variety of settings that can be explored artistically. It is also renowned for it lovely sunsets and golden light, particularly for the huses created on the traditional yellow limestone. For accompanying non-painting partners, a variety of sports activities such as golf and diving as well a five star spa resorts are also available.
 
Land & Water Sport
 
Malta’s idyllic weather conditions offer the sport enthusiast or adventure seeking traveller a variety of land and water sporting options that can be experienced throughout the Maltese Islands. The island’s compact size also allows you to experience a variety of activities over a brief period of time due to short distances.
 
Whether you are experienced sportsperson or a beginner who would like to try or learn a new sport, we can organise an array of activities for you, whether as an individual or as part of a group. We only work with our preferred suppliers, who are selected for their professionalism, quality standards and attention to safety.
 
Water Sport
 
The Islands’ temperate climate and warm waters offer the opportunity for water based sport throughout most of the year. Sea Kayaking, canoeing, sailing, water skiing, the opportunities are numerous. 
 
Scuba Diving
The warm Mediterranean waters surrounding the Maltese Islands are famous for their crystal clear quality, offering you a unique diving experience. With a diversity of dive sites, an abundance of natural and artificial wrecks around the Maltese coastline, and a variety of underwater flora and fauna, your diving experience will be one to remember.
 
Diving Courses are also available for all levels of skill, including beginners. Instruction is provided by professional, internationally accredited dive schools and instructors.
 
Land Sport
 
The idyllic weather conditions make Malta an ideal place for land based sports. From Golf to Cricket, Athletics to Archery and Football, Rugby to Rock Climbing, Malta has a full range of sports that culture3sixty can organise for you as a group or as an individual.
 
 
Walking & Hiking
 
Walking in Malta is something that practically anyone can enjoy. On the Maltese islands, you will find all sorts of walks for all levels. It can be a very rewarding experience since the Maltese countryside offers many beautiful country walks. Beaches like Mellieha Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha, Golden Bay, Anchor Bay, Paradise Bay and Gnejna make a good starting point for some easy and pleasant walks. Not talking about the Comino island, that is a very popular destination for walking.
 
The best time for walking in Malta is from October till May. Summer is way too hot to go on walks. In Spring, the countryside comes alive with beautiful wild flowers.
 
There are countless walking routes in Malta, Gozo and Comino such as the Blue Grotto and Zurrieq valley walk, along the coast towards Ghar Lapsi and walk along Dingli Cliffs, to name a few. In addition, there are a host of longer walks where you can get to really savor the Maltese countryside and all that it has to offer.
 
For those who are up for a challenge, the Islands offer some testing scenery to tempt the avid rock climber. 
Put on walking boots, hire a mountain bike and head out from the village squares on the narrow farmers’ tracks. You’ll find yourself in a timeless landscape, quite alone even in peak season. There is plenty to discover, from ancient farmhouses and wayside chapels to spectacular seascapes. The Islands are hardly large enough to ever really get lost in and there’s always a friendly face to guide you.
 
Spa & Wellness
We have very carefully selected a small number of high quality Spas around the Island. Having experienced the service and the product ourselves we are sure that our choice of Spa facilities will be just what you are looking for. Choose from a Spa set in a 400 year old converted town house in one of Malta’s oldest villages, to a tranquil setting with picturesque views of the clear blue Mediterranean Sea. All treatments are assured to give you the relaxing experience that you deserve.