9 Things That Are Instantly Recognisable As Maltese

These visual snippets are in no way vague...


Have you ever watched a big Hollywood blockbuster and from out of nowhere, like an uncontrollable tick, your whole body jolts up, points to the screen while you insanely yell: "Malta! Malta!".

Yeah, it's happened to the best of us. The reason behind it is that there are a bunch of visual snippets that consistently confirm that what you're looking at is part of our beloved islands. 

Here's a list of the most "hemmhekk Malta, man!" worthy visual features.

1. Those wooden-slatted benches

Uncomfortable, but oh-so-Maltese.

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2. The eye of the... luzzu

Unmistakably Malta. Probably Marsaxlokk, to be precise. 

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3. Pregnant windows

We've all bumped our heads on one of these...

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4. Old Maltese people

They just look different to other old people. Maybe it's the decades of sunburnt skin, or the clothes that have all faded into that beige-green-brownish colour – they're a dead giveaway. 

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5. That iconic gardjola

(Maltese watch tower)

Thanks to millions of tourist photos throughout the years, this is one that has been burnt into our brains.

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6. Maltese balconies

Almost as ubiquitous as that damn cross...

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7. Those arched railings on the Sliema promenade


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8. Balavostri 

(Balustrades – typically made of stone)

Love them or hate them, you'll know instantly that you're looking at Malta if these guys pop up.

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9. Anywhere in Valletta

Let's be honest, there are loads of towns in Malta that are gorgeous, but sometimes a little hard to differentiate from other southern Mediterranean places. Valletta – never hard. Even the more obscure parts of it. 

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BONUS: Our harbour, no matter where they pretend it is instead

Screw you Count of Monte Cristo (2002), Marseille ain't got nothing on our stunning Grand Harbour. 

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Are there any other Maltese features you instantly recognise? Tell us in the comments section!

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Ann Dingli

Ann Dingli writes mostly about art and design. She enjoys friendly debates and has accepted that she's a small person.