Soft sunlight, blue seas, a significant lack of high rise buildings, and loads of vintage cars. No, it’s not Cuba. While Malta’s still on point on the sea and sun fronts, there was a time where we ticked all four of those boxes… and that time was the good old 1950s.
Footage showing various locations around Malta in the 50s have been cropping up on Facebook, and we’re living for them. Self-described UAV Photographer and Videographer hobbyist Alessandro Bajada has been putting together some stunning and previously unseen clips of Malta’s greener days to share with the public, and it’s giving us some serious old world blues.
He’s putting them up pretty quickly, and at the time of writing, he’s got four videos up and running, letting us take a step back through time from Selmun to Sliema.
He started off with Xemxija and St Paul’s, showing off some beautiful footage of St Paul’s Islands and some lovely vintage cars on much quieter roads
Mistra and Selmun feature in another upload. There’s a lovely shot of a car driving up to Selmun Tower, and some gorgeous wide shots of some unspoiled green Malta
Another upload showcases Mellieħa and Għadira Bay in all their 50s glory.
The clip opens with some great shots of the church and town roads, then exhibits the church in full detail before cutting to show us the popular family beach, a whole half century ago.
There’s a few less cars around, true, but it’s lovely to see it was still as crowded! Never change, Malta.
But the star of the show has got to be Sliema. No high rises, plenty of pedestrians flaunting their 50s styles, and…
Tony’s frikkin’ Bar, kicking ass since 19-always! The video has tons more clips following, showing us Malta’s aged glory from the boats to the bankini.
Honestly, at the rate Alessandro has been firing these clips out, he’ll have shown us the whole island by tomorrow morning, so make sure you keep an eye on his Facebook page and stay in the loop.