Thursday, November 28, 2019

Swift Codes of All Banks of Nepal

A SWIFT code is an international bank code that identifies particular banks worldwide. It’s also known as a Bank Identifier Code (BIC). CommBank uses SWIFT codes to send money to overseas banks.
IDBank or InstitutionCityBranchSwift Code
1AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT BANK LTDKATHMANDU ADBLNPKA
2BANK OF KATHMANDU LIMITEDKATHMANDU BOKLNPKA
3CENTURY COMMERCIAL BANK LIMITEDKATHMANDU CCBNNPKA
4CITIZENS BANK INTERNATIONAL LIMITEDKATHMANDU CTZNNPKA
5CIVIL BANK LIMITEDKATHMANDU CIVLNPKA
 
6EVEREST BANK LTD.KATHMANDU EVBLNPKA
7GLOBAL IME BANK LIMITEDKATHMANDU GLBBNPKA
8HIMALAYAN BANK LTD.KATHMANDU HIMANPKA
9JANATA BANK NEPAL LIMITEDKATHMANDU JBNLNPKA
10KUMARI BANK LTDKATHMANDU KMBLNPKA
11LAXMI BANK LIMITEDKATHMANDU LXBLNPKA
12MACHHAPUCHCHHRE BANK LIMITEDKATHMANDU MBLNNPKA
13MEGA BANK NEPAL LIMITEDKATHMANDU MBNLNPKA
14NABIL BANK LIMITEDKATHMANDU NARBNPKA
15NEPAL BANGLADESH BANK LIMITEDKATHMANDU NPBBNPKA
16NEPAL BANK LIMITEDKATHMANDU NEBLNPKA
17NEPAL CREDIT AND COMMERCE BANK LTD.KATHMANDU NBOCNPKA
18NEPAL CREDIT AND COMMERCE BANK LTD.KATHMANDU(NEW ROAD BRANCH)NBOCNPKANRD
19NEPAL INVESTMENT BANK LTD.KATHMANDU NIBLNPKT
20NEPAL RASTRA BANKKATHMANDU NRBLNPKA
21NEPAL RASTRA BANKKATHMANDU(FOREIGN EXCHANGE DEPARTMENT)NRBLNPKAFED
22NEPAL SBI BANK LTD., KATHMANDUKATHMANDU NSBINPKA
23NEPAL SBI BANK LTD., KATHMANDUKATHMANDU(BIRGUNJ BRANCH)NSBINPKA001
24NIC ASIA BANK LIMITEDKATHMANDU NICENPKA
25NMB BANK LTDKATHMANDU NMBBNPKA
26PRABHU BANK LTDKATHMANDU PRVUNPKA
27PRIME COMMERCIAL BANK LTDKATHMANDU PCBLNPKA
28RASTRIYA BANIJYA BANKKATHMANDU RBBANPKA
29SANIMA BANK LIMITEDKATHMANDU SNMANPKA
30SIDDHARTHA BANK LIMITEDKATHMANDU SIDDNPKA
31STANDARD CHARTERED BANK NEPAL LIMITEDKATHMANDU SCBLNPKA
32SUNRISE BANK LIMITEDKATHMANDU SRBLNPKA
33TOURISM DEVELOPMENT BANK LTD.KATHMANDU TDBLNPKA

Top 10 Most Beautiful Lady of Nepal

1.Himani Shah
Himani belongs to the royal famaily .she is wife of ex- crown prince  Parash shah. She has always been listed as a most beautiful lady of Nepal. The weekly magazine saptahik named former crown princess as the most attractive women of 2018 Saptahik, the weekly Nepali magazine named the former Crown Princess as the most attractive woman of 2018. She had become 2nd in 2017 and has been featured as always.she contain brown hair and enviable skin

2. Usha Khadgi

Usha khadgi is the  most attractive and beautiful lady .She was named Miss Nepal in 2000.She was 1st runner up of Miss Pokhara 1999 and Miss Birjung 2000. She is the synonyms of beauti with purpose. She is tall and smart lady .Usha is one of the most beautiful Miss Nepal. She is wife of JP Timalsina. Usha is beautiful elegant and gorgeous lady in Nepal.In her view beautiness is all about Positive attitude.

3.Oshin Sitaula

Oshin is one of the most beautiful gods  creation and prettirst ,cute miedia personality of Nepal.She is 5 feet 6 inch tall.She is smart and tallent lady .she has clean and fair skin.Oshin Sitaula is a well known presenter of M&S (Mover & Shaker) VMAG channel.She is also famous for her beautiness. Her bubbies is dancing and yellow is her favourite color.She looks even more beautiful without makeup as well.Now she has been working as a host in popular reality show ‘The Voice’.

4.Namrata Shrestha

Namrata is known for her acting skill as well as her beautiness.Her Height is  5 feet 2 inch and contain brown eyes and black hair.She was interested in singing ,dancing and acting from her early age.Her skin is fair and she is known as beautiful even without makeup.Namrata is cute ,bold and legendry actress in Nepali Fim industry.She always tries to act in the challenging character.she has been awarded as the INFA Best Actor (Female) 2014.

5.Sahana Bajhracharya

Sahana Bajhracharya is crowned with Miss Nepal Earth 2010. She is also known as the beautiful lady of Nepal with bold and elegant looks.she is the first women to be onTNM magazine.she is tall ,bold and talanted lady of Nepal.She is known for her confidence .Her height is 5 feet 5 inch tall.she is also awarded with Miss Asia Pacific Top 15.photography,glass painting ,listening to music is her best hobbies.

6.Niti Shah

She is one of the adorable lady of Nepal. Niti is one of thr pageant title holder and Nepali model.Niti is one of the fashion icon and inspiration for all the young lady.she is 5 feet 7 inch tall.with black eyes and dark hair.She has been featured in number of magazine and trending model of Nepal.she has won the title Miss International Nepal.Her hobbies are singing and playing.Niti represented Nepal in Miss Inernational Beautiful Peagent 2017.
7.Nisha Adhikari
Nisha is one of the famous model ,actor of Nepal.She is one of the bold and courageous lady of Nepal.She is 5 feet 4 inch tall and has took away a title ‘Mias International Nepal’ 2005.she is already a mother of one child but still her beautiness hasn’t fade away.She have black eyes and black hair . she is  confident and bold speaker.Her mole on her lips is the main attraction point of her face .She is a wife of famous crickter Sharad Vesawakar.She is always being listed as a beautiful lady of Nepal.

8.Shrinkhala Khatiwada

Shrinkhala Khatiwada is one of the beautiful lady of Nepal.She is known as the beauti with brain.She is 5 feet 7 inch tall.Her eye color is  Dark brown and black colored hair.She was crowned Miss Nepal World 2018.She represented Nepal in Miss world Nepal 2018 and secured a place upto top 12.Being a beautiful lady,she is not interested in movie industry or the media field.She is bachlore topper in the field of Architecture at the Institute of EngineerinG,Pulchowk kathmandu.

9.Indira Joshi

Indira Joshi is one of the famous singer of Nepal.She is famous for her beautiness along with her singing skill.She is also known as the ‘sakira of Nepal”.She is 5 feet 7 inch tall.She has always been listed as abeautiful lady of Nepal.She is bold and confident lady .Indira has worked as a judge of the famous reality show “Nepal Idol” of both the seaon.She has more of her male fan due to her beautiness and her singing ability..

10.Sipora Gurung

Sipora Gurung  is one of the beautiful lady of Nepal.She is 5 feet 9 inch tall with black hair and eyes.she is the national level player of Nepal,she plays volleyball.Sipora is top 5 finalist of 2013 and winner of Miss Talent,She also represented Nepal in”10th South Asian Games”.She has adorable cute smile and dimple in her face whicj enhance her beautiness.Her favourite color is Black.Sipora also has been listed as a beautiful lady of Nepal.

TOP 10 PLACE TO VISIT IN NEPAL DURING WINTER

1.Poon hill:
Poonhill is also called ghorepani poon hill trek which is a hill station to see Annapurna Massif range and Dhaulagiri which lies in border of Myagdi and Kaski District.It let us fell the Himalayan Panaroma.It is one of the easiest trekking route in Nepal.we can enjoy sunrise and sunset from the poonhill.The weather in poonhill is unpredictable so we must be well prepared for it.we can enjoy the cultural village community of Gurung and Magar .FamousvmountainlikeAnnapurna,Machhapuchre lies here which has enhanced the beauiness of Poon Hill.

2.Pulchoki:
Pulchoki lies inside  theKathmandu valley  It lies upside of the Godawari (Botanical Garden) which is 14km and 45 minutes along the rugged motorable road .It is the highest hill around Kathmandu valley.People basically visit there during the winter season to enjoy the snowfall.Due to high altitude strong wind blew ,bhuddist prayer flags can be seen flapping with the cold breeze.There is no hotel and homestay in Pulchoki only few streeth shop is available sometime.It is a bit difficult to take the vehicle above the Pulchoki due to the rugged pebble road.Most of the time this place is covered by the fog,so it is the cold place.

3.Nagarkot:
Nagarkot is located in the east of Kathmandu in Bhaktapur District.It lies in the hig altitude.We can enjoy the Himalayan view of eight possible range (Annapurna,Manaslu,GaneshHimal,Langtang,Jugal,Rolwaling, Everest and Numbur).Different kind of hotel and resort  are available here.Sunrise view is magnificent sight to behold. Hiking place in and around Nagarkot is Nagarkot View Tower and Nagarkot Panaromic Hiking Hill trail.We can even go for the Nagarkot to Changunarayan Hike and Nagarkot to Dhulikhel Hike.The best viewing seasons are October to Decemberand March to April .
4.Kalinchowk

Kalinchok lies in the village development committee VDC of Dolakha District in Janakpur Zone.It is a best destination for the short trek in Nepal which can be done within 3 days.We can observe both the Hinduism as well as Bhuddhism culture here .Kalinchowk Bhagwati is the well known pilgrimage site available here.The weather is perfect in any season and during the season of winter we can enjoy snowfall as well.we can enjoy the splindid view of different himalays likeLangtang Himal,Ganesh Himal,Shisha Pangma,Dorje lakpa,Jugal Himal,Gauri Shankhar,etc. we can even enjoy the view of Kathmandu valley
5.Annapurna Base Camp(ABC)
Mt.Annapurna is the 10th highest mountain in the world and one of the popular walks on the earth.It is one of the easy and quite short trek than other high altitude trek in Nepal.We even passes through Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC).Visit of two base camp in a single trip.Spring is the best season to do the annapurna base camp trek.The lodge in the ABC is well equipped, you can get food fromtypical Nepali food Dal vat to Pizza, chau –chau. Annapurna Base Camp is situable to visit in any season however in winter the base camp can sometimes be closed due to over snowfall
6.Tilicho lake
Tilicho lake is situated in Manang District of Nepal.It is one of the trendy trips in Annapurna Region and one of the adventurous hike towards the highest lake in the world.Tilicho is situated at the high altitude of Nepal  and kown as lake situated at the highest altitude in the world.Tilicho lake trek start right from Beshisahar to  the Annapurna Circuit route which  goes through Marsyangdi River valley with great view of Manaslu and himal chuli to east. Mostly people from Thakali community reside here.Altitude make the place a little challenging but the views from the Tilicho is mesmerizing and phenomenal.
7.Rara lake
Rara District lies in Mugu and Jumla  District of Nepal. The lake is situated in Rara Ntional Park and deepest  lake of Nepal.It is a peaceful place ,people visit there to relax and reflect. It is dreamy little place of heaven which is surrounded by hills on all sides . We can ride boat in a lake and horse ride as well .We can reach Rara lake within one hour from the Tahachal airport.Rara lake has been favourite destination for the internal as well as external  tourist.Rara lake is oval shape which change its color to time
8.Dolpo
 Dolpo lies in the northwestern region in boarder of china.  Dolpo is one of the dense populated  area and one of the most  isolated trekking experience in the country. Dolpo is divided into two part that  is Upper Dolpo and Lower Dolpo..We can observe Buddhism culture  in Dolpo .Th epart of this region lies in Shey Phkosundo National Park . It is historically divided into four valley Tshar ,Tarap, Panzang ang Nangkhong.
9. Bandipur
Bandipur is the place where we can observe the newar community and their culture . It combines village traditional architecture ,Himalayas view . Bandipur is one of the amazing mixture of nature and culture .Bandipur was anciently inhabited by the Magar community but later the newar community from Bhaktapur reside there . In Bandipur we can visit  Khagda devi temple, siddha cave,Padhma  Library, Bindabasini temple, Thanimai temple, Tundikhel, Mahalaxmi temple . we can even enjoy the local food in Bandipur
10.Illam
Illam lies in the hily reason of Nepal which  is famous for the tea garden and tea production.It is also famous for Akabare Khursani (chilly) ,potato, Adhuwa ( Ginger).The places to visit in Illam is Shree Antu Dandha ,Mai Pokhari,Pathivara Temple ,Sandakpur, Kanyam and Fikkal ,Gajurmukhi ,Mai beni ,Tea production in Illam .There are so many homestay and lodge available at Illam .We can even have fun from the Illam Tea Garden Trek.Illam is also known as the richest district of Nepal .It is the best place for the student who are looking for the research on the endanger species.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Scholarships in Europe for Non-EU International Students

European Government Scholarships for Non-EU Students


Holland Scholarships for Non-EU/EEA Students (Netherlands)
The Holland Scholarship, financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their bachelor’s or master’s at one of the Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences  in Holland. The scholarship amounts to €5,000.

Danish Government Scholarships for Non-EU/EEA Students (Denmark)
A number of scholarships are being offered each year by the Danish Ministry of Education to fund highly qualified and motivated international students from outside the EU/EEA who wish to pursue full degree higher education programme at participating Danish Universities. The scholarship can be given as full or partial tuition fee waivers and/or grants towards covering your living costs.
European University Scholarships for Non-EU Students »


Leiden University Excellence Scholarships (Netherlands)
The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship Programme (LExS) is open to outstanding non-EU/EEA students pursuing any MA, MSc and LL.M programmes offered at Leiden University. The scholarships come in the form of the following: €10,000 of the tuition fee, €15,000 of the tuition fee, or total tuition fee minus the home fee.

University of Maastricht High Potential Scholarships (Netherlands)
Maastricht University (UM) offers the UM High Potential Scholarships to talented students from outside the EEA to pursue participating UM master’s programme or graduate programme for professionals offered at the University, except for School of Business and Economics.  The scholarships cover tuition fee, living expenses per month, insurance, and visa costs.

Amsterdam Excellence Scholarships (Netherlands)
The Amsterdam Excellence Scholarships (AES) awards scholarships to exceptionally talented students from outside the EU/EEA to pursue eligible Master’s Programmes offered at the University of Amsterdam. The AES is a full scholarship of €25,000 covering tuition and living expenses.

Radboud University Scholarship Programme (Netherlands)
The Radboud Scholarship Programme offers a selected number of talented prospective non-EEA students the opportunity to receive a scholarship to pursue a complete English-taught Master’s degree programme at Radboud University Nijmegen. The scholarship consists of a partial tuition waiver whereby the tuition fee will be waived to the level of an EEA student. In addition, the Radboud Scholarship also covers costs such as for visa, residence permit, health insurance and liability insurance.

Lund University Global Scholarships for Non-EU/EEA Students (Sweden)
The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is targeted at top academic students who are citizens of countries from outside the EU/EEA (and Switzerland) and who are pursuing a Masters Degree Programme at the University. The scholarships may cover 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of the tuition fee. Living costs are not covered.

Chalmers IPOET Scholarships (Sweden)
Chalmers will be offering around 50 IPOET scholarships to prospective fee-paying students from outside the EU/EEA who wish to pursue any Masters Degree Programme offered at the University.  The scholarship is a 75% reduction of the tuition fees for 4 semesters (2 year programme).

Uppsala IPK Scholarships (Sweden)
The Uppsala University offers the IPK scholarships to first year applicants from outside the EU/EEA who wish to pursue a Master’s Degree Programme offered at the University. The scholarship covers the tuition fee.

Emile Boutmy Scholarships for International Students (France)
Sciences Po created the Emile Boutmy Scholarships after the founder of Sciences Po in order to attract the very best international students from outside of the European Union who are first time applicants and who have been admitted to an Undergraduate or Master’s programme offered at the University. The scholarships can take different forms ranging from €5,000 to €10,000  for 2 years of postgraduate study or €3,000 to €12,300  for 3 years of undergraduate study.

Cambridge International Scholarships (UK)
The University of Cambridge will offer, via the Cambridge Trusts, the Cambridge International Scholarships to highest ranked international students undertaking PhD studies at the University.  The scholarships pay the University Composition Fee and a maintenance allowance sufficient for a single person.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Agriculture Jobs in Canada- Farm Workers

Have you considered a career in agriculture? Probably not, and you probably aren’t even sure where you would start to look for a job in agriculture.When you think agriculture you likely picture tractors, animals, fields as far as the eye can see and long hours for not a lot of money.
















But this is an incorrect and outdated picture of what a career in agriculture looks like. This unfortunately leads many to miss out on a massive opportunity.




Numbers Don’t Lie
Some one in eight jobs in Canada are in agriculture, employing over 2.3 million people. These are not just jobs on the farm; these are IT jobs, marketing jobs, research jobs, sales jobs, mechanical and engineering jobs, accounting jobs and so much more.

And the opportunities are going to get even better! The Canadian agriculture sector has a labour shortage of 59,200 workers and this supposed to double by 2025.

There is an unquestionable need for the industry to grow to help feed growing global populations. This fact, coupled with the declining work force due to a rising number of retirements and not enough young farmers to take their place means that businesses all over the country are desperate for skilled and hardworking talent.

Why Work In Agriculture
So, we have established that the opportunity is there and literally begging for you to grab it. But why should you be interested in working in agriculture? The list is long but let’s go over a few of the highlights.

1. Make a Global Impact
Few (if any) industries in the world have a larger impact on people and the planet then agriculture. Working in the industry puts you on the front lines of feeding, clothing and fuelling the world.

2. Agriculture Lifestyle
If you love a desk life there are countless jobs for you in agriculture, but if working in the outdoors, with machinery and animals sounds like a lifestyle you could get used to then look no further. From water skiing in the summer to snowmobiling in the winter your work-life balance won’t get any better.

3. Competitive Salaries
Careers across the agricultural sectors offer competitive salaries in relation to other industries meaning you can have a great lifestyle while still earning a great salary.

4. The Perks
Many businesses in agriculture offer the benefits all of the top tech start-ups do as well. You like free meals? What about a company paid vehicle or included accommodation? All these and much more are available for you.

Moving to Canada?
Hopefully by now you are excited to see the opportunities for you in Canadian agriculture. But maybe you live in another part of the world but want to come and work in Canada. Luckily the Canadian government has made it easier for people with various skill-sets to come and get a work visa or stay permanently in Canada.

There are many programs for you to choose from. International Experience Canada (IEC) is dedicated to people who want to live in Canada for a year or two (this is dependent on the country you are from originally), through special Global Talent Stream programs dedicated to IT professionals in all industries including agriculture, to Provincial Nominee Programs leading to Permanent Status.

More than that, based on your professional education, experience in Canada or overseas and your English or French language skills you can apply through the Express Entry intake system for a Canadian Permanent Residency with one of the programs, such as: Federal Skilled Workers Class (FSWC), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), or Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC).

General Farm Workers
Valley Agro Ltd. - Surrey, BC
Full-time, Permanent

Valley Agro Ltd.
Salary: $13.00/Hourly
Job Type: Full Time, Permanent
Start Date: As soon as possible

Language: English
Minimum Education: None
Positions Available: 50

NOC Group: General Farm Workers (8431)
NOC Job Title: General Farm Worker

Job Location(s)

18814 8th Avenue
Surrey, British Columbia
V3Z 9R9, Canada
5565 164th Street
Surrey, British Columbia
V4N 0K9, Canada
10760 60 Ave
Delta, British Columbia
V4K 3N3, Canada

Job Description

Valley Agro Ltd has multiple locations in British Columbia. We are the one of the biggest blue berry producers in British Columbia. Currently we are hiring for Farm Supervisors.
Company Name: Valley Agro Ltd
Job Title: General Farm Worker (NOC 8431)
Job Locations:
18814 8th Avenue, Surrey, BC
5565 164th Street, Surrey, BC
10760 60 Ave, Delta, BC
8751 Finn Road, Richmond, BC
5231 232th Street, Langley, BC
1975 232th Street, Langley, BC
2650 216th Street, Langley, BC
2921 240th Street, Langley, BC
13222 Sharpe Road, Pitt Meadows, BC
18940 Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows, BC
6238 Bradner Road, Abbotsford, BC
6847 Satchell Road, Abbotsford, BC
Vacancies: 50 positions
Employment Terms: Permanent Full-time
Anticipation Date: As soon as possible
Education: Not required
Experience: Not required (Some farming experience will be an asset)
Wage: $13.00 per hour (40 hours per week)
Language: Offer of requirement does not need any specific language skills
Main Duties: • Plant, fertilize, cultivate, spray, irrigate and harvest crops • Clean farm machinery and equipment • Detect disease/problems in crops • Examine produce for quality and prepare for market • Follow all the safety standards • Report to and follow directions of a farm supervisor
Please apply by emails, No phone calls or personal visits are allowed before the interview.
Email: Valleyagroltd@gmail.com

How to Apply

Expiring: Aug 03, 2019
Email: Valleyagroltd@gmail.com


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Explore Malta

Malta

The Republic of Malta is a Mediterranean archipelago approximately 50 miles south of Sicily. The small state is a popular tourist destination, with a sunny, subtropical climate, beaches and a vibrant nightlife. Malta also boasts 7,000 years worth of cultural and religious attractions from various civilizations, including the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs and the British, that occupied the country.

Malta is actually the largest of the seven islands that make up the Republic of Malta, Gozo and Comino are the only other inhabited islands in the archipelago. Comino, nestled between Malta and Gozo, is a very tiny island with just one hotel. Gozo, with its spectacular coastlines and ancient temples and churches, is popular with tourists looking for a quiet, relaxing vacation. Malta’s Valletta, the capital, is a must-see for first time visitors; the harbor city is rich with 16th century UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Malta Experience is an hour-long show highlighting Malta’s magnificent landmarks, ideal for tourists about to embark on a sightseeing tour.


10 Top Tourist Attractions in Malta

10 Top Tourist Attractions in Malta
Last updated on September 11, 2018 in Beaches and Islands, Malta, Tours 3 Comments


For such a small island, Malta is absolutely packed with fascinating treasures. Breathtaking ancient sites, charming cities and beautiful beaches are just the beginning. Malta has attracted adventurers for centuries, and modern visitors have many opportunities for creating lasting memories in this enchanted place. Whether tourists want to enjoy relax by the sea, sampling Mediterranean dishes or discovering a romantic piece of the past, the top tourist attractions in Malta certainly offer something for everyone.

10. Mellieha Bay

Mellieħa Bay (also known as Għadira Bay) is the longest and most popular sandy beach in the Maltese Islands. Handy cafes sell food and drinks, making it possible to stay onsite without taking a break from the relaxation. A 15-minute walk leads up the steep hill to the rapidly developing town of Mellieħa, perched picturesquely atop a ridge. Nearby attractions include Popeye Village, the set of the 1980 film and the restored St. Agatha’s Tower from the 17th century.

9. The Citadella

On the island of Gozo and within the city of Victoria rests a stunning example of ancient architecture, the Citadella. It was the inhabitants’ main fortification for centuries. It was first fortified around 1500BC, and continued development by the Phoenicians until, by Roman times, it had become a complex Acropolis. The existing structures invite explorers of all ages to wander through ramparts, store rooms and tunnels. The views from the Citadella are not to be missed. Even better is the view of the Citadella itself as the sun goes down.

8. Hypogeum

The Ħal-Saflieni Hypogeum in the city of Paola is the only prehistoric underground temple in the world. The temple consists of halls, chambers and passages carved out of rock. Thought to be originally a sanctuary, it became a necropolis in prehistoric times. The complex is grouped in three levels – the upper level (3600-3300 BC), the middle level (3300-3000 BC), and the lower level (3150 -2500 BC). The deepest room in the lower level is 10.6 meters (35 ft) underground. Only a limited number of visitors are allowed entry and there can be a 2-3 weeks wait to get a ticket.

7. Blue Lagoon Bay

Found on the tiny island of Comino which sits between the main islands of Malta and Gozo, the Blue Lagoon is a restful getaway. The island is so small that no cars are allowed on it. It is also largely uninhabited and only one hotel is located onsite. Most people arrive on a daily basis via speed boat to claim their own section of sand on the lagoon for the day. Sparkling turquoise waters and white sand make a lovely backdrop for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling and simply enjoying the beautiful views.

6. Golden Bay

Golden Bay is one of the few sand beaches on the north west coast of Malta, and subsequently also one of the most popular. Sun beds and umbrellas are readily available for hire to ensure a comfortable day on the sand. Several beach clubs and a large hotel are located near the beach. Because it’s such a well-known beach and receives so many tourists, there are several vendors in the area offering rental equipment for various water sports. One of the best ways to enjoy this beach is at sunset when it truly lives up to its name.

5. Marsaxlokk

This picturesque fishing village is just a 30 minute bus ride from Valletta. Taking the bus is perhaps the best way to get there, particularly since it’s notoriously difficult to park in Marsaxlokk, especially near the waterfront. The village is very walkable, and with its colorful daily marketplace, strolling is the best way to experience it. The sight of the brightly painted luzzu fishing boats in the bay and the tranquil surroundings make this a very pleasant place to have lunch at one of the quayside restaurants.

4. Mdina

Mdina is an ancient walled city inhabited and possibly first fortified by the Phoenicians around 700 BC. Higher fortifications were added by Malta’s Arab rulers and Norman rulers. After the Knights Hospitaller arrived in the mid 1500’s the importance of Mdina as the seat of power faded steadily. What was once the old capital of Malta became the ‘silent city’, almost a ghost town. Today most of the palazzos belonging to the old aristocracy are being restored and the tourists bring life to the place, but there are only 300 inhabitants left.

3. Azure Window

A breathtaking natural limestone arch with a flat top, the Azure Window is one of Gozo’s top attractions. It’s been featured in movies and television shows, and is considered an indispensable part of the Malta experience. The tourist village of Dwejra is nearby to serve the needs of visitors who scuba dive, swim and boat around the arch where it drops into the Dwejra Bay. Boat tours are available, offering plenty of opportunities to capture great pictures. The arch is visible from a great distance. Most people hike there, enjoying the extraordinary view as they go and then cooling off in the water.

2. St. John's Co-Cathedral

Situated in Malta’s capital city of Valletta, the St. John’s Co-Cathedral is recognized as an outstanding example of Baroque architecture. Its exterior is forbidding and deceptive, as it closely resembles a fort. Once inside, visitors discover ornate decoration and priceless works of art. Perhaps the most recognizable piece is Caravaggio’s the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist. The cathedral was commissioned in 1572, and was intended to be the conventual church for the Knights of St. John, a noble order made up of the sons of some of Europe’s leading families. The knights defended Malta against marauding Turks, then proceeded to build Valletta and the cathedral.

1. Hagar Qim and Mnajdra

The prehistoric temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra are found on the south coast of Malta, perched on top of a cliff and overlooking the islet of Filfla. The temples date back to around 3600-3200 BC. Hagar Qim consists of a series of interconnected, oval chambers with no uniform arrangement, and differs from other Maltese temples in lacking a regular trefoil plan. Mnajdra, a 700 meter (2,300 foot) walk downhill from Ħaġar Qim, is more elaborate. There are three temples side by side, each with the trefoil plan and a different orientation. An excellent visitor center offers many interactive exhibits. It is a fitting way to begin an exploration of the temples themselves. The views of the sea beyond are spectacular.