Why are there so many balconies in Malta? What does their Maltese name, il-gallarija Maltija, mean? (the Maltese balcony)
I heard more than one story about the ubiquitous Maltese balconies. My favorite said centuries ago the balconies were a place for women to sit and watch life on the streets below. From their perches, they could not be seen from below, protecting their modesty.
I was lucky enough to have a Maltese style balcony in one of my lodgings on Gozo. I found it to be the coolest place in the apartment. The prevailing sea-breeze drifted in through small vents carved in the wood. Natural air-conditioning.
I took photos of over 100 balconies on Gozo and Malta. I chose these 12 to share. I think they cover most of the balcony styles I saw.
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The balconies are lovely , as are you images — I think you were Maltese in a former life!
Thank you, Phyl. I think you must be right, I was drawn to Malta when I knew nothing about it. I am returning next spring for a 3-week visit – provided COVID has slowed down.
Lovely pics, the balconies definitely add a certain charm to Malta, along with the brightly coloured doors 🔆
Thank you, Cherryl. You’ve inspired me to put together a collection of Malta and Gozo doors and door knockers.
Thanks Mary, that’s a lovely idea – I really liked this about Malta, charming with character.😊
Cherryl, do you live in Malta?