Fascinating postcards show Malta life in the 1970s

These fascinating photographs offer a glimpse into Malta life in the 1970s.

The collection of beautiful snaps were posted on social media by Christine Evans from Nottinghamshire and show snapshots of everyday life in the Maltese Islands more than 40 years ago.

Christine wrote: ‘Just found an old album from my first holiday to Malta in 1978 so thought I’d share copies of these old postcards.’

Stunning photos of Mellieha, St Paul’s Bay, the Hotel Calypso in Marsalforn, Kalkara Creek and Valletta bus terminus reveal just how much Malta and Gozo have changed in four decades.

Another image shows the tiny seaside hamlet of Xlendi, surrounded by unspoilt countryside.

Another postcard shows holidaymakers enjoying the Maltese sunshine at the Riviera Martinique Hotel, which sadly closed in the early 1980s and now lies in ruins.

In 2011, Malta’s then-Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi called for the derelict hotel at Ghajn Tuffieha to be demolished, describing it as ‘extremely unsightly’ and ‘a grave danger to the public’.

It still stands to this day.


1 Xlendi


2 Hotel Calypso in Marsalforn


3 Riviera Bay


4. Kalkara Creek


5. Valletta bus station


6. Mellieha


7. St Paul’s Bay

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