Stunning colour photos show Malta in the 1960s and 70s

A series of fascinating photographs capturing life in Malta during the 1960s and 70s have whipped up feelings of nostalgia on social media.

David Woolfenden from Swindon’s extraordinary collection of colour photos feature Mdina, Valletta, Marsaxlokk and Kalkara as well as scenes from everyday Maltese life.

And the roads are almost empty compared to today’s heavy traffic.

David, who went to school in Malta in the 1950s and 60s, shares his memories and beautiful photos, below:


Mellieha Bay

‘The main road from Mellieha to the Gozo ferry at Marfa in 1971’



‘Senglea viewed from Fort St Angelo in Vittoriosa in 1960’


St George’s Bay in St Julian’s

‘This is a very skinny me at St George’s Bay in 1968. I was 19 years old then, today I am 70. Time flies!’



‘St Luke’s Hospital from Msida Creek in 1973, when you could still navigate a sensible path through the traffic to Ta’ Xbiex’


Triton Fountain

‘The Valletta bus terminus and the Triton Fountain in 1960. What wonderful old buses!’


Bahar ic-Caghaq

‘The Coast Road with Plants Disco painted white. The RAF communication towers at Madliena are on the hill.’


The Coast Road

‘What a wonderful, peaceful road it was back then. The sea breeze was so salty and refreshing on a hot day’


Golden Bay

‘I’m very fond of this place’



‘Joey’s Bar in 1968’


Haircuts at the Grand Harbour

‘Does anyone recognise these lads? They will be about 69 or 70 years old now’


Marsamxett Harbour

‘Maltese dghajsa men chatting with their friends 1960’



‘Marsaxlokk harbour in 1968. It was a lot quieter in those days’


Ghajn Tuffieha

‘Pumpkins on the roof of a farmhouse on the main road from St Paul’s Bay to Ghajn Tuffieha in 1968’



‘My mum Hilda and her friend Carmen Farrugia pose in front of Mdina Gate in a photo taken by my father in 1960.’



‘Kingsway during festa season in 1971. This photo was taken with a film camera held against street sign so it’s a little shaky!’



‘My father took this photo of my little brother Chris who is now 63 years old’



‘My favourite, when the Kalkara boat yard was full of dghajsas neatly lined up in 1958’

How cool are these photos?