Self catering holidays in Malta

Malta - the friendliest island in the Med

Nature holidays in Malta

Nature holidays in Malta
Arid landscapes in Malta

One good thing about a nature holiday to Malta is the variety of habitat, both marine, coastal and inland. It's a fabulous destination to introduce your children to habitats and how variations in climate and conditions affect plants and animals.

The plants that flourish in such arid conditions tend to be succulents or adapted to survival with minimal water. These may have modified leaves, hairy leaves or other mechanisms to reduce transpiration. Even the Maltese grow pots of hairy leaved geraniums by their homes suited to their climate.


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Vivid colours of succulent daisies  Mats of thyme grow among the limestone boulders  Butterflies to spot
 A snail high up in a bush withstands the heat of June  Cactus and other sub tropical plants thrive in malta  Tamarisk is a common flowering shrub in coastal areas
 Sea urchins lurk in shallow waters around the Malta coast  Crustaceans can be caught inn the sea and rock pools and examined  

It amazes me that snails which I associate with dampness still manage to cope with such harsh conditions. This brings in aspects of adaptation.

You will see the usual Meditteranean species such as lizards and Maltese versions of common birds such as sparrows which look different to the ones we have back home and provides the opportunity to explain mutation. The small uninhabited islands around Malta each have their own unique versions of certain lizards which illustrates mutation at work very well.