A throwback to my Malta trip(s). Because you cannot go to Malta without noticing their love of colourful doors, windows, shutters and their unusual taste in door knockers!
I guess it’s a personality thing: everywhere you go in Malta, people have painted their doors and windows in all kinds of beautiful colours so that their houses are unique.
Luckily, most of these people have great taste! It’s almost like a competition of who can have the most beautifully painted door and the fanciest brass knocker!
Another prominent feature of Malta’s towns and villages are ‘gallarija’ – enclosed painted wooden balconies with glass windows, seen here painted in green:
And then there are the knockers…
Oh, the knockers…
Known as il-Habbata in Maltese, they often feature maritime motifs such as dolphins, sea horses, and fish.
Though clearly it’s not limited to seafaring, as many designs feature heads, the Maltese cross or animals:
The legend goes that in the past people did not knock on doors but they used to scratch at them, so ‘il-Habbata’ were invented to save their poor fingernails!
If you want to express your own personality in the form of a brass knocker, you can buy them in the old town of Mdina. But be aware, it’ll cost ya!
Which is your favourite? Mine has to be the dolphin, closely followed by the seahorse. And now I want to go back to Malta…