Malta, a tiny archipelago located in the heart of the Mediterranean, boasts a rich
history, stunning landscapes, and a captivating culture. With a mix of Arab,
Roman, Norman, and British influences, the islands offer an incredible melting pot
of experiences for travellers. If you’re contemplating a trip to Malta, here are some
top ideas to make your journey unforgettable.
Delve into the History at Valletta
As Europe’s smallest capital city, Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage site that’s
jam-packed with history. From the opulent St. John’s Co-Cathedral to the ancient
fortifications, there’s plenty to see.
– The Grandmaster’s Palace: Once the residence of the Knights of St. John,
it’s now Malta’s presidential palace.
– War Museum: Discover Malta’s significant role during World War II.
Discover the Charm of Gozo
Often overshadowed by its larger sibling, Malta, Gozo is an island that offers a
more laid-back and rustic charm. From its undulating hills to its beautiful bays,
Gozo is a haven for those looking to escape the bustle. One of the best ways to
explore Gozo is by renting a quad bike. This allows travellers to traverse the
rugged terrains, hidden paths, and get to less-accessible spots, adding an element of
adventure to the journey.
Photos by Polina Kovaleva
Unwind at the Beaches of Comino
The tiny island of Comino is home to the famed Blue Lagoon, a slice of paradise
with turquoise waters that are perfect for snorkeling and swimming.
– Santa Maria Bay: A quieter alternative to Blue Lagoon but equally
– Boat Trips: Many operators offer day cruises, allowing you to explore the
island’s coastal gems.
Explore the Megalithic Temples
Older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids, Malta’s megalithic temples are
a testament to the island’s ancient civilizations.
– Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra: Situated on a hilltop overlooking the sea, these
temples offer a mesmerizing blend of history and natural beauty.
– Tarxien Temples: Located closer to Valletta, these are famous for their
Dive into Malta’s Underwater World
Malta and Gozo are renowned diving destinations. With crystal-clear waters,
mysterious caves, and historical shipwrecks, divers of all levels will find
something to marvel at.
– The Blue Hole: Located near the Azure Window’s remnants in Gozo, it’s a
favorite among divers.
– MV Rozi: A purposely sunk tugboat near Ċirkewwa, perfect for beginner
and intermediate divers.
Wander through Mdina, the Silent City
The former capital of Malta, Mdina is a medieval-walled city with narrow, winding
streets. Explore the Baroque architecture, visit the Mdina Cathedral, or simply
enjoy the city’s serene atmosphere.
Relish Maltese Gastronomy
Maltese cuisine is a blend of Mediterranean flavors with a hint of North African
influence. Here’s what you must try:
– Pastizzi: Savory pastry filled with ricotta or mushy peas.
– Bragioli: Beef olives stuffed with a mixture of bacon, bread, and garlic.
– Hobż biż-żejt: Maltese bread with tomato paste, capers, and tuna.
Attend Local Festas
Throughout summer, various towns and villages in Malta celebrate their patron
saints with festas. Experience the local culture with fireworks, band marches, and
Malta offers a diverse range of activities and sights that cater to history buffs,
beach lovers, and adventure seekers alike. Whether you’re wandering through its
historic cities, diving its clear waters, or indulging in its rich gastronomy, Malta
promises an unforgettable experience.
Marsaxlokk: A Fisherman’s Haven
Marsaxlokk is a picturesque fishing village located in the southeastern part of
Malta. Known for its vibrant Sunday fish market, tourists and locals alike flock
here to buy the freshest catch of the day, from swordfish to octopus. Beyond the
market, the bay is dotted with colorful “luzzu,” traditional Maltese fishing boats
adorned with the iconic eye of Osiris. The waterfront is lined with a plethora of
restaurants where you can sample the catch of the day, freshly prepared in a myriad
of mouth-watering Maltese recipes. Strolling along the promenade, one is also
treated to views of the historic St. Lucian’s Tower and the stunning natural harbor.
St. Paul’s Bay: A Blend of History and Entertainment
St. Paul’s Bay, originally a small fishing village, has grown into a bustling tourist
hub. Just a short distance away, the Malta National Aquarium awaits. Housing
various marine species found in Maltese waters, from the Mediterranean Sea to the
tropical oceans, the aquarium provides an educational and immersive experience.
The unique architecture of the aquarium, designed to resemble a starfish, adds to
the attraction. Next door, you will find the Cafe del mar, great for a sea-front drink.
A few kilometres away, one of its star attractions is the Popeye Village, originally a
film set for the 1980’s movie “Popeye” starring Robin Williams. Today, it stands as
a quirky and delightful open-air museum and entertainment park, perfect for both
kids and adults. The wooden buildings, set against the backdrop of the crystal-clear
waters, provide a picturesque setting for a day of fun and frolic.