Located in the central Mediterranean neighboring Sicily, Malta is a beautiful archipelago of 21 islands. Malta is known for its historic sites, picturesque natural beauty, its ancients landmarks and its amazing islands. The Maltese culture is a combination of mixed Arabic and Italian. The country’s heritage sites encircled by the bottomless azure waters create one of the most beautiful scenarios. The countryside of Malta is dotted with scenic hilltop towns, harmonious seaports, and ancient fishing villages. Down below, we have listed the 10 Must-Visit Places In Malta that you can not miss out on.
The tiny capital of Malta can be dated back to 1500s. The historic walled city was established by the Knights of St. John. Museums, palaces and grand churches and beautiful landmarks dot the city. The city was named after Grand Master of the Order of St. John, Jean Parisot de la Valette. The capital is packed with sites of historical significance and has a lot to offers. The National Museum of Archaeology, Lascaris War Rooms, Upper Barrakka Gardens, St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Casa Rocca Piccola and Malta Postal Museum are some of its top attractions.
2. Mdina & Rabat:
The silent city of Malta, Mdina is a beautiful fortified city and the former capital of the island nation. Rabat was the suburb of the old capital Mdina. Mdina is home an extraordinary mix of medieval and baroque architecture. You will find some of the most beautiful churches and cathedrals in this area including the Cathedral of the Conversion of St. Paul. Walking on the cobblestones of Mdina and exploring its attractions such as the St Paul’s Cathedral, National Museum of Natural History and National Aquarium, Palazzo Falson and visiting the Mdina Gate, Meridiana Wine Estate and the nearby T’a Qali Artisanal Village are some of the must-do things. Rabat also has several attractions to offer including the St. Paul’s Catacombs, St. Paul’s Church and Grotto, Domus Romana and Casa Bernard.
3. St. Julians & Paceville:
The seaside town in Malta, St. Julians is located about 9km from Valletta. St. Julians & Paceville, a district in St. Julians, are best known for their energetic nightlife scene. At night, the town turns into a wild scene, so if you are looking some crazy fun, St. Julians is the perfect place for you. Its beautiful beaches are equally famous and are dotted with promenade and restaurants. Paceville has bars and nightclubs lining on its streets. The Balluta Bay, St. George’s Bay, Spinola Bay with Spinola Palace and the Portomaso Bay are some of its most popular attractions.
4. Marsaxlokk & St Peter’s Pool:
The small, traditional fishing village of Marsaxlokk is known for its picture-perfect views and history. The blue water of the Mediterranean sea clashing with tons of colourful boat creat a beautiful picture. Exploring the harbour, the fish market, and the coastal area of the village is a must thing to do. The St Peter’s Pool located nearby Marsaxlokk and it is especially known for being a perfect place for snorkelling. The natural pool with rocky beach and azure and light green waters are one of the best places to visit in Malta.
Ruled by the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Sicilians, French and British and more, the island of Gozo is known for its history and natural beauty. Its history of immigration and attractions including Neolithic Ġgantija Temple ruins, rural hiking paths, beaches and scuba-diving sites makes it among the best places to visit in Malta. The idyllic destination is home to pastoral landscape, white beaches and quiet towns with dwindling roads, and much more. The top attractions in Gozo include the Citadel, Ta’ Pinu, Dwejra, Azure Window and Ggantija Temples.
Located between the islands of Malta and Gozo, Comino is known for its popular attractions including the Blue Lagoon, Limestone islet & bird sanctuary, and the 17th-century tower & chapel. A perfect place for divers, windsurfers, and snorkelers, Comino is one of the must-visit places in Malta. The Blue Lagoon is by far the most famous attraction with gorgeous clear turquoise colour waters of the Mediterranean.
7. Blue Grotto, Qrendi & Dingli cliffs, Dingli:
Located in Qrendi, Blue Grotto is known for its historical significance and picture-perfect views. The picturesque sea caves are accessible by boat trip. The beautiful site draws thousands of tourists through all year. The coastline together with its pristine scenery and the vibrant blue colour of the water creates a breathtaking scenario. The unusual chemical structure of the water comprising a lot of different minerals contributes to its vibrant blue colour. The Dingli cliffs, located off the village of Dingli, is at a height of 253 meters above sea level. The cliffs offer picturesque scenic walks along with views of the Filfa and the Mediterranean sea. In Qrendi, you can also find other significant attractions such as The Mnajdra Temples and Hagar Qim.
8. The Three Cities:
The cities Birgu (Vittoriosa), Senglea and Cospicua make up The Three Cities of Malta. You can easily explore these cities one by one from Valletta. The first city you will visit is Birgu, the biggest of the 3 cities and the oldest. All of these three fortified cities have unique characteristics but they also have somethings in common, they will present you a slice of authentic life and a peek into Malta’s history. Birgu has a lot of things to offers such as the Fort St Angelo, Malta at War Museum, the Inquisitor’s Palace and the Malta Maritime Museum. In Senglea, you will find Safe Haven Gardens offering one of the best views of the capital city. In Cospicua, visit the Notre Dame Gate, its museums, the Immaculate Conception Church and other popular spots.
The small town of Mellieha is popular for its sandy beaches and natural environment. It is one of the northernmost villages of Malta overlooking Malta’s largest sandy beach, Mellieha Bay. Its lush green valleys and crystal clear seas make it one of the best places to visit. Other popular attractions include The Parish Church of Mellieha, Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mellieha, Mellieha Air Raid Shelter, St. Agatha’s Tower or the Red Tower and the WWII shelter.
10. The Megalithic Temples of Malta & The Hypogeum:
Constructed of stone-coralline limestone, the Megalithic Temples of Malta are several prehistoric temples. Some of these temples are UNESCO World Heritage Sites built between 3600 BC and 700 BC. The Megalithic Temples include the Ġgantija Temples in Xagħra, Hagar Qim & Mnajdra in Qrendi, Ta’ Ħaġrat Temples and The Skorba Temples in Mġarr and The Tarxien Temples in Tarxien. These sites are among the most historically significant sites to visit in Malta. The Hypogeum is another top spot to visit in Malta. The site is located in Paola and can be dated back to the Saflieni phase in Maltese prehistory. The Neolithic subterranean structure was discovered in 1902. The Hypogeum of Ħal Saflieni is one of the most interesting and important places to visit in Malta.