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Best Places to visit

Walk around this lovely city and look at the beautiful architecture, historical museums and amazing views over the sea and neighbor cities. Here are the best places to visit in Valletta: The Saint John’s Co-Cathedral might not look very interesting from the outside, but wait until you see what’s inside! It’s full of gold and magnificent paintings from Caravaggio. Grandmaster’s Palace, the most impressive room is for sure the armory! Republic Street and Merchant Street are the main commercial streets in Valletta, with numerous stores and restaurants. The Manoel Theatre, one of the oldest in Europe. The Fort Saint Elmo, also housing the National War Museum. At the National Museum of Fine Arts, you will find a collection of objects, sculptures and paintings which belonged to the Order of Malta. The Barraka Gardens, also called Upper Barraka Garden and Lower Barraka Garden. The upper one is bigger, with nice colonnades and a wonderful view over the 3 cities. Below you can see the Saluting Battery
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Walk around this lovely city and look at the beautiful architecture, historical museums and amazing views over the sea and neighbor cities. Here are the best places to visit in Valletta: The Saint John’s Co-Cathedral might not look very interesting from the outside, but wait until you see what’s inside! It’s full of gold and magnificent paintings from Caravaggio. Grandmaster’s Palace, the most impressive room is for sure the armory! Republic Street and Merchant Street are the main commercial streets in Valletta, with numerous stores and restaurants. The Manoel Theatre, one of the oldest in Europe. The Fort Saint Elmo, also housing the National War Museum. At the National Museum of Fine Arts, you will find a collection of objects, sculptures and paintings which belonged to the Order of Malta. The Barraka Gardens, also called Upper Barraka Garden and Lower Barraka Garden. The upper one is bigger, with nice colonnades and a wonderful view over the 3 cities. Below you can see the Saluting Battery
From Valletta, you can easily reach the Three Cities. Go to Upper Barrakka Garden and take the panoramic elevator (Barrakka Lift) to go downstairs. Then, cross the street and continue to the left to reach the boat departure point. Tickets are sold inside the boat. Round trip tickets are 2.80€ per person and it’s a 10min trip. It will drop you off in the city of Birgu, the biggest of the 3 cities (the 2 others are Senglea and Cospicua). They all have their unique features but they do have one thing in common; the views over Valletta. The best way to explore the 3 cities is just to wander around on foot! Birgu points of interest include Fort St. Angelo, the Inquisitor’s Palace and the Malta Maritime Museum In Senglea, go to the Safe Haven Gardens at the edge of the city; it has one of the best view over Valletta.
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Birgu
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From Valletta, you can easily reach the Three Cities. Go to Upper Barrakka Garden and take the panoramic elevator (Barrakka Lift) to go downstairs. Then, cross the street and continue to the left to reach the boat departure point. Tickets are sold inside the boat. Round trip tickets are 2.80€ per person and it’s a 10min trip. It will drop you off in the city of Birgu, the biggest of the 3 cities (the 2 others are Senglea and Cospicua). They all have their unique features but they do have one thing in common; the views over Valletta. The best way to explore the 3 cities is just to wander around on foot! Birgu points of interest include Fort St. Angelo, the Inquisitor’s Palace and the Malta Maritime Museum In Senglea, go to the Safe Haven Gardens at the edge of the city; it has one of the best view over Valletta.
Mdina is the former capital of Malta. During the Middle-Ages (before the Order of Malta), the government and other administrations were located there. It was called “Citta Notabile”, the noble city. When the Order arrived, knights decided that they needed to be close to their ships and Valletta became the new capital. Also called “the Silent City”, Mdina is a fortified city loved by tourists for its charm and quiet streets. The city is home to many historical monuments: St. Paul’s Cathedral (the oldest cathedral in Malta) and its museum the 18th century Vilhena Palace other palaces on Villegaignon Street, such as the Palazzo Falson. After exploring the city, you can go down to see the old moat which have been turned into a garden. From there you’ll be able to see the impressive ramparts from the bottom.
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Mdina
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Mdina is the former capital of Malta. During the Middle-Ages (before the Order of Malta), the government and other administrations were located there. It was called “Citta Notabile”, the noble city. When the Order arrived, knights decided that they needed to be close to their ships and Valletta became the new capital. Also called “the Silent City”, Mdina is a fortified city loved by tourists for its charm and quiet streets. The city is home to many historical monuments: St. Paul’s Cathedral (the oldest cathedral in Malta) and its museum the 18th century Vilhena Palace other palaces on Villegaignon Street, such as the Palazzo Falson. After exploring the city, you can go down to see the old moat which have been turned into a garden. From there you’ll be able to see the impressive ramparts from the bottom.
Rabat is another place to visit during your holidays in Malta. It’s located right next to Mdina: once you exit the fortified city you are already in Rabat! The best things to see in Rabat: St. Paul’s Church and Grotto, where Paul the Apostle sought refuge after their boat sank on the island St. Paul’s Catacombs, the city’s necropolis for 500 years Sy. Agatha’s Catacombs, where Saint Agatha hid during her exile from Sicily Domvs Romana, a Roman-era house turned into a museum.
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Rabat
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Rabat is another place to visit during your holidays in Malta. It’s located right next to Mdina: once you exit the fortified city you are already in Rabat! The best things to see in Rabat: St. Paul’s Church and Grotto, where Paul the Apostle sought refuge after their boat sank on the island St. Paul’s Catacombs, the city’s necropolis for 500 years Sy. Agatha’s Catacombs, where Saint Agatha hid during her exile from Sicily Domvs Romana, a Roman-era house turned into a museum.
Sliema and St Julian’s are the main touristic cities in Malta. You’ll find there plenty of hotels, restaurants, clubs, casinos and shopping malls. They are perfect destinations if you like busy cities and to party. If you enjoy quiet places however, that might not be the best places for you to go. In Sliema, you can enjoy a good meal in the numerous seafront restaurants offering unique views over Valletta. There is also a nice promenade going from St Julian’s to Sliema and even Valletta along the sea. It’s probably the most crowded area of the island, especially during summer nights.
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Sliema
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Sliema and St Julian’s are the main touristic cities in Malta. You’ll find there plenty of hotels, restaurants, clubs, casinos and shopping malls. They are perfect destinations if you like busy cities and to party. If you enjoy quiet places however, that might not be the best places for you to go. In Sliema, you can enjoy a good meal in the numerous seafront restaurants offering unique views over Valletta. There is also a nice promenade going from St Julian’s to Sliema and even Valletta along the sea. It’s probably the most crowded area of the island, especially during summer nights.
The best thing to do in Malta on a Sunday is, without a doubt, going to the fish market in Marsaxlokk. Marsaxlokk is an authentic fishing port, with colored fishing boats called luzzu. Every Sunday takes place a traditional fish market. Don’t be fooled by the name though, you will find more things than just fish at that market, like souvenirs for example. This market is huge and usually crowded, probably because souvenirs are cheaper there than in Valletta. You’ll find many bars and restaurants along the port, perfect for lunch break. Most of them serve fish but you can also find pizzas and sandwiches. As always in Malta, the price is very decent
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Marsaxlokk
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The best thing to do in Malta on a Sunday is, without a doubt, going to the fish market in Marsaxlokk. Marsaxlokk is an authentic fishing port, with colored fishing boats called luzzu. Every Sunday takes place a traditional fish market. Don’t be fooled by the name though, you will find more things than just fish at that market, like souvenirs for example. This market is huge and usually crowded, probably because souvenirs are cheaper there than in Valletta. You’ll find many bars and restaurants along the port, perfect for lunch break. Most of them serve fish but you can also find pizzas and sandwiches. As always in Malta, the price is very decent
Close to Marsaxlokk, St Peter’s Pool is another must-see attraction in Malta. Dug by erosion, this natural pool is a great swimming spot. Kids in particular love this beach, they challenge themselves to jump from the small cliff rather than actually swim. In fact, the only ways to get in the water is by jumping or using ladders. Please also note that there is very limited shaded areas, so it might not be a good place to go with young children. If you keep walking past St Peter’s Pool to the right, you’ll get to a flatter area with more natural pools carved into the rocks. Another great spot to take a dip. St Peter’s Pool is 10min driving away from Marsaxlokk. It’s easy to find and there are 2 free parking lots
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St. Peter's Pool
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Close to Marsaxlokk, St Peter’s Pool is another must-see attraction in Malta. Dug by erosion, this natural pool is a great swimming spot. Kids in particular love this beach, they challenge themselves to jump from the small cliff rather than actually swim. In fact, the only ways to get in the water is by jumping or using ladders. Please also note that there is very limited shaded areas, so it might not be a good place to go with young children. If you keep walking past St Peter’s Pool to the right, you’ll get to a flatter area with more natural pools carved into the rocks. Another great spot to take a dip. St Peter’s Pool is 10min driving away from Marsaxlokk. It’s easy to find and there are 2 free parking lots
Mosta is famous for its monumental church, whose design was inspired by the Pantheon of Rome. It was built in 1833 thanks to funds raised by the residents, and is one of the most beautiful church in Malta. It’s said that the dome is one of the biggest in Europe, whether it’s the 3rd or the 4th biggest dome is still a matter of debate. It’s so big that you can see it from many places on the island.
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Mosta
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Mosta is famous for its monumental church, whose design was inspired by the Pantheon of Rome. It was built in 1833 thanks to funds raised by the residents, and is one of the most beautiful church in Malta. It’s said that the dome is one of the biggest in Europe, whether it’s the 3rd or the 4th biggest dome is still a matter of debate. It’s so big that you can see it from many places on the island.
Blue Grotto is located 2km away from Zurrieq town. It got its name and reputation from the intense blue color of the water in the cave. You can see it from above at a sightseeing location just outside the city. You can also go to the small Wied Iz Zurrieq port, 2min further away by car, and take a 30 min boat tour. Remember to check the weather conditions beforehand, there won’t be any tour if the sea is too stormy.
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Blue Grotto
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Blue Grotto is located 2km away from Zurrieq town. It got its name and reputation from the intense blue color of the water in the cave. You can see it from above at a sightseeing location just outside the city. You can also go to the small Wied Iz Zurrieq port, 2min further away by car, and take a 30 min boat tour. Remember to check the weather conditions beforehand, there won’t be any tour if the sea is too stormy.
North off Blue Grotto, the Dingli cliffs are worth stopping by. Located 250m above sea level, Dingli is the highest point in Malta. It’s a nice place to walk around (be careful not to get to close to the cliff) and enjoy the views. Sunsets there are a photographer’s dream!
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Dingli Cliffs
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North off Blue Grotto, the Dingli cliffs are worth stopping by. Located 250m above sea level, Dingli is the highest point in Malta. It’s a nice place to walk around (be careful not to get to close to the cliff) and enjoy the views. Sunsets there are a photographer’s dream!
The Red Tower, or Saint Agatha’s Tower is located in Marfa, 5min driving from Mellieha. Built in 1649 among other towers between Valletta and Gozo, it was used to watch the coasts and protect merchants from pirates’ attacks. It could host up to fifty soldiers and had 5 cannons. It’s named after the color of its walls. You can visit the Red Tower for 2€. It’s small, but the tour is worth it thanks to the amazing view from the top of the tower. From there, you can see the White Tower, Saint Mary’s Tower (on Comino island) and Lippija Tower.
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The Red Tower
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The Red Tower, or Saint Agatha’s Tower is located in Marfa, 5min driving from Mellieha. Built in 1649 among other towers between Valletta and Gozo, it was used to watch the coasts and protect merchants from pirates’ attacks. It could host up to fifty soldiers and had 5 cannons. It’s named after the color of its walls. You can visit the Red Tower for 2€. It’s small, but the tour is worth it thanks to the amazing view from the top of the tower. From there, you can see the White Tower, Saint Mary’s Tower (on Comino island) and Lippija Tower.
Several megalithic temples can be found in Malta and Gozo, some of them even being UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They were all built between the 4th and 3th century BCE. Here is a list of temples to visit: Tarxien temples located in the city of Tarxien Hagar Qim temples, next to the city of Qrendi, in South Malta Mnajdra temples, only 500m away from Hagar Qim Ggantija temples on Gozo island
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Templos de Tarxien
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Several megalithic temples can be found in Malta and Gozo, some of them even being UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They were all built between the 4th and 3th century BCE. Here is a list of temples to visit: Tarxien temples located in the city of Tarxien Hagar Qim temples, next to the city of Qrendi, in South Malta Mnajdra temples, only 500m away from Hagar Qim Ggantija temples on Gozo island
Popeye Village is located in the North-Western part of Malta, close to Mellieha. This village was entirely built to serve as a set for the movie “Popeye”, shot in 1980 with Robin Williams as the lead actor. To built this gigantic set, trees were imported from Canada to build the houses, a road to the bay was created, along with a breakwater to protect the set. Once the shooting was over, they decided to keep everything intact. Nowadays, it’s an amusement park. Kids will be able to discover characters from the movie and even act in a custom made one! The park also features boat rides, stores, trampolines and restaurants.
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Popeye Village
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Popeye Village is located in the North-Western part of Malta, close to Mellieha. This village was entirely built to serve as a set for the movie “Popeye”, shot in 1980 with Robin Williams as the lead actor. To built this gigantic set, trees were imported from Canada to build the houses, a road to the bay was created, along with a breakwater to protect the set. Once the shooting was over, they decided to keep everything intact. Nowadays, it’s an amusement park. Kids will be able to discover characters from the movie and even act in a custom made one! The park also features boat rides, stores, trampolines and restaurants.
While you’re on the island, why not show your children what’s around them by going to the Malta National Aquarium? Built in 2013, it’s located right next to Saint Paul’s Bay, in the city of Qawra. The visit is great and very lively. You will discover all kind of sea animals from the Mediterranean and Malta region, as well as fish from the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The best part is probably the underwater tunnel with sharks and rays swimming above you. There is also an area with reptiles and amphibians.
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Malta National Aquarium
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While you’re on the island, why not show your children what’s around them by going to the Malta National Aquarium? Built in 2013, it’s located right next to Saint Paul’s Bay, in the city of Qawra. The visit is great and very lively. You will discover all kind of sea animals from the Mediterranean and Malta region, as well as fish from the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The best part is probably the underwater tunnel with sharks and rays swimming above you. There is also an area with reptiles and amphibians.
Gozo is the second largest island in Malta. It’s more rural and quiet with wonderful landscapes and nice beaches and coves. There are really many things to do in Gozo. To get there, take the Gozo Channel Line ferry, from Cirkewwa on Malta island. The trip lasts about 20min and you can board with a vehicle. Boarding is fast and well organized. From June 1, 2021, you can also take the fast ferry from Valletta to Gozo. The ferry departs from Valletta Grand Harbor and will take you to Gozo in 45 minutes. This boat only takes passengers and no cars. You will disembark at the same place as the other ferry, at Gozo Mgarr harbor. For prices and schedules, you can find all the information on the official website Once you arrive in Gozo, these are the best places to visit: Victoria, also called Rabat by the locals, is the main city in Gozo. It’s a great place for shopping and food, but the main attraction is for sure the Cittadella, the fortified part of the city. Located on a hill, it’s home to the Cathedral, the old prison, archaeological sites and of course, amazing views over Gozo from the ramparts. Djewra region in the North-West, famous for the Azur Window (unfortunately it collapsed in 2017), Fungus Rock, the Inland Sea and the Deep Blue Hole Marsalforn is a popular beach town during summertime, the main attraction being the 3km long salt pans on the edge of the city. Ta’Pinu shrine is a dazzling church. Built on a small hill, you can see it from far away. Ta’Cenc cliffs, 130m high, offer a lovely scenic view. If you have a drone, this is the place to use it! Ggantija temples, among the most impressive and best preserved temples on the island Ramla Bay beach, the biggest sand beach in Gozo. A perfect beach for families with plenty of space for kids to play.
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Gozo
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  Gozo is the second largest island in Malta. It’s more rural and quiet with wonderful landscapes and nice beaches and coves. There are really many things to do in Gozo. To get there, take the Gozo Channel Line ferry, from Cirkewwa on Malta island. The trip lasts about 20min and you can board with a vehicle. Boarding is fast and well organized. From June 1, 2021, you can also take the fast ferry from Valletta to Gozo. The ferry departs from Valletta Grand Harbor and will take you to Gozo in 45 minutes. This boat only takes passengers and no cars. You will disembark at the same place as the other ferry, at Gozo Mgarr harbor. For prices and schedules, you can find all the information on the official website Once you arrive in Gozo, these are the best places to visit: Victoria, also called Rabat by the locals, is the main city in Gozo. It’s a great place for shopping and food, but the main attraction is for sure the Cittadella, the fortified part of the city. Located on a hill, it’s home to the Cathedral, the old prison, archaeological sites and of course, amazing views over Gozo from the ramparts. Djewra region in the North-West, famous for the Azur Window (unfortunately it collapsed in 2017), Fungus Rock, the Inland Sea and the Deep Blue Hole Marsalforn is a popular beach town during summertime, the main attraction being the 3km long salt pans on the edge of the city. Ta’Pinu shrine is a dazzling church. Built on a small hill, you can see it from far away. Ta’Cenc cliffs, 130m high, offer a lovely scenic view. If you have a drone, this is the place to use it! Ggantija temples, among the most impressive and best preserved temples on the island Ramla Bay beach, the biggest sand beach in Gozo. A perfect beach for families with plenty of space for kids to play.
Comino is a tiny island located between Malta and Gozo island. Tiny in terms of size, but not in terms of reputation! That’s where the Blue Lagoon is, a stunning lagoon with turquoise water. Every day, shuttle boats come and go from Malta/Gozo to Comino to bring tourists to swim in the lagoon. Fore sure, unless you go off season, don’t go there if you’re looking for a peaceful and quiet beach!
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Comino
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Comino is a tiny island located between Malta and Gozo island. Tiny in terms of size, but not in terms of reputation! That’s where the Blue Lagoon is, a stunning lagoon with turquoise water. Every day, shuttle boats come and go from Malta/Gozo to Comino to bring tourists to swim in the lagoon. Fore sure, unless you go off season, don’t go there if you’re looking for a peaceful and quiet beach!

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