The Maltese Islands boast over 7,000 years of history and a number of spectacular bucket-list sites. Here’s our top ten…
Valletta’s beautiful baroque architecture and rich heritage earned Malta’s capital city the accolade of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ‘The Sunniest City in Europe’ is home to elegant winding streets, over 320 stunning historical monuments and picturesque waterfront dining options.
Known in Maltese as Ramla il-Hamra (Red Sands), Ramla Bay is the biggest sandy beach on Malta’s sister island, Gozo. Often ranked as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, it boasts rich-coloured sand surrounded by crystal-clear azure blue waters.
The Ġgantija Temples are the oldest, free-standing structures in the world, created 1,000 years before the famous Egyptian pyramids of Giza and Stonehenge. The temples are a unique architectural masterpiece and witness to an exceptional prehistoric culture.
THE THREE CITIES
The Three Cities is the collective name of the three fortified cities of Birgu, Senglea and Cospicua in Malta. Take a Rolling Geek – a self-drive electric car complete with a pre-programmed GPS – that not only takes visitors on the perfect tour of the cities but explains what they’re looking at too.
The origins of Mdina, Malta’s medieval capital, can be traced back more than 4,000 years. Mdina is still home to Malta’s noble families and impressive palaces line its narrow, honey-coloured streets. Mdina is often referred to as the ‘Silent City’ as no cars are allowed to pass through its gates.
The Blue Lagoon is one of the most picturesque locations on the Maltese archipelago. The small cove between the western end of Gozo and the uninhabited islet of Cominotto, boasts turquoise shallow waters perfect for snorkelling and exploring by boat.
The picturesque Blue Grotto and its neighbouring system of caverns that mirror the stunning phosphorescent colours of the underwater flora are a must-see. The Blue Grotto, located near Wied iz-Zurrieq, is a popular dive site because of the crystal-clear azure waters. The site also featured in the film Troy (2004) starring Brad Pitt.
Dingli cliffs, located beside the village of Dingli on Malta’s Western coast, are the highest point of the Maltese Islands and stand at 250 metres above sea-level. Dingli Cliffs are an impressive sight when viewed from sea level on an island cruise.
ST JOHN’S CO-CATHEDRAL
The jaw dropping interior elaborately adorned by Mattia Preti is widely considered to be the best example of baroque style anywhere in Europe. The magnificent Cathedral is also home to the only signed work and largest painting by Caravaggio.
The Saluting Battery, one of Valletta’s most vibrant visitor attractions, is where history is brought to life at 12pm each day. Located along Valletta’s waterfront, it enjoys unrivalled spectacular views of the Grand Harbour and its surrounding fortified towns. It is the oldest saluting battery still in operation anywhere in the world. For almost 500 years, its guns protected the harbour against naval assault.