Top 50 Things to Do and to See in Malta

The country of Malta is a small country located in Europe and perhaps one of the most popular tourist destinations of Europe. The country of Malta has plenty of tourist attractions to offers such as archaeological and historical tourism, nature tourism, interesting museums, or simply a place to have fun. As archaeological attractions Malta has the remains of numerous of magnificent temples that are thousands of years old. The country is also naturally beautiful and offers some of the best natural sites, beautiful cliffs on the edge of the blue sea, hills, etc… It is indeed one of the favorite dive sites in Europe. Fifty things that you can enjoy in Malta along with your family are listed below:

1. Valletta

The city of Valletta is one of the major tourist destinations of Malta and its capital also. The country is said to have a prolonged history. Valletta is completely bounded with high fortress. This fortress that surrounded this city is constructed during the 16th century. One of the major tourist attractions of this city is a yellowish gray color of almost all the buildings, because the majority of building materials and stones that used is the rock (limestone). Valletta was one of the earliest sites inscribed by UNESCO on the World Heritage list.

2. Gozo Island

The Gozo Island is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Malta. Once here you can relax at the Bridge Xwiendi that has beautiful scenery beaches and cafes. It is renowned for its characters and places of interest. Some of these are caves Calypso. The Gozo Island offers some of the spectacular tourist attractions that are considered worth a visit. The sea is amazing like a giant swimming pool and has some of the best underwater visibility, for snorkeling and scuba diving.

3. Hagar Qim

Hagar Qim is an ancient temple that is made of limestone is one of the major tourist attractions of Malta. This temple includes five domes. Neolithic temple is situated just 2 kilometers from the village of Qrendi and just steps from the temple complex of Mnajdra, Malta towards the Southern part of Europe. Hagar Qim is perhaps derived from “Ggantija phase”, that was about 3600-3200 BC.

4. The Blue Grotto

One of the extremely famous Caves of Malta is The Blue Grotto, with deep waters displaying beautiful bright colors, from turquoise into blue. It is indeed one of the biggest of numerous sea caverns situated near “Wied iz-Zurrieq” towards the south of Zurrieq. Every day from sunrise until about 1 pm a unique sight can be observed here. The location of the cave combined with the sunlight lead to the water mirroring showing numerous shades of blue. The Blue Grotto is among the most popular tourist destinations of the country.

5. Mdina

The meaning of Mdina is a walled city, is one of the most famous tourist destinations of Malta. The city of Mdina is as wide as the other cities of Europe walled. Once here you can get the feel of being into Arab towns in general. You will find houses that are made up rocks. The atmosphere of the city of Mdina is like Tripoli (capital of Libya) with a much smaller size. A number of attractions related to its history are well worth visiting and you also get the best views of Malta from here. More information on the Mdina

6. Sun, sand and sea

It is said that even after the county has a multitude of historic and cultural gems, the sunny weather, some of the cleanest sea anywhere and idyllic beaches remain the major tourist attractions and manages to pull crowds. You will find some of the finest and popular sandy beaches as well as the rugged but no less beautiful rocky coasts. Gozo also has plenty of unique spots and Comino’s Blue Lagoon is material for glossy brochures.

7. Megalithic temples

The Megalithic Temples of Malta are among the most popular tourist attractions of the country. These ancient monuments are megalithic complexes that dates backs to 3,600 B.C. Among them 5 of these temples are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the oldest known freestanding temples in the world at Ggantija and the underground wonder of the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum.

8. Comino

Comino is an island of the Maltese archipelago between the islands of Malta and Gozo in the Mediterranean Sea. The total area of this island is 1.35 square miles. The island was named after the cumin seed that once thrived in the Maltese islands; it is renowned for harmony and isolation. Currently the island is a bird sanctuary and nature reserve.

9. Għar Dalam

Ghar Dalam is a prehistorically cul de sac situated on the outskirts of Birżebbuġa, Malta including the bone remnants of animals that were trapped and subsequently became extinct on Malta at the end of the Ice age. You will find some of the attractive animals such as Dwarf elephant, hippopotamus, and deer and bear bone; the hippopotamuses became extinct about 180,000 years ago, whilst the deer species became extinct much later, about 18,000 years ago. Here you will find the earliest evidence of human settlement on Malta, approximately 400 years ago, was discovered.

10. The National Museum of Archaeology

The National Museum of Archaeology of Malta is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the country. It is an interesting place to find some of the best ancient artifacts, situated in Valletta. The museum was opened during the 1958 by Agatha Barbara, then the Minister of Education. The museum originally included the archaeological collection on the ground floor and fine arts on the first floor. The first curator was Captain Charles G. Zammit, the son of the eminent Maltese archaeologist Sir Themistocles Zammit.Mnajdra is a megalithic temple complex located towards the southern coast of the Mediterranean island of Malta. It was constructed around the fourth millennium BCE; is indeed among the most ancient religious sites on Earth to be found in Malta, as stated by the World Heritage Sites committee as “unique architectural masterpieces”. In 1992 UNESCO recognized the Mnajdra complex and four other Maltese megalithic structures as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

12. The Manoel

The Manoel Theatre is Europe’s third-oldest working theatre, and the oldest working theatre in the Commonwealth of Nations. The Manoel is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the country it is situated on Old Theatre Street is now Malta’s National Theatre and home to the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. It is little, six-hundred and twenty-three seat venue, with a lavish, oval-shaped auditorium, three tiers of boxes constructed entirely of wood and decorated with 22-carat gold leaf, and a pale blue, trompe-l’oeil ceiling that resembles a round cupola.

13. Hypogeum of Paola

The Hypogeum of Paola in Greek known as “underground”, is a subterranean structure dating to the Saflieni time in Maltese prehistory. It is believed that earlier it was a sanctuary, later became a necropolis in ancient times, as is proven by the remains of more than 7,000 individuals that have been discovered during the course of the excavation. It is considered to be the only ancient underground temple in the world. It is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

14. The Valletta Waterfront

The Valletta Waterfront is decorative wharf constructed by Manuel Pinto de Fonseca during the 18th century; it is one of the most famous tourist attractions of the country. Today the waterfront is entirely renovated. It is also being used as a venue with a concentration of bars, retail outlets and restaurants and also for concerts and events that also contains the Malta Jazz Festival, the Malta Fireworks Festival, the Perfect Wedding Fair and other themed events.

15. Fort St Angelo

Fort St Angelo is a large fortification located in Birgu is one of the major tourist attraction of Malta. It is located right at the centre of Grand Harbour. On the Fort you will also find some Roman texts of a temple dedicated to Juno/Astarte. There is also the popular attribute to its foundation to the Arabs, c. 870 AD, but nothing is concrete although al-Himyarī mentions that the Arabs dismantled a hisn, but there is no actual reference if this ‘fortress’ was in Vittoriosa.

16. Rotunda of Mosta

The Church of the Assumption of Our Lady is also referred to as the Rotunda of Mosta is a Roman Catholic Church and among the major tourist attractions of Malta. It is the third largest unsupported dome in the world. The church was said to have been constructed on the site of a previous church during the 19th Century and was designed by the Maltese architect Giorgio Grognet de Vassé. Its dome is among the largest in the world, with an internal diameter of 37.2 metres (122 ft).

17. Tarxien Temples

The Tarxien Temples are the famous archaeological complex to be found in Tarxien, considered to as old as 3150 BC. It was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1980 along with the other Megalithic temples on the island of Malta. The Tarxien contains 3 separate, but attached, temple structures. The main entrance is a reconstruction dating from 1956, when the whole site was restored. At the same time, numerous of the decorated slabs discovered on location were relocated indoors for protection at the Museum of Archaeology in Valletta.

18. San Anton

San Anton Palace is one of the famous tourist attractions of Malta. It is a palace situated in the town of Attard. This magnificent palace is the official residence of the President of the country is surrounded by both private and public gardens. The Palace and its Gardens owe their origin to the Knight Antoine de Paule, a Frenchman knight from the Langue de Provence.

19. The Skorba temples

The Skorba temples are megalithic remains to be found towards the northern edge of Żebbiegħ. This place has set to have provided detailed information into the earliest era of the country’s Neolithic culture. The site was only excavated in the early 1960s, rather late in comparison to other megalithic sites, some of which had been studied since the early 19th century. It is an important site and also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, a listing it shares with 6 other megalithic temples in Malta.

20. The National Museum of Fine Arts

The National Museum of Fine Arts is among the major museum for the visual arts and considered a must visit to be found in the country’s capital, Valletta. The museum offers some of the finest collection of art by Maltese and foreign artists and mostly representing the major European artistic styles. The area is the seat of fine historical palaces dating from the times of the Order of St John of Jerusalem that are now used by government ministries and departments.

21. National War Museum

The National War Museum is one of the interesting places to visit in Malta. The museum is situated in Fort St. Elmo in the country’s capital, Valletta. The museum exhibits collections that majorly focus on World War I and World War II. During the World War II, Malta was the location of strong resistance against the Italian and German attempt to conquer it. A memorial had been dedicated to those who sacrificed themselves for Malta’s freedom. The original George Cross that was awarded to Malta by King George VI in the year 1942 you will find it on display at the museum.

22. Verdala Palace

The Verdala Palace is the official summer residence of the President of Malta and one of the magnificent places to witness. The palace was constructed during the year 1586 by Grandmaster Hughues Loubenx de Verdalle on the position of a hunting lodge previously owned by Grandmaster Jean de la Valette-Parisot. The palace is known for its surrounding boschetto, which is a large semi-landscaped area that was used by the Knights of Malta for game hunting.

23. Qawra Tower

Qawra Tower is a fortification that is constructed on the island of Malta by the Knights of Malta during the year 1637. It is a small fortification, primarily a watchtower. Towards its west it commands the entrance to St. Paul’s Bay, to the east Salina Bay along with Għallis Tower. It is believed that the tower was constructed during the reign of Grand Master Giovanni Paolo Lascaris and stands near the tip of Ras il-Qawra (Qawra Point).

24. Victoria Lines

The Victoria Lines are a line of fortifications flanked by defensive towers, stretches 12 kilometers along the width of Malta, dividing the north of the island from the more heavily populated south. The Victoria Lines are very popular in Malta. The Victoria Lines run along a natural geographical wall that is popularly referred as the Great Fault, from Madliena in the east, through the limits of the town of Mosta in the centre of the island, to Binġemma and the limits of Rabat, on the west coast.

25. Cominotto

Cominotto is an uninhabited Mediterranean island towards the northern coast of Malta. Occupying a total area 0.25 km², Cominotto lies 100 meters to the North West of Comino. Between Comino and Cominotto lie the transparent, cyan waters of the Blue Lagoon. It is one of the most visited tourist spots of the country and you can find numbers tour boats daily.

26. St. Agatha’s Tower

It is said that the tower of St. Agatha is similar in style to the Wignacourt towers, though it was completed during the year 1649 right in the Grand Mastership of Giovanni Paolo Lascaris to a design by Antonio Garsin. The St. Agatha’s Tower is also referred as the Red Tower due to the colour it is painted. The original structure is a square tower with four square corner towers with cannon ports in the towers giving interlocking fields of fire commanding the base of the walls and the gateway, with large cannon ports in the faces of the main tower.

27. Malta Maritime Museum

The Malta Maritime Museum is one of the famous tourist spots of Malta that illustrates the global nature of seafaring and its impact on society from the year 1992. The museum housed within the Old Naval bakery in Vittoriosa, it drafts Malta’s maritime history which is tightly bound to Mediterranean Sea. Among the vast collections of the museum you will also find various artifacts highlighting different epochs, shaping Maltese seafaring trough paint, charts, evidence and sea technology evolution.

28. Fort Rinella

Fort Rinella is a Victorian fortification that is present on the island of Malta and perhaps the most visited tourist spots of Malta. It is also known as the Rinella Battery. The British constructed the fort between 1878 and 1886, which stands above the shore east of the mouth of Grand Harbour, between Fort Ricassoli and Fort St. Rocco.The fort was built to contain a single RML 17.72 inch gun: a rifled muzzle loading gun weighing 100 tons made by the Elswick Ordnance Company, which is still in place.

29. Fort Ricasoli

Fort Ricasoli is a large fortification on the island of Malta and was constructed by the Knights of Malta between 1670 and 1693. Today the fort is among the popular tourist attractions of the country. It occupies the promontory known as Gallows Point that forms the eastern arm of Grand Harbour, and the north shore of Rinella Creek. Together with Fort St. Elmo and Fort Tigné it commands the approaches to Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour.

30. Country walks

It is said that the perfect time to visit the country of Malta is season of spring autumn and most of winter that offer the perfect climate to walk the contrasting and rich Maltese countryside. Some of the best places to explore here are the Gentle hillsides, dramatic cliffs, isolated seaside inlets and secluded pathways. The country also offers some of the other interesting attractions also such as the Coastal towers, wayside chapels, indigenous wild fauna along typical rubble walls and rugged garigue with sweeping coastal views are a gratifying way to explore Malta and Gozo.

31. Diving

Diving in Malta is considered to be one of the most favorite activities and all thanks to the ideal weather. It is said that diving in Malta is an all year round sport. The Mediterranean waters surrounding the Maltese islands are some of the cleanest and clearest seas you will ever see. Once here you can witness plenty of dramatic underwater drop-offs, intriguing caves, a variety of natural and artificial reefs, a healthy marine life and very professional diving schools dotting the islands, diving here gets two thumbs up.

32. Nightlife

One of the best experiences you will love in Malta will be its cousin and offers some of the best restaurants. The country also offers fabulous nightlife. You can also head out to an atmospheric wine bar for a laid back evening or try your luck at an opulent casino. The younger generation will enjoy the thriving clubbing scene and the multitude of bustling venues around St. Julian’s and Bugibba.

33. Village religious feasts

The famous village religious feasts of Malta are considered worth visiting. The sheer amount of effort, energy, fanaticism and belief that goes into these ‘festas’ illustrates in the crowds, both local and tourists. Follow the town band and statue processions and participate in street parties and ponder in adorned churches, taste traditional delicacies from street stalls and marvel at breathtaking firework displays.

34. Fort Chambray

Fort Chambray was a fort located on the island of Gozo, is one of the famous attractions of Malta. It was constructed on the located of Ras it-Tafal’ which is situated between the port of Mġarr and that of Xatt l-Ahmar. The fort is considered to be as old as 250 years and during its 250 years of life it has experienced only one brief military adventure. In 1798, it was Gozo’s defense against the revolutionary forces of Napoleon. During the remaining years of the Knights’ rule in Malta, the fortress never experienced any attack mainly due to the decline of the Berber and Turkish marauders.

35. Fort St Michael

Fort St Michael was a fortification that is to be found on the island of Malta. A fort of that name was constructed between 1551 and 1565 by the Knights of Malta on the peninsula then known as Isla St Michael formed by Dockyard Creek and French Creek in Grand Harbour. The region even today is popular as L-Isla, but is now occupied by the fortified city of Senglea. It was design in very similar to that of Fort St. Elmo on the Sciberras Peninsula, with the exception of a bastioned front and a ravelin.

36. Inquisitor’s Palace

The Inquisitor’s Palace is one of the popular tourist spots to visit in the country. The palace is a museum located in the heart of Birgu, Vittoriosa. It was erected as the civil law courts of the Order of St John between 1530s and 1571 then became the inquisitor’s residence from 1574 until 1798. Today the Palace is the “flagship” of Maltese Ethnography. The interesting collections that this museum exhibits aims to portray the salient aspects of Malta’s urban religious culture, placing particular focus on the early modern period and the impact of the Inquisition on Maltese society through the centuries.

37. The National Museum of Natural History

The National Museum of Natural History is a famous place to visit in Malta. The museum is situated in a building full of history, within the medieval walled city of Mdina. The museum is as old as 50 years and has been open to the public since 1973. Once here you will get the opportunity to explore Maltese ecosystems (both on ground and under water), focusing on endemic plants and bird of the Islands, such as the Maltese Centaury and Blue Rock Thrush.

38. The Valletta Royal Opera House

The Valletta Royal Opera House is one of the famous opera houses and performing arts venues of Malta, to be found in the country’s capital. The opera house was designed by English architect Edward Middleton Barry and was erected during the year 1866. In 1873 its interior was extensively damaged by fire but was later restored by the end of 1877. Prior to its destruction, it was one of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in Valletta.

39. St Thomas Tower

St Thomas Tower is a fortification that is present on the island of Malta. You will find it standing above the shore on the seaward face of the headland of Il-Hamriga and was constructed during the year 1614 by the Knights of Malta in the reign of Grand Master Fra Alof de Wignacourt, and is one of the set of Wignacourt towers. The tower is an important tourist site of the country.

40. St John’s Co-Cathedral

One of the most popular churches of the country’s capital is the St John’s Co-Cathedral. The church is considered to be Malta’s most impressive church that was designed by the architect Gerolamo Cassar. St John’s Co-Cathedral was constructed during the year 1573, taking over from the Church of St Lawrence in Vittoriosa as the place where the Knights would gather for communal worship. This Cathedral of Malta was raised to a status equal to that of St Paul’s Cathedral in Mdina – the official seat of the Archbishop of Malta – by a papal decree of 1816, hence the term ‘co-cathedral’.

41. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

One of the famous Archaeological sites to visit in Malta is the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. It is an impressive underground necropolis that is believed to have been discovered during building work that held in the year 1902. It consists of halls, chambers and passages hewn out of the living rock and covering some 500 sq meters; it is thought to date from around 3600 to 3000 BC, and an estimated 7000 bodies may have been interred here.

42. Casa Rocca Piccola

The Casa Rocca Piccola is the 16th-century palazzo, is the family home of the Marquis de Piro, who has opened part of the palazzo to the general public to visit. It is among the most interesting tourist attractions of Malta. You can also arrange for yourself some of the best h guided tours, provides a unique insight into the elegant, privileged lifestyle of the aristocracy, and include a visit to the family WWII air-raid shelters underground.

43. State Apartments

From the public entry to the Grand Master’s Palace on Triq il-Merkanti it’s possible to visit the State Apartments, is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Malta. Guided tours are available for detailed exploration of the site. A staircase past the Armoury entrance provides access to the State Apartments. Only a few rooms are open to the public, depending on what is currently being used.

44. Armoury

Among the interesting museums of Malta is the Armoury. Today the Armoury is housed in what was once the Grand Master’s stable. The armour and weapons belonging to the Knights were once stored at the Palace Armoury, and when a Knight died they became the property of the Order. Today you will find some of the best collection of over 5000 suits that belongs to the 16th- to 18th-century armour.

45. Fort St Elmo

Fort St Elmo is an interesting tourist attraction of Malta. Although now much altered and extended, this was the fort that bore the brunt of Turkish arms during the Great Siege of the year 1565. The fort was said to have constructed during the year 1552 by the Knights with the aim to guard the entrances to the harbours on either side of the Sceberras Peninsula. The courtyard outside the entrance to the fort is studded with the lids of underground granaries.

46. Lascaris War Rooms

The Lascaris War Rooms are considered a place worth visiting once in Malta. World War II history boffins should make time to visit the Lascaris War Rooms. These chambers, hewn out of the solid rock beneath Lascaris Bastion, housed the headquarters of the Allied air and naval forces during WWII, and were used as the control centre for Operation Husky, the Allied invasion of Sicily during the year 1943.

47. Malta Aviation Museum

The Malta Aviation Museum is a place for real enthusiasts, with bits of engines, airframes and instruments lying around, and several restoration projects underway that also includes a De Havilland Tiger Moth. Among them the most popular are a WWII Spitfire MkIX and a Hawker Hurricane IIa, salvaged in 1995 after 54 years at the bottom ofthe sea off Malta’s southwest coast; other aircraft on display include a vintage Flying Flea, a De Havilland Vampire T11, a Fiat G91R and a battered old Douglas Dakota DC-3.

48. Cathedral Museum

The Cathedral Museum is among the must visit tourist attractions of the country. The first bay in the south aisle of St John’s gives access to the Cathedral Museum. The museum was constructed during the year 1603 as a place of worship and for the instruction of novices. The museum offers some of the finest collections on display and is dominated by the altarpiece, The Beheading of St John the Baptist (c 1608) by Caravaggio, one of the artist’s most famous and accomplished paintings.

49. St James’ Cavalier Centre for Creativity

The St James’ Cavalier is a place for creativity and is perhaps the most exciting tourist attractions of Malta. It is said that the centre has undergone a notable transformation from a 16th-century fortification into a bright, modern arts centre. You will also find a couple of exhibition spaces there along with the creativity center, a theatre-in-the-round where live music and theatre performances are held and a cinema showing art house films.

50. Gozo

The rural island of Gozo is a smaller place is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the country. Gozo is found towards the northern part of Malta. The sight of Gozo is a bright location of Malta. A slower pace of life is welcoming locals, open countryside, raw rugged coastlines, sleepy unconverted villages and traditional crafts. The major tourist attractions of Gozo include the Citadella, Ggantija Temples, ta’ Pinu Sanctuary and the Dwejra area.

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