Located around 80 KM south of Sicily, 333 KM north of Libya and 284 KM east of Tunisia, Malta is a beautiful southern European country in the Mediterranean Sea. This charming country got independence from United Kingdom and became a republic in the year 1974. Malta is known to be one of the smallest countries in the world with having an area of just 316 square kilometers. Right from beautiful beaches to warm climate, amazing architectural and historical monuments and most importantly, the Megalithic Temples makes this country an amazing tourist destination for different kind of travelers. If you are looking for an exotic holiday destination, than planning a tour to Malta is a good option. Read on to know more about the top attractions of Malta which you must pay a visit to.
Mentioned as the “one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world” on UNESCO’s World Heritage website, Valletta is Malta’s capital city that is stuffed in less than one square kilometer of space. The city is brimming with history, squares and alleys, splendid Baroque architecture, traditional wooden balconies, shops & malls, museums, monuments, palaces, bastions, forts, churches and much more. Being a significant city, it has some must see sites which you can’t miss during the tour. St. John’s Co-Cathedral, the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National War Museum and National Museum of Archaeology, are some of them. Besides, one can take relaxing walks in Upper Barrakka gardens, Valletta Waterfront and Republic Street.
Mdina is quoted as the medieval jewel of Malta. Its idiosyncratic narrow winding streets sheltered by magnificent walls of nobles’ houses are simply gorgeous and suggestive to stroll in. This medieval walled town is situated on a hill in the heart of the island. The Punic remains uncovered beyond the city’s walls suggest the importance of the general region to Malta’s Phoenician settlers. This beautiful ancient town is called the “Silent City” by natives and visitors. St. Paul’s Cathedral, Vilhena Palace, Palazzo Falson (Norman House), Palazzo Santa Sophia, St. Agatha’s Chapel, Palazzo Gatto Murina, St. Nicholas’ Chapel, Carmelite Church & Convent, Mdina Dungeons, Benedictine Monastery and Bastion Square are some of the popular point of interests in Mdina. One can get spectacular views of Malta from here.
Gozo & Cominos
Just a half-hour ferry ride away to the north of Malta, Gozo is a smaller rural island that houses around 30, 000 Gozitans. In fact, it is an island of the Maltese archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea and is the part of the Southern European country of Malta. Gozo is more of rural and is known for its scenic hills. It is in fact, provide a tranquil haven for a tempo and scene change. This beautiful island is basically known for its historical sites, amazing panoramas and forts as well as one of the archipelago’s best-preserved prehistoric temples, Ggantija. Some of the other must see places here include the Citadella, ta’ Pinu Sanctuary and the Dwejra area.
One of the most significant attractions of Malta is the prehistoric monuments mainly the megalithic complexes which are dating as far back as 3,600 B.C. Amongst all, five of these temples are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the underground wonder of the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum and the oldest known freestanding temples in the world at Ggantija. Apart from these, the charming sun-kissed beaches, Mediterranean dining and nightlife, underwater diving, The Blue Grotto, Hagar Qim, Comino & the Blue Lagoon and Village religious feasts are few other things that will surely make you fall in love with this small yet beautiful country. Already excited to visit Malta?