Malta’s fortified capital city, built by the Knights of St John during the 16th Century, is nothing short of an open-air museum; its architecture and history so remarkable that the entire city has UNESCO world heritage site status. Include a visit to the Upper Barrakka gardens for amazing views.
mdina and rabat
Mdina, the old capital, is probably one of Malta’s top spots to visit. The “Silent City” is stunning and the views spectacular. In Rabat, you can visit the Roman Villa and St Paul’s catacombs. Buskett forest, once the forest garden of Verdala Palace, lies on the outskirts and offers a beautiful natural retreat.
sliema and st. julian's
Sliema’s old village core strikes a stunning contrast with its trendier coastline of high-rise apartments, shopping malls and numerous wining and dining establishments. St Julians is a tourism hub for visitors on business, leisure and learning English. Visit Paceville in St Julians for the nightlife.
the three cities
Birgu (Vittoriosa), Bormla (Cospicua) and Isla (Senglea) known as the three cities command the peninsulas stretching out onto the Grand Harbour even before Valletta was built. Visit the Inquisitor’s Palace in Birgu, enjoy wine bars and admire luxury yachts in the Birgu Waterfront.
A wonderful way to discover the Maltese Islands is from the water. A Harbour Cruise departs from Sliema Jetty to show you around Marsamxett Harbour and the Grand Harbour. Other cruises take you around Malta, Gozo and Comino islands… approach us to find out what’s available.
gardens and country walks
Malta can often appear highly developed however there are several locations of natural beauty to enjoy. These include a number of well-kept public gardens while several beautiful country walk routes have been designed for travellers in the cooler months to enjoy.
Malta’s heritage includes several historical noble homes. These palazzos include elaborately decorated interiors and some have extensive gardens. We recommend a visit to Casa Rocca Piccola and Palazzo Parisio. Visit San Anton Gardens, the garden of the President’s Palace.
There are over 360 churches and chapels scattered across the islands. Nothing can prepare you as you enter the Knights’ very own St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta; guaranteed jaw-dropping with its gilded golden walls, fine painting and sculptures. The Rotunda in Mosta is also awe-inspiring.
relive maltese history
An interesting and exciting way to explore the history and culture of the Maltese Islands through an audio-visual experience for all ages. We recommend a visit to Malta 5D Show, the Malta Experience, the Mdina Experience and Valletta Living History among others.
Delight the child within with a visit to one of Malta's theme parks. You can enjoy the Popeye Village, the Limestone Heritage, Mediterraneo and the Splash and Fun Park among others.
At night, especially in summer, the island comes alive with open-air events, gigs and concerts while in winter you can enjoy theatre and opera. Paceville remains the hub of Malta’s club scene while the old cities of Birgu, Mdina, Rabat and Valletta offer quaint little wine-bars for a quieter evening.
dining al fresco
Malta boasts a multitude of good, atmospheric restaurants offering various types of cuisines. Several restaurants have an outdoor area for al fresco dining – to enjoy beautiful views and the cool summer’s evening air under the night sky as part of your wining and dining experience.
Every weekend throughout the summer the traditional village festa is a fun and colourful way to discover Maltese culture and mingle with the locals. Entertainment is guaranteed by simply observing the local traditions and extreme displays of devotion mixed with lots of fun, enjoying stall food and fireworks.
marsaxlokk fish market
The Marsaxlokk market is one of the largest of many markets held in various villages around Malta and Gozo on their specific days. The fresh catch commands the vibrant, colourfully varied market every Sunday morning, while a smaller version of the market is held daily.
Beaches in Malta are usually small, cozy coves; each bay has its own character, with sands and sea varying in colour while rocky beaches are ideal for snorkeling. Sandy beaches include Ghajn Tuffieha Bay/Golden Bay, Paradise Bay and Mellieha Bay. Ghar Lapsi and St Peter’s Pool are rocky.
Malta and Gozo offer some of the world’s top dive sites, with sea-temperatures and visibility conditions ideal all the year round. Scattered with shipwrecks, fascinating underwater caves, rock formations and Mediterranean species, our waters are sure not to leave you disappointed.
We are blessed with some of the cleanest, warmest waters of the Mediterranean and we certainly love make the most of it – from hiring a paddle boat to jet skiing. Let us put you in the experienced hands of one of the local companies so you can try anything from kayaking to chartering a speedboat.
A number of Megalithic temples in Malta and Gozo are UNESCO world heritage sites. The Ggantija temples in Gozo are accepted as the oldest free-standing structures in the world dating 3,600-3,200BC, predating Stonehenge and the Pyramids. Mnajdra, Hagar Qim and Tarxien temples are other notable sites.
Another UNESCO site is the complex of underground passages and burial chambers dating 4,000-2,500BC. The hypogeum requires booking in advance. This beautiful site has architectural elements common in the above-ground temples including the only prehistoric paintings in Malta.
Malta’s more traditional and greener little sister is the perfect getaway for a bit of peace or outdoor adventure. Visit the Citadel, the Azure Window and inland sea, Xerri’s and Ninu’s caves, Ta’ Kola Windmill and Ggantija Temples in Xaghra and the unusual Ramla l-Hamra beach with its reddish sand.
There are no roads or residents on Comino – it is the perfect retreat. The Blue Lagoon’s crystal waters and caves are simply breath-taking. There are also two smaller sandy beaches and the Crystal Lagoon to discover. Take a boat trip, try snorkelling and visit the interior of the 15th century watch tower.