In the middle of the Mediterranean, lies the island-nation archipelago of, Malta, Gozo, and Comino. Malta’s capital is Valletta, which is the smallest capital city in the European Union, and it is the world’s 10th smallest country.
Malta has a rich heritage, culture, an abundance of baroque architecture, stunning sea, and unique landscapes. No matter where one explores, the clear blue skies, warm Mediterranean weather, and azure blue sea view, will accompany them.
Things to do in Malta
1. The old capital of Mdina
The old capital of Mdina sits on a scenic hill in the center of the island. If you are something of a history buff, then you cannot miss it, from the windy and narrow streets, to the medieval fortifications, to the distant views of the island, it is truly a special place.
2. Upper Barrakka Gardens
The Upper Barrakka Gardens provides some of the best views across the Grand Harbour. From a vantage point, the visitors can see the “Three cities” and also appreciate the full depth and grandeur of the Grand Harbour. The visitors can easily stroll around the garden and proceed into the heart of the capital city of Valletta.
3. Deep Sea Diving
Malta is blessed with a warm climate, and hence, outdoor activities are a must when visiting this place. The proximity and accessibility of the sea allow activities like snorkeling, swimming, and diving to be a very common pastime. There are several artificial reefs and a number of wrecks that are present including those of the Second World War. There are also several diving schools, where one can become certified for diving.
4. Casa Rocca Piccolo
It is a beautiful noble home built in the 1680s, and still resided in. Today it’s also used to display the family’s extensive historical collection.
5. Fort St Elmo
Malta’s history is rich with stories of knights and conflicts with the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Fort St Elmo is one such remnant of those times, it is built in a star shape overlooking the entrance to the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour. It was the focal point of the 1565 Great Siege of Malta. Guided tours will take you through Fort St Elmo and give a fascinating account of the history of this marvelous structure.
It is famous for the Blue Lagoon. Should one venture further inshore, it is inhabited by only one family, a police station catering to the visitors, and a chapel. The island also includes several underwater caves. One can access the island from the small ferry service in Cirkewwa or Mtarfa.
7. Mosta Dome Church
Another example of a marvelous architectural feat is the Mosta Dome Church that is dedicated to St Mary. It is furnished with a neoclassical style along with marble-paved floors and a pipe organ with almost 2000 pipes.
The island of Gozo will take only 20 minutes from the main island by ferry, in Cirkewwa, and is filled with exciting cultural activities. The secluded sandy beaches and rugged coastlines are some of the main attractions here. We recommend visiting the island with the hop on hop off bus, as it will take you to all the main attractions.
9. Golden Bay
It is a soft sandy beach located at the north of Malta and surrounded by scenic cliffs. The best way to enjoy this area is through horseback riding.
10. Ggantija Temples
This temple derives its name literally from the term “Gigantic”. It pre- dates the Pyramids of Egypt and two of the temples have large outer fortification walls. Situated at the idyllic island of Gozo the sheer magnanimity of the structure is breathtaking.
This small country won’t disappoint you, whether you are on a budget or have free rein, there is always something interesting to do. Wind down and enjoy the food, culture, and Mediterranean lifestyle.