Malta Holiday Best Attractions

Category:   World Travel Directory  :  Europe  :  Malta
What to see & do on a Malta holiday over five days. A complete independent itinerary of the best attractions to see in Malta.

Start your holiday in Malta by visiting Valletta, Malta’s capital city. Although it is one of the smallest capital cities in the World, covering only 0.8 sq km, it contains around 320 monuments, making it one of the densest historic and cultural areas in the World and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Taking a bus to Valletta is the best way to get there. Buses go to Valletta from all the main towns in Malta, stopping just in front of the city gates. Valletta is best explored on foot, so take comfortable shoes and a good camera!

In Valletta you can spend as much time as you want – depending on your interests. There are museums, churches, gardens and many other buildings built by the Knights of St. John several centuries ago.

Visit the Malta Experience for an excellent overview of Malta's historical highlights, the great St. John Co-Cathedral and the Upper Barrakka Gardens, offering incredible views of the Grand Harbour.

The main street, known as Republic Street, is lined with different kinds of shops ranging from the latest fashion to traditional Maltese souvenirs. If you want to have lunch in Valletta, try exploring the side streets, where the prices are less exorbitant and the restaurants less busy.

In the afternoon, we recommend that you visit Sliema. If the weather is good, you can take a ferry from Marsamxett harbour by walking down to St. Mark’s street, otherwise you can take a bus. liema has many restaurants, cafes, shopping malls and most of all a beautiful coastal promenade that stretches for a couple of kilometres until St. Julian’s and Paceville. We suggest a walk along this promenade and enjoy the open sea views of the Mediterranean Sea. Apart from many restaurants, St. Julian’s and Paceville provide you with a lot of places where you can have a quiet cocktail or a wild dancing night!

Continuing your Malta holiday, we suggest visiting the West side of the island.

First you can visit Mosta, which hosts the beautiful church that has the third largest dome in the World! There are also a couple of nice cafes and shops where you can buy some gifts to take home with you. From there you can take the bus to Rabat and walk a short distance to the main gate of Mdina, the Silent city.

There are virtually no cars in Mdina so you can explore this cute small city in a relaxed way. This medieval town is dominated by Norman and Baroque architecture, including a beautiful Cathedral in the centre of the town. Take a walk along the streets and walk all the way to the bastions, where you’ll have spectacular views of the rest of Malta.

Once you have explored Mdina you can go around the town of Rabat and visit the Roman Villa and the Catacombs. There is also the parish Church of St. Paul and St. Paul’s grotto which are worth a visit; here you can see the cave where St. Paul used to do his apostolic work in the year 60 AD. In Rabat there are a couple of really nice restaurants and wine bars to help you finish up your day in style.

On to Gozo island. Although Gozo is Malta’s sister island, it has a completely different landscape and way of life. So we suggest that you spend a whole day to visit this island and enjoy the calmer atmosphere together with the beautiful countryside scenery and Mediterranean Sea.

To go to Gozo, you need to get a ferry from Cirkewwa. The ferry-crossing takes around 20 minutes and there are several ferries going there every day. The return trip for passengers is around €5 euros, but you can also take up your car for more flexibility.

You can start your day by visiting the capital city, Rabat, or Victoria. Go up to the Cittadella and apart from seeing many historical sites, you’ll be able to enjoy a 360° view around the whole of Gozo. Perhaps the most popular site in Gozo is the Azure window in Dwejra, which attracts thousands of tourists every year. The views here are really spectacular so make sure not to leave your camera behind!

In the afternoon you can visit Calypso Cave with spectacular views of Ramla Bay - one of the most beautiful sandy beaches on the Maltese Islands. If you have time, we suggest going down to this beach and having a refreshing swim in the clear waters.

We then suggest a visit to the Blue Grotto and Hagar Qim megalithic temples on the West side of Malta. Although the two sites are only 14 km away from Valletta, going by bus might take long as there is no direct route. Blue Grotto is a beautiful natural arch that attracts many people for swimming, diving and boat cruising to enjoy the blue colour of the waters.

On the other hand, Hagar Qim & Mnajdra temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site that date back to pre-historic times – from around 3600-2500BC. In Hagar Qim you can understand how our ancestors lived in the early communities. You can find large stones weighing around 20 tons here!

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