This small island nation in the Mediterranean, whose name translates as "refuge" or "harbour", is indeed becoming a haven for many tourists. The modest size of Malta is not at all its disadvantage. On the contrary, it is very convenient when you can literally travel around the whole country in one day, and after spending a week, get acquainted with all its main advantages.
The pleasant climate of Malta allows you to relax here all year round, although swimming and sunbathing in winter, of course, will not work. However, developed infrastructure, including entertainment, an abundance of historical sites and the highest level of service make your stay in Malta comfortable and unforgettable at any time of the year.
What to see in Malta?
The most interesting and beautiful places, photos and a brief description.
This is one of the most photographed attractions in Malta, located on the island of Gozo. The massive rock arch was created by the waves of the sea and looks very majestic and beautiful. You can admire the Azure Window up close, sailing between the supports of the arch on a boat or boat. Experienced swimmers can cross the Azure Window and swim.
St. Anthony's Botanical Garden
This is a real oasis in which not only numerous tourists like to relax, but also the inhabitants of Malta themselves. In the Botanical Garden of St. Antonio you can find many exotic plants, beautiful flowers and sculptures. The garden is open to anyone who wants to walk along its shady sidewalks. The harvest of oranges harvested here is mostly distributed to guests in the form of Christmas gifts.
Today, Mdina has become a real museum city that has managed to preserve its medieval appearance. Once it was the capital of Malta and its former grandeur is perfectly visible on its streets, squares and embankments. There is something to see in Mdina, which is worth only the famous and gloomy Museum of Torture, as well as the Cathedral.
Observation deck of the Upper Barrakka Gardens
If the Upper Barraca Gardens are the most visited attraction of Valletta, then in the gardens themselves, tourists first of all tend to visit the observation deck. In addition to exotic trees and flowers that grow in tiers, you can admire ancient cannons and all kinds of statues in the garden. And the observation deck itself is famous for its wonderful view of the bay and three cities of Malta at once.
Ghar Dalam Cave
First of all, this cave attracts archaeologists and historians. Still, numerous bones of prehistoric animals were found here, as well as traces of the presence of ancient people who lived here more than 7.4 thousand years ago. Tourists are allowed only on the first few levels, so as not to damage valuable exhibits. There is also a museum in the Ghar Dalam cave.
Basilica of Our Lady of Ta Pinu
The place for the construction of this basilica was not chosen by chance. It was here that one of the inhabitants of the island of Gozo heard the voice of the Mother of God, and then various miracles repeatedly occurred. The basilica turned out to be very beautiful, despite its solid size - visually light and very bright. The miraculous image of the Virgin Mary is kept here.
This historical landmark is located in the city of Valleta, under the bastions of the same name. On the roof of the bunker, by the way, are the Upper Barrakka Gardens. The tunnels in the thickness of the rock were cut in the Middle Ages, but were actively used during the Second World War, turning into the headquarters of General Dwight Eisenhower.
Megalithic temple complex Mnajdra
Of course, megalithic structures cannot boast such elegance and subtlety of decoration as modern or medieval ones. But there is something unimaginably majestic and powerful in their crude forms. Probably, it is the plaque of centuries and millennia that gives the megalithic temple complex Mnajdra, which is quite well preserved, such a unique look.
Casa Rossa Piccola
One of the oldest palaces in Malta. Or rather, not the oldest, but the most preserved. Throughout its history, they have never been radically rebuilt and have not changed their historical appearance. A family of aristocrats still lives in Casa Rossa Piccola, and thousands of tourists come to see what a real palace with elegant decoration looks like.
Classic Car Museum
What could be more beautiful than a classic car with its elegant “appearance” and special charm! Modern powerful Jeeps cannot be compared with such retro cars. The Classic Car Museum in Malta has a chic collection of such cars, pleasing to the eye. The museum is private, entrance costs 7 euros per adult visitor.
Fort St. Angelo
This is really an impregnable fortress that guarded Malta in the 11th century. Powerful, brutal, rude, but attractive in its own way, Fort St. Angelo is perfectly preserved and attracts millions of tourists. Built so many centuries ago, the fort during the Second World War withstood many direct blows, once again fulfilling its main function.
Lower Barakka Gardens
The Lower Barakka Gardens are located in the city of Valletta, at the very tip of the peninsula. It is much calmer and quieter here than in the Upper Gardens, where there are more tourists and locals. In addition, the very atmosphere of this place is great for meditation, reflection on life, calm admiring the seascape.
St. Paul's Cathedral (Mdina)
This Catholic Cathedral in its size and grandeur, perhaps, cannot be compared with other, more famous ones. And yet, this is the main temple of the ancient city of Mdina, which has preserved its frescoes created many centuries ago and remarkable works of art. In St. Paul's Cathedral, you can not only pray, but also admire the numerous items of decoration.
This relatively small village in the northwest of Malta is famous for its vineyards and farms. Tourists are attracted not only by pastoral rural landscapes and delicious local products, but also by two prehistoric sites - a megalithic temple complex and Scroba, a Neolithic complex with numerous archaeological finds.
This artillery gun may well compete with the famous Tsar Cannon in size and power. Yes, what to say! Unlike its "Moscow counterpart", the Armstrong cannon actually shoots in Valletta. This huge gun weighs over 90 tons and is capable of hitting a distance of 6.5 kilometers. Impressive, isn't it?
Golden Bay beach
There are very few pebble beaches in Malta. In general, the beaches of this island country cannot be compared with the vast expanses of, for example, the Dominican Republic. However, all the beaches of Malta are very beautiful, each in its own way, and are usually located within the city limits, that is, nearby. Golden Bay Beach is one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Malta, charming and well equipped.
This is the pearl of the central part of Malta, one of the most beautiful corners of the island. There are a huge number of ducks that are used to being fed from the hands of tourists. Spinola Bay is also famous as an excellent place for mooring yachts, so you can come here just to admire the snow-white beauties. And the sea view here is just wonderful.
Another megalithic structure that Malta is so famous for. However, this temple is unique - it is the oldest in the world. Imagine - the Hypogeum of Khal-Saflieni was built over 6 thousand years ago and at the same time it has been well preserved. Now no more than 80 tourists are allowed here per day, so sign up for a tour in advance!
Like the Azure Window, the Blue Grotto is a rock formation created by sea waves over many years. It is closed, secluded, very romantic and majestic. You can go down to the Blue Grotto itself and ride on its waters on a boat only in good weather, otherwise there is a great danger of breaking on the harsh rocks.
Palace of the Grand Master
Do you think that a palace with that name is just another historical monument? We hasten to dissuade - the Palace of the Grand Master is still used as the official residence of the President of Malta and the country's parliament. Large, luxurious, as befits the residence of those in power, the palace is ready to receive tourists on those days when official events are not held.