Mediterranean Gem – Exploring Malta

Marsaxlokk harbour

Heading to the heart of the Mediterranean, Malta and its neighbouring islands can be the perfect holiday escape, particularly during the winter months.

Future travel in mind, here are 9 locations in this special part of the world you need to visit.

1. Tarxien Temples

Tarxien Temples

UNESCO-listed the Tarxien Temples date back several thousand years, being awarded this valued, protected status in 1992.

An ancient complex housing four megalithic temples, the oldest dating back to 3600 BC, this is one of the oldest historical sites in Malta.

2. Ghar Dalam

A truly ancient island attraction, Ghalar Dam (Dark Cave), is the final resting place for some of the first animals to live on the island that are no longer found anywhere on the planet.

3. Birzebbuga

Birzebbuga

The popular seaside town of Birzebbuga is famed for its pretty beaches.

A lovely stretch of sand complemented by dreamy blue waters, the waterfront is one of the best places on the island to rest up, relax and soak up some sunshine!

4. Marsaxlokk

Marsaxlokk

One of the Mediterranean’s most iconic fishing villages, Marsaxlokk is best known for its scenic harbour packed with traditional colourful fishing boats.

Found in the south-east of the island, as well as the harbourfront, Marsaxlokk hosts a lively market where you may just find a bargain or two!

5. Valletta

The Maltese capital, Valletta and its world-famous harbour are instantly recognisable thanks to its old sandstone buildings and colourful boats.

Over two thousand years old, Valletta’s Grand Harbour is home to hundreds, if not thousands, of sea-faring vessels ranging in all shapes and sizes.

Wonderfully decorated, the traditional boats all add a lovely splash of colour to the harbour.

A key landmark, St John’s Co-Cathedral is simply a must.

The impressive Cathedral, dating back to the 16th century, contains a treasure trove of valuable antiques once donated by the Knights of St John, making the Cathedral a hugely important cultural landmark as well as a place of worship.

6. Mdina

Mdina

The former fortress city of Mdina, on the island of Malta, is the country’s former capital.

Bit of Trivia – Mdina is often referred to as ‘The Silent City’.

Mdina’s past can be traced back hundreds of years.

The ancient city’s landmarks are truly historic. St. Paul’s Cathedral and St. Paul’s Catacombs are both must-visits.

7. Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

A key attraction on the nearby island of Comino, we recommend taking advantage of any free time you may have to venture forth to the island to experience the famous Blue Lagoon and its crystal clear waters.

The perfect place for a swim, the waters here range in different spectacular shades of blue.

Finding an elevated position, you can clearly observe the contours of the seabed below, marked by dramatic changes in colour where the rocky surface is instantly visible under the surface.

Take the time to enjoy one of the greatest swimming spots in Europe.

8. The Three Cities

The Three Cities

Collectively known as the Three Cities, Vittoriosa, Senglea (pictured) and Cospicua, all demonstrate Malta’s relationship with the sea.

Each of the cities holds long maritime histories with harbours home to authentic traditional Maltese fishing boats, more modern boats and yachts.

Growing in popularity in recent times, the Three Cities all offer the chance to experience authentic Maltese culture.

The chance to try locally made Lampuki Pie (fish) should not be lightly turned down!

9. Dwejra Bay

Dwejra Bay

Beautiful Dwejra Bay on the island of Gozo is known for its distinctive terrain that sees rocky land stretch out into the sea.

Fungas Rock is instantly recognisable. Pictured above, this large rock also goes by the name General’s Rock.

This massive boulder’s size is slightly hidden under the surface of the water that can often appear quite calm, protected by the great Fungus Rock.

Visit Malta

View a fantastic short break to Malta or explore a longer tour discovering the island and its neighbours here.

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