Why Malta is a Traveler’s Gem

The islands of Malta, Gozo, and Comino make up the Maltese islands. They are located in the south of Sicily in the Mediterranean sea. They have a really strong north African influence due to its closeness to Tunisia. The following are the top 10 attractions that will make Malta your next tour destination.

1. Valletta

Valletta; Malta's Elegant Capital

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This is the capital city of Malt. It is built in the style of other great European capitals in 16th-century urban style. The city has two harbors, namely, Grand Harbor and Marsamxett harbor. It is home to the 16th-century church of Saint John’s co-cathedral, the massive grand master’s palace and the upper Barracca gardens which have the Roman style arches and a spectacular view of the Valletta harbor.

2. The idyllic Island of Gozo

Island of Gozo

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This is one of the islands that form the Maltese. It boasts of pristine beaches, amazing towns, and picturesque pastoral landscapes. It contains a Victorian city, Marsalforn seaside resort and the amazing Ggantija temples which were built way back in around 3500BC. It is famous for its striking coastal formation known as the Azure window.

3. The medieval hilltop town of Mdina

Cathedral of Saint Paul-Mdina

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This is an enchanting fairy tale city that has a rich history. The city has a dramatic gate which is the main entrance. It has amazing sandstone buildings and pedestrian streets. It is also home to the cathedral of Saint Paul which was designed by Lorenzo Gafa, grand historical palaces, and palazzos such as Santa Sofia and Vvilhena.

4. Historical attractions in Rabat

Rabat-Casa Bernard

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The word Rabat in Maltese means ‘suburb’. It is home to many historical features such as Casa Bernard which was built back in the 16th century, the Roman villa which features 1st-century BC Roman mosaics and the parish church of saint Paul which was built in the 17th century.

5. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, Island of Malta: A Neolithic Cult Site

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This is Neolithic cult site found in the Malta Island. It was discovered back in 1902 and boasts of complex of catacombs carved out of a rock. It dates back to 4000BC. This site represents an ancient cultural tradition that no longer exists and tourists are offered guided tours with a limit of 10 visitors per tour. You have to book your ticket in advance including specific day and time.

6. Prehistoric Tarxien Temple

Prehistoric Tarxien Temples

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This is the largest prehistoric cult site in Malta. It was excavated in the year 1914 and covers 5400 square meters. It was built between 3600BC and 2500BC.

7. Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon, Island of Comino

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This is found on the island of Comino and is often referred to as nature’s perfect swimming pool. It has crystal clear turquoise water which laps over a white-sand seabed.

8. The Blue Grotto

The Blue Grotto

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It is located in Wiedizurrieq. This is the place where the Turkish Armada were shadowed by the grand Marshall copier and a cavalry squadron in 1565. It is mythically believed to be the home of sirens.

9. Breathtaking views of Dingli cliffs

Dingli Cliffs

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This site is a short bus drive from the blue grotto and offers inspiring coastal scenery. It is remote and rises to about 250 meters above the Mediterranean Sea.

10. Golden Bay beach

Golden Bay Beach

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This is one of the island’s prettiest beaches. It has sandy shores which are protected by a mountainous coastline and slopping cliffs. It is easily accessed by driving and is far away from street traffic.

Happy travels. 🙂

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