Malta is situated in a perfect position between East and West and over the years has been occupied by Greeks, Phonecians, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs, Normans and then by the Brits.
A rich history had an important impact on the architecture, language, and culture, making Malta a unique and charming destination. There are three languages spoken on the island; Arabic, Sicilian and English.
The island is pretty small, but even though there are many beautiful places and attractions. Malta is truly the jewel of the Mediterranean!
Here is the list of things you must explore during your stay!
1) Wander through the narrow streets of Rabat
Lying on the south of Mdina is the beautiful town of Rabat. The old Arabic meaning of Rabat is a suburb which is exactly how the town is situated, just a few steps from Mdina. The town is known for several medieval churches, monasteries, and catacombs which makes the city attractive for travelers.
1) Visit The Silent City Of Mdina
In the past, Mdina was the capital of Malta, known as the “Silent City” due to its inland location. The city had fortified walls that were high enough to see the seas and to protect Malta. Once the capital was moved to Valletta, not many residents stayed at Mdina.
Mdina is a mix of medieval and baroque architecture and strolling through the streets you can feel the history and old-world charm.
WHERE TO STAY?
MYN in Rabat revolves around the transformation of heritage buildings. The hotel has 7 rooms and each of them has been recreated to offer a taste of Mediterranean culture and living. It is located right in the heart of Rabat and it was a perfect base to explore the north of the island. We spend there 3 nights and we enjoyed every second of it. Book your stay here!
3) Explore Valletta, Malta’s New Capital
Cosmopolitan, modern and energetic. All these words can be used to describe Valletta – listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established in the 1500s, Valetta is fresh and historical at the same time and surely one of the most famous places to visit in Malta. Valetta is super easy to explore on foot ( it has about 750m) and we were very lucky to visit it on the busiest night during the year – Notte Bianca.
WHERE TO STAY?
If you’re looking for an elegant 5 stars hotel experience, The Phoenicia Malta is your place. With vast gardens spread to the historic entrance of Valetta, it is well known for beautiful wedding venues. Our room was on the 5th floor and we’ve got a beautiful view overlooking the harbor. Our favorite part was the incredible swimming pool.Book your stay here!
The Vincent Boutique Suites
The Vincent is a happy and modern boutique hotel. There are eight rooms and one loft apartment in which we had a pleasure to stay. We had a private entrance outside of the hotel, a beautiful fully equipped kitchen and a balcony overlooking the colorful street. The breakfast buffet is served in the very entertaining hotel patio. The Vincent has a great location – just at the end of one of the main streets of Valetta.Book your stay here!
4) Visit Upper Barrakka Gardens
Upper Barrakka Gardens offers an incredible view of the Valetta waterfront and the surrounding cities called “Three Cities”. There are a fountain and an elevator which will take you downstairs, straight to the ferry point.
5) Auberge de Castille
Located next to the Upper Barracca Gardens is Auberge de Castille, the office of the Prime Minister of Malta. It is a beautiful and ornamented building.
6) Stroll Valletta’s Pedestrian-Friendly Streets
There are two main streets in Valetta: Republic Street and Merchants Street. You will find many cafes, bars, and restaurants. No matter the time of day, Valletta is busy and bustling all day long.
7) Take a boat to Comino Island
Comino Island is a piece of gem and one of Malta’s top attractions! Unfortunately, we weren’t able to visit it due to the water conditions. The entire week we were in Malta, the wind was so strong that all the boats canceled their departures. Anyway… The Comino island is only 3.5 square kilometers and is uninhabited (except one hotel).
The island is popular for The Blue Lagoon, which is a paradise for snorkelers, divers and windsurfers. These are the bluest waters which we wanted to see soo bad! Well… we have a good reason to go back 🙂
8) Have fun at Popeyes Village
Popeye Village is the perfect place for families and it is the actual set used by Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Productions to shoot these famous comic strips. The village has a lot to offer and it isn’t only for kids. Regarding the attractions, they vary over different seasons. Summertime is known for Water Trampolines, Boat rides, and Play Pool.
10) Gozo Island – Malta’s sister island
‘Island of Gozo’ is the small rustic island located in the north of Malta.
It is perhaps the most unspoiled among this archipelago because of its rural landscape, white shores, and tranquil towns.
The island is a reflection of how Malta used to be and it is a perfect place for a one-day excursion.
11) Blue Grotto
Blue Grotto is bringing thousands of tourists through all year. It is a group of sea caves on the south coast of the main island.
The sea has a beautiful blue color, and on a sunny day, you can watch the underwater life.
12) Catch some sun at Ghadira Bay
We found this Bay on our way to the harbor, and we decided to make a stop for a swim.
13) Stop by Coral Lagoon
The Coral Lagoon is a naturally created cave near Armier Bay in Mellieha. It’s a little off the beaten track but worth the effort.
The water at the Coral Lagoon is crystal clear, making it popular with divers and snorkelers who explore the underwater caves.
14) Go Out at St. Julian’s
St. Julian’s located in the north of Valletta is mostly famous for its nightlife and touristic activity. This town is a hub for luxurious hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs.
WHERE TO STAY?
The Westin Dragonara Resort
We stayed one night at The Westin Dragonara Resort. It is uniquely located on its very own 74,000 square meter peninsula and is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea. There are five restaurants at the property along with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fitness and spa center. Our suite was located on the last floor with a magnificent sea view.Book your stay here.
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