Fantastic Malta: 9 must-dos when visiting this southern European nation
Made up of a group of islands in the center of the Mediterranean, not far from the coasts of Sicily and Tunisia, the small European country of Malta is a real gem for its historical sites, breathtaking landscapes and inviting waters.
The archipelago is believed to have existed since around 5,900 BC. Fortresses, megalithic temples, and underground halls and burial chambers dating from 4,000 BC. BC and impressive coastlines make up a lot of what visitors see here. Add to this the many films and TV shows that have used the area as a backdrop thanks to the above attractions and you have a place full of stories to tell.
We take a look at nine must-dos when visiting Malta – you really don’t want to miss a thing.
Visit this monastery church of the Knights of St. John, built and commissioned in 1572
Visit St. John’s Co-Cathedral
Even if you are not a fan of baroque art and architecture, you will certainly appreciate the lavish furnishings of this popular attraction. Built as a monastery church for the Knights of the Order of St. John, the construction was commissioned in 1572 and the cathedral houses the famous work of art “Beheading of St. John the Baptist” by Caravaggio.
Charter a yacht and sail around the islands
There are many ways to get on board a boat and cruise the surrounding waters, but nothing like renting your own private boat for the day. Observe the landmarks from the water, dive into the ocean to snorkel or swim, and take in the breathtaking natural wonders that surround the islands.
A walking tour of the capital Valletta is a great way to get to know a number of local hotspots. Photo credit: Cnejevici Ioan Florin / Bigstock.com
Explore Valletta on foot
When looking for something to do in Malta, the unique attractions can easily come to mind, but a walking tour of the capital Valletta is a great way to explore a number of local hotspots with a good dose of information. also – perfect for first-time visitors who want to find their way around this small UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Off to the lagoons
Whether on a guided tour or your own charter, the beauty of the Blue Lagoon and the lesser-known Crystal Lagoon are not to be missed. Be amazed by the natural beauty of these sites and also admire the sea caves, which can only be reached by boat and therefore offer you a unique experience.
The Michelin Guide has awarded a total of five restaurants with one star, namely De Mondion, Noni, Under Grain, ION – The Harbor and Bahia. Photo credit: Patryk Kosmider / Bigstock.com
Go to a few restaurants for first class cuisine
If dining with fine local dishes is an integral part of any vacation, you will be delighted to learn that there are many top notch restaurants here that will grab your attention. The Michelin Guide has awarded a total of five restaurants with one star, namely De Mondion, Noni, Under Grain, ION – The Harbor and Bahia.
Visit Qim Stones
It would be remiss for any visitor to Malta not to visit the megalithic temple complex of Ħa Qar Qim. The valuable historical site, which is over 5,000 years old, is one of the oldest religious sites in the world and has been designated a “unique architectural masterpiece” by the World Heritage Committee. Don’t miss the North Temple, Women’s Temple, and the main temple itself.
We recommend the overnight stay in the 5-star hotel AX The Palace in Sliema and in the sister hotel Rosselli (picture above)
Stay in a five-star hotel
Between all the attractions and fine dining, you’ll want to settle in luxurious surroundings and there are plenty of hotels to do that. We like the five-star AX The Palace in Sliema and its sister hotel Rosselli – AX Privilege, another five-star offering that is located within Valletta’s historic city walls.
Take a Game of Thrones tour
Fans of the fictional television series will be delighted to discover many of the locations that were used to film the show, particularly to portray King’s Landing and its gardens and the Red Waste. You can even take a private tour (for up to four people) with a guide who was an actor on the show.
From the big brands at Bay Stree Shopping Complex and The Point Shopping Mall to local shops, Malta offers great places for shopping therapy
Go to the stores
If you have nowhere to go without going to the local shops for a shopping spree, Malta won’t let you down. From the big brands at Bay Stree Shopping Complex and The Point Shopping Mall to designer clothes found in Valletta and Sliema, you can spend hours with your credit card in hand.