1. Valletta - Malta's Elegant Capital, 2. The Idyllic Island of Gozo, 3. Mdina, Island of Malta, 4. Blue Lagoon, Island of Comino, 5. Prehistoric Tarxien Temples, Island of Malta, 6. St. Julian's, 7. Sliema. Malta, a small archipelago offers so much variety that you'll wonder how they fit it all in. You'll be hard pushed to categorize anything here because so many civilizations have been blending and influencing each other for decades. The most well-known feature is the breathtaking deep blue sea. Forget about everything else and come for the red-gold beaches, limestone cliffs, sheltered bays, and every type of sailing vessel. The top locations to go in Malta are listed here!
- Valletta – Malta’s Elegant Capital
- The Idyllic Island of Gozo
- Mdina, Island of Malta
- Blue Lagoon, Island of Comino
- Prehistoric Tarxien Temples, Island of Malta
- St. Julian’s
Valletta – Malta’s Elegant Capital
Valletta is Malta’s capital, thanks to the Ottoman Turks’ epic defeat during the Great Siege of 1565. The entire town, which is located on a peninsula in the country’s eastern region and has a population of roughly 6000 people, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tourists will find it simple to explore this small city, which is bordered by two harbours: the Grand Harbor and the Marsamxett Harbor. The city’s core is Saint John’s Co-Cathedral, a 16th-century church built by numerous Orders of the Knights from France, Spain, and Italy. The beautiful interior with its opulent gilded design astounds visitors. The massive Grandmaster’s Palace, which was previously the residence of the Knights of Malta, is close by. This palace has magnificent murals and an armoury that depict the knights’ military victories.
Valletta is one of the top destinations to visit on the Maltese Islands for travellers interested in culture and historic sites. Valletta, Malta’s most modern city, is full of tourist sites and is a good starting point for visitors who want to see the island without renting a car. The island features a well-functioning bus system, with Valletta serving as the hub.
Location: Valletta, Malta
Highlights: the Grand Harbor, the Marsamxett Harbor, the Saint John’s Co-Cathedral, the Grandmaster’s Palace, …
Best time to visit: March 19th to June 10th
The Idyllic Island of Gozo
Gozo is the Maltese Islands’ most beautiful location. This small island is ideal for a relaxing holiday for a few days or even a week, thanks to its tranquil settlements and lovely beaches. Despite being less developed than Malta, Gozo offers a diverse range of cultural experiences, including Victoria, a walled medieval city; Marsalforn, a lively coastal resort; and Ggantija Temples, the Maltese Islands’ most important archaeological monument, which dates back to roughly 3500 BC.
The island’s landscape provides a pleasant respite from the contemporary world for visitors. The island’s valleys and undulating hills are covered in a patchwork of small farms. Traditional towns rise above the scenery, while the hillsides lead to protected beaches and charming old fishing ports. Grandiose Baroque churches can be found in even the tiniest villages.
Location: the Island of Gozo, Cirkewwa, Malta
Highlights: the ancient Citadella, the Azure Window, the Wied il-Mielah, the Ta Pinu Basilica, Church of Nadur, Ghajnsielem Parish Church, Church of the Madonna of Lourdes, Qala Parish Church, Rotunda Saint John Baptist Church (Xewkija Rotunda), …
Best time to visit: May and June
Mdina, Island of Malta
Mdina is a magical city that transports you to another world. This charming medieval hilltop village is rich in history and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To enter the city, visitors must go through the spectacular Main Gate, which gives the feeling of passing through time. A wonderful world of car-free streets and beautiful old sandstone structures exists within the city’s enormous, medieval ramparts.
St. Paul’s Cathedral, a magnificent Baroque structure created by Maltese architect Lorenzo Gafa, is one of Mdina’s most popular tourist destinations. The ornately built church boasts a spectacular dome, marble columns, gilded accents, and beautiful ceiling paintings. A priceless 12th-century Madonna image and renowned works of art by celebrated Maltese painter Mattia Preti are among the cathedral’s treasures.
Tourists should visit the old palaces in Mdina to gain a taste of the city’s former magnificence. The Palazzo Vilhena (Saint Publius Square) is a grand 18th-century Magisterial Palace with a facade inspired by the Neoclassical style of the Château de Versailles. It presently contains Malta’s renowned National Museum of Natural History, which displays fossils, birds’ eggs, and bird nests.
Moreover, in Mdina, the Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum (Villegaignon Street) is a replica of a medieval palace decorated in an original manner. The Palazzo Falson also has a collection of ancient coins, as well as fine paintings, antiques, and Oriental carpets.
Location: Mdina, Malta
Highlights: Mdina Citadel, Cathedral of Saint Paul, Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum, Carmelite Priory, Mdina Cathedral Museum, Historical Buildings and Viewpoint on Bastion Square, …
Best time to visit: May to September
Blue Lagoon, Island of Comino
The lagoon’s centre is cordoned off to boats, making it ideal for swimming, splashing around, and floating in inflatable tubes. The lagoon is the equivalent of many Olympic-sized swimming pools in terms of length. Crossing the cove to the tiny beach on the opposite side is possible for strong swimmers. A tiny beach with umbrellas and lounge chairs is offered for rent at the lagoon. Sunbathing on the searing hot rocky mountainside is another alternative. Tourists can at least expect refreshment stands to be erected up around the lagoon.
From May to October, visitors can stay at the Comino Hotel (the island’s only hotel) to experience the Blue Lagoon without the crowds and have a relaxing vacation. Nature hikes, hiking, and water sports like snorkelling and scuba diving are among the activities available on Comino Island.
Location: Blue Lagoon, Island of Comino, Malta
Highlights: Santa Marija Bay and San Niklaw Bay
Best time to visit: May-June and September-October
Prehistoric Tarxien Temples, Island of Malta
The UNESCO-listed Tarxien Temples, which comprise four megalithic complexes, are Malta’s largest and best-preserved prehistoric cult sites. The site, which was excavated in 1914 and covers a total area of 5,400 square meters, showcases the aesthetic achievements of Malta’s mysterious prehistoric society between 3,600 BC and 2,500 BC during the “Temple Period” (Late Neolithic Period).
The Tarxien Temples features outstanding copies of stone reliefs and sculptures discovered here; the originals are on show at the National Museum of Archeology in Valletta. Surprisingly elaborate spiral designs and animal motifs adorn the stone walls of the four adjoining temples. The South Temple, with its colourful reliefs depicting goats, pigs, bulls, and a ram, houses the largest collection of art. A statue of a fertility goddess with powerful legs, petite dainty feet, and a pleated skirt is also on display.
The East Temple is made up of solid slab walls with oracle holes that may be seen. The Central Temple has a six-apse architectural layout and a technically advanced arched roof. Notably, the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum is within walking distance of the Tarxien Temple’s ancient monument. Both places are easily accessible in a single day.
Location: Neolithic Temples Street, Tarxien, Island of Malta, Malta
Highlights: the National Museum of Archeology, the East Temple, the Central Temple, the South Temple, Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, …
Best time to visit: mid June to mid September.
St. Julian’s, also known as San Giljan, is a town on the Maltese coast north of Valletta that is known for its vibrant nightlife and tourism attractions. This town is a hotspot for new and elegant hotels, a diverse range of restaurants, and trendy nightclubs, all of which are concentrated in the Paceville neighborhood.
As a result, both locals and tourists flock to St. Julian’s, particularly during the summer months, when visitors take advantage of the pleasant weather to enjoy long walks along the coastal promenade. The tallest skyscraper in Malta, Portomaso Tower, which stands at 98 meters, dominates the scene of St. Julians.
What is waiting for you in St. Julian’s? St. Julian’s has a plethora of taverns and restaurants with a wide range of cuisines and atmospheres. In one of the many nightclubs in St. Julian’s, you may dance the night away. Balluta Bay, which is overshadowed by the neo-gothic cathedral and the immaculate Balluta Buildings erected in the art nouveau style, is also popular among visitors. A few Georgian-style terraced houses can also be found.
Location: the Maltese coast, north of Valletta
Highlights: Balluta Bay, the Love monument, Spinola Palace, Portomaso area, …
The neighbourhood of Sliema is one of the nicest places to stay in Malta, located opposite Valletta on the other side of the bay that hugs small Manoel Island. This city had really developed as a town during British rule (in the second half of the 19th century). Travellers will find plenty to keep them active in Sliema, with easy ferry access, stunning views from Tigne Point, and elegant golden-stone structures like Stella Maris Church.
Sliema is one of the busiest commercial and urban hubs on the island of Malta, offering a diverse range of hotels, restaurants, pubs, and shops. The city is located on a peninsula directly over the sea from Valletta, providing stunning views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea. There are various beaches where you may swim and sunbathe, as well as diving schools for those who are interested. The Sliema Front promenade runs along the coast and is a wonderful place to take a daytime stroll or a romantic moonlit stroll.
Location: the northeast coast of Malta, the Northern Harbour District
Highlights: seeing a show at Salesian Theatre, Tigne Point, Christine X Art Gallery, delving into history at Manoel Island, walking along the seaside promenade, …
Best time to visit: May and June