Despite its small size, Malta is an ideal destination for a summer vacation or a city break. And it is that this island located in the heart of the Mediterranean has much to offer the traveler, including three places declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. In addition, its splendid climate must not be forgotten. In fact, temperatures rarely drop below 15 degrees.
What we’re going to do today at Vuela Viajes is tell you about all the things you should do on your visit to Malta. Can you come with us?
First of all, we recommend a visit to Valletta, the capital of Malta, a city that has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO . Here you will discover steep alleys and many historical monuments and buildings, such as the Co-Cathedral of San Juan, where Carvaggio’s work The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist is located. Also worth visiting are Fort St. Elmo, the Grand Master’s Palace, St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral and the harbor.
The Three Cities
To the southeast of Valletta are The Three Cities, three small quiet towns but of great cultural value. We refer to Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea. The first of them is very picturesque and lively, and has a marina and numerous bars, pubs and restaurants, as well as preserving the beauty of its cobbled streets, its promenades and its churches. For its part, Cospicua allows you to visit a port built in 1776. As for Senglea, an old fortification built in the mid-16th century, it offers wonderful views.
Another place worth a visit is Marsaxlook, a quaint little town located on the original south coast. Here you will find the traditional Maltese fishing boats, better known as luzzu . Beyond these boats, the town is really pretty, especially the main street. Also, if you go on Sunday you can enjoy the fish market that is held in the morning. You should also visit Forti Rikazoli, a fort where movies such as "Troy" or "Gladiator" have been recorded.
Joy and Comino
If you have the opportunity to travel to Malta, you will not be able to miss the islands of Gozo and Comino, mainly the first of them, considered the second largest island in the country and also the most fertile. Here you will discover such wonderful places as Rabat, Victoria and Dwejra, where the Azure Window is located, a 20 meter high rock arch. We also recommend visiting the Inland Sea, a lagoon connected to the sea by a narrow cave. For its part, Comino is the ideal place to disconnect, since there are no cars and there are practically no urban areas. Of this island the Blue Lagoon stands out.
Mdina, Rabat and temples
Other towns that are worth visiting are Medina and Rabat, places where medieval and Baroque architecture mix. Of the first city, the Mdina Gate stands out, which gives way to a network of narrow streets and beautiful palaces. For its part, Rabat preserves numerous convents, monasteries and churches. A visit to the Hagar Qui temples, dating from 3600 and 3200 BC, is also recommended; the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, the only subterranean temple that is preserved today; and the Temple of Tarxien, in the city of Paola, which are more than 4,000 years old.
We do not want to say goodbye without first telling you about the many water and sports activities that you can do in this small country. Thus, the first thing to keep in mind is that it is an ideal place to dive , especially for the most novice, since its waters are calm and the climate is ideal. In addition to discovering the flora and fauna of the Mediterranean, you can dive among ships sunk during the Second World War. The best places for scuba diving are Comino and Gozo. Of course, you can also snorkel . Furthermore, Malta is the ideal place for sailing, kayaking or canoeing; horseback riding through natural spaces and beaches; tour the island by bike; and go hiking and trekking .