Malta Attractions Are Many And Varied
Visit the many different Malta attractions, from the amazing natural landscapes to carnivals and festas, historical sites and baroque style churches to Popeye Village for the kids.
You'll be glad you chose Malta as your holiday destination if you like to see and do as much as possible when you're on vacation.
Your only problem will be where to start first!
Malta Attractions: Natural Landscapes
- The Blue Grotto is a natural rock shelter with a number of sea caverns that is surrounded by some breathtaking scenery on the south of the island.
It was used for a scene in the film "Troy" starring Brad Pitt and is a popular destination with Malta tourists.
- The Blue Lagoon on Comino Island is picture postcard perfect with its turquoise blue waters and sheltered inlet. You definitely don't want to miss this spot.
And apparently this is also where Madonna filmed a diving scene in the movie "Swept Away".
- Calypso's Cave is in a cliff face on
and overlooks the red sands of Ramla Bay. Beautiful views!
- The Inland Sea is a shallow inland lagoon created millions of years ago with a 100 metre cave in the cliff linking it to the sea.
- The Azure Window is a giant doorway at the end of a cliff that is probably one of the most photographed spectacular natural landmarks on the Islands.
Two of the most popular dive sites in Gozo, the Blue Hole and the Chimney are also found here.
You might like to check our photo gallery for slideshows of some of these above attractions in Malta and Gozo.
Fun Malta Attractions
Carnival is another attraction in Malta and a passion with the Maltese people.
It is celebrated in February for the 5 days before Ash Wednesday.
The floats are a work of art in themselves and so are all the colourful costumes...
But the kids dressed up in their outfits absolutely steal the show!
And as unbelievable as it may sound, every year after the carnival they throw away the floats and costumes and start from scratch again the following year.
Maltese Feasts or Village Festas are religious celebrations that are a large part of Maltese culture.
In the summer months there are village festas on Malta Island and Gozo Island every weekend -- yes, that's right; months of weekends full of fun and happy times with bands, fireworks, ringing church bells and street parties.
This is one Malta attraction you won't want to miss. Don't go home until you've experiencing at least one festa; it's an absolute must!
And so too are the Good Friday and Easter Sunday Processions. I guarantee you won't have witnessed anything like this.
There is definitely no shortage of fun things to do in Malta at this time of year.
Historical Malta Attractions
The Three Cities -- Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea -- is the framework of Malta's history. The palaces, churches and forts of The Three Cities are much older than Valletta's because it was the first home to the Knights of St John.
Fort St Elmo is a fortification in Valletta that divides Marsamxett Harbour from Grand Harbour. It was built in 1488 and played an important role in the Great Siege of 1565.
Malta was also the most bombed place on earth during World War II.
Fort St Angelo was home to the Knights of Malta when they arrived in 1530.
Fort Rinella is a Victorian fortification built by the British between 1878 and 1886. Malta Heritage Trust has been restoring the fort and has opened it to the public as a museum.
Grand Master's Palace in Valletta dates back to the Knights of Malta and is currently home of the House of Representatives of Malta and the office of the President of Malta.
Mdina or The Silent City is the first capital of Malta and its origins can be traced back more than 4000 years. It is a walled city that will take you back to medieval times.
Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Megalithic Temples are some of the oldest free standing structures in the world, predating the Egyptian pyramids. They are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta is a masterpiece of art and baroque architecture that was built for the Knights of St John. Do not miss this!
Church of St Paul's Shipwreck in Valletta dates back to the 1570's, making it one of the oldest churches on the island.
St Paul is considered to be the spiritual father of the Maltese and on St Paul's Day, 10 February every year, the wooden statue of St Paul which was carved in 1657 is paraded through the streets of Valletta, weather permitting.
These are some of the best historical Malta attractions.
Attractions in Malta For Kids Of All Ages
- Popeye Village or Sweethaven Village is the film set of Popeye where the kids can meet famous cartoon characters and can experience being part of a film.
- Splash & Fun Water Park has a wave pool, children's splash land, lazy river and family slides -- great fun day!
- Mediterraneo's Marine Park where you can swim with the dolphins.
And for all the joggers, there is also a
marathon, half marathon and walkathon
that runs every year in February.
Of course there are many more attractions in Malta. These are just a few of the best things to do in Malta.
The official Malta Tourism website is a great resource that you might find helpful.
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