Planning a Malta trip? You’re not alone! The tiny island nation south of Italy and north of North Africa is a paradise with coastal waters, a 6000-year history, and amazing culture to go with it.
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Set in the lively district of Paceville in central St. Julian’s, the stylish design Hotel Valentina offers a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, free WiFi, and air-conditioned rooms with ultra-modern furnishings. Free private parking, a seasonal bar, and an elevator are available on site.
Location:Dobbie Street, Paceville, Saint Julian’s, Island of Malta STJ 3070
For unique gifts and souvenirs pay a trip to Ta’ Qali. This small but well-stocked crafts village is based in an old RAF wartime airfield where Nissen huts have been repurposed to house all kinds of original Maltese gifts and crafts.
Location:Ta Qali Crafts Village, Ta’ Qali
Dating back to between the fourth and ninth centuries, this Roman burial chamber is the largest in Malta and lies just outside of Mdina. Mdina, previously named Melite, served as the Roman capital of Malta and as Roman law stated that the dead could not be buried within the city walls, this catacomb was created.
Location:St. Paul and St Agatha’s Catacombs, St Agatha Street, Rabat
Adjacent to the long stretch of public beach at Ghadira Bay, Blu Beach Club is just what you want for a beachy daytime meal. Burgers, fries, pizza, and lots of other finger food predominate on the menu, and the open-air vibe couldn’t be more relaxed.
Location:Marfa Road, Il-Mellieħa
Visit the original film set of the 1980 film, Popeye starring Robin Williams, and spend the day in Sweethaven exploring each building, enjoying their pools, taking a boat ride, watching animators and having a bite to eat. Set in stunning surroundings, there are regular buses directly to the set with something for the whole family to enjoy.
The aquarium also holds daily events for adults and children to enjoy. With a bistro offering panoramic views on-site, it’s definitely worth spending a few relaxing hours here.
Location:Triq it-Trunciera, Qawra, San Pawl il-Bahar SPB 1500
The town of Sliema is full of bars, restaurants, and shops, but it’s not as busy as the capital of Valletta, making it a great place to spend a day. With a coastline running to St Julian’s, Sliema is Malta’s biggest coastline resort and attracts many as the main hub for meetings.
Location:Sliema Coast of Valletta
With ochre-painted symbols still visible on the walls and carvings in the masonry, this eerie yet spectacular place was the discovery site of Malta’s now famous ‘Sleeping Lady’ sculpture.
Location:Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, Burial Street, Paola
Dedicated to St John the Baptist, this Roman Catholic Co-Cathedral was built between 1572 and 1577 for the Order of the Knights of St John. Baroque in style, this magnificent masterwork features a polychrome marble floor depicting angels and skeletons, ornately painted ceilings, and many lavishly gilded features, expressing the wealth of the Order at the time.
Location:St. John Street VLT 1156 Valletta, Central Region
It’s run by the Preca sisters, who grew up in a family of restauranteurs and who are a daily presence in the kitchen. Like many fine dining restaurants in Malta, the menu is heavy on seafood, from a menu of raw preparations to pasta to lobster thermidor, but there are also land-based options.
Location:54, Strait Street Valletta, Valletta VLT 05
Located in the area of Marsaxlokk, St Peter’s Pool is a dream for swimmers and snorkelers. Often described as a natural swimming pool, its strikingly clear, azure waters invite many to jump in from the rocks surrounding it, and with plenty of flat ledges available, holidaymakers can spend the day enjoying the scenery both under and above the water.
Like most capital cities, Valletta becomes a lot busier during the Christmas period. Aside from the great shops, simply visiting the capital over the festive season is an uplifting experience.
Location:Vault 1, Upper Floor, Pinto Wharf, Floriana FRN 1913
Experienced sailors transport visitors to caves where the waters lead in reflect various shades of cyan and emerald green. It’s definitely a photo opportunity not to be missed. Trips take place all year round, weather permitting.
Known as the Silent City, the former capital of Malta, Mdina, is an absolute joy to visit. Behind its high walls lies a city that dates back almost 4,000 years.
Location:2 Triq San Pawl, Mdina
Set on Xagħra’s busy main square, Oleander’s menu doesn’t offer too many surprises, just well-prepared, well-priced versions of Italian and continental favorites.
Location: Xaghra City Centre XRA 1010 Xagħra, Gozo
With several stockists across the island, the best place to visit is their large shop located in Ta’ Qali Crafts Village, where visitors can enter the large workshop and see the craftsmen glassblowing and witness the work that goes into each piece.
Location:Crafts Village, Ta’ Qali
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