The beautiful country of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea consists of a number of inhabited and uninhabited islands. It’s the perfect place to relax on the beach or go snorkeling or surfing. Apart from beautiful beaches, Malta also has great sights to explore, such as one of the loveliest cities in Europe, Valletta.
Valletta, the capital of Malta, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its entirety since 1980 and boasts no fewer than 320 historic buildings within the historic city walls. Here you will find several of the sights of Malta. You can clearly see the Moorish influences in Valletta, combined with Spanish and Italian style elements. If you love museums, the National Museum of Fine Arts is a definite must-see. It has a large art collection, mainly with a religious theme.
The world-famous megalithic temples of Malta are a collection of prehistoric temples that were typical for the Neolithic Period. The oldest temples – those of Ġgantija – were designated World Heritage Sites in 1980. Five temples were added later on. The megalithic temples are the oldest free-standing structures on earth. This means that they’re even older than Stonehenge and the pyramids of Egypt! So these sights on Malta should absolutely not be missed.
Mdina is the former capital of Malta. The city is fully walled and has a population of no more than 500. You can find Medieval buildings as well as Baroque ones in the city. Cars are not allowed in Mdina, but that’s not a problem since, after all, the city is best explored on foot! Visit, for example, St. Paul’s Cathedral, which is dedicated to Paul, the patron saint of Malta. Since Mdina is situated on a plateau at a height of around 225 metres, you can see much of central and northern Malta from the city.
The beautiful Blue Lagoon is located on the uninhabited island of Comino between Gozo and Malta. The turquoise blue lagoon is the highlight of the island. Enjoy the unique reflection of the sun on the water and relax to the fullest. You can easily take a day trip to the Blue Lagoon by boat from Malta. Fun tip: haggle with a fisherman to get a passage to the island. Visiting the Blue Lagoon in high season? Go in the morning to avoid the crowds.
The 18th century Palazzo Parisio gives you a good impression of the lives of the nobility on Malta at that time. The palace was built in 1733, but the most important occupant was the banker Giuseppe Sicluna, who lived there around the year 1900. He had the palace renovated extensively, sparing neither trouble nor expense. And this can clearly be seen in its lovely interior, such as the gilded ballroom, the large Carrara marble staircase and delightful palace gardens, where you can take a break from all the grandeur.