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  • 1 Upper Barrakka Gardens Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Come to the Upper Barrakka Gardens for unparalleled panoramic views over Valetta! Looking out over the Grand Harbour and the Three Cities, enjoy the calm and beauty of the gardens, which are dotted with cooling fountains and imbued with a sense of th..

  • 2 St John's Co-Cathedral and Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Entrée latérale Republic Street

    Works by Mattia Preti, Caravaggio and Matteo Perez d'Aleccio complement the incomparably rich ornamentation to endow St John's Co-Cathedral, an ode to the Baroque, with a value beyond imagining. A stunning building which is worthy of the Knights of M..

  • 3 Grand Master's Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Palace Square

    The Grand Master's Palace (16C) has an extraordinary history. Initially the seat of the Knights of Malta, today it houses the presidential administration of the Republic of Malta. The interior is opulently decorated and boasts works by master painter..

  • 4 Grand Harbour Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Fort Saint Elmo looks out over the quays of Valletta's Grand Harbour, which used to be a hub of intense trade, but today draws people who are out for a stroll. The pleasant terraces provide plenty of opportunities to enjoy the views over the fortifie..

  • 5 Marsamxett Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Marsamxett Harbour stretches out between the rocky spur on which the town stands, and the Manoel peninsula, where you will find the eponymous fort housing the remains of Charles-François de Mondion, the engineer entrusted with its construction. The h..

  • 6 Tarxien Temples Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Neolithic Temples Street

    If a wander through the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta has whetted your appetite, be sure to visit the impressive archaeological site at the Tarxien Temples, which date right back to the beginning of ancient times and have been rediscover..

  • 7 Hagar Quim Temple Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Built at the same time as the Mesopotamian and Egyptian city-states, the Hagar Quim Temple was constructed using Maltese limestone. Apses, gigantic standing stones and statues of human figures go to create a remarkably complex ensemble. The Mnajdra T..

  • 8 Ggantija Temples Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Like the temples of Hagar Quim and Mnajdra, the two Ggantija temples on the island of Gozo were erected at the very beginning of ancient times. Legend has it that, given the size of the megaliths, the monuments must have been built by giants.

  • 9 National Museum of Archeology, Valletta Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Republic Street

    The National Museum of Archaeology charts 7 000 years of human history, as evidenced by the world's oldest megalithic remains dotted across the archipelago. The building housing the collections is a throwback to the presence of the French, and is in ..

  • 10 Inquisitor's Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Main Gate Street

    The Inquisitor's Palace was built in order to reinforce Catholic power in the face of Islam and the emergence of Protestant doctrine. Today, the collections of an ethnographical museum are laid out in this magnificent edifice, which was built from gl..

  • 11 Ghar Dalam Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Zejtun Road

    A visit to the Ghar Dalam Grotto and its adjoining museum allows you to see an array of artefacts, some dating back to Paleolithic times (fossils of dwarf elephants, hippopotamuses, as well as stags and bears) and others to Neolithic times, with the ..

  • 12 St Paul Cathedral of Mdina Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Archbishop Square

    St Paul Cathedral, constructed at the turn of the 18C by Lorenzo Gafa, vies with the Co-Cathedral in Valletta in terms of sheer splendour. With its emblematic dome, it is the must-see sight of Mdina. Be sure to see the frescoes by Mattia Preti in the..

  • The catacombs of Rabat were dug by the Romans in order to bury their dead in accordance with their culture. They were also used by the Christians as a place to meet in secret and escape persecution. A visit to the Catacombs of St Paul and St Agatha i..

  • 14 Mosta Dome Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The dome of St Mary's Church in Mosta is fully deserving of its reputation! Take in its impressive size - it is one of the largest in the world - then go inside this resplendent building, which was miraculously spared during the Second World War when..

  • 15 Blue Grotto (Malta) Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Set sail for a trip to the superb Blue Grotto, in reality a network of rocky sea caverns. The grotto plays host to an array of underwater plant life that combines with the light to give the water its very particular colour. Head there when the sea is..

  • 16 Church of St Paul Shipwrecked Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Triq Santa Lucija

    On 10 February, the Maltese turn out in force to commemorate the shipwreck of St Paul on the island in AD 60 with an enormous procession through the streets of Valletta. The Church of St Paul Shipwrecked, erected in his honour and remodelled in the 1..

  • 17 Palazzo Falson or Norman House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Villegaignon Street

    This magnificent aristocratic residence, perfectly restored, has witnessed 700 years of history. Furniture, paintings, engravings, silverwork and pottery are arranged to give an idea of life in a Maltese palace. On the terrace there is a café offerin..

  • 18 Ghajn Tuffieha Beach Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    A trip to the beach at Ghajn Tuffieha is an absolute must. Of the three beaches lying side by side along the northwest coast of the island, this is the one where the Maltese themselves come in search of peace and quiet. This long stretch of sand coil..

  • 19 Gozo Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Sites of remarkable natural beauty, sand and pebble beaches, isolated inlets, ancient vestiges, delicious local produce... the small island of Gozo has much to recommend it. Happily spared the onset of mass tourism, its little villages and fishing po..

  • 20 Dingli Cliffs

    Nature and gardens

    Vertigo sufferers, beware! The Dingli cliffs, the highest point on the island (250m), loom up in an area which has much to recommend it. Close by you will find the cart ruts of the Buskett Gardens, Malta's last remaining forest, which furrow the land..

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