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What to see and do

Overview

It is impossible to give details of all there is to see and do, especially without knowing what you are particularly interested in. However, below listed are the main sites that are really worth seeing during your stay.

There are many web sites, which give more information. Check out http://www.visitmalta.com, which has a good interactive map. Under ‘Views and Downloads’ you will find video clips and e-books. Plus you will also find video clips on http://supercities.eu and http://www.heartofmalta.com

Have a look at http://www.travelistic.com/video/tag/… This is a new site that has video clips showing places like Valletta and Mdina and also about scuba diving, sailing and yacht charters.
In large countries a lot of time is wasted in travelling from one place to another. Malta doesn’t require a lot of travelling to get to see interesting places, or just to go for a dip in the sea. Distances are short (it takes less than an hour to travel between the two further points) and there isn’t another place in Europe that offers such a high concentration of historic sites, Neolithic temples, beaches, holiday resorts and places of entertainment (restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs, cinemas, festivals etc.). You’ll wish you’d have known about Malta earlier!
http://www.101malta.com/index.php/Mai is fun and has lists of things worth doing and seeing during your stay in Malta. You’ll have to pick and choose to see what is to your liking, as the lists are very comprehensive.

Valletta Living History is a new audiovisual show depicting the history of Malta and Valletta. It is the perfect way to start of you trip in Malta as in 35 minutes it gives you an introduction to the people and the history you are about to discover. http://www.maltaattraction.com you can also get a good Valletta Map in the download section.
Despite Malta being so small it has many artistic treasures. Most of them are a legacy from the times of the Knights. Each Knight was expected to give a gift to the Order on being elected to a higher position and each would try and outdo the previous one. They also wanted to show the rest of Europe the financial power of the Order. The gifts of the new Grand Masters are now priceless.
The set of magnificent tapestries hanging in St. John’s Cathedral Museum are costing over one million euro just to restore. Another set are available to see in the Grand Master’s Palace. Visit http://www.stjohnscocathedral.com

Heritage Malta is the national agency for museums, conservation practice and cultural heritage. It also takes care of the Neolithic temples of Malta. http://www.heritagemalta.com
Many Heritage Trusts, sometimes quite rightly, concentrate on the prehistoric time or the period of the Knights of St John in Malta’s rich history and this can been seen in the many wonderful attractions around the country.

However, Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna – The Malta Heritage Trust have mainly concentrated on more recent history – The British Military in Malta and WW2 History – to be precise.
The organization www.dinlarthelwa.org – (in English ‘this sweet land’ and the first three words of the National Anthem) is the guardian of many historic properties open to the public such as chapels, watch towers , cemetery and fortified country houses all over Malta.
Another local heritage site is http://www.wirtartna.org (which means Our Land’s Heritage.)

There are a lot of festivals throughout the year; musical, traditional, cultural, heritage, agricultural to mention a few. Check them out on http://www.visitmalta.com forthcoming events and on http://www.whatson.com.mt and also http:// www.maltafestivals.com.

On your arrival at the airport there are ‘What’s on’ booklets available at the tourist office and often given out to tourists as they enter the Arrival lounge. There is a Tourist Office in
People used to think that Malta was an island for the more mature person, but Malta really is an Island for any age and any person whether for singles, couples, families or students. The people are warm and friendly – if you don’t find this to be true, stop and think: were you pleasant to them? If you start up a conversation with them, you will find them helpful and friendly.

There are Promenades for gentle strolls, beaches and beach clubs, historic sites, country walks, diving and snorkelling, quaint villages, splendid views, clubbing and night bars, cafes and bars for relaxing, restaurants of all descriptions, paragliding and rock climbing, world renowned bastions and fortifications… and all within easy reach as Malta is so small.

This is a list of the most popular and important sites in Malta – but do take the time and go through the lists given above as there is so much more to see and do than is possible to describe in one article.


WAR MUSEUM

There are many museums in Valletta, but this is one of the most popular especially for those not all that interested in the arts/culture. It is situated in Fort St Elmo at the bottom of Valletta and has recently been completely renovated. I... Read More

MDINA

The medieval capital of Malta the second must see. It is called the Silent City and its narrow, winding streets opening onto squares and magnificent view over the bastions are splendid. See the ... Read More

MAMO TOWER near Marsascala, St. Thomas Bay

It is not really a tower but a fortified country house; Built as a defence against invasion by the Turks. You enter into a round domed room with four rooms leading out. The shape is like a cross. There is a staircase leading to the roof wit... Read More

THE THREE FORTIFIED CITIES OF COTTONERA

Across the harbour from Valletta are the cities of Birgu (Vittoriosa) Cospicua (Bormla) Senglea (L-Isla). Cospicua is a residential town with not as much to recommend but the other two have a rich history. Birgu in particular has a newly r... Read More

RABAT

A town adjoining Mdina and where your bus will stop you when you visit Mdina. There are fascinating catacombs well worth visiting. There is also a Roman house with small museum that is worth visiting also. There is a tourist train that take... Read More

FORT RINELLA in Birgu

Here you will see the largest cannon in the world and is still fired. There are re-enactments and guided tours. Transport from Barakka Gardens when the cannon is fired there at noon.

GARDENS

There are a number of public gardens which are very well kept and very enjoyable both for the keen gardener and for those of you looking for somewhere to relax in a shady environment.

NEOLITHIC MALTA

These Temples predate the Pyramids and Stonehenge in the UK. They will make you realize that Malta was one of the first countries to carry out these engineering miracles and its civilization is amongst the oldest in the world. The Hypogeum,... Read More

CART RUTS

These are parallel channels in pairs or groups found in San Gwann, San Pawl Tat-Targa* Naxxar and Rabat/Dingli. It is still a mystery why and how they were constructed but it is thought the purpose was to transport heavy r... Read More

THE MSIDA BASTION GARDEN OF REST 1805 – 1857

A cemetery set within the Msida Bastions just outside Valletta near the Hotel Excelsior. You can enjoy unique views of the waters of Marsamxetto Harbour with Fort Manoel on Manoel Island and Msida Creek across the water. Its restoration ear... Read More