Hardly measures around 27km by 14km, the tiny island nation of Malta presents amazing sights. From the thrilling rock formations and beautiful lagoons to the 5,000-years old temples, there’s something for everyone!
The small size accommodates perfectly to getting around so, base yourself under the Malta passport programme and grab the opportunity to experience the best daytrips. Here’s how to make your stay in Malta truly wonderful!
The high concentration of historic monuments entitled Valletta as UNESCO’s World Heritage Site whereas the city is Europe’s first planned metropolis. Developed in the 17th century only with a web of streets on a narrow cape, the architecture remained amazingly untouched with hardly any space to stretch outwards. The St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Grand Master’s Palace and the National Museum of Archaeology are the crown jewels of Malta and accessible in the capital city of Valletta.
- Comino & Blue Lagoon
The ‘Blue Lagoon’ gets its name due to the intense aquamarine shade of a cavernous inlet with a base of rocks and white sand. It’s a renowned spot for swimming and snorkelling with the laidback yet picturesque island of Comino right adjacent to it. Plenty of tourist programmes from Malta and Gozo provides an opportunity to explore the place whereas you can travel here independently via water taxi.
- The Tarxien Temples, the Three Cities & Hypogeum
The small barricaded towns commonly known as the Three Cities comprises Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa are located across the Great Harbour, facing Valletta boldly! The best means of transportation is a boat ride and the most interesting of the three to experience is Vittoriosa known for its maze-like streets, fine-dining Maltese restaurants, the Inquisitor’s Palace and Malta at War Museum.
The ancient Hal Saflieni Hypogeum is one of Malta’s most amazing site bearing extraordinarily well-preserved underground caverns, carved out almost 5,000 years back from pure rock. Finish the prehistoric journey by visiting the ancient Tarxien Temples just a few blocks from the Hypogeum.
The vibrant fishing boats docked at the harbour spill its colourful shades on the clear water with adjacent shorefront a display of stalls and buzz. Malta’s biggest fish market has everything on the shelf from baby sharks to oysters and hosts on every Sunday. Intensely coloured and lively throughout, it’s perhaps an ideal inspiration for a feast at one of the many seafront restaurants however; you can also visit here any other day when the place is calm.
- Mdina & Rabat
The narrow streets and squares of Mdina are encircled by the great golden-stone walls reflecting pure Arab-style citadel with majestic abbeys and lodges are shrouded before seemingly unassuming doors. Dining at one of the many perched restaurants on the city walls is a spectacular and unforgettable experience.
Rabat is for ‘suburb’ and here it refers to a small town on the outskirts of Mdina and its barricades. The overall environment here is peaceful and more local with the excavated Roman Villa and spooky range of catacombs worth exploring.
The Malta second passport programme is your key to explore all this and much more.