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Welcome to Malta

An archipelago nestled between Sicily and Tunisia in the center of the Mediterranean, the Maltese Islands are a tapestry of Italian, African, and Middle Eastern traditions and culture. Malta's UNESCO-listed capital of Valletta hosts the opulent Grandmaster's Palace, seat of the Maltese government, and lends itself well to walking tours. Travelers looking for a more active vacation might head to Gozo for hiking tours, beach trips, scuba diving, and guided visits to Neolithic ruins. Meanwhile, the Blue Lagoon, situated off the coast of the small island of Comino, makes for a popular day trip, as does the walled city of Mdina, which Game of Thrones fans will recognize as King's Landing.

Top 10 attractions in Malta

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St. John's Co-Cathedral (Kon-Katidral ta' San Gwann)

St. John's Co-Cathedral (Kon-Katidral ta' San Gwann)

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Behind the misleadingly plain baroque facade of St. John's Co-Cathedral (Kon-Katidral ta' San Gwann) hides one of Europe's most spectacular churches, built by the Knights of St. John following their defeat of the Ottoman Turks in the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. Today, this important religious site is one of Malta’s most visited attractions.More
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Ta’ Qali Crafts Village

Ta’ Qali Crafts Village

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Situated on an abandoned WW2 airfield, Ta’ Qali Crafts Village occupies a series of seemingly ramshackle Nissan huts – plans to spruce up Ta’ Qali rear their heads from time to time, but so far no funding has been raised for the redevelopment. Don’t be put off by their tattiness as they hide the best selection of authentic Maltese crafts found on the island.This is the place to find delicate filigree silverware, handmade lace, hand-blown glass, leather, linen and cheery painted ceramics, all created by local artisans. Expect to pay a little more for your purchases, but be happy in the knowledge that you are buying a genuine piece of Maltese treasure. Even if you don’t buy, there’s the chance to watch skilled craftsmen at work in their stores.Two standout stores are the glassworks, Phoenician Glassblowers and Mdina Glass; both produce highly colored quality glassware. Another of Malta’s best buys is gold and silver work, and the making of intricate filigree jewelry is a national specialty. All Maltese silver and gold products should be certified and hallmarked. A design found across the island is the delicate interlaced Maltese cross, symbol of the Knights of St John who occupied Malta between 1530 and 1792.More
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Blue Grotto

Blue Grotto

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The most famous of Malta’s cave complexes, the Blue Grotto is a series of nine caves whose rocky sides glow green, purple, and orange according to their mineral content. Surrounding the caves are some of the clearest, brightest cobalt-blue waters imaginable. The natural wonder got its name from British soldiers stationed in Malta in the 1950s who thought the caves were reminiscent of the Blue Grotto off the Italian island of Capri.More
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San Anton Gardens

San Anton Gardens

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San Anton Gardens are the most beautiful of the few public parks in Malta. They surround an ornate palazzo built by Grand Master of the Knights of St John, Antoine de Paule, as his summer residence in 1636 – it’s now the official residence of the Maltese President – and were bequeathed to the public in 1882.A sweet-smelling citrus orchard lies at the heart of the walled gardens, a tranquil haven in the middle of busy Attard. They are landscaped in a formal Italianate fashion, dotted with elaborate follies, sculptures and fountains, dissected by shady paved walkways giving shelter from the mid-summer sun. Some of the trees here are more than 300 years old and the twisted trunks of ancient jacarandas, cypresses and Norfolk pines line the paths, palm trees soar upwards and flowerbeds blaze with color all year around.A small aviary and a petting farm enchant children, while bubbling ponds are full of flashing koi and turtles; ducks, geese and peacocks wander the grounds at will and lizards dart through the undergrowth. The gardens are a summer venue for open-air theater, including a Shakespeare season every July, and host Malta’s biggest horticultural show in May.More
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Mdina

Mdina

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The former capital of Malta, this historic hilltop settlement—known as the Silent City—features honey-hued palazzos and centuries-old buildings. The town center, a knot of shady and quiet streets, is shielded from the hubbub and traffic of the outside world by thick walls that date back to between the 16th and 18th centuries.More
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Malta National Aquarium

Malta National Aquarium

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The Malta National Aquarium is one of the most popular attractions in Malta. Designed and built in the shape of a starfish, the aquarium features 26 display tanks, many of which showcase Mediterranean fish found in the waters around the island country. All of the tanks are designed to imitate a natural underwater environment, but also feature historical artifact replicas famous to Malta, such as a Roman shipwreck or wreckage of wartime planes.The aquarium houses nearly 200 various species of fish, many of which are featured in the main tank. Travelers can wander the main tank's walk-through tunnel to experience the feeling of being underwater while also getting close-up views of many Indian Ocean species, including the black tip shark. Visitors can also check out the interactive touch pool and view a short film about the aquarium's offerings.More
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Ggantija Temples

Ggantija Temples

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Built about 5,600 years ago on the island of Gozo, the Ggantija Temples are one of the most popular destinations for visitors – and one of the world's oldest manmade religious sites still in existence today. They are astonishing not only for their age, but also because they were constructed at a time when neither metal tools nor the wheel had yet been known on the island. Just one of seven megalithic temples on Gozo and Malta, they were excavated in the early 19th century based on local knowledge of the site based on folklore.The Ggantija Temples complex includes an altar, receptacles for fire and ceremonial flames as well as water offerings, and there is evidence that animal sacrifices were performed on site. While mythology posits that a giantess built the temple, today it is thought that a type of ball bearing feature was used to move the enormous stones into place – thus its name, which translates to “Giant's Grotto.”More
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Valletta Waterfront (Pinto Wharf)

Valletta Waterfront (Pinto Wharf)

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Stretching along Grand Harbour, below the fortified city and opposite the Three Cities of Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua, the beautifully restored Valletta Waterfront (Pinto Wharf) is the grand frontage of Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Right next to the cruise port, it’s the gateway to Valletta and the rest of Malta.More
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Popeye Village Malta (Sweethaven Village)

Popeye Village Malta (Sweethaven Village)

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Originally designed in 1980 as the movie set for the Robert Altman film Popeye, starring Robin Williams, Popeye Village (also known as Sweethaven Village) has been preserved as a Popeye theme park. The popular family attraction not only lets visitors explore the purpose-built set, but hosts a range of fun and interactive activities for all ages.More
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Upper Barrakka Gardens

Upper Barrakka Gardens

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Perched on eastern Valletta’s harbor walls, Upper Barrakka Gardens is one of the city’s top attractions. Created in 1661, the shaded gardens center on a fountain, statues, and colonnaded terraces that command views over Malta’s Grand Harbour.More

Top activities in Malta

Gozo and Comino Islands: including Blue Lagoon, Crystal Lagoon & caves
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Gozo Full-Day Jeep Tour w/ Private Boat to Gozo & return (to avoid queuing)
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Gozo Full-Day Quad Tour w/ Private Boat to Gozo & return (to avoid queuing)
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Gozo Tuk Tuk Tour
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Gozo Tuk Tuk Tour

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Archaeological Sites & Fishing Villages
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Private Day Sailing Boat Charter

Private Day Sailing Boat Charter

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Gozo Self-Drive GoCar tour

Gozo Self-Drive GoCar tour

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Comino Day Cruise

Comino Day Cruise

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Valletta guided 3-hour walking food tasting trail
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Private Day Charter on Amazing Mowgli
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Recent reviews from experiences in Malta

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Lovely swimming. Good trip
Donna_G, Jul 2021
Hera Round Malta & Comino Blue Lagoon 2021
Great trip & good way to see a bit more of Malta.
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Really amazing tour!!
Alpana_V, May 2021
Valletta World War II Private Walking Tour
Make sure you leave enough time at the end of the day to see St.
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Excellent Affordable Offering, Knowledgeable Tour Guide
Paul_S, Jul 2021
6-hour Private Tour around Malta
Salah suggested min/max times for each and allowed us to visit at our pace.
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The best kayak guided tour in Gozo Malta!
Maria_D, Jul 2021
Kayak Gozo & Comino - Awesome Afternoon Adventure!
I loved it when we entered narrow caves and got to see the hidden gems, which we wouldn't be able to do with normal boat trip.
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Amazing TOUR
Emeline_A, Jul 2021
Malta Private Minivan Tour: Popeye village/Mdina/Valletta & Many More
We wanted to visit the most of the Island and thus booked this tour.
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First time in Malta
KEVIN_V, Mar 2020
The Malta Experience - Hidden Gems Private Tour
I would recommend one of his tours to others planning to visit Malta.
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Great day on Malta
Ivica, Feb 2020
8 hour private tour around Malta
He gave us advices where to go and what to see accross the Malta.
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Segway Tour
Mark A, Oct 2019
Valletta Segway Tour and The Malta Experience
A great way to see Malta.
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Awesome way to spend the day in Gozo
AustinANYC, Oct 2019
Gozo Full-Day Jeep Tour w/ Private Boat to Gozo & return (to avoid queuing)
IT was a great, affordable way to see the entire island in one day.
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Excellent historical tour
Roam11812160095, Oct 2019
Malta Express Private Full Day Tour
This was a wonderful introduction to Malta and I know I'll be back to visit again.
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Amazing guide
Resort605805, Jul 2019
An Exclusive Private day trip around Malta
And he made sure that I was able to visit all the must-see and "instagrammable" places in Valletta.
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Great trip!
megankidd1, Jul 2019
Comino Blue Lagoon and Caves Full Day Private Boat Trip
I would definitely recommend this trip to see the beautiful caves with excellent service
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Very good Guide
506Irene, Jun 2019
Malta Shore Excursion: Malta in One Day Private Sightseeing Tour
Malta is a wonderful place to visit.
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Wonderful activity, good fun.
Resort22483338504, Jun 2019
Explore Malta in a Self-drive Electric Car Tour
What a great way to see sunny Malta, well organised and a novel activity.
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GREAT FUN!
susiejp2018, Jul 2018
Explore Malta in a Self-drive Electric Car Tour
This was a playful way to see a good part of Malta.
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Hera Exclusive Round Malta
parkexec, Sep 2018
Hera Round Malta & Comino Blue Lagoon 2021
A great way to see Malta and experience Gozo.
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Chris W, Aug 2017
'Game of Thrones' Filming Locations Tour in Malta
Great way to see parts of Malta you wouldn't normaly see.
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Great trip and highlight of our...
Steven W, Sep 2017
Gozo Full-Day Quad Tour w/ Private Boat to Gozo & return (to avoid queuing)
Tony our guide was really good and adapted the trip to suit our needs when one of the attractions was unavailable due to sea conditions.
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I cannot recommend this tour highly...
shell.thomas, Mar 2018
'Game of Thrones' Filming Locations Tour in Malta
We also got to see Popeye’s Village which was a great surprise.
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This was an amazing tour of Gozo. I...
scott.lorusso, Jul 2017
Gozo Full-Day Quad Tour w/ Private Boat to Gozo & return (to avoid queuing)
It was a great way to see the island.
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