10 Best Places to Visit in Malta

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St. Paul's Bay

St. Paul's Bay is an important fishing town on the north eastern part of Malta which is packed with touristic activities for all kind of visitors.

This town is commonly known for it's beautiful beaches, the town been a frequent place for the filming of famous series like Independence Day and White Collar.

The main beach of St Paul's Bay is a soft white sand beach which with the sea itself is surrounded by beautiful rocky mountains which are around the area.

Visitors from all over the world can enjoy the beautiful clear water surrounding the coast making St Paul's Bay a perfect place for citizens to enjoy themselves on the beach. And if you are looking for a more pleasurable activity then you should try water-skiing and kite-surfing on the main beach.

At the heart of St Paul's bay you will find the town centre which is a UNESCO cultural heritage site.

This is where you will find a beautiful historical church built in the 16th century by the Knights of Malta and until earlier this summer the town was the biggest tourist attraction when you arrived by boat as the most beautiful view was from the "Marina" which was built by the Knights of Malta.

Sliema

St. Julian's

St. Julian's is one of the most picturesque towns in Malta. Two historic churches overlook the town, St. Mary and St. Julian, which are located on the headlands of St. Julian’s Bay. Got lucky on a sunny day? Consider taking a stroll to St. Julian’s Bay where you will be amazed by the scenery and the panoramic views.

Take a boat tour to explore the surrounding islands including St. Paul's Island, which is a popular spot for a picnic, and Gozo, which is a popular attraction for tourists who want to spend a day on the island.

Visit the City Museum to learn about Malta’s rich history and explore some of the ancient relics that are housed there.

The renovated St. Paul’s Bastion is a perfect place to spend an afternoon enjoying the beautiful views and taking in some fresh Mediterranean air.

Located on the headlands of St. Julian’s Bay, two historic churches overlook the town. St. Mary and St. Julian, which are located on the headlands of the St. Julian’s Bay, are a popular spot for taking some stunning photos.

Marsaxlokk

The Maltese archipelago is a great place to spend a few weekend days. Without any big cities, it’s easy to get lost in the country.

If you are not willing to spend the entire weekend here, make sure to check out the comfortable atmosphere at Marsaxlokk Bay.

Located at the south-east part of the country, the bay can be reached with the bus or a taxi. Numerous buses leave the capital city Valetta for Marsaxlokk from the bus station Henri Bergä:s bus terminal at approximately the same time every day.

You can find several cafes, restaurants, a supermarket, several convenience shops, the town’s post office, some shops, pharmacies, a butcher, a bakery, and a bar on the road leading from Marsaxlokk to the Marsaxlokk Bay. There are also nine fish restaurants and a number of large and small beaches on the coast of the bay.

Marsaxlokk Bay is ideal for swimming and watersports, as well as fishing. This is especially true during the warm months when the water is warm enough for bathing and the weather is just about perfect.

Marsaxlokk Bay is also a popular destination for excursions on water taxis and excursion boats that transport passengers from one side of the bay to the other.

Golden Bay

The Golden bay nature reserve is located in the Valletta region of Malta and covers around 150 hectares. It is located in the south of the island and was classified as a protected area in 1989. Golden Bay nature reserve is home to a wide range of wildlife from birds and insects to mammals and fish.

The best time to visit the Golden bay nature reserve is from September to February. The ideal weather conditions add to the beauty of the place. You will be surprised by the amount of wildlife that you will find here.

Red squirrels are native to Malta. Golden Bay nature reserve is home to this elusive red squirrel. You may also spot many other types of wildlife. To get to this place, you can take a bus or a taxi from Valletta bus station which is situated at the capital of Malta.

If you want to go there on your own, it is advisable to rent a car to enjoy the beauty of the place in your own way.

The Golden bay nature reserve has been featured on the Maltese tourist board’s website as one of the top tourist places to visit in the island offering a scenic view of the valley with a winding road winding along the valley.

The main features of the area are its numerous ravines and cliffs. The Golden bay nature reserve is set in a National Park which takes you back in time to an era of ignorance and innocence.

Hagar Qim and Mnajdra

If you have ever dreamed of exploring a hidden lost city of Greece or part of a better world, you might just find a strong resonance with Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples in Marsaxlokk. These two stone temples tucked away in a quiet, remote fishing village were the work of the Knights Hospitallers between 1200 and 1530.

These are structures of immense quiet power, the kind of places that place you in another time and another place. You definitely feel out of place, even for some of the locals who stop their conversation and walk away while you fiddle with your camera. History comes alive in these places.

So where in Malta are you most likely to see these great monuments?

This book, The 10 Best Places to Visit in Malta has a lot of great places to visit but because of limited space I have chosen the top 5 places to visit in Malta.

The main reason why I did not include the other places was that many people wanted to visit them and there are limited places to visit them all at one time.

This is not the only reason why I chose these particular places to visit they were just the best places and I have seen them myself but if you want to visit more places in Malta then I highly recommend visiting Malta Beautiful or one of the other similar tourist websites that have more places to see.

Mellieha Bay

Mellieha Bay is one of the most picturesque beaches in Malta and is considered one of the best swimming destinations in Malta.

It is a small bay shaped like a horseshoe with it’s entrance facing Marsascala and Ras il-Hamra beyond. It is composed of silty sand and suitable for swimming in summer.

Due to its excellent swimming throughout the year, the access to the bay is through a small slipway (or a very short walk from the village of Mellieha) that takes you to a small sandy cove, not much bigger than a child’s sandpit.

It is nicely protected from winds and fits in very well with the scenery that surrounds it (from the houses and gardens of the village of Mellieha to the magnificent views over Marsaxlokk Bay, Marsaxlokk village, Malta and Gozo Islands across the horizon).

The bay is being frequently used as a base for yachts and dinghies that do excursions in the islands. Visitors can easily reach it from Mellieha via a 600-meter walk or can use the shorter route from Ras il-Hammra (70 meters).

Free parking space is also available.

Due to its sand, rather than the usual pebbles, Mellieha Bay is not suitable for the building of permanent houses.

Mdina

Mdina is Malta’s most visited historic place and is a UNESCO heritage site.

It is an historical site with some of the oldest mosques in the Western world. It is famous for being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world as well as a number of ancient monuments like the Bighi Fort, the Cottonera Gate, Clocca Battery, and the Chapel of Our Lady of Victories, which are all still standing today.

In this guide, we will tell you all about this amazing place so that you can see how important it is to visit.

History

Mdina (pronounced /mˈdina/) is the name of a large medieval fortified city in the centre of Malta |separated from the mainland by Gozo|.

This city combined the values and benefits of both a Mediterranean defence village and a trading post.

The city owes its early prosperity to the fact that it has always been situated in the centre of the main routes of communication between the Mediterranean and the rest of Europe.

The development of trade, the thriving local economy and a large network of water communication with the city of Mdina all encouraged people to settle.

Gozo Island

Gozo:
Gozo Island is found in the Maltese archipelago, within the Maltese Collective of islands. It is the fourth largest of Malta’s six inhabited islands and fifth largest of the Maltese islands, making it one of the largest Mediterranean islands in the southern part of Europe.

Here you can spot fine sand beaches that are made for enjoying sporty activities such as swimming, water skiing and the boating. For those who are fearful of the sun, there is something good and something bad. When it’s high they say you might fall “in the track of xsikin” (x means a lot).

For those who prefer other activities, in low-tide you can meet deep-sea fish, like for example the crustacean, the crab. You can also visit the xawl barracudas, which can grow up to 8 feet. Finally, you can see other fish species like for example the leopard moray eel, that can grow up to 10 feet, and grow to a length of up to 3 feet wide.

Valletta

This fortress sits on the cliffs of Valletta, the country’s capital. Although there is a designated road to the fortress, it’s recommended that visitors walk or take a taxi.

There are two models of the ancient fortress, the upper and the lower. As you walk along the paved paths, you’ll pass green gardens and a number of statues along the way. Inside the lower fortress, you’ll find the dungeons and station for the soldiers who garrisoned the area.

There are dozens of tunnels that can be explored in the lower fortress, some passing through iconic hatchet-shaped pillars. One of the most interesting places to explore are the torture chambers. If you want a truly creepy atmosphere, go at night.

If you want to experience the upper fortress, you need to find the guardsman who is only in this area occasionally. He’ll take you to the tower can be seen from the city. If you choose to climb the stairs, make sure you do it at the time he usually waits for. He won’t wait for long, and the steps can take a while. Once you reach the top, take in the incredible view of the surrounding area.