Today’s guest post was written by Ed Lansink, the founder of Malta Uncovered, a website that’s dedicated to Malta’s unique blend of culture, heritage and hospitality. We have yet to visit this Mediterranean island nation, so we’re happy to share these top things to do in Malta.
10 Things to do in Malta
Malta may be one of the smallest countries in Europe but it has a lot of great things to offer first time visitors. Even if you take a short trip to Malta, you’ll find plenty of amazing things see and do. In this article, we’re going to take a look at the top 10 things you need to do when you visit this beautiful country.
1. Visit Valletta, Malta’s Capital City
The capital city Valletta belongs on the list of Malta’s three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It’s perhaps one of the most well-preserved cities in the country. The city has gone through a lot of historical events and has been through a ton of modifications since 1798.
One thing you should do in Valletta is visit St. John’s Co-Cathedral, where you can see The Beheading of Saint John on display. This church is unique because of its tombstone-covered floor where more than 400 knights and officers of the Order of St. John were buried after the Great Siege. This is definitely a must for people who enjoy learning about history.
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2. Grand Harbour Boat Tour
There’s a good chance you might have aerial views of the Grand Harbour while strolling around Malta, but there’s no better way to enjoy this place than to experience it by boat.
Grand Harbour boat tours will take you around Malta’s beautiful natural harbors and give you a unique perspective of its many iconic landmarks and beautiful landscapes.
3. Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta
Upper Barrakka Gardens overlooks the Grand Harbour and is located opposite of Fort St. Angelo. This is a great place to visit because it offers the most beautiful panoramic view of the capital city of Valletta.
When you’re done sightseeing, don’t forget to drop by the Upper Barrakka Garden Café where you can enjoy fresh coffee while enjoying the magnificent views.
Be sure visit at either 12:00 noon or 4:00 PM because that’s when the Saluting Battery happens. It’s a theatrical ceremony of cannon firing. You don’t want to miss this.
4. Visit the town Of Birgu
This old town was given the title Citta Vittoriosa after it was able to withstand the Great Siege, which happened in 1565 during which the Knights of the Order of St. John defeated the Ottoman attack.
When you visit Birgu, make sure you spend some time in the different shops, wine bars and hole-in-the-wall restaurants. You should also try eating lunch at Don Berto where you can enjoy a glass of Maltese white wine and stewed octopus while looking at the beautiful yachts docked in the harbor.
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5. Fort St. Angelo in Birgu
You must visit Fort St. Angelo while in the town of Birgu. This fortification is located on the edge of the city. It was built by the Knights and provided safety to the harbor because of its strategic position, which helped during the Great Siege of 1565.
If you’re a Game Of Thrones fan, you’ll love this place because this was where some of the scenes from the first season of the TV series were filmed.
6. Check out the spectacular Dingli Cliffs
Malta is famous for its amazing cliffs, which are made from layers of sedimentary rocks. Located on the west coast, the Dingli Cliffs are the highest point in Malta at an impressive 250 meters above the sea.
If you have the opportunity, check out these impressive cliffs by boat. It really puts the size of these cliffs into perspective. The views are spectacular, especially at sunset.
7. Eat at Diar il-Bniet in the Dingli Village
After visiting the Dingli Cliffs, you definitely need to visit Diar il-Bniet, a popular family-run farmhouse restaurant located in the Dingli Village.
This is a great destination for foodies because it offers vegetarian and traditional Maltese cuisine. The Maltese ravioli is definitely worth trying. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, you should try the escargot braised in beer.
8. Boat Ride through the Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto is one of Malta’s greatest natural wonders. Not to be confused with the Blue Lagoon, which is located on the island of Comino, the Blue Grotto is a complex of seven caves found along the southeast part of Malta, near Wied Iz-Zurrieq.
This popular site attracts over 100,000 visitors per year, with tourists flocking here to see the amazing grotto via local boat trips. It’s also a popular diving and snorkeling spot because of it’s super clear water.
9. Wine Tasting At Meridiana in Ta Qali
Malta is also well known for its wines. The country only exports a small fraction of what they make, so you should definitely have a glass or two while you’re there.
Meridiana is one of the most famous wineries in the country. You should try the Melqart, which is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet. The rosé is also quite delicious.
10. Visit the town Of Mdina
The town of Mdina is one of the most famous tourist spots in Malta because of its great mixture of architectural styles, which range from medieval to baroque. Mdina is also called the Silent City because of its very small population of only 300 people, which is why it doesn’t have any traffic most of the time.
At night time, you might want to try going around the city through a Karozzin, which is a traditional horse and carriage. The sights and sounds of Mdina will make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time.
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