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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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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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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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Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

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The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, the only known prehistoric underground temple in the world, used between 4000 BC and 2500 BC, is remarkably well preserved. Located in the Maltese town of Paola, it’s the most impressive of the archipelago’s many Neolithic remains and protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.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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Hagar Qim

Hagar Qim

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As with the other sacred temples on Malta, Hagar Qim predates most of the world's most treasured sacred structures. Dating back well over 5,000 years, the circular shape of the temple complex reveals its loyalty to what is considered the “Goddess” era of Malta.Visitors can learn the history of the temples in the interactive information center before heading to the main temple, the niche, the women's chamber, and the dwelling houses. If on Malta during the summer solstice (June 21), the Hagar Qim is a must-visit at sunrise, when an altar inside on of the chambers is alight thanks to a perfectly designed hole in the exterior wall.More
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Marsaxlokk

Marsaxlokk

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Malta’s prettiest fishing village sits around a bay on the south coast of the island and has starred in thousands of postcards and many a film. Marsaxlokk’s (pronounced marsa-schlock) chief attractions are twofold: the buzzing daily market and the fishing boats. The latter comprises a large fleet ofluzzus (pronounced ‘lut-sues’) bobbing in the bay. These traditional, cheerily painted and wooden Phoenician-style fishing boats have become symbolic of the island – most of them are red, yellow and sky-blue, with eyes painted on their prows to ward off evil. With fishing the staple livelihood of this photogenic little town, there is small wonder that it is one of the best – and cheapest – places on Malta to eat the very freshest of fish. Chose from any of the outdoors restaurants for a fine seafood feast.Marsaxlokk’s fresh produce market runs daily and sprawls along the quayside under brightly striped awnings; get there at 8am to avoid the crowds an admire the piles of seasonal fruit, vegetables and freshly caught fish. Proceedings reach a crescendo on Sundays, when visitors pour in from all over the island to snap up anything from exquisite locally hand-made lace, linen tablecloths and delicate filigree jewelry to gourmet relishes and Maltese honey – but you’ll have to delve among piles of tatty souvenirs and cheap household goods. Be prepared to barter but expect handcrafted lace to be expensive; if it is not, then it simply is not handmade.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
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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

Top activities in Malta

Gozo and Comino Islands: including Blue Lagoon, Crystal Lagoon & caves
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Valletta Food Tour

Valletta Food Tour

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6-hour Private Tour around Malta

6-hour Private Tour around Malta

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Private Malta Tour (full day)

Private Malta Tour (full day)

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Private Day Sailing Boat Charter

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Recent reviews from experiences in Malta

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greatest tour in the Malta
Tony_S, Jan 2022
Blue Lagoon, Beaches and Bays Catamaran Sailing Tour
IF it was summer-like June to August it would be funnier BCS you can't swim in January .
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100% reliable
Chipo_J, Dec 2021
Private Airport Transfer: Malta Int. Airport (MLA) to Valletta/Sliema/St. Julian
Easy communication as driver speaks very good English.
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Fun & Informative
Chipo_J, Dec 2021
The Original Valletta Walking Tour
Recommended some places to visit while in Malta
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Three Cities - Three good reasons to take this trip!
Barbara_F, Dec 2021
Three Cities guided tour including harbour boat tour of the harbour creeks
Have been to Malta several times but this trip enabled us to see parts of Malta we hadn’t seen before.
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Brilliant
Shane_S, Sep 2021
Gozo Full-Day Quad Tour w/ Private Boat to Gozo & return (to avoid queuing)
Definitely do the quad tour, one of my favourite things to do on my trip to Malta
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Food and Culture Tour
Paul_D, Aug 2021
The Food & History Private Tour of Malta
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Chris, not only learning about Malta's history and the key attractions in each area we visited.
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Lovely swimming. Good trip
Donna_G, Jul 2021
Hera Round Malta & Comino Blue Lagoon 2022
Great trip & good way to see a bit more of Malta.
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Superb Tour.
Sally_P, Oct 2021
Archaeological Sites & Fishing Villages
Lots of information given about all the stops, and then as much or little time as we wanted to explore the sites with an excellent audio tour which is not normally available to visitors.
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Amazing way to see the entire island!
Madeline_F, Oct 2021
Gozo Self-Drive GoCar tour w/crossing & return by Yippee Island Hopper boat
We actually got to see what the Gozitans experience everyday, rather than just the busy parts where the coaches go.
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Fun experience you must try in Malta
Melody_K, Aug 2021
Full-Day Catamaran Cruise with Lunch in Island of Malta
We sunbathed on the net of the Catamaran, my husband and boys jumped into the sea for swimming, though I most of time just sunbathed on the boat, still enjoyed the cruise, the food, the scenery and the heat of Malta summer time.
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Good 1 day experience for short stay in Malta
Faiza_A, Aug 2021
Comino Cruise and Gozo Jeep Safari Malta Tour
We stopped to see a few sites and take pictures.
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A Fantastic and Enjoyable Tour of Malta
Darren_W, Aug 2021
An Insider's Malta VIP Tour
Anna asked about my experiences in Malta, and when learning, I had already visited the Blue Grotto adjusted my tour to allow me to see the megalithic temples Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra, which was a great surprise.
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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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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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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
Susan_B, 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
SheenaKateLim_A, 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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