Attractions

While on holiday in Malta, there are various wonderful things to see and do, as well as beautiful island beaches to enjoy. Visit St John's Co-Cathedral to see Caravaggio's painting and the inlaid tombstones covering the floor in this celebrated place of worship.

Still in Valletta, the Malta Experience illustrates the history of Malta at the Mediterranean Conference Centre. The Three Cities are home to architectural displays of the island's maritime history, while Hagar Qim boasts a prehistoric temple complex, including the oldest human structures in the world.

Visit Marsalforn for great restaurants and bars or dive into the 'blue hole' at the Azure Window's secluded pebbled bathing pool. There is a wealth of historical sightseeing for tourists, and combined with the hedonistic glories of the Mediterranean coast makes Malta a superb travel destination.

Getting around in Malta is easy thanks to the cheap and reliable public bus system which has an unexpected charm due to the use of vintage buses. Services radiate from Valletta, so you may find yourself doubling back to get to other destinations.

The buses can be uncomfortable in extreme heat since none are air-conditioned. But the short rides make it bearable. You can pick up schedules at terminals or on the buses themselves. You can also take the white taxis that will transport you anywhere on the island.

Having said that, local pre-booked black cabs are cheaper. Hiring a car in Malta is another option, and you can do so at many hotels, harbours, and the airport. Another pleasant transport alternative is hiring a bike, which you can do in Valletta.


View of St John's Cathedral

St John's Co-Cathedral

Valletta's magnificent medieval cathedral is famous for the painting by Caravaggio, which hangs in its oratory, and the 369 inlaid mosaic marble tombstones that cover the floor. Each tombstone depicts the lives of the Grand Masters of the Order of St John, buried...  see full details



Valletta

Malta Experience

The Malta Experience is a dramatic presentation that illustrates the history of Malta, from Neolithic to modern times. Shown at the Mediterranean Conference Centre at St Elmo's bastion in Valletta, the building originally served as a hospital by the Knights of St John in...  see full details



Mdina

Mdina

Known as the Noble City, Mdini was the original capital of Malta before the arrival of the Knights of St John in the Middle Ages. Initially a Phoenician town, it underwent periods of Roman, Arbaic and Norman occupation.

Situated on a rocky...  see full details



Senglea

Three Cities

Malta's main maritime towns have merged into a fortified conglomerate known as the Three Cities, resting on the promontories opposite Valletta. Vittoriosa is the oldest town in Malta after Mdina, featuring plenty of historical architecture, including several of the Inns of the Knights...  see full details



Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

Just southwest of the Three Cities in the suburb of Paolo, the Hypogeum is a labyrinthine limestone complex of man-made chambers extending some 36 feet (11m) below the surface. Experts believe it was a burial site and temple for Neolithic humans who used...  see full details



Hagar Qim

Hagar Qim

Haqar Qim is a prehistoric temple complex located in western Malta. Discovered in 1839, it dates back to around 3,000 BC and boast some of the oldest human structures on the planet. The Hagar Qim and nearby Mnajdra ruins are close to the...  see full details



Ggantija Temples

Ggantija Temples

Sometime between 4,100 BC and 2,500 BC, Pre-Phoenician Gozitans carved two massive megaliths into temples which now stand as mysterious monuments to a bygone age. Legend has it that they were transported to the island by a giantess called Sansuna, hence the site's...  see full details



Popeye Village

Popeye Village

Also known as Sweethaven, Popeye Village is the actual set used in the 1908s musical of Popeye starring Robin Williams and Shelly Duvall. Since then, the set has grown into one of the country's major tourist attractions and is a must for...  see full details



Azure Window

Azure Window

A marvellous Maltese treat, the Azure Window is a distinctive rock formation forming a large arch over the brilliant blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Formed when several enormous caves collapsed, it's often been a perfect location for film shoots.

Located in Gozo,...  see full details