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Discover the Charm of Malta: Top 6 Things to Do

Malta, a tiny island country located in the center of the Mediterranean (close to Sicily), and presents travelers with a diverse blend of history, culture, and scenic wonders. Whether you seek thrills, historical insights, or simply wish to unwind by the coast, Malta caters to all preferences.

Malta is among my preferred travel destinations! Despite its small size, this country offers a lot to explore. Even with limited time, you can experience a lot and create lasting memories during your holiday. Discover the top activities to understand why Malta is so special.

In this blog post explore the top six essential activities to do in Malta. I have experienced many of these suggested tours listed below with my preferred tour operator, Get Your Guide. Mdina and Marsaxlokk are my top two favorite places in Malta, and I encourage you not to miss these sites.

Marsaxlokk Malta
view of Marsaxlokk, Malta from a hilltop

1. Explore Valletta's Historic Streets of Malta

Valletta, the capital of Malta, is a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its rich history and architectural marvels. Wander along its charming narrow streets to marvel at the Baroque edifices, pay a visit to the awe-inspiring interior of St. John's Co-Cathedral, and discover the wonders of the Grandmaster's Palace. Be sure not to overlook the Upper Barrakka Gardens, offering breathtaking panoramic vistas of the Grand Harbour.

Photos below from the Valletta Malta Street Food and Culture Walking Tour

2. Dive into the Blue Hole in Gozo

If you love diving, you shouldn't miss the chance to visit the Blue Hole in Gozo. Situated close to Dwejra Bay, this natural limestone structure provides an amazing underwater adventure, teeming with diverse marine life and breathtaking underwater views. Even if you're not into diving, the spot is ideal for boating, snorkeling, and swimming.

3. Wander through the Ancient City of Mdina, Malta

Famously referred to as the "Silent City," Mdina is a charmingly well-maintained medieval town situated in the center of Malta. With its narrow, meandering streets, historic palaces, and peaceful ambiance, it is an ideal spot for a relaxed walk. Don't miss the opportunity to explore St. Paul's Cathedral and take in the breathtaking views from the city walls.

4. Visit the Marsaxlokk Fish Market on the Weekend

Immerse yourself in the lively local atmosphere of the Marsaxlokk Fish Market, a weekly event taking place in the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk every Sunday. Here you will witness the vibrant market filled with fishermen showcasing their daily fresh catches, while numerous stalls display an array of local products, souvenirs, and traditional Maltese items. Take a leisurely walk along the waterfront and indulge in some of the finest seafood dishes at one of the charming local eateries.

Photos below from my solo weekend at the Market in Marsaxlokk

5. Discover the Megalithic Temples of Malta

Explore the ancient Megalithic Temples of Malta, some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world. Sites like Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra offer a fascinating glimpse into Malta's prehistoric past. These temples, dating back to 3600-3200 BC, are remarkably well-preserved and provide a unique opportunity to step back in time and marvel at the ingenuity of ancient civilizations.

6. Marvel at the Malta Mosta Dome

Visit the impressive Mosta Dome, also known as the Rotunda of Mosta. This Roman Catholic church boasts one of the largest unsupported domes in the world. The church is renowned for its architectural grandeur and the miraculous event during World War II when a bomb pierced the dome during mass but failed to explode, sparing the congregation. The interior is beautifully decorated, making it a must-see landmark in Malta.

Photos below from my tour of Mosta Dome and St Paul’s Catacombs

Is Malta on Your Bucket List?

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Malta is a destination that captivates the hearts of its visitors with its blend of history, natural beauty, and vibrant culture.

Whether you're exploring ancient cities, diving into azure waters, or enjoying the local cuisine, Malta promises an unforgettable experience.

Pack your bags and get ready to discover the magic of this Mediterranean gem!


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