Located in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and Tunisia, Malta is a small country that has been inhabited for since around 5,200 B.C. The island country enjoys a pleasant, Mediterranean climate year round, it is steeped in history and jam packed with lots fun things to do in Malta. It has tons of restaurants and great nightlife, making it great choice for a holiday destination. Here is our top six things to do in Malta.
Best Things To Do In Malta
Gozo And Comino
Malta is the largest island in the Maltese Archipelago. The two other most visited islands in the archipelago are sister islands Gozo and Comino, which are great destinations for diving, snorkeling and swimming. On Gozo you can explore Calypso’s Cave which overlooks the beautiful Ramla Bay. There are many historical sites to visit on the island too including UNESCO World Heritage Sites, fortifications and baroque architectural features. It’s one of the best things to do in Malta.
Malta is a great place to go diving, whether you’re new to diving or already a pro. In fact, Malta is ranked as the world’s third best SCUBA location. For those looking for adventure, then this is a fun thing to do in Malta. Good weather is almost guaranteed, the water is clean and clear, and the underwater world contains plenty of caves, reefs and marine life for you to explore and enjoy.
St John’s Co-Cathedral
This baroque cathedral in Valletta is triumph of architecture and art. It was built by the Order of St John from and completed in 1577. Dedicated to St. John, The Grand Masters and many of the Knights of Malta contributed generously to the cathedral to ensure it was adorned in the highest quality art. The St John cathedral remains an important religious and cultural venue to this day.
Malta At War Museum
The Malta at War Museum (MAW) documents the experiences that the Maltese people suffered through during the Malta Blitz (1940-1943) of World War II. Located in an old Army Barracks, the museum features the original bomb shelter from that time as well as a collection of war-time memorabilia and artefacts.
Lascaris War Rooms
Located in Malta’s capital city of Valletta, the Lascaris War Rooms housed the War Headquarters in which the defense of Malta was carried out during World War II. This secret complex of tunnels and chambers was built 150 feet underground. This is truly amazing and one of the best things to see in Malta.
Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum
This large underground burial site was discovered in 1902 and dates back to 4000 B.C. It was constructed over three levels and consists of a maze of interlocking chambers. In order to preserve the red ochre wall paintings, only ten visitors an hour are allowed to visit.
A Few Malta Tidbits…
- Remember to drive on the left in Malta!
- Maltese and English are the official languages of Malta.
- The Megalithic Temples in Malta are the oldest free-standing monuments in the world.
- Malta forms part of the legend of the Lost City of Atlantis.
- You can enjoy a traditional Maltese boat trip from Vittoriosa to Valletta.
- Enjoy some imgaret, a traditional Maltese pastry filled with dates.
- Paceville is the place to go for nightlife – you’ll find your fill of nightclubs, bars and even strip clubs here.
- Marsaxlokk is a traditional fishing village that is well worth a visit. Check out the markets, the fresh fish and soak in the vibrant atmosphere.