|Despite the somewhat overcrowded feel you can get from visiting Malta, the islands hold many attractions for visitors. They have a historically and culturally rich heritage, which can be experienced in its world heritage sites, and benefit from good weather, beaches and more.
Malta has a history of being conquered by other nations, the last of which was Britain. In 1964 Malta became an independent country and has been doing well since.
Valletta is Malta’s capital city and is rich in architectural and cultural history. Much of the present city was built by the Hospitallers in the 16th century and as such as the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There are many streets to wonder down and experience a range of architectures, though there are several buildings of importance that most visitors will head for – St John’s Co-Cathedral is one. From the outside the building is nice though nothing amazing, but it is the inside which is most impressive and highly ornate. There are knight’s graves in the floors and a huge ceiling fresco. The Cathedral Museum is also worth visiting to see two works by famous artist Caravaggio.
The Malta Experience is worthwhile if you are interested in finding out more about the history of Malta, and there’s the National Museum of Archaeology too. Numerous other attractions in Valletta include the Palace of the Grand Masters, the Upper Barakka Gardens, Fort St. Elmo, the Casa Rocca Picola, and the National Museum of Fine Art.
Cottonera is a collection of three cities, all next to each other and collectively called the Three Cities. Much of these was destroyed during World War 2 and have been rebuilt, but the part with the best attractions is Vittoriosa (also known as Birgu). Here you will find the Inquisitor’s Palace, Fort St Angelo, the Church Museum, St Lawrence’s Church, and the Central Square.
The town of Mdina also has many great historical attractions, from the grand fortified entrance to the town, to the narrow maze-like back streets. Strolling around those back streets is a great way to spend a few hours, and transports visitors back to days gone by! The Cathedral and Cathedral Museum are also worth seeing.
Just outside Mdina is Rabat. In Arabic rabat means suburb, and it was named this because it is essentially a suburb of Mdina. More museums, such as the Wignacourt Museum and the Roman Museum, are amongst the attractions here, plus the catacombs and old churches and grottos.
Other Historical Sites on Malta
All over Malta there are more historical sites and towns to visit, including ancient temples and more.
Beaches on Malta
Of course Malta is also a popular destination for its beaches and climate. There are plenty of good beaches to enjoy plus a lively nightlife and entertainment, and shopping, to experience too.