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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 15 attractions in Malta

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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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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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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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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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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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Valletta Waterfront (Pinto Wharf)

Valletta Waterfront (Pinto Wharf)

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Stretching along Grand Harbour, below the fortified city and opposite the Three Cities of Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua, the beautifully restored Valletta Waterfront (Pinto Wharf) is the grand frontage of Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Right next to the cruise port, it’s the gateway to Valletta and the rest of Malta.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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Senglea

Senglea

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Of the three villages of Cottonera — Senglea, Birgu, and Cospicua — Senglea is a true gem that should not be missed. From walks along the promenade to climbing the famous steps in this hilly town, it's a beautiful visit that makes visitors feel as though they're the first to discover this haven.Don't miss the gardens out on the peninsula; the Church of our Lady of Victories, which took 200 years to complete construction; the imposing walls of this formerly fortified town, which looks straight out of Game of Thrones; and the massive Church of St. Paola, whose silver domes can be seen from a distance.More
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Mosta Dome

Mosta Dome

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Malta is famous for the lavish scale of its many churches (there are 25 in Valletta alone, but few live up to the grandeur of the neo-classical Mosta Dome. Its self-supporting dome measures 121 ft (37 m in diameter and is 220 ft (67 m high, with every inch of the interior covered in gilt, frescoes, and marble flooring.More
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St. John's Co-Cathedral (Kon-Katidral ta' San Gwann)

St. John's Co-Cathedral (Kon-Katidral ta' San Gwann)

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Behind the misleadingly plain baroque facade of St. John's Co-Cathedral (Kon-Katidral ta' San Gwann) hides one of Europe's most spectacular churches, built by the Knights of St. John following their defeat of the Ottoman Turks in the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. Today, this important religious site is one of Malta’s most visited attractions.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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Located around a bay on Malta’s south coast, Marsaxlokk has starred in thousands of postcards and many a film. Check out the colorful traditional boats in this photogenic little town, and be sure to sample some fresh seafood.More
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Grandmaster's Palace

Grandmaster's Palace

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The Knights of St. John became the toast of a grateful Europe after their triumph in the Great Siege of Malta in 1565, in which they repelled Ottoman invaders. Valletta’s magnificent Grandmaster's Palace in Valletta reflects the knights’ heroic standing and the wealth lavished upon them. Construction began in 1571 on the palace to house the supreme head of the Knights of St. John.More
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Ta’ Qali Crafts Village

Ta’ Qali Crafts Village

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Situated on an abandoned WW2 airfield, Ta’ Qali Crafts Village occupies a series of seemingly ramshackle Nissan huts that offer some of the best selection of authentic Maltese crafts found on Malta. It’s the place to find delicate filigree silverware, handmade lace, hand-blown glass, leather, linen and cheery painted ceramics, all created by local artisans.More
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Lower Barrakka Gardens

Lower Barrakka Gardens

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These romantic, landscaped gardens have recently been revamped and sit prettily on the edge of Valletta’s ramparts. They offer wonderful birds-eye views east to the entrance to the Grand Harbor and south to Fort St Angelo and the Three Cities of Vittorioso, Senglea and Cospicua and their more famous counterparts, the Upper Barrakka Gardens, are a few minutes’ stroll away on the south-west point of the ramparts. Among the flowers, splashing fountains and palm trees providing solace and shade in the gardens is a Neo-classical monument to Sir Alexander Ball, the first British Governor of Malta, who was appointed in 1813. A number of commemorative plaques mark the walkways, celebrating – among others – the 50th anniversary of the European Union in 2007 and the Prague Spring of 1968.Accessible from Barriera Wharf along the seafront, the limestone colonnades of the Siege Bell Memorial stand just below Lower Barrakka Gardens. The 10-ton bronze bell commemorates the 7,000 people who died in the two-year Siege of Malta, which ended in 1942, and it was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II in 1992 to mark the 50th anniversary of the siege. Her father King George V awarded the entire Maltese nation the George Cross – the UK’s highest military accolade – in honor of their bravery during the war.More

Top activities in Malta

Gozo and Comino Islands: including Blue Lagoon, Crystal Lagoon & caves
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Parasailing in Malta
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Parasailing in Malta

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Private Day Sailing Boat Charter

Private Day Sailing Boat Charter

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Comino Day Cruise

Comino Day Cruise

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Malta Shore Excursion: Malta in One Day Private Sightseeing Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Malta

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MALTA EXPERIENCE
Paul_A, Jun 2022
The Malta Experience Private Tour - Discover Malta
Valetta/Malta is a great city/country to visit.
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We really enjoyed our time in Gozo, it’s such a beautiful island
Gina_S, Jun 2022
City Sightseeing Gozo Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
I’ll be back to see you again.
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Great day out
Ben_H, May 2022
The Original Valletta Walking Tour
Travelling Solo in Malta for a couple of days booked this before I left to learn about the history of Velletta and get to see the city.
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Great ride through fabulous scenery
Russell_S, May 2022
Gozo Full-Day Quad Tour w/ Private Boat to Gozo & return (to avoid queuing)
This was an excellent opportunity to see a part of the Malta archipelago that isn't totally built up.
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We had a great time. This...
may_b, May 2022
An Exclusive Private day trip around Malta
This trip is the best way to see most of Malta in one day without any hassle or rush .
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An illuminating history 500 years in the making.
Simon_H, Mar 2022
Valletta World War II Private Walking Tour
So much to see and talk about.
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Brilliant experience of Malta
JohnnAustin_P, Jan 2022
Explore Malta in a Self-drive Electric Car Tour
Excellent tour and a perfect way to see Malta's beautiful harbour and 3 cities.
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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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Best Experience. 10/10 would recommend
Gideon_B, Jun 2022
Gozo Fun Sup Experience
We got to see around 4 caves.
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An excellent afternoon/evening excursion!
Michael_G, Jun 2022
Blue Lagoon, Beaches and Bays Catamaran Sailing Tour
It was a pleasure to see the coasts of Malta and even get in the water to cool off from the heat (just be mindful if you come during June, as that is jellyfish season).
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Great history and boat tour.
Cedric_B, Jun 2022
Three Cities guided tour including harbour boat tour of the harbour creeks
If going on this tour in the summer months bring a hat, good walking shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, and an umbrella.
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Amazing overview of Malta
Robin_G, Jun 2022
Maltese Gastronomy Food Tour - History, Agriculture, Wine, and Food
He offered a refund, wait to see if anyone else booked or upgrade to a private tour.
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Great way to see Malta!
Sarah_M, Jun 2022
An Exclusive Private day trip around Malta
Our tour with Mindaugas was a great way to spend our day and we covered nearly all of the sites we were hoping to see across all different areas of the country.
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A Whirlwind Tour of Malta
Steve, May 2022
6-hour Private Tour around Malta
Our driver/guide, Salah, did an outstanding job of hustling us around the island to see as much as we could under the circumstances.
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Fantastic day exploring ancient Malta!
Samantha_H, May 2022
A Monumental Maltese Experience
The temples are amazing to see and the fishing villages very picturesque.
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City and countryside tour
Martin_D, May 2022
Malta Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus + Boat Tour
Nice to get out of the city on a hop on hop off bus and a great way to see the countryside on this 3 hour round trip.
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Worthwile tour to experience!
Jahmale_C, Apr 2022
Private Boat, Blue lagoon, Crystal lagoon Comino, Gozo Malta Ultimate Highlights
Had a great time, traveled to see multiple caves with our skipper, with him telling the history of these caves along with the landmarks we passed by.
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Convenient in jeep Malta is stunning
2vqkhsyg5g, Mar 2022
Gozo Full-Day Jeep Tour w/ Private Boat to Gozo & return (to avoid queuing)
Mark I think his name was, idk a British guy lived here for 25 years he was very kind and it was nice to be able to see most of the sites in a day.
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Excellent tour with a Maltese local!
Lakesa_W, Mar 2022
Malta Full Day Tour
An amazing way to see all the best parts of Malta!
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Nice trip to see all of Malta
Linda_M, Mar 2022
Gozo and Comino Islands: including Blue Lagoon, Crystal Lagoon & caves
Nice excursion to see the best of all islands of Malta.
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