For anyone planning a trip to Malta, there is such a vast array of exciting attractions that it can be hard to know what to do – particularly if you only have a limited amount of time there.
From an eclectic history to a vibrant contemporary culture, the following list of exciting activities will give you a comprehensive overview of all the amazing and vibrant elements that make this country a little gem in the Mediterranean sea.
Ancient City Of Mdina
Mdina is located near the center of the main island of Malta. Founded almost 4000 years ago, it’s a place of incredible historical significance and there are many wonderful tales that bring life and mystery to its winding streets and alleys.
It’s said that in 60 A.D., the Apostle St. Paul lived in this spot while stranded on the island. You can even visit the grotto that the legend claims he inhabited. Since then, grand palaces have been built on its streets by a continuous succession of rulers, including Norman, Sicilian and Spanish whose mark is evident in the architecture. Even if you aren’t interested in its history, the impressive fortifications and large pedestrianized zones of Mdina create a charming atmosphere that is great for a day of exploring.
Recent renovations have made the Valletta Waterfront one of the most lively and exciting evening destinations across the whole of the country. The promenade now houses many bars, pubs and restaurants, each of which provides a spectacular view across the harbor, an ideal place to cool off after a long day out in the sun.
If you’re a music lover, many of the venues along the waterfront offer live entertainment all throughout the year. You can chose from traditional and local folk music, which will give you a wonderful insight to this archipelago’s unique culture, or stick to more contemporary genres. There’s always plenty to choose from.
The Megalithic Temples Of Malta
Surprisingly, Malta provides some of the most impressive Neolithic remains in the whole world. The many temples, spread across all of the islands, afford visitors an exclusive insight into the lives of our ancient ancestors. Each of the structures claim UNESCO heritage site status and are all more than worth a visit.
The island of Gozo is home to two Bronze Age temples, which are some of the best preserved remains on the island and predate even Stonehenge. Similarly, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra are located on the Maltese mainland and are just as spectacular, with the former standing as the largest temple in the country. Inside, an impressive array of statues and carvings can be found, which date back to 3200BC.
Splash & Fun Waterpark
Particularly if you’re traveling with the family, the Splash & Fun Waterpark is a great new attraction that provides entertainment for all ages, alongside a great escape from the heat of the hot summer months. The park holds numerous swimming pools, with waterslides for the most daring visitors. There’s also a wave pool and Jacuzzis to add to the fun.
For parents who just want to sit back and relax, or those traveling without children, there’s a vast area with loungers available so you can sit back and enjoy the rays. The park also provides regular events, such as the upcoming circus, which adds a great extra dimension of entertainment for all visitors.
All through history Malta has been a thriving destination and more and more visitors are lining up to experience its magic. This list provides a range of activities for your time on the islands, but if you know of any others that deserve a spot then be sure to leave a comment below!
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