Spending the Summer Holidays by Exploring Malta Attractions

| November 20, 2014

There are a lot of attractions to see when you go to Malta which is located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, North of Libya and South of Italy. If you are living in Malta, it will either be on the main island  or on Gozo which is a 30 minute ferry ride from the main island and is about 1/3rd the size. There is a third, smaller island, Comino, that makes up the archipelago but that is basically uninhabited.

If you are planning on spending your summer holidays on the islands,  where to stay in Malta will be one of your concerns but, just like any other destinations, there are cheap hotels in Malta as well as more expensive, luxury ones from which to choose.

Valletta

Valletta

Having made your decision as to where you will stay, you will have no shortage of things to do in Malta, from exploring the capital Valletta to discovering some of the secrets of the other two islands. The capital covers less area than 1 km but that km has witnessed more history than many countries. By visiting different parts of the city you will see evidence of the history of the island as it was ruled by Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians and then by Romans, Byzantines and Arabs but it was only in 1566 that the city was built and fortified, especially to successfully defend against the advancing Ottoman Empire, a fact that locals are very proud of. The islands had become under the rule of the Knights of St John and St John’s Cathedral is magnificent and a must see for any visitor to the island.

Valletta is listed as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and apart from one of the most famous art works, John the Baptist’s beheading, by Caravaggio, which is in the Cathedral, the city has the main shopping area on the island along its main street, plus museums and excellent historic and architectural buildings like St. Elmo Fort.

Elmo Fort

Elmo Fort

The walled city of Mdina is favoured visiting place by both tourists and Maltese alike and has wonderfully narrow streets that can be explored whilst learning more about the history of the island and enjoying some of the best views of Malta. Nearby is the city of Rabat, home to the St. Paul’s and St. Agatha’s catacombs and the Grotto of St. Paul which is a cave beneath the parish church where Malta’s patron saint was said to live and where Pope John Paul II prayed during a visit to the island in 1990.

Gozo

Gozo

Although the island of Gozo has some historical places, most people visit it to enjoy the unpolluted coastal landscape and the countryside that often abounds with colours. Even the smaller island of Comino is worth at least a day’s visit to see the dramatic cliffs and experience the crystal clear waters of the Blue Lagoon whose turquoise waters provide perhaps the best snorkelling and diving in the whole of the Mediterranean.

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