For perfect days in Malta, here is Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Malta’s most important sights.
1. Grand Harbour
Weaving past cruise ships and freighters on a boat trip through the natural harbour overlooked by four fortified towns is the most stunning holiday experience you can get! Grand Harbour is the biggest and probably the most dramatic harbour in the Mediterranean. Unmissable!
Enclosed within its high fortress walls, Malta’s “Silent City” Mdina has preserved its baroque character. The most romantic way to explore it is riding in a horse and carriage.
3. Marsaxlokk Bay
The little fishing village of Marsaxlokk (pronounced “marsa-shlokk”) has picture postcard appeal: colourful fishing boats, good fish restaurants and hardly a hotel to be seen. A very popular place for day trippers not least because of its attractive Sunday market.
4. Victoria (Rabat) on Gozo
Victoria is the largest town on the island as well as the economic and cultural centre of Gozo. The Citadel, perched majestically on top of a hill is visible for miles around. It offers an almost panoramic view of the island and its beautiful table mountains.
5. Sliema & St Julian’s
Malta’s modern heart beats along the promenade of Sliema and its neighbouring town St Julian’s with its buzzing nightlife and colourful restaurant district.
6. Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni
Anyone wishing to learn more about the Neolithic period should visit this multi-level subterranean structure. There is nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world.
7. St. John’s Co-Cathedral
The island’s historically most important church is in Valletta. Beneath its splendid inlaid marble floor are the mortal remains of Knights of St John from three centuries.
8. West Coast Beaches
This is where you find the beautiful sandy beaches. Golden Bay is always popular, while adjoining Ghajn Tuffieha Bay offers tranquillity and pure nature.
This sprawling town actually has more sights to offer below ground than above. It is here that you will find early Christian tombs as well as World War II bunkers.
10. Vittoriosa (Birgu)
Although not a match for Valletta’s magnificence, the first capital of the Knights of St John still exudes a medieval flair and is a good place to observe Malta’s lifestyle.
Content taken from the Malta Marco Polo Spiral Guide