Explore Malta – A Favored Tourist Destination

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1 Saint Paul's Grotto, Rabat, MaltaThe Republic of Malta boasts historical and architectural monuments, amazing recreational areas. Malta is well-known for its lovely warm climate. The archipelago of Malta lies in the eastern basin of the Mediterranean. Comino, Gozo and Malta are the only three islands that are inhabited. Malta lies approximately eighty kilometers south of Sicily.
The Acts of the Apostles tells how Saint Paul was shipwrecked on the island while he was on his way to Rome to face trial. Saint Paul’s Grotto is one of the earliest places of Christian worship on Malta. It is believed that Saint Luke painted a picture of Madonna in the grotto at Mellieħa.
Although small, the country’s history goes back to almost 400 BC and is home to the world’s most ancient and religious sites, such as the Mnajdra and Hagar Qim Temples situated on the West Coast on top of stunning cliffs from where it offers a magnificent view of Filfla.

Mnajdra and Hagar Qim Temples

Mnajdra and Hagar Qim Temples

The Megalithic Temples of Malta are often referred to as unique architectural masterpieces. Globigerina limestone was used in the Hagar Qim temple’s construction. Tourists are usually stunned to see how these temples were built with the tools that were available 5,000 years ago. The temple also accommodated animal sacrifices. Bones of numerous sacrificial animals have been found. The northern ruins are considered older than the temple itself. The temple’s architecture is similar to the Mnajdra, Tarxien and Ġgantija temples.
The stone balls alongside the walls of the northern temple are theorized to have been used to transport the large and ancient upright stones. Hagar Qim is the best preserved of the several old temples in Malta. A remarkable characteristic of this temple is the larger upright stones at the corners, which are notched to take the second of horizontal courses above. The contact number for visiting the temples: phone – +356 21 424 231.
Mdina, also referred to as the Silent City, is located in the center of the island and boasts history and architecture. Surrounded by the beautiful town of Rabat, this area is romantic and becomes quiet in the evenings. Mdina is a fantastic place to wander around and enjoy a cup of good coffee.
Fun in Popeye Village
Popeye Village or Sweethaven Village, Malta

Popeye Village or Sweethaven Village, Malta

About two miles away from Mellieħa you will find the charming little village of Popeye. Popeye Village, or Sweethaven Village, was built in 190 as a film set for the film “Popeye” by Walt Disney Productions and Paramount Pictures. The little village offers several family attractions and entertainment, such as shows, museums and rides. You can meet Olive Oyl, Popeye and Wimpy and learn everything about them at the audio-visual show. Performers provide great shows at Popeye Village, including a classical music with Figaro the barber. Popeye and his Friends feature a wonderful play with singers and dancers. You will also have the privilege to enjoy a great performance as they sing the famous Popeye theme song.
Experience the Marsaxlokk Market
Marsaxlokk is a wonderful and picturesque fishing village on the south-east side of the main island. The most amazing thing about this village is the fish market on Sundays. The market offers fresh fruit, vegetables, clothing, shoes, souvenirs, art and the best fish. The fishing boats are built according to a design dating back to the Phoenicians and add to the tranquil ambiance of the village.
Spending Time in Valletta – The Capital of Malta
Fort Saint Elmo

Fort Saint Elmo

Valletta has what it takes to capture tourists’ imagination with its large array of shops, historical sites, restaurants, clubs, beautiful beaches and pubs. Most of the important tourist attractions are concentrated in the central area along the main road. At the beginning of Republic Street you will find quite a few souvenir shops.
Each year, in February, the Maltese Carnival is celebrated in Valletta. The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is celebrated on the 16th of July, and Saint Paul’s day is usually on the or before the 4th of August. During the months of September and October, the spectacular Notte Bianca is celebrated. Great entertainment is offered all night and squares, and streets become platforms for all kinds of activities. Restaurants run pavement stalls and historic buildings play host to art exhibitions, theatre performances, music and dance.
Street in Valletta

Street in Valletta

Valletta was ruled by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs and the Order of the Knights of Saint John. The 320 monuments in such a small spot make it one of the unique historical areas in the world.
There are many buildings in the city dating back to the 16th century. Saint John’s Cathedral is remarkable as it has the only signed work and largest painting by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. The cathedral was built by the Knights of Malta in 1573. Saint John’s Cathedral is one of the finest examples of high Baroque architecture and was designed by architect Glormu Cassar.
Jesuits’ Church, Valletta, Malta

Jesuits’ Church, Valletta, Malta

Jesuits’ church on Merchants’ Street is one of the oldest churches in Malta. The church was built on architect Francesco Bonamici’s plan. The interior is influenced by Doric architecture and the façade has features of the Baroque style. The entrance is a magnificent design, and an absolute must see.
Saint James Cavalier is located opposite the Prime Minister’s office. The fortress was built as part of Valletta’s defense systems, but presently it is home to exhibition halls, theater, music room and a cinema.
For classical music performances, you can visit one of the oldest theaters in Europe. The Manoel Theater on Old Theater Street is a stunning 17th century building. The theater is still in its original state and worth visiting.
Fort Saint Elmo was built by knights after 1551. The fort is currently the Police Academy and only partially open on weekends. It will be worth your while to visit the fort. Legend has it that the knights in the fort knew they were fighting to the death. The knights fought while seated in chairs until they could not lift their arms anymore.
Ensure to visit Saint George’s Square at night. The water fountain features the most beautiful colors. You can enjoy a walk around the outside of the city walls along the sea. Paceville is the main area for an exciting evening out. Most of the bars and clubs offer free entry, and you can wander around until you find the best venue that suits you.
Entering Malta
Malta is a member of the Schengen Agreement. Visitors must fill out a landing card, usually available on board.

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