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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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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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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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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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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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San Anton Gardens

San Anton Gardens

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San Anton Gardens are among the most beautiful of the few public parks in Malta. They surround an ornate palazzo built by Grand Master of the Knights of St John, Antoine de Paule, as his summer residence in 1636 – it’s now the official residence of the Maltese President. The gardens were bequeathed to the public in 1882.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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Top activities in Malta

Gozo and Comino Islands: including Blue Lagoon, Crystal Lagoon & caves
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Blue Lagoon, Beaches and Bays Catamaran Sailing Tour
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Comino Day Cruise

Comino Day Cruise

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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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A Monumental Maltese Experience

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Private driver to roam the island of Malta

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Recent reviews from experiences in Malta

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Quad bike tour
Gary_G, Aug 2022
Gozo Full-Day Quad Tour w/ Private Boat to Gozo & return (to avoid queuing)
Mani our guide was brilliant explained everything in English for us and French for rest of the group, great value for money, minibus pick up from hotel , Ferry to Gozo , 3 course meal and your quad for the day was worth it, fabulous day out, would highly recommend to do this tour if your visiting malta.
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Great time had by all.
Sean_M, Aug 2022
Explore Malta in a Self-drive Electric Car Tour
Really great way to see some of Maltas sites.
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Excellent day event that should be done by all!
Garth_C, Aug 2022
Full-Day Catamaran Cruise with Lunch in Island of Malta
Food was amazing and activities, not to mention the friendless of the crew was exceptional.
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Perfect experience
gogovrml, Jul 2022
Private driver to roam the island of Malta
Althea was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, spoke perfect English…and went above and beyond in every way for myself and family.
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Perfect way to spend the day in Malta.
Jeremy_G, Jul 2022
An Exclusive Private day trip around Malta
The tour was the perfect way to see the best parts of Malta in a day and we were not slowed by a larger group.
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Amazing Malta experience
Ciro_M, Jul 2022
3 Cities Tour
Great places to see with a prepared guide like Chris.
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Cool Experience
Tiffany_W, Jul 2022
Gozo Full-Day Jeep Tour w/ Private Boat to Gozo & return (to avoid queuing)
We were able to see amazing sites and learn a lot about the history of Malta and Gozo.
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Amazing!
Sandra_A, Jul 2022
Blue Lagoon, Beaches and Bays Catamaran Sailing Tour
I strongly suggest this tour if you want to see some beautiful sites off the coast of 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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Amazing all-day tour of Malta
Elizabeth_C, Jul 2022
The Malta Experience Private Tour - Discover Malta
I would highly recommend this tour if you want to see the highlights of Malta with a very experienced guide.
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Simply Amazing!
Andre_V, Jul 2022
Maltese Wine & Chocolate Pairing
Since none of us have never had a tasting before, she taught us what to do and how to get most out of it.
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Best day cruise in Malta!
Peter_K, Jul 2022
Full-Day Catamaran Cruise with Lunch in Island of Malta
7hrs) You had roughly 2hrs or so to swim at camino along with a powerboat that comes by to give you a ride around to see the crystal lagoon and some caves.
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You get exactly what you are looking for!
Eric_K, Jul 2022
Private Day Sailing Boat Charter
Activities on the boat were as expected, swimming in turquoise water in the lagoons, paddle board, diving from the boat, etc.
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Excellent tour of Malta
Jill_M, Jul 2022
Private driver to roam the island of Malta
It was the perfect way to see Malta.
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Great day with iSseMalta
Fay_G, Jul 2022
Best of Gozo & Comino
Once in gozo i enjoyed an approx 2 hour tour stopping at the wonderful Ta Pinu Shrine and also in citadella (plenty of things to see it’s marvelous).
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