With megalithic temples, soaring limestone cliffs, secluded hidden coves, and the dazzling sparkle of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta’s character more than makes up for the country’s small size. With over 7000 years of a complex past, the small island of Malta has the largest concentration of historic sights than any other country in the world.
One of the most popular places to visit in Malta is the Gozo Citadel, a fortified city that is 7000 years old, offering up breathtaking panoramic views, elaborate Baroque architecture, and the opportunity to explore the Santa Maria Cathedral and its range of religious artifacts. Since the country is heavily Roman Catholic, towering cathedrals can be found all over, but one that is really worth visiting is the Mosta Dome, with the third largest unsupported dome in the world. Valleta, a UNESCO fortress city built from sandstone in 1566, also has many ornate churches, museums and palaces, as well as outdoor cafes selling some of the best Maltese pastries in the country, with some of them having been in business since the early 1800s. Two other sights not to be missed are Mdina, with its looming walls, extraordinary architecture, cobbled streets and historic dungeons, and the Ggantija Temples in Gozo, the two oldest buildings in the world.
As fascinating as Malta’s historical sights may be, it is also a country that has an average of 300 days of sunshine each year, making its gorgeous weather, miles of unspoiled beaches and sparkling waters one of the country’s greatest attractions. The long stretch of sand at Golden Bay is loved by both families and sun worshipers, as well as horse riders who enjoy a beach canter at sunset. In the summer, swimmers flock to the Blue Lagoon in Comino, where the movie Troy was filmed, while newbie windsurfers take advantage of the calm conditions and have a few lessons. For those of you who are more experienced, the winter seas will be more of an exciting challenge for you. Those of you who are thinking of visiting Malta are likely to already know about the Blue Grotto, the most famous cave in Malta, with its dazzling waters shimmering with every shade of blue possible. Since the sun’s rays peek through the cave’s entrance in the early morning, this is the most impressive time of the day to visit, and, since the cave can only be accessed by boat, visiting in the morning will keep you away from the intense heat of the sun.
In addition to its history and natural beauty, Malta also has plenty of family-friendly attractions, to keep those young children occupied. From the Popeye Village, an area featuring the film set for the Popeye movie that has now been turned into an entertainment complex, to watching traditional glass blowers at work, to taking a ride on a karozzin, also known as a horse and cart, and a great way to explore small parts of the country. No matter how you choose to spend your time in this fascinating and unique country, Malta’s spectacular natural surroundings, historical buildings and monuments and family-friendly activities will