8 amazing things to see in Malta

Malta is a group of islands in the Mediterranean Sea consisting of Malta, Gozo, Comino, Manoel Island and a number of uninhabited islands. Malta is obviously the most famous island, but the other islands also have plenty to offer for a fun vacation. Read more about them in this blog about 8 amazing things to see in Malta!

#1 Blue Lagoon

One of the most impressive sights in Malta is the Blue Lagoon. This relatively shallow lagoon with azure water is located on the coast of the island of Comino. You can swim, snorkel and enjoy the lovely waters here. Be prepared, however, that it can be very crowded here during the summer months. You can reach this place by boat, either in a group or a private boat.

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#2 Golden Bay

This beautiful bay is located on the northwest coast of Malta, near the town of Manikata. You can enjoy walking along the beach here or enjoy the view of this bay from a distance. Are you ready for relaxation and luxury? Around this bay are some beautiful five-star hotels, such as the Radisson Golden Sands Hotel.

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#3 Lascaris War Rooms

During World War II, this underground complex served as headquarters for the defense of the island. The rooms and tunnels were later used by NATO, but are now open to the public. A very interesting deepening into the history of the island! This complex can be found in the capital city of Valletta.

#4 National War Museum

For those who want to know even more about Malta’s war past, there is also the opportunity to visit the National War Museum. This museum gives you a good insight into the state of the island during the two major World Wars. This museum is also located in the capital city of Valletta.

#5 St. John’s Cathedral

Considered Malta’s main tourist attraction, this cathedral is also a national monument. During the summer months, there can be up to about 4,000 visitors a day. From the outside, the church looks more like a fortress, but the interior of the church is breathtaking. During World War II, the cathedral was badly damaged by German bombing raids, but fortunately the church survived. The cathedral is located in the capital city of Valletta and is definitely worth a visit!

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#6 Fort Chambray

This fort has a special story. The Council of the Order of Malta wanted a new capital on the island of Gozo. Rabat was the capital of Gozo, but the Council wanted to build a new city. Under the leadership of Jacques-François de Chambray, construction of several buildings began. However, it did not succeed in getting people to actually live there. The Council of the Order then decided to build two barracks and make the place serve as a fortress. As such, Fort Chambray served as Gozo’s defensive post against Napoleon Bonaparte. The fort has since been given a tourist function.

#7 Inquisitor’s Palace

This building was originally used as a courthouse. However, little remains of the original building due to various modifications and renovations. Today it serves as the National Museum of Ethnography. Even if you don’t want to visit this museum, it’s definitely worth walking past this building, as it is a very special building!

#8 Mdina 

Mdina is the former capital of Malta and today is known for its old center. The city today has only a few hundred inhabitants and is completely walled in. Most of the buildings there are still from the Middle Ages. It is therefore very impressive to visit this city. The easiest way to do this is through a bus excursion, which is offered in almost every hotel.

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