5 THINGS TO DO IN MALTA
Malta is a great year round destination with plenty to do, apart from visiting the lovely beaches in summer of course! We visited in February and enjoyed exploring the island during our 4 day stay. Here are 5 things to do in Malta.
- Visit Valetta and explore all the heritage sites
- St John’s Cathedral in Valetta
- The Three Cities, explore and lunch. Take the ferry from Valetta to this island
- Mdina, Stunning walled city, Game of Thrones Season 1 filmed here
- San Anton Gardens
Valetta is an interesting town to visit. Check out the Tourist Board website to find out what is going on. Some highlights for Spring 2019:
- Malta World Music Festival
- June – Valetta Film Festival
- July – Malta International Arts Festival
- Malta International Jazz Festival
- Malta Arts Festival
Valetta is full of history, the walled city was established in the 1500s by the Knight’s of St John. There is so much to see and do from museums, Palaces and Churches! Take a walk strolling around the town and don’t forget to look up at the intricate buildings and gargoyles on the corners.
PHOTO: Valetta Doorways
I always like old doorways and there were hundreds of characterful ones to choose here. Even if you are not a Church visiting person (that would be me!) make sure to make time for:
2. ST JOHN’S CATHEDRAL
PHOTO: St John’s Cathedral
The opulent interior is spectacular and home to a Caravaggio masterpiece ‘The beheading of St John”, pictured above. Stop in one of the outside Cafe’s for a reviving coffee. I liked Cafe Cordina with its fabulously opulent interior just nearby the Cathedral.
Walk everywhere with ease, just make sure you wear comfy shoes. Take a stroll to Upper Barraka Garden, admire the view and then take the lift down to the harbour. Hop on a ferry for a 5 minute ride over to:
3. THE THREE CITIES
PHOTO: View from the Ferry to 3 cities
Worth it just for the spectacular views! The three cities comprises Birgu, Single and Cospicua. Explore the beautiful winding streets. We stopped for lunch in one of the harbourside restaurants.
PHOTO: Explore Birgu, 3 cities Malta
Then hop back on the ferry back to Valetta.
PHOTO: Mdina setting for Game of Thrones Series 1
This was my favourite town to visit in Malta! I am a Game of Thrones fan and Series one was filmed in Malta, including scenes set in Mdina. You will recognise ‘Kings Landing’ scenes in these beautiful streets. We took a ride in a horse and carriage with Billy and his owner. This was well worth it, because he pointed out all the interesting places! You will feel as if you are in an Episode of Game of Thrones!
PHOTO: Mdina fortified city in Malta
Mdina was the original capital city of Malta. Full of history, art, some great restaurants and with some amazing views of Malta. Definitely a ‘must visit’!
5. SAN ANTON GARDENS
We loved the beautiful San Anton Palace and Gardens. The gardens of the Presidential Palace are definitely worth a visit and you can stop for lunch nearby too. This can be combined with a trip to Mdina as it is only a 10 minute drive between the two.
PHOTO: San Anton Gardens, Attard
Next trip we will visit the other islands of Gozo and Comino and some of the fabulous beaches when the weather is warmer!