main tourist attractions in malta

our top recommendations on places to visit

Malta located in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea has a lot to offer as tourist attractions for those who wish to look for an experience ideal of a Mediterranean culture.

We have put up a selection of the most popular attractions that visitors will wish to see when coming here among us. From the capital city Valletta and Mdina the old medieval capital, to some of the oldest temples in the world. Not forgetting to mention the Blue Grotto and the Blue Lagoon on Comino.

We encourage you to have a good look as these are the top.

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Village Feasts - Our unique way of Celebrating

Decorations at one of the village feasts in Gozo.

An unforgettable experience to be part of the Maltese traditions and customs of the village feasts celebrations. They are held in honour of the patron saint’s statue with religious functions inside the church. They decorated the village core with coloured lighting, banners, and decorated columns. Not least with colourful displays of fireworks. All is spread over five to seven days.

roam the old capital mdina

Horse Carriages and people wandering the city of Mdina.

They surrounded the old capital of Mdina with formidable bastions. Today still holds its character of a medieval capital with palaces, narrow streets, cobbled stone streets. It attracts so many people every day. An excellent best free things to see and do.

Today it attracts tourists to experience the Mdina Dungeons, museums and the Mdina Experience. Flavour the excellent food at the restaurants and cafes with their old charm and beautiful views of the island.

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People walking Republic street Valletta during the feast in August.

Strategically between two natural harbours, the Knights of St. John were wise to build the capital with incredible fortifications to withstand invasions. The grandeur of the knights is evident in their European nobility and richness, which resulted in a splendid capital. Today it is known as ‘an open-air museum’. Listed with UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, has succeeded to attract many visitors to its 320 monuments.

The Blue Grotto Can Only Be seen By Boat

The area in Wied Iz-Zurrieq where you get the boat to Blue Grotto caves Malta.

The natural beauty of the Blue Grotto located in the southeast part of the island should be a definite must-see for foreigners visiting the island. You can see this amazing grotto via local small fishing boat trips taking around 25 minutes departing from the small natural inlet at ‘Wied Iz-Zurrieq’.

The inlet area is significant for swimming and snorkelling. A great dive site 140 meters from the shore, the Um El Faroud ship artificial reef was scuttled in 1998. Enjoy the variety of food at several restaurants lining the road leading to the boat trips.

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Ta’ Pinu – The Neo-Romanesque Basilica

The most popular church Ta' Pinu shining bright at Gozo.

The National Sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu on the outskirts of Għarb on the island of Gozo. It is the shrine that gives thanks to Karmni Grima of Gharb who heard the voice of Our Lady at the small chapel that today stands at the back of this new sanctuary.

It is one of the main landmarks must-see while in Gozo with breath-taking scenic views. Even if you are not part of the Catholic religion, it is a place where you can find yourself surrounded by nature and the beauty of the basilica’s architecture is a splendour that everyone can appreciate.

Cittadella crowning a flat topping-hill

The church in the fortified city of the Citadel.

The Cittadella stands on a natural rocky plateau in the centre of the islands. It has been occupied since the Bronze Age. This site stands high above the city of Victoria, the capital of Gozo. It was always a place of refuge from invaders, today surrounded with high bastions majestically the first things you will see even before reaching the capital.

This is another must visit, recently completely renovated with a visitor’s centre in the large underground water cisterns. Victoria offers you accommodation, restaurants, shops, street market and the beauty of the Gozitan life.

Hypogeum - One of the World’s Best Preserved Prehistoric Sites

Inside the Hypogeum Malta.

The Hypogeum in Malta, also known as Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is one of the world’s best preserved prehistoric sites and one of Malta's oldest burial grounds. They are excavated in rock for burial purposes. Today they are open to the public where you can see at first hand these unique 6,000-year-old underground burial chambers. 

The Blue Lagoon – The Caribbean-Style Surroundings

People swarming the island of Comino on a hot summer day.

Comino, the tiny island between Malta and Gozo just measuring 2.5 square kilometres attracts swimmer and sunbathers for it Blue Lagoon Bay. This very popular bay is a destination for daily boat trips with its turquoise waters.

It is sandwiched between Comino and a smaller uninhabited island Cominotto. Swim across the narrow channel to climb to the top of Cominotto to see the caves and magnificent views.

Many day and sunset cruises come to the lagoon from Sliema, Bugibba and Mellieha Bay. You can also arrive to Cirkewwa by public transport and cross over by a small ferry boat in 15 minutes.

Mosta rotunda with the gigantic dome

The Mosta church lit up for its feast in August.

It is said that the Mosta parish church, better known as the Mosta rotunda, has the third largest unsupported dome in the world and one of the most outstanding churches on the island. It is a Roman Catholic Church dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven. It was constructed with a neoclassical portico based on that of the Pantheon of Rome.

The dome, with a diameter of 54 metres and a height of 60 metres, was also hit by a bomb dropped during World War II, which passed through the ceiling but did not explode. Explore this beautiful church, go inside and marvel yourself.

The Megalithic Temples of Malta and Gozo

People walking around the Mnajdra temples.

Through the Megalithic temples, Malta has hard evidence that these were the first inhabitants. There have been several monuments on both islands, but few survived time. Today, six of them are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The most visited locations in Malta are the Hagar Qim temples, Mnajdra temples and the Tarxien temples. On Gozo the Ggantija temples. Through their visitor's centres, you will get a great insight into the temple builders and their lives.

Undoubtedly, these are a must visit locations during your holiday in Malta. They are prehistoric monumental buildings for being unique architectural masterpieces constructed during the 4th and 3th millennium BC.

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