Getting to know Malta
What you can do for free in Malta
- Visit the Mdina Old City
Mdina was the ancient capital of Malta. This walled-in city is now one of the best, most complex tourist attractions in Malta. Walk the narrow streets, check out the main city gate, the Metropolitan Cathedral and museum, and get transported back in time, into Malta’s fascinating past.
- Visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens
The Upper Barrakka Gardens are a public garden in Valletta, Malta. They offer a gorgeous panoramic view of the Grand Harbour, and the park also has several monuments and memorials for visitors to enjoy.
- Check out the beaches
Take your swimsuit and go check out one (or more) of the many gorgeous beaches on Malta’s coastline.You should be able to go swimming from as early as March to as late as October, when the temperatures are still pretty high.
Top spots to visit
Sliema is now the main resort destination in Malta. It is also the main spot to go to while in Malta if you are looking to find amazing food and a great variety of shops.
- St. Julians
This is the night-life center of Malta. If you are looking for a more vibrant scene, check out Spinola Bay, St. George’s Bay, and Paceville, because this is where all the partying happens. Malta’s tallest building, Portomaso Tower, can also be found here.
If you want to completely relax and forget about the world, head out to Comino. Home of the famous Blue Lagoon, this small island is very much loved by surfers and divers. There are also no cars on the island, and it is pretty much uninhabited.
Hidden spots to visit
- Fomm ir-Riħ
Fomm ir-Riħ, meaning “wind’s mouth”, is a bay on Malta’s western coast. This spot consist of an unlikely combination of a steep vertical cliff face and a small pebble beach. This bay is also hard to reach, making it mostly reserved for the more adventurous tourists.
- The Popeye Village
An abandoned set from the 1980 film “Popeye” now represents a fascinating point of interest in Malta. After the filming was done, the set was never fully taken down, which gave the islanders a great idea: the spot was turned into an actual theme park, with paid actors and an entrance fee.
This Neolithic temple complex is one of the world’s most ancient religious sites. Here you will also find an astronomically aligned solar temple, that is positioned in a certain way, so that the sun’s light illuminates the structure in special ways on equinoxes and solstices.
While looking for the best place to eat in Malta, you will definitely come across a lot Mediterranean specific restaurants. Check out some of the best places in Malta, such as Rebekah’s Restaurant, The Lord Nelson Restaurant, Bahia, Bouquet Garni, Amami and many more.
Recommended time for visiting
The best time to visit Malta is somewhere between April and June. These months usually have the best weather. Spring is already warm enough for beach-going and May is already perfect for swimming. Spring time in Malta also means a lot of festivals are happening, and if you choose to plan your trip during this time, you might also avoid the bigger crowds of tourists, which also appear between July and September.
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