Top 5 Tourist Attractions in Malta

1. Valletta

Valletta is the capital of the Republic of Malta. Surrounded by a fortress built in the 16th century, it still bears the testimonies to the period of the great Knights. Most of the buildings, being made from rocks, have a yellowish gray color and the planning of grids and public squares will remind you of the knights’ urban planning. The city has been listed as one of the earliest cities in the UNESCO world heritage list and is flanked by, the Grand Harbor and Marsamxett Harbor. You can start visiting the city from the Saint John’s Co-Cathedral and must include the Grand Master’s Palace, and the Museum of Archaeology that has artifacts from the most ancient cites of Malta dating back to 5000 years.
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2. The Blue Grotto

Filled with deep blue water, the 30 meter high cave Blue Grotto is the most famous cave and popular tourist destination in Malta. The cave is so uniquely located, that you can see beautiful shades of blue as the sunlight dazzles in the water. In several caverns you can also have a look at the phosphorescent underwater flora. The local people believe in the mythological story that this was earlier the home of the sea nymphs who captivated many sailors with their charms. You can take a guided tour in the local fishing boats for a joy ride through the caves. Blue Grotto is in Wied iz Zurrieq where tourists can enjoy meals at the restaurants overlooking the blue Mediterranean.
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3. the Gozo Island

Only half-a-hour ferry ride away, the Gozo Island is an idyllic destination with its vast countryside, rugged coastlines, sleepy villages and traditional crafts. For those who long for a vacation away from the hustle bustle of the urban life, Gozo Island is sure to fit the bill. It is the most ideal place for a relaxing vacation staying in the quiet towns having a slower lifestyle and enjoying the pastoral landscape, and pristine beaches. Here the sea is just like a vast swimming pool, and has excellent submarine visibility for scuba diving. Should you like to roam about you can visit the medieval city Victoria, Ggantija Temples that date back to 3500 BC, and the Azure Window for its stunning coastal beauty.
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4. Hagar Qim & Mnajdra

Overlooking the small island of Filfla and being situated on the top of a cliff, the prehistoric temples of Hagar Qim & Mnajdra are on the southern coast of Malta. According to the archeologists, these Neolithic temples date back to around 3600-3200 BC and most likely to be originated in the “Ggantija phase”. Located approx 2 kilometers away from the Qrendi village, it has a series of interconnected chambers that are oval in shape without any uniform pattern. Contrary to the other temples in the area, it lacks a regular trefoil plan. A walk downhill form Hagar Qim, the temple complex of Mnajdra has three adjacent pre-historic temples. The place offers many beautiful ancients exhibits and a splendid eye-catching view of the sea beyond.
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5. Mdina

Situated on a hill, Mdina is a walled city of the past. It is the medieval jewel situated in the northern part of Malta. When entering this old city through the main gate you will have a feeling of tracking back into the old times. Though Phoenicians were believed to be the first inhabitants of the city, the present architecture of Mdina belongs to the Arab period. In spite of being the capital of Malta once, now it is a silent city with a population of around 300 people. Visiting Mdina you will have the experience of the narrow winding streets with no signs of development. The city has pedestrian-only streets free form cars with beautiful old sandstone buildings and offers surreal lamp-lit evenings.
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