Sitting in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea is the small but charming archipelago of Malta, known to many as the perfect summer holiday spot. But Malta isn’t just nice beaches, good food and a place to party, its so much more. So, here are 10 unique things to do in Malta.
Visit Malta’s own Stonehenge
Many do not know this, but Malta has its own version of Stonehenge, called the Hagar Qim Temples. These prehistoric places are known to be some of the oldest temples in history, with some dating to before the Pyramids and even Stonehenge itself. Tourists come from all over the world to witness these coralline and limestone built temples.
Have a stroll around the capital city of Valletta
Valletta, Malta’s capital city and a World Heritage site, is a living experience of Baroque architecture, quaint cafés and restaurants, priceless paintings shown of in St Johns Co-Cathedral and the most beautiful Grand Harbour in the Mediterranean. The city’s unique setting plays host to a series of cultural events, from theatre plays to open-air concerts.
Eat Malta’s famous chocolate cake at Fontanella in Mdina
To all the sweet-toothed people out there, Malta has you covered. In the centre of the town of Medina is Fontanella, a terraced café and restaurant with the view of half the island. Here you can enjoy a nice, not too expensive meal, but don’t forget to try the most famous chocolate cake in all of Malta. It’s to die for.
Eat Malta’s famous pastizzi at Serkin in Rabat
If you don’t think much of sweet things, maybe this one is better suited for you. One of the most relevant delicacies of the Maltese cuisine is its pastizzi, a pastry filled with either ricotta cheese or mushy peas. There are hundreds of places across the island where you can find these, but the best place of all is Serkin in the town of Rabat.
Go on a boat trip to Comino’s Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon, located by the small island of Comino, is a small bay with shallow, azure-coloured waters. This spectacular place provides one of the best sights of the Maltese archipelago, attracting hundreds of tourists daily (it can get very busy in the summer months, so we suggest heading over in the early morning). You can get here by renting a boat or luzzu or by getting on one of the more touristy cruisers.
Participate in a village festa
If you are going to Malta in the summertime, this is something you cannot miss. If you want to do as the locals, there is nothing better to do than to join a village festa. Each village celebrates its own patron saint over the summer months with a full day of festivity, with marching bands, food stools, firework shows and many decorations all over town.
Walk the streets of beautiful peaceful Mdina
The gracious Mdina is a fortified medieval town enclosed in bastions and located on a large hill in the centre of the island. With its narrow streets, few inhabitants and beautiful views over the Island it is a truly magical town.
Have a swim far from the crowds in St Peters Pool
St Peter’s Pool is a beautiful natural pool ideal to spend a relaxing day away from the busy touristy spots. St Peter’s Pool is one of the most beautiful and stunning natural swimming pools in Malta and is located close to the town of Marsaxlokk. The sea here is crystal clear and offers the perfect opportunity to go snorkelling.
Go to St Julian’s by day and Paceville by night
St Julian’s is a town on the coast of the Island, very popular with both tourists and locals. The interesting and unique thing about the town of St Julian’s is that there is something going on 24/7. During the day people head over to the beach, to the shops, bowling, to the cinema or to one of the many cafés and restaurants. However, during the night the town transforms and becomes Paceville, the main nightlife hub on the island, populated by nightclubs, bars, strip clubs, pubs and restaurants.
Have a wander through the original Popeye Village
Popeye Village is a purpose-built film set village used for the 1980 Musical Production ‘Popeye’, now converted into a small attraction fun park. Here you can enjoy a number of attractions, including Santa’s Toy Land in the winter months, boat rides and water trampolines during the summer and shows, food outlets and more all year round.
Have we convinced you to take a trip to Malta yet? If you have been before comment down below with anything we have missed and should be added to the list.