For culture lovers, Malta offers an impressive sample of 7,000 years of history. The Phoenicians, the Knights of the Order of Malta and the British have all put their mark on the island. But Malta is also a popular place for a variety of sports activities and sunny seaside holidays on the beaches of the north coast. It is also an excellent location for language holidays, particularly in St. Julian’s, famous for its lively nightlife and its very trendy nightclubs.
Once the capital city of Malta (until 1556), Mdina is one of the most beautiful areas on the island. The fortress town is visible from afar and offers a very beautiful view of the entire island and the sea. Valletta became the island’s capital in 1566 because it was easier to defend. The town, surrounded by two natural ports, Marsamxettet and Grand Harbour, was the ideal place to build a fortified town. Must-see places include the cathedral of St John, the Grand Master’s Palace, and the National Museum of Archaeology.
St Julian’s Bay and the famous nightlife district of ‘Paceville’, with bars and discos and an impressive array of restaurants offering Maltese and international cuisine, are directly to the north of Sliema. You will find one of Malta’s most famous casinos here at ‘Dragonara Point’.
The very modern appeal of the town of Sliema provides a vivid contrast with the cultural city of Valletta and its many historic monuments. The biggest city in Malta is an important centre for tourism, with several hotels, shops, restaurants, discos and other points of interest. Most of its attractions are located on the ‘Tower Road’ and ‘Strand’ boulevards. Fort Manoël, Fort Tigne and ‘Il Fortizza’ are interesting monuments not to be missed. Valletta can be reached by water taxi from the beach.
This place in the north-east of Malta was made famous by St Paul the Apostle, who first set foot on Maltese land after his boat sank on the way to Rome. Today, the bay of St Paul and the towns of Qawra and Bugibba are very lively places, with many cafés, bars and restaurants that are very popular with holidaymakers. Bugibba boasts an attractive pedestrianised zone with a large number of shops.
The small town of Mellieha, in the quietest part of the island in the north, has one of the most beautiful beaches in Malta, located approx. 1 km from the bay of the same name. This fine sand beach on a gentle slope is ideal for families with children. Mellieha is also well known for the cave sanctuary of Our Lady, with its apse dating from the early days of Christianity.
Our guided tour will take you through the lively streets to the gardens of Barracca from where there is an unobstructed view of the Grand Harbour. Then we will head towards St John’s Cathedral, which is adorned with riches dating from the period of the Knights of Malta. We will also visit the Grand Master’s Palace. Then you will be shown the ‘Malta Experience’ slideshow that retraces the Maltese archipelago’s centuries of history.
Departure to Mdina. The tour includes a visit to the cathedral of Mosta en route, the chance to go shopping in Ta’Qali (Maltese crafts) and a short stop near the cave of St Paul in Rabat. Continuation to Mdina, the ‘silent city’, with its 9th-century fortifications. A walk will take you through the small, narrow streets of the city, over the cliffs of Dingli and through the garden of the presidential palace. High above on the ramparts, you will enjoy a panoramic view of the whole island. The half-day excursion includes a visit to the town of Mdina only, with the walk towards the ramparts and through the garden of the presidential palace.
Visit the three cities of Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa. Their historic centres retain the charm of the 1800s and are even older than the centre of Valletta. In Vittoriosa you will take a tour on a quintessential boat (Dghajsa), to discover the cities’ three small ports and admire the impressive walls of the fortress of Valletta. Full day.
The excursions on offer, as well as their prices and times, may vary depending on the location of the hotel. Excursion prices are provided for information purposes only and may be subject to change. For more information and to book, please contact your local LuxairTours guide.