Category Archives: Malta Sightseeing

Summer time in Malta

Although Malta has gained a lot of prominence as a cultural and historical attraction, one cannot deny that a lot of tourists frequent it in the summer months due to its sun, sea and sand. This article highlights some of Malta’s towns and villages that are well sought in the peak summer months:

Ghadira Bay

Ghadira Bay

Mellieha
Mellieha is beautiful town in the North of Malta. It is popular during the summer months, with amazing sandy beaches and clear blue sea. Among the number of beaches is the largest sandy beach, Ghadira. Similarly to the other popular tourist towns, Mellieha also boasts many restaurants, hotels and souvenir shops.

Sliema
In the past, Sliema was home to the local aristocracy. Nowadays, it is a hub for shopping, coffee shops, restaurants and many hotels. Due to its location, a short distance from the sea and shops, this town is very popular among tourists visiting Malta and expatriates residing in Malta. What once used to be a small fishing village and a summer residence for the wealthy, is now known as one of the commercial hubs in Malta. Most of the old houses have been replaced by the modern architecture and apartments. From one side, the Sliema promontory offers spectacular views across to Valletta, and from the other side, there are breathtaking open sea views. The promenade that
stretches for a couple of kilometers is ideal for long walks or runs.

St Julians
St Julian’s is a town sought after mainly for entertainment and night life, and is very popular among both locals and tourists. It is a hub for the new developments, modern and luxurious hotels, different kind of cuisine restaurants and nightclubs.

Bugibba
Bugibba is a seaside tourist resort with a busy nightlife; especially in summer with entertainment including, bingo halls, karaoke bars and even a casino. Bugibba is located in the North East part of Malta and it is one of Malta’s largest seaside villages with numerous hotels, restaurants, clubs and pubs. The long promenade is ideal for evening strolls. The beaches are rocky and are ideal for those who do not like sand.

Qawra
A popular seaside and tourist resort located on the North of Malta, very close to Bugibba. It was built up during a time when tourism in Malta was at its boom. In fact it is formed of a cluster of a hotels, holiday apartments, restaurants, aquarium, casino, coffee shops, and many other facilities catering for the tourism.

The Grand Hotel Excelsior’s prime location allows for easy access to all tourist locations around the Maltese Islands. The main bus terminus provides services to all towns and villages and is only a few minutes away from this luxury 5 star hotel.

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Things to do in and around Mdina

Mdina View

Mdina by Night

A holiday to Malta is incomplete without a visit to the old capital city of Malta, Mdina. This old town and the whereabouts offer interesting insights into Maltese history and the old way of life of the Maltese. If you plan to visit Mdina and Rabat have a look at our list of recommendations.

  • Explore Mdina by Night
  • Go to Dingli Cliffs, limits of Rabat and enjoy the stunning views
  • Visit St. Pauls Catacombs in Rabat
  • Wander around Buskett Gardens close to Rabat

    Roman Villa Rabat

    Roman Villa, Rabat

  • See a Norman House by visiting Palazzo Falzon in Mdina
  • Admire the mosaics at The Roman Villa in Rabat
  • Visit the Museum of National History in Mdina
  • Experience the Mdina Dungeons
  • Enjoy the beautiful views from Fontanella tea rooms in Mdina

 

If you’re visiting Malta and would like to see some interesting places, please feel free to contact the Concierge Desk at this superior 5 star hotel in Malta and they will advise you on Where to Go and What to Do in Malta during your holidays.

Photo courtesy of viewingmalta.com

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Your Spring holiday in Malta

Spring in your Step…

Malta has so much to offer to the adventurous traveller at springtime! The Maltese Islands hide many attractions under water, so whether it is snorkelling or diving that you prefer, the surrounding Mediterranean waters offer spectacular underwater views. If you prefer walking or hiking, a must-see attraction is the natural trio of spectacular phenomena – the Azure Window, Inland Sea and Fungus Rock, which are located in Gozo.

A visit to Malta would not be complete without viewing the following:

Dingli CliffsDingli Cliffs
This countryside is an ideal site for walking, with the views of Verdala Palace, Buskett Gardens and Filfla Island. The cliffs are few kilometres long and 200 meters high at some points, and these were the island’s natural fortress during the Knights’ occupation. Dingli Cliffs is considered one of the most beautiful locations in Malta, especially at sunset.

Buskett GardensBuskett Gardens
This is one of the few woodland areas in Malta. The 30ha site lies south of Rabat and east of Dingli, and many different trees and shrubs grow in the area. These gardens were originally planted by the Knights Hospitaller as a hunting ground. Enjoy a stroll around these beautiful gardens while enjoying the cool shade and tranquil surroundings.

MarsaxlokkMarsaxlokk Saline Marshland
There are only six salt marsh habitats in a good condition on the Islands. Due to the very limited number, great importance is paid to this natural heritage. These sites are recognized as conservation areas. The Marsaxlokk Saline Marshlands were listed as Nature Reserve in 1983. They evolved in an isolated area on sediments overplayed with surface water. This is a process which happens during the growth season. The distance between the sea and the Saline Marshland is very important as they are the link between the marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments.

Manikata
Manikata, located in the Northern part of Malta, within the limits of Mellieha is run by a group of local farmers and its residents known as Koperattiva Rurali Manikata (KRM). The group was set up in order to protect the locality and to maintain its natural beauty. The organization is currently working on four projects. These are management of the Rural Heritage Trail, the restoration of Razzett tal-Qasan and the Armoury and the promotion of local products.

The Historic Farmstead (Ir-Razzett tal-Qasan) is a relatively large rural  complex comprised of caves and rooms, many of which are now in ruins. Although most of these rooms originated during the Knights’ period, it is believed that some of these date back to medieval times, when they were
used by farmers. The Heritage Trail is an educational visitor programme for students and adults, which allows visitors to experience Maltese nature and agriculture. The trail includes a walk, viewing of historical and archeological sites, and a taste of local Maltese bread, as well as an opportunity to buy some of the locally produced foods. You might want to consider visiting the Majjistral Nature and History Park which borders with Manikata, and is known as the first Natural Park set up on the Maltese Islands. The beauty of this area gives its visitors a rare experience in very developed Malta; of walking through historical and natural sites. Manikata is located in the Northwest Malta and includes the coastal area from Golden Bay to il-Prajjet and ix- Xagħra l-Ħamra. This park includes 6 km of designated Natura 2000 area, historical and archeological site.

If you would like to view some of these interesting places during your holiday in Malta, contact our Transport Desk and they will organise interesting self guided tours for you.

Photos courtesy of Maurizio Modena & Viewing Malta

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