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Grand Hotel Excelsior
Great Siege Road,
Floriana, FRN1810,
Malta

Tel: 00356 2125 0520

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Attractions

Valletta

“a city of palaces built by gentlemen for gentlemen”

The official name the Order of Saint John gave to the city was Humilissima Civitas Valletta — The Most Humble City of Valletta. However, with the building of bastions, curtains, ravelins and with the beauty of the baroque buildings along its streets, it became known as ‘Superbissima’ — ‘Most Proud’.  The following attractions can be visited in Valletta:

• Manoel Theatre & Manoel Theatre Museum • National Museum of Fine Arts • St. John’s  Co-Cathedral & St. John’s Museum • Toy Museum • War Museum • St. Paul’s Anglican pro-cathedral • Basilica of Our Lady of Porto • St. Paul Shipwrecked Church • Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel • St. Augustine’s parish church • Knights Hospitallers (audio/visual show) • Great Siege of Malta & Knights of St. John (audio/visual show) • Malta Experience (audio/visual show) • Sacred Island (audio/visual show) • Wartime Experience (audio/visual show) • Lower / Upper Barrakka Gardens • Hastings Gardens • Casa Rocca Piccola • Grand Master’s Palace • Lascaris War Rooms • National Library • St. James Cavalier • Traditions and Crafts of Malta • Valletta Waterfront • Old Saluting Battery • Fort St. Elmo • Grand Harbour

Mdina “Citta’ Notabile”

Also referred to as “the silent City” and lamp lit by night, Mdina is fascinating to visit for its timeless atmosphere as well as its cultural and religious treasures.  Impressive palaces line its narrow, shady streets.  Mdina is one of Europe’s finest examples of an ancient walled city and extraordinary in its mix of medieval and Baroque architecture.  A visit here is a must. The following attractions can be visited in Mdina:

• Knights of Malta (audio/visual show) • Mdina Dungeons • Mdina Experience (audio/visual show) • Medieval Times • Tales of The Silent City (audio/visual show) • Cathedral • Cathedral Museum • Museum of natural History • Palazzo Falzon

Rabat Rabat was part of the Roman city of Melita, with the sites and archaeological relics found here testament to the towns importance during this period.  Don’t miss:

• Casa Bernard • St. Agatha’s Catacombs • St.Paul’s Grotto • St. Paul’s Catacombs • Wignacourt College Museum • Roman Villa

The Three Cities – Vittoriosa, Cospicua & Senglea

Offering an intriguing insight into Malta and its history, and left largely untouched, all three are a slice of authentic life as well as a glimpse into Malta’s maritime fortunes.  Don’t miss:

• Auberge of England • Church of St. Lawrence • Church of The Annunciation • Church Museum • Second World War Museum • Malta at War Museum • Maritime Museum • Vittoriosa 1565 Museum • Fort St. Angelo • Vittoriosa Waterfront • Inquisitor’s Palace • Collegiate Church of the Immaculate Conception • Firenzuola Fortifications • Margherita Lines • Fort St. Michael • Safe Haven Gardens • Il-Gardjola

Mgarr

Mgarr is a typical rural village, surrounded by rich farmland and vineyards and most of the local population is still engaged in agriculture.  The following attractions can be visited in Mgarr:

• Bingemma Chapel • Lippija Tower • Mgarr Parish • Tempra Museum • Victoria Lines • Wartime Shelter

Other attractions across Malta…

• Aviation Museum & Meridiana Wine Estate at Ta’ Qali • Palazzo Parisio in Naxxar • Mosta Dome in Mosta • Limstone heritage in Siggiewi • Sanctuary Museum in Zabbar • Blue Grotto in Zurrieq • Dingli Cliffs in Dingli • Fort Rinella in Kalkara • Fort St. Lucian in Marsaxlokk

Gozo

Malta’s ‘sister island’ of Gozo is a ‘must’, the ultimate getaway from the hustle and bustle on the main island. The scenery provides a spectacular backdrop of limestone farmhouses, rolling hills and clear Mediterranean blue sea, almost wherever you turn. With the ‘seaside’ atmosphere of Marsalforn and Xlendi Bay, there are many excellent bars and restaurants as well as the plentiful history and stunning Church architecture one can find also on Malta.  The following attractions can be visited in Gozo:

• Victoria • Cittadella • Gozo 360 (audio/visual show) • Ta’ Pinu Basilica • Calypso’s Cave • The Inland Sea • The Azure Window • Xerri’s Grotto • Ninu’s Cave • Fort Chambrai

And there are more attractions across the Maltese Islands…

• Aviation Museum & Meridiana Wine Estate at Ta’ Qali • Palazzo Parisio in Naxxar • Mosta Dome in Mosta • Limstone heritage in Siggiewi • Sanctuary Museum in Zabbar • Blue Grotto in Zurrieq • Dingli Cliffs in Dingli • Fort Rinella in Kalkara • Fort St. Lucian in Marsaxlokk

Shopping and Leisure

For anyone thinking of taking a little piece of Malta home with them, or for a gift for a loved one, locally blown glass, handmade lace or a sample of locally made liquor is a must.

One can find many shops supplying souvenirs and gifts across the Islands, and many British high street fashion chains can also be found, mainly in Valletta , Sliema and St. Julians.

Malta today is a cosmopolitan island, where one can really slow down and enjoy the ‘café culture’ afforded by local establishments, many set beside the sea or harbours.  St. Julians houses an array of bar and nightclub and casino options as well as cinemas, showing the latest releases and a bowling alley.  Malta’s only golf course is situated in Marsa, approx. 4km from the hotel.

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