Malta offers a large number of points of interest, attractions and places to visit.

59 Points of Interest, Places to Visit and Attractions in Malta

59 Points of Interest, Places to Visit and Attractions in Malta
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Malta offers a unique collection of points of interest and places to visit across the islands, all within close proximity of each other. Being a small island nation, most places to see are easy to reach, either by public transport or by car. With short distances between the various sights, you’ll be able to visit a lot more points of interest in a day than most other travel destinations in Europe.


Malta offers a large number of points of interest, attractions and places to visit.

This little island nation has a lot to offer the curious traveller, with a rich, fascinating history and with traces of various cultures and foreign rulers who left their mark on Malta and its culture. Malta is awash with a vast selection of museums and other tourist attractions that suits a variety of interests and which allows visitors to delve into the country’s past, get to know its art scene, and imagine times-gone-by.

Aside from places to visit, there are also a lot of things to do in Malta that are worthwhile exploring.This list of recommendations for points of interest, places to visit and attractions in Malta is based on personal experience. There are more options out there but I feel these are the places I would recommend are worth your time and money.

This list of recommendations for points of interest, places to visit and attractions in Malta is based on personal experience. There are more options out there but I feel these are the places I would recommend are worth your time and money.

Last updated: January 2017

A few personal tips for visiting attractions

If you only have one or two days to visit points of interest, my recommendations are:

  • Go to Valletta and spend your time there. Lots of places to visit, lots to do, and everything is within walking distance. (It takes no more than 10-15 to walk from one side of Valletta to the other)
  • Take a hop on hop off bus and tour the main tourist attractions on the islands. Different routes are available and there’s a route that passes through Gozo with a stop at Mġarr Harbour, where the ferries to/from Malta berth

If you’re thinking of doing a fair bit of sightseeing during your Malta holiday, I’d consider:

  • Buying the Malta Pass that gives you access to a large number of points of interest at a much lower cost than buying individual tickets. Cost: 1-Day card €24.95, 2-Day card €39.95, 3-Day card €49.95
  • Alternatively, some of the best sites are managed by Heritage Malta, who offer multi-site passes for most of their museums and places, which are valid for 30 days. Cost: €50 for adults, €25 for children.

Places to visit and points of interest in Valletta

Valletta (Malta’s capital city), built by the Knights of St. John in the 16th Century, is probably the place in Malta that offers the highest concentration of attractions to visit. Around every corner, you can find another point of interest and if you really want to soak it all up you’ll probably want to spend a day or two exploring the various places to visit.

More info here: Top 20 Points of interest, events and things to do in Valletta

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1. Casa Rocca Piccola

2. Manoel Theatre, Museum and Courtyard

3. National Museum of Archaeology

4. National Museum of Fine Arts

5. National War Museum and Fort St. Elmo

6. Siege Bell War Memorial

7. Palace Armoury

8. St. James Cavalier Art Gallery

9. St. John’s Co-Cathedral and Museum

10. Toy Museum

11. The Great Siege Museum

12. The Lascaris War Rooms

13. Saluting battery and Upper Barakka Gardens

14. Valletta Living History

15. La Sacra Infermeria and The Malta Experience

16. Valletta Waterfront

17. The Palace State Rooms

18. National Library of Malta

19. Fortifications Interpretation Centre

(Points of interest on the maps are numbered as per the list below)

Casa Rocca Piccola

1. Casa Rocca Piccola

Location: Republic Street

Set in the grand interior of a majestic palace, the Casa Rocca Piccola is a unique museum – it’s the only privately owned property in Valletta that opens its doors to visitors who can wander through the charmingly laid-out rooms and explore numerous works of art, furniture, and the lifestyle of Malta’s elite of days gone by.

2. Manoel Theatre, Museum and Courtyard

Location: Old Theatre Street

Notable for its diverse range of plays, the Manoel Theatre is also a huge hit in Malta because of its exceptional design – it really is an architectural gem. With elaborately decorated domed ceilings and rows of boxed seating sporting intricate patterns, it’s truly a place to behold and admire. Don’t forget to look up towards the ceiling!

Inside the ornate architectural beauty of the Manoel Theatre and Museum, visitors can rest and relax in the Roman-inspired central courtyard that offers a peaceful, well-designed haven. The small square is also used to display art exhibitions, providing a creative space to think and chill out.

The National Museum of Archaeology3. National Museum of Archaeology

Location: Republic Street

For an extensive look at the rich Valletta (Malta’s capital city), the National Museum of Archaeology is an absolute must-visit. There is a huge array of artefacts spanning thousands of decades, dating back to 5200 BC and prehistoric eras when humans first settled on the Islands.

Staircase of the now closed National Museum of Fine Arts4. National Museum of Art in Malta (MUŻA)

Important note: Currently closed until early 2018
Location:
 Merchants Street

The National Museum of Art in Malta (MUŻA) replaces the National Museum of Fine Arts in early 2018, after the latter museum was closed in October 2016. When opened in Auberge d’Italie in Merchants Street, the National Museum of Art in Malta will feature the full collection of fine arts by Mattia Preti, Valentin de Boulogne, Joseph Mallord William Turner, among other world-famous artists.

National War Museum at Fort St. Elmo5. National War Museum and Fort St. Elmo

Location: Fort St. Elmo

The National War Museum, located within the walls of Fort St. Elmo, hosts a collection of objects, documents, and stories relating to the military role Malta has occupied over the past two hundred years, with a heavy focus on Malta’s experiences and suffering during World War II. Worth visiting to view the inner parts of St. Elmo alone!

6. Siege Bell War Memorial

Location: Triq il-Mediterran

Not far away from Fort St. Elmo, the Siege Bell War Memorial sits on the edge of the Valletta bastions, overlooking Grand Harbour and its breakwater. The bell itself was built to commemorate the award of the George Cross to Malta and to honour over 7,000 Service Personnel and Civilians who gave their lives during World War 2.

The Palace Armoury7. Palace Armoury

Location: Palace Square

This exceptionally decorated museum is home to one of the world’s largest and best arms collections. The stars of the show, though, are the objects and artefacts belonging to The Knights of St. John, which are exhibited in their original surroundings.

8. St. James Cavalier Art Gallery

Location: Castille Place
Website: http://www.kreattivita.org/en/kavallier/

Back at the turn of the 21st Century, the St James Cavalier was converted into a Centre for Creativity, and old, cobbled passageways and large, high-ceiling rooms were renovated into spaces for contemporary art exhibitions and cultural events.

9. St. John’s Co-Cathedral and Museum

Location: St. John’s Square

The St. John’s Co-Cathedral is an absolute must visit. Not just for its amazingly beautiful interior and Baroque architecture, but also for the collection of Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi) works on display at the museum.

The cathedral was built by the Knights of the Order of St. John, who played a hugely important part in Malta’s history, and you will hear stories of them popping up all around the island. St. John’s Co-Cathedral and Museum is dedicated to this section of Maltese history, and highlights the roles and lives of the Knights who once called it their home.

10. Toy Museum

Location: Republic Street

The Toy Museum is exactly that – a museum full of classic, vintage toys from the 1950s up until the present day. Get up close and personal with a selection of Matchbox cars, and Corgy and Dinky collections, amongst numerous other quirky playthings.

11.  The Great Siege Museum

Location: Triq It-Tezorerija

“Nothing is more well-known than the siege of Malta,” said Voltaire, and it is in the Great Siege Museum that visitors can learn more about Malta’s overthrow of the Ottoman Empire when they tried to invade the islands in 1565.

The museum offers a glimpse into the period and its impact on the local population and the Knights of Malta who successfully defended the island in a bloody battle that left its mark in history.

12. The Lascaris War Rooms

Location: Lascaris Wharf, below the Upper Barakka Gardens

This recently restored, underground complex was once home of Malta’s war defence during World War 2, forming the secret heart and control centre of the British army on the island. It’s a fascinating place where you can take a peek into the dark times when Malta was under siege from the German Luftwaffe and Italian air force.

It was the heartbeat of the British Army’s defence system of the islands, a place where some of Britain’s strategic commanders contributed to Malta never falling into the enemy’s hands. Well worth a visit.

13. Saluting battery and Upper Barakka Gardens

Location: Upper Barakka Gardens

With a great vantage point over Grand Harbour, the Saluting Battery was built by the Knights in the 16th century and used by the British as an artillery battery until the 20th century. Recently restored, it organises tours around the location and one of the guns located there is fired twice a day, at noon and at 4pm.

14. Valletta Living History

Location: St. Lucia’s Street (part of Embassy shopping and cinema complex)

Valletta Living History is a cinema-run documentary that takes you through the fascinating history of Malta’s city and acts as a great primer before exploring individual sites within the city. It’s a well filmed and told production that lasts around 30 minutes. Standard tickets are a little pricey at €9.75 for adults and €4 for children.

15. La Sacra Infermeria and The Malta Experience

Location: Mediterranean Conference Centre, Triq il-Mediterran

Formerly a state-of-the-art hospital, built by the Knights of Malta in the late 16th century, the Sacra Infermeria (nowadays Mediterranean Conference Centre) is one of the most impressive buildings in Valletta. As part of a visit to The Malta Experience (audio-visual show), you can get a guided tour (either separately or in combination with the show) of the building and its history. The tour is highly recommended, the show also worthwhile watching for a good primer on a high-level overview of Malta’s history. Having said that, Malta 5D (located in Old Bakery Street)  is probably a better experience overall and is similar in terms of content.

16. Valletta Waterfront

Location: Just outside of Valletta, to the South (15 min walk)

The Valletta Waterfront (really and truly situated as part of the neighbouring village of Floriana) is a small area on the harbour side with a row of buildings once used for storage and customs. Restored in recent years, with colourful doors and apertures, the stores now house several restaurants and entertainment establishments. With shaded terraces out front, it’s a lovely place for a bite to eat and a drink with a view over Grand Harbour. It does take a bit of a walk but following the harbour side from Valletta towards the South it makes for a nice walk with interesting sights.

The Palace State Rooms17. The Palace State Rooms

Location: Grand Master’s Palace, Palace Square

Housed within the Presidential Palace in the centre of Valletta, the beautiful interiors of the Palace State Rooms are a sight to behold. Having been the residence of successive Grand Masters, as well as Governors during British rule and nowadays the President’s Palace, the building is a magnificent piece of heritage with art adorning almost every wall.

18. National Library of Malta

Location: Old Treasury Street
Website: http://education.gov.mt/

Right next to the President’s Palace you’ll find the National Library of Malta and its square featuring a statue of Queen Victoria. The main reading hall is usually open during the day (full days in winter on weekdays, mornings only during the summer months) and it’s worth having a look inside to admire its interiors. This library isn’t your typical public library, instead, it houses manuscripts, printed books, periodicals and journals issued in Malta and is the main source of Melitensia.

19. Fortifications Interpretation Centre

Location: St. Mark Street
Website: http://thefortressbuilders.weebly.com/

Valletta and its surroundings were built strategically, with several fortifications lining the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour. At the Fortification Interpretation Centre you’ll learn why the fortifications were built they way they were and what role they played in Malta’s rich history. Very interesting, well explained and highly recommended!

Places to visit in Birgu (Vittoriosa)

Although it’s a relatively small village, across the Grand Harbour from Valletta, there’s a lot of historical value in Birgu (Vittoriosa). The place once formed the headquarters of the Knights of St. John (in the 16th Century), before Valletta was built.

20. Inquisitor’s Palace

21. Malta at War Museum

22. Malta Maritime Museum

23. Fort St. Angelo

The courtyard of the Inquisitor's Palace20. Inquisitor’s Palace

Location: Main Gate Street

In the 16th Century, the grand Inquisitor’s Palace was built to accommodate the civil law courts. Today, the building is used as a portal to the past, displaying incredible works of art in gold, gilded frames, and a selection of furniture and artefacts reminiscent of the time shortly after the Knights turned up in Malta.

21. Malta at War Museum

Location: Couvre Porte Gate

In preserved, underground bomb shelters, and through a vast selection of memorabilia, visitors to the Malta at War Museum can learn more about the island’s role in World War II and the great suffering that racked the island – a moving and fascinating experience.

22. Malta Maritime Museum

Location: Ex-Naval Bakery

As an island, Malta is surrounded by sea and, therefore, has a large maritime industry. Here, visitors can get to grips with the history of the industry within Malta and on a wider, global scale, through historical documentation and artefact displays.

23. Fort St. Angelo

Location: Birgu waterfront

Although still undergoing major restoration and not yet open to the public fully at the time of writing, Fort St. Angelo is a magnificent part of the fortifications around Grand Harbour. The exact time during which the first stone was laid is unknown, although most dates point back to the 13th century. When the Knights of Malta arrived in 1530, this fort became the seat of the Grand Master and withstood an invasion by sea from the Ottoman empire in 1565. An impressive complex worth visiting, once open to the public, hopefully later in 2016.

 

 

Mdina and Rabat

The villages of Mdina and Rabat can be found in the Western part of Malta and hold great historical value. With some of the most interesting points of interest around the Maltese islands, this is a must-visit place.

24. The Old City of Mdina itself

25. National Museum of Natural History

26. Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum

27. Casa Bernard

28. Domus Romana

29. Wignacourt Museum

30. St. Paul’s Catacombs

An Alley in Mdina24. The Old City of Mdina itself

Sitting on top of a hill nearby Rabat, the old bastion city of Mdina is one big museum and one of my favourite points of interest in Malta. Beautifully maintained, it was once Malta’s capital city until the arrival of the Knights of Malta in 1530, and has maintained its medieval character through the centuries. It is literally like stepping into a scene of days gone by, strolling through its narrow, winding alleys with different types of architecture. Placed on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this is a must see.

National Museum of Natural History courtyard and entrance25. National Museum of Natural History

Location: St. Publius Square, Mdina

Located right behind Mdina’s main gate lies the National Museum of Natural History. Here, visitors can get up close and personal with biological specimens that have spanned many Maltese years. From beautiful butterfly collections to weird and wonderful examples of taxidermy, the National Museum of Natural History is an interesting place to visit.

26. Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum

Location: Triq Il-Villegaignon, Mdina

The Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum is set in the beautifully rustic former home of Captain Olof Frederick Gollcher, who was a renowned artist and philanthropist, as well as a devoted collector of historic artefacts and knickknacks. His selection of curiosities is displayed here amongst some of his magnificent artwork.

27. Casa Bernard

Location: St. Paul Street, Rabat

Within the confines of a striking, well-kept 16th Century Palazzo, visitors to Casa Bernard are offered a glimpse into the lives of the Maltese nobility through the portal of the family who still call this exquisite museum their home.

The Domus Romana in Rabat28. Domus Romana

Location: Museum Esplanade, Rabat

Here at the ‘Roman House’, visitors can walk amongst the beautiful, quirky mosaic pavements that sprawl out through the museum. Inspired by Greek visual culture, the mosaics were created using a particularly exceptional technique from the first century BC.

29. Wignacourt Museum

Location: Parish Square, Rabat

Named after Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt, the impressive Wignacourt Collegiate Museum was once the home of the Chaplains of the Knights of Malta. Today, it is a well-preserved representation of the lives of the Chaplains, but its magnificent setting in a beautiful baroque palace is worth the visit alone.

30. St. Paul’s Catacombs

Location: St. Agatha Street, Rabat

St. Paul’s Catacombs are notable for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it is the largest underground Roman cemetery in the whole of Malta and, secondly, it holds the earliest evidence of Christianity on the island. At one point in time, it was a hugely important spiritual hub for the Romans and Punics, and visitors can delve into this part of Malta’s history here.

Points of interest in the rest of Malta

One of the major reasons people visit Malta is the fact that there are so many places to see (and so many things to do) within close proximity of each other. The following attractions, although not within the same city/town are easy to reach and worth taking the time to visit.

31. Palazzo Parisio

32. Zabbar Sanctuary Museum

33. Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum

34. The Mosta Dome (Rotunda)

35. Malta Aviation Museum

36. Ta` Qali Crafts Village

37. National Aquarium

38. The Marsaxlokk fish market

39. The Blue Grotto

40. Malta Falconry Centre

41. Fort Rinella and the Armstrong 100 ton Gun

42. The Blue Lagoon

31. Palazzo Parisio

Location: Victoria Square, Naxxar

The Portuguese Grand Master Manoel de Vilhena built this extraordinary piece of architecture back in 1733, during the era of St. John’s Knights. Since then, it has been renovated and embellished and is now a beautifully ornate stately home, complete with unique interiors and a fascinating history to go with it.

Their cafe is also a nice place to sit down for a cup of coffee or tea and a snack.

32. Zabbar Sanctuary Museum

Location: Is-Santwarju, Ħaż-Żabbar

Here, visitors can wander amongst the largest collection of ex-voto paintings, furniture formerly used by the Grand Masters, contemporary artworks, and an unusual hearse amongst many other curiosities that have been donated by individuals to the Sanctuary.

33. Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum

Location: Ghar Dalam Road, Birżebbuġa

This museum is hugely important to Malta, as it was where the first evidence that suggested humans lived on the island was found – 7,400 years ago. The old, magnificent cave gives a captivating look at early human life, interesting species of animals that are thought to have been unique to the island.

34. The Mosta Dome (Rotunda)

Location: Church square, Mosta

The parish church of Mosta has what’s known as the third largest unsupported dome roof in the world. Apart from its impressive architecture and interiors, its history could have unfolded very differently, had the 200kg bomb that was dropped by the German Luftwaffe in 1942 (during World War 2) had detonated. Instead, it pierced the roof and fell amid a congregation of some 300 people but failed to explode. Miraculously, no one was injured.

35. Malta Aviation Museum

Location: Ta’ Qali

The Aviation Museum is a must-visit for flying fanatics. Set in a former Royal Air Force Station, the museum features a variety of aviation vehicles and accompanying, relevant objects that are of great historical importance to Malta.

36. Ta` Qali Crafts Village

Location: Ta’ Qali

Website: http://www.kreattivita.org/en/kavallier/

If you’re looking for a few nice souvenirs, you’ll find some traditional hand-made Maltese crafts at the Ta` Qali crafts village, homed in old army barracks constructed by the British. Pottery, glass, jewelry, lace – there’s something for everyone and it’s genuine, unlike some of the plastic rubbish you’ll come across in tourist areas.

37. National Aquarium

Location: Ta’ Fra Ben point, Qawra

Website: http://www.aquarium.com.mt/

With more than 25 display tanks, the National Aquarium at Ta` Fra Ben, Qawra is home to several species of fish, most commonly found in Maltese waters, as well as from other locations around the world. A good family outing which is easy to reach.

38. The Marsaxlokk fish market

Location: Marsaxlokk

Marsaxlokk has traditionally been one of the bigger fishing villages in Malta, and apart from boasting some of the better fish restaurants on the island, also hosts a fish market on Sundays. It’s a nice place to visit, with a small harbour full of small fishing boats, also called luzzu (pron. ‘lutsu’).

39. The Blue Grotto

Location: Wied iż-Żurrieq

Another beautiful location to visit at sea is the Blue Grotto, located near the village of Zurrieq in the South of Malta. Also a popular diving location, it is accessible through locally organised boat tours that take you in and around the Blue Grotto and nearby caves, to give you a good view of the beautiful coastline in this part of the island.

40. Malta Falconry Centre

Location: Mqabba Road, Siggiewi

Website: http://www.maltafalconrycentre.com/

Falconry was practised widely in Malta in the past, and although it’s largely died out, the Malta Falconry Centre keeps the art alive and organises daily displays of a variety of well-trained birds of prey. They open between 9am and 3pm in winter (1st October – 30th September), with displays at 11am and 2pm, and are open between 9am and 12:30pm in summer (1st July – 30th September) with a single display at 11am.

41. Fort Rinella and the Armstrong 100 ton Gun

Location: Outskirts of Kalkara

Website: http://www.fortrinella.com/

Built by the British between 1878 and 1886 to beef up the defense of its territories in Malta, Fort Rinella and its single Armstrong 100-ton gun sits on the North-Eastern side of Malta, on the outskirts of Kalkara (one of The Three Cities). Although never fired in conflict, the gun saw practice shots fired once every three months and was sparingly used because of the cost of shells for the 450mm diameter barrel.

Nowadays the gun is fired once a year (usually on the first Sunday in May), using only black powder, but its museum and site are nevertheless an interesting place to visit.

42. The Blue Lagoon

Location: Comino island

The Blue Lagoon is a popular tourist hotspot in summer.
Probably one of Malta’s top attractions, the Blue Lagoon is located to the West of Malta’s third largest island of Comino. The island itself is inhabited by only four people and only has a hotel, chapel and watch tower, so it remains largely untouched by man. The Blue Lagoon itself gets crowded during the summer months (it’s a popular location to swim), and not surprisingly. With its mesmerising, crystal-clear azure-coloured waters it’s a little slice of paradise.

Places worth visiting in Gozo

Gozo is Malta’s much smaller and quieter sister island and offers various points of interest and places to visit that are worth exploring, even if only as part of a day trip.

43. The Victoria Citadel

44. Basilica Museum

45. Cathedral Museum

46. Folklore Museum

47. Museum of Archaeology

48. Museum of Natural Science

50. Old Prison

51. Gharb Folklore Museum

52. The Azure Window

49. Xlendi

43. The Victoria Citadel

Location: Victoria (in the centre of the island of Gozo)

Similar to Mdina, Gozo’s capital city of Victoria has its own citadel, perched on top of a hill more or less at the centre of the island, overlooking most parts of the surrounding areas and is freely accessible.

Also placed on Malta’s tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, was known as Gran Castello in Medieval times and protected its citizens as well as those of the extension of the city that started forming outside its walls in the 16th centuries, from corsairs and other invaders. Currently undergoing restoration, this is a must visit if you plan to visit Gozo.

44. Basilica Museum

Location: Pjazza San Gorg, Victoria

This interactive museum in the heart of rustic Gozo focuses on fine art and the history of the Maltese islands, with fascinating audio-visual halls spread out over every floor, including in an impressive medieval wing.

45. Cathedral Museum

Location: Victoria Citadel

With over 2000 items on display, the Cathedral Museum provides an expansive insight into the history, culture, and traditions of Malta. From beautiful paintings by famous local artists to fascinating archives and a silver vault, there are numerous ways for visitors to get to know Malta here.

46. Folklore Museum

Location: Bernardo de Opuo Street, Victoria Citadel

Malta has a rich and varied history, and the Folklore Museum paints a great picture of times-gone-by, including representations of rural and domestic living, and traditional clothing, tools, and implements that have been a huge part of Maltese life over the past few centuries.

47. Museum of Archaeology

Location: Victoria Citadel

Showcasing the historic timeline of Gozo, the Museum of Archaeology is a series of well-laid out rooms that depict the cultural history of the islands, from prehistoric eras right up until the present day. This is the place to go for a comprehensive lesson in how Gozo got to where it is today.

48. Museum of Natural Science

Location: Victoria Citadel

Set in an old, charming house from the Aragonese period, the Museum of Natural Science displays a selection of mind-blowing exhibitions, including fossils, gemstones, and artefacts of great scientific importance.

49. Xlendi

Location: Xlendi (village)

The small village of Xlendi is located on the South West side of Gozo and overlooks a small bay flanked by tall cliffs. There’s a small bay lined with a few restaurants and hotels which are greaet for a relaxed lunch while enjoying the view over the bay.

50. Old Prison

Location: Victoria Citadel

Visitors to the Old Prison can sneak a peek into the lives of former criminals who were held in the grand, old building by the Citadel. The law courts are nearby – for obvious reasons – and visitors can see the important Cathedral Square from the windows of the prison.

51. Gharb Folklore Museum

Location: Pjazza Taz-zjara, Gharb

Against the backdrop of an enchanting historical house from the 18th Century, visitors can mosey through the 28 rooms of the Gharb Folklore Museum and learn more about Malta’s past. Rooms include an antique press room, a carpenter’s workshop, and other traditional, manual trades.

52. The Azure Window and Inland Sea

Location: Dwejra, on the outskirts of San Lawrenz

The Azure Window and the nearby inland sea at Dwejra, are one of the top attractions in Gozo. It’s a naturally arch-shaped rock formation that’s a popular location for scuba divers as well as ramblers, exploring the rugged landscape and admiring this colossal structure that’s impressive to see at any time of the year. A few scenes in the first season of Game of Thrones were filmed in this location.

Malta’s Megalithic Temples

Some of the prehistoric temples found scattered in Malta and Gozo are older even than the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and Stonehenge in the UK, the oldest having been built around 3600 BC. They’re among the oldest free-standing structures in the world and paying a visit is well worth the excursion if history and archaeology are among your interests. None of the temples are located close to the more popular tourist areas, although public transport services most quite well.

If I had to choose one location to recommend going to, to view some of the temple structures, it would be the ones located nearby Qrendi (a quiet village in the South of Malta). The Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra temples are located in close proximity and in the past years Heritage Malta built a visitors’ centre with good info on the temples, who built them, what they were used for, etc.

53. Tarxien Temples

54. Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum

55. Ħaġar Qim Temples

56. Mnajdra Temples

57. Ta’ Ħaġrat

58. Skorba Temples

59. Ġgantija Temples

If you’re into history and archaeology, the Megalithic Temples of Malta can give you a fascinating look back to early records of civilisation in the Maltese islands. Together listed as UNESCO World Heritage site, the various temples are some of the oldest free-standing, man-built structures in the world.

53. Tarxien Temples

Location: Neolithic Temples Street, Tarxien

The Tarxien Temples are a complex featuring four magnificent megalithic structures that were designed and erected between 3600 and 2500 BC. The site provides visitors with a fascinating and humbling look into the prehistoric life of Malta.

54. Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum

Location: Triq Ic Cimiterju, Paola (Raħal Ġdid)

The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is ancient burial site was discovered during an excavation in 1902 and, today offers visitors the chance to explore a complex of interconnecting tunnels and burial chambers. Remains have been found from around 4000BC, hinting at the first human life in Malta.

55. Ħaġar Qim Temples

Location: Triq Ħaġar Qim, Qrendi

The Ħaġar Qim Temples stands proudly on a hilltop with spectacular views out to sea. Here, visitors can wander around a series of prehistoric apses and learn more about early human life in Malta.

56. Mnajdra Temples

Location: Triq Haġar Qim, Qrendi

Hauntingly set on the rugged coast of Malta, the Mnajdra Temples are located near the Ħaġar Qim temples. The complex consists of three structures and offers visitors the chance to see some unusual design styles from the prehistoric period.

57. Ta’ Ħaġrat

Location: St. Peter Street, Mġarr

This exceptional structure is one of the oldest free-standing sites of its kind in the world, making it an extremely important addition to Malta’s temple collection. Here, visitors can enjoy the stunning views available from the complex, and experience the only temple made from Upper Coralline Limestone.

58. Skorba Temples

Location: St. Anne Square, Żebbiegħ / Mġarr

Excavated in the 1960s, Skorba is a unique temple in that it features the remains of domestic prehistoric life, including the homes of the temple builders themselves.

59. Ġgantija Temples

Location: John Otto Bayer Street, Xagħra, Gozo

As one of Malta’s most well-preserved temples, visitors can get a more detailed look into prehistoric Malta here. Its name stems from the Maltese word for ‘giant’ because, at one point, it was linked to a race of the mythical creatures, and there are remains of animal sacrifices which provide a picture of how islanders lived thousands of years ago.

These museums, galleries, and temples provide a detailed and fascinating look into Malta’s past, focusing on its previous inhabitants from times-gone-by and the lifestyles that used to be so prominent. Visitors can learn an awful lot about the island’s history through these portals, with the added bonus of experiencing some spectacular architecture at the same time.

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The Skorba temples and their story about prehistoric life in Malta

Considered one of the oldest temple structures in Malta and Gozo, the Skorba temples lie on the outskirts of Mġarr in an area called Żebbiegħ. Although the remains are few, the site is still one of the most important ever found. Just one kilometre away lie the remains...

Southern Malta

Wied Iz-Zurrieq Wied iz-Zurrieq is a picturesque inlet at the end of a spectacular rugged valley leading down to the sea. From the inlet, you can take a short boat trip to a local beauty spot, the Blue Grotto, an arched hollow denting the sheer cliffs. Hagar Qim and...

Central Malta

Dingli Cliffs The cliffs are the most spectacular natural monuments in Malta and Gozo and rank among the more impressive landmarks in the Mediterranean. They rise up a staggering 250 metres above the sea. Besides their natural beauty, the cliffs are home to a variety...

The Inquisitor’s Palace in Birgu (Vittoriosa)

Location: Triq il-Mina Kbira (Main Gate Street), Birgu (Vittoriosa) Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 09.00 - 17.00h (Last admission: 16.30h) At the heart of Birgu (also called Vittoriosa), Malta, the Inquisitor’s Palace still stands magnificently; a notorious reminder...

Malta’s coastal watch towers

For centuries the coastline of Malta has been dotted with lookout posts or watch towers that were built by the Knights of Malta during the 17th century. These towers were manned nightly to watch the seaward approaches and to raise the alarm in the event of imminent threat.

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  1. Sonia Wilson

    Edward, thanks so much for all the info on Malta. My sister and I will be there towards the end of March and so look forward to seeing as many of these places as possible! We visited Malta a long time ago but didn’t see all of this. We are particularly interested in historical/ war sites. Will keep your email to refer to nearer the time! Thanks again.

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    • Edward

      You’re welcome Sonia – always happy to help!

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