10 Incredible reasons why you should visit Malta!
1. The History
Our island’s strategic position has attracted various colonisers and occupiers, all of which have left their imprints on our island. This is reflected in the fact that Malta is a historical hub, home to three properties inscribed in the World Heritage List – the City of Valletta, Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum and the Megalithic Temples.
2. The Food – Pastizzi, Imqaret, Kinnie, Twistees, Qaghaq Tal-Ghasel…
It’s no secret that the Maltese love food. Apart from the traditional pastizzi, imqaret, honey rings and the famous kinnie, we also came up with different food which over time, has become associated with different feasts or specific time of the year. For instance, in Carnival, one cannot but try the Maltese prinjolata, (originating from the word ‘prinjol’ referring to the pine nuts which is a main ingredient).
3. The Beaches – Scuba Diving, Kayaking, Jet Skis and more.
Being surrounded by water gives us the opportunity to enjoy various water activities such as scuba diving. Some of the most famous spots for exploring the underwater world are the Island Sea Cave in Gozo and the Santa Maria Caves, along with wrecks in Qawra and Wied Iz-Zurrieq. Renting a jet ski is also a must for those looking for an adrenaline rush! A safer and more relaxing option would be to opt for kayaking with friends.
4. Horse Riding at Golden Bay
After a long day at the beach, an opportunity to go horse riding for sunset sounds like the perfect ending to the day!
5. Feasts – Villages Feast, Food, Fireworks
In the summer months, all Maltese villages celebrate the Maltese Festa or Village Feast. The competition between the band clubs can be quite fierce when it comes to the organisation of decorations and the display of fireworks.
6. Spending a Day visiting our sister islands of Gozo & Comino
Without a doubt, once in Malta, one cannot but pick a day to visit Comino’s deep blue sea. A 20 minute ferry ride leaving from Cirkewwa would take you to our sister island of Gozo, wherein one can enjoy a relaxing day swimming in different and less busy beaches such as Marsalforn and Xaghra.
The Capital City is the cradle of historical structures. The Lower and Upper Barrakka Gardens will leave you mesmerised with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Grand Harbour.
Visiting St John’s Co-Cathedral should definitely be on your list! It is home to one of the most internationally recognised works by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, known as ‘The Beheading of St John the Baptist’ (1608). The painting, is the largest work of art by Caravaggio and the only one to bear his signature.
Once in Valletta, one cannot but visit Palazzo Parisio which served as a residence to Napoleon for six days during the early days of the French occupation of Malta, and after unfortunately being severely damaged by World War II, was later rebuilt afterwards.
8. Shopping in Sliema – Tigne Point, The Plaza
For all the shopaholics, Sliema is the place to be! Tigne Point and The Plaza are two of the largest shopping malls in Malta, which are definitely worth visiting!
9. Family Entertainment
Notwithstanding the current stressful times, Maltese have come up with a way for families to enjoy the fun activities in a Covid-friendly manner. Esplora is Malta’s first Interactive Science Centre wherein different activities are organised for children of different ages, whilst parents can enjoy some quiet time at the cafeteria. This all inclusive science centre also offers ‘autism friendly hours’. Visiting the Malta National Aquarium is a wonderful opportunity for lovers of the sea to admire marine life.
The Magical Illuminated Trial – Drive Through Edition, is a winter wonderland which is basically composed of several luminous tunnels and shimmering structures, a huge candy house and frog prince to a coral underwater world, a swan lake and many other creatures and attractions.
One can also enjoy a fun day with the family at Popeye’s Village all year round. During Christmas time, children can also visit Santa’s Toy Town. Malta is also famous for its Carnival festivities, mainly celebrated in Valletta. Popeye’s Village also organises fun family activities during Carnival.
10. Nightlife, Festivals & Clubbing
Malta is also known for its parties. All year round, but especially during the summer months, people from all around the world visit our island to have fun and enjoy different genres of music – be it at the Isle of MTV, Summer Daze Festival and the Glitch Festival.