Regions in Malta
the largest of Malta’s three islands and site of the capital city of Valletta, it sees the most visitors by a huge margin
tiny island with a real feel of isolation; most of it is a nature reserve
known for its scenic rolling hills and rich history
Cities in Malta
- Valletta— the capital, named after Jean Parisot de la Valette, a French nobleman who served as Grand Master of the Order of St. John and led the defenders during Malta’s Turkish siege in 1565. Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage site because to the large number of ancient structures packed into a small area.
- Cottonera (Three Cities) — The term given to the three historic and ancient cities of Birgu (aka Vittoriosa), Isla (aka Senglea), and Bormla (aka Cospicua), which are linked by fortifications built in the 16th century known as the Cottonera lines.
- Marsaxlokk — Marsaxlokk is a fishing hamlet in the island’s south. Every Sunday, a large market is held.
- Mdina — Mdina is Malta’s peaceful and well-preserved ancient capital. ‘im-dina’ is pronounced as ‘im-dina’
- Rabat — home to several ancient sites, including St. Paul’s Catacombs and the Domus Romana (previously known as Roman Villa)
- St. Julian’s — St. Julian’s is an ideal location for nightlife and amusement.
- Sliema — is a retail district located immediately north of Valletta.
- Victoria — Gozo’s major town is Victoria.
- Żejtun — the biggest city in Malta’s south and one of the country’s oldest.
Other destinations in Malta
- Hagar Qim and Mnajdra – Two stunning stone age structures perched on the cliffs of south-west Malta. Their magnificence is now surrounded by protective tents and a two-story new structure.
- Ġgantija – On the island of Gozo, there is another another Neolithic relic.
- Tarxien Temples – Tarxien’s Neolithic temple.
- Mellieħa – A Maltese village bordered by the biggest and most beautiful sandy beaches on the island.
- Golden Bay – On the northwest coast of the island, one of Malta’s most stunning sandy beaches; the Radisson Hotel overlooking it spoils the view slightly, unless you gaze at it from within the hotel.
- Għajn Tuffieha – “Apple Spring,” also known as “Long Steps Bay,” is located immediately below Golden Bay. Just as lovely, if not more so (unspoiled scenery), and much less busy during the peak season.
- Blue Grotto – A group of seven caves and inlets on Malta’s southern coast known for its deep blue seas and beautiful natural rock formations. Small traditional boats, skippered by cheery Maltese guides, depart from a well-signposted dock just off the major road along the south coast to reach the Blue Grotto.
- Hypogeum of Ħal-Saflieni – A underground construction dated between 3000 and 2500 BC. Reservations must be made in advance.
- Ghar Dalam – A prehistoric cave holding Pleistocene period relics.
- Clapham Junction – A section of western central Malta (near Buskett Woods) has deep ruts in the bedrock that seem to have been created in the distant past by wagons or carts. Some of these ruts overlap rock-cut punic graves, indicating that they existed prior to the tombs. There are huge caverns nearby that were formerly inhabited by troglodites.
- St.Thomas Bay – A charming inlet one kilometer beyond Marsaskala, with a sloping, built-up region on one side and desolate Munxar white cliffs on the other. In the summer, there are two tiny sandy beaches suitable for swimming. There is now a ‘window’ at the cliffside under Munxar. Beyond Munxar Point, there are stunning white cliffs with two huge and deep caves. Many amateur fisherman in the area possess boathouses and go fishing anytime the water is calm.
- St.Peter’s Pool – Delimara is a natural inlet situated south of Malta. It seems to be a naturally formed swimming pool cut into the rocks.
- Mosta Dome – Mosta Dome is Europe’s third biggest dome and the world’s ninth largest dome. On April 9, 1942, a bomb exploded in the church during a religious service attended by around 300 people. Fortunately, the device did not detonate.
- Manoel Island– Manoel Island is located in Gzira and is only sometimes utilized for certain events/activities.