Where To Visit

Malta can appeal to any age and to singles, couples, families or students. From Promenades for gentle strolls, to beaches and beach clubs, historic sites, country walks, diving, snorkelling, paragliding, rock climbing, clubbing, night bars, cafes and bars or just take in the fantastic views and relish in the glorious weather. Malta is an island ideal for relaxation, good restaurants of all descriptions, and not forgetting the fortifications and bastions - and all within easy reach as Malta is only 320 square kilometres!

 

St. Thomas Tower

Sat Nav: 35.861246,14.572637 Distance: 850m Driving Time: 3 mins Walking Time: 11 mins

After a failed attempted landing inside Marsaxlokk Bay, where it was repulsed by the guns of the newly-built St. Lucian Tower, a large invading Turkish landing party instead put ashore in unguarded St Thomas Bay in 1614. They ravaged several villages before being finally repelled by a strong militia sent to confront them.

 

The knights felt compelled to fortify the headland commanding the entrances to St. Thomas Bay and Marsascala with the construction of a strong coastal defensive tower.

 

The Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt and his council ordered the building of a strong tower. The new structure was built of a sturdy rectangular construction fitted with four small corner bastions, elongated vertically in the form of turrets. This tower, like its sister structures at Marsaxlokk and St. Paul’s Bay, were designed to serve as a garrisoned fort and was built strong enough to mount a battery of heavy cannon on its roof.

 

 

St. Thomas Bay

Sat Nav: 35.852707,14.562984 Distance: 1.6 km Driving Time: 4 mins Walking Time: 15 mins

 

Only a short distance from Akwador Guest House on the outskirts of Marsascala, is a large natural inlet with small sandy banks and shallow water suitable for bathing. This is St Thomas Bay, known as 'Ir-Ramla' to the locals.

 

The bay is very large, and there is a small sandy beach with some cafes, snack-bars and beach lounger hire.

 

The shallow waters and small sandy banks make the bay suitable for bathing especially for children, it is also popular with local holidaymakers and the children from the local Russian Boarding school. The bay is ideal for windsurfing and is also used by many Maltese fishermen. White cliffs surround the majority of the bay on the opposite side to the beach.

 

 

 

Marsaxlokk

Sat Nav: 35.841664,14.544726 Distance: 4.2 km Driving Time: 9 mins

 

 

Marsaxlokk is a traditional fishing village located in the south-eastern part of Malta, the village’s name comes from 'marsa', which means "port" and 'xlokk', which is the local name for "south east".

 

Famous for the many colourful traditional fishing boats called luzzu which can be seen moored in the bay. The painted eyes on these luzzus are believed to protect the boats from danger.

 

Tourists visit the town to photograph the boats and to take advantage of the many excellent seafood restaurants which serve fresh seafood straight from the boats. There is a very busy Sunday market that sells everything from fish, local produce and groceries to souvenirs,lace, clothing and footwear.

 

 

 

Valletta

Sat Nav: 35.897785,14.514114 Distance: 12.8 km Driving Time: 23 mins

 

 

The capital of Malta and an UNESCO heritage site. It can be classified as a museum city, so if various museums, churches, palaces, gardens and much more are what interests you, Valletta is a 'must see'.

 

The city has a main street which leads straight down to Fort St Elmo. Other than the main street, streets in Valletta are narrow and can be quite steep. The open squares were planned for military reasons, allowing soldiers to muster in the event of an attack.

 

Today, a popular square is Piazza Regina with its open air cafes and baroque style buildings.

 

 

 

 

Blue Grotto

Sat Nav: 35.821597,14.456621 Distance: 15.2 km Driving Time: 24 mins

The Blue Grotto is actually a number of sea caverns on the south coast of Malta near the village of Żurrieq.

 

It is a popular destination for tourists on the island for boat trips to visit the caves, and if you don't mind getting up early in the mornings you can watch the men hoist their boats down the long ramp into the water.

 

This is one of Malta's best scuba diving sites and it's accessible almost all year around.

 

As well as scuba diving, snorkeling and rock climbing are popular activities here, but for the less active, a boat trip into the grottos lets you see how the caverns mirror the brilliant phosphorescent colours of the underwater flora.

 

 

 

Sliema

Sat Nav: 35.912215,14.504163 Distance: 15.6 km Driving Time: 27 mins

 

Sliema is a town located on the northeast coast of Malta and is a centre for shopping, restaurants and café life.

 

Tas-Sliema, which means 'peace, comfort' is also a major commercial and residential area and the coastline up to neighbouring St. Julian's constitutes Malta's main coastal resort.

 

Once a quiet fishing village on the peninsula across Marsamxett Harbour from Valletta, Sliema has been ringed with modern apartment blocks and become a heavily populated suburb with traffic issues. During the tourist season, traffic in Sliema can come to a standstill. A large number of English Language Schools are situated there.

 

 

 

 

Mosta

Sat Nav: 35.910186,14.426151 Distance: 18.8 km Driving Time: 30 mins

Take time out on your travels there to pop into some of the many historic sights. Mosta is a town situated in the middle of the island of Malta, to the north-west of Valletta and has many historical places such as the Victoria Lines and medieval chapels.

 

The main attraction in Mosta is the Rotunda designed by George Grognet de Vasse, a French citizen resident in Mosta. It took 27 years to complete and the huge round church has the third largest unsupported dome in the world.

 

In 1942 during WW2 a bomb fell right down through the roof of the church, and reputedly there were over 250 people attending a service at that time. No one was killed and this was considered as a miracle. Not many countries have a church that displays a replica bomb as a memorial of those times!

 

 

 

Golden Bay

Sat Nav: 35.934468,14.344491 Distance: 26.2 km Driving Time: 37 mins

 

 

Part of the Manikata village in Malta which has three bays popular with tourists, Golden Bay being the most popular. A white sand beach on the north west coast of Malta, previously known as 'Military Bay'.

 

The beach slopes gently allowing swimmers to easily walk into the sea and is one of the most popular tourist beaches of the Manikata region. There are several beach clubs and a large hotel located on the beach. seviced by a bus terminus and has a car park.

 

 

There are two other bays:

Għajn Tuffieħa Bay

A red sand beach a short walking distance east of Golden Bay. It is quieter than Golden Bay and often visited by the Maltese locals themselves. Be aware that to reach this beach you need to walk down a hill using 200 natural stairs, so not one for the elderly or disabled. On top of the cliffs west of Għajn Tuffieħa Bay there is an old defense tower built in 1637 being one the seven towers built by Grand Master Giovanni Paolo Lascaris.

 

 

Ġnejna Bay

South of Għajn Tuffieħa Bay is the first part of Ġnejna Bay. This beach can only be reached by first going through Għajn Tuffieħa Bay, then climbing up a hill and finally making a descend along some rather steep paths between the rocks. The beach and especially the small stone promontory of this part of Ġnejna Bay is used as a clothing optional beach as well as a long-time gay-friendly area. This part of the bay is hidden from the main part of Ġnejna Bay. Further south, the main part of Ġnejna Bay is easily reached by road via Mgarr. A mixture of rocks, sand and pebbles beach. Boathouses are carved into the rocks on the south side of Ġnejna Bay.

 

Gozo Island

Sat Nav: 36.044293,14.251228 Distance: 46.3 km Driving Time: 1 hr 33 mins

A small island to the North of the island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. The island is part of the Southern European country of Malta and adter the island of Malta itself, it is the second-largest island in the archipelago. Gozo is more rural and known for its scenic hills.

 

Rich in historical locations such as the Ġgantija temples which, along with the Megalithic Temples of Malta, are the world's oldest free-standing structures and also among the world's oldest religious structures.Less developed than Malta, one of the main tourist features of the island is Azure Window, a natural arch formed millions of years ago when a limestone cave collapsed. There are also many beaches on the island and seaside resorts popular with tourists and locals alike and there are a high number of churches for it's population of only 30,000.

 

Visitors can currently reach the island by car ferry. There are regular crossings between the port of Mġarr on Gozo and Ċirkewwa on the north-west coast of Malta. The Gozo Channel Ferry makes the trip every 45 minutes during the summer and almost as often in the winter. A round trip costs €4.65 and takes around 25 minutes each way.