Malta is an island nation on the Mediterranean Sea, just south of the island of Sicily. Along with being historically rich, Malta is a place for nature lovers. Malta is also a treasure trove when it comes to visiting prehistoric monolithic structures. For those with an adventurous bent of mind, there are dangerous cliffs and water sports. A trip to Malta consists of going back to history and connecting with nature at the same time.
- Tarxien Temples
The Tarxien temples is the best preserved prehistoric temple site in Malta. It consists of 4 megalithic structures discovered in the year 1914. The temple site is spread across as much as 5400 square meters and is an excellent showcase of Malta’s prehistoric culture. Some of the original sculptures and reliefs which were found here are on display at the National Museum of Archaeology. You can see their reproductions at the site.
- St. Paul’s Catacombs
The catacombs or labyrinth are underground tombs made out of rock. The tombs at the St. Paul’s Catacombs date back to 870 AD. These represent the earliest Christian activity in the island of Malta. The site contains two areas, one known as Saints Agatha and another known as Saint Paul’s. It is a complex network of tombs and passages, all of which are connected to each other. The total area covered by the catacombs is almost 2000 sq m.
- Mnajdra Temples
The Mnajdra Temples are yet another remotely located tourist attraction in Malta. It overlooks the sea and is near another attraction, the Ħagar Qim Temples. The oldest temple in the complex is the south temple which dates back to 3200 BC! The other two structures date back to in between 3100 and 2100 BC. These three structures inside the complex represent the best of the Bronze Age in Malta.
- Red Tower
Red Tower, also known as Saint Agatha’s Tower, is a beautiful watchtower located at the golden beaches of Mellieha. It was built in the year 1647 and was dedicated to Saint Agatha, who was a martyr. When the fort was fully operational, it could store enough water to last for over a month. Five cannons were placed on its roof for warding off invaders. During the British rule of Malta, the tower was used as a radar station and then as a defense post. The tower consists of a small chapel of Saint Agatha, along with other interesting items.
- Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
The Hal Saflieni Hypogeum is a must see-attraction in the island of Malta. It is actually a burial complex made out of nothing but rocks. The Hal Saflieni Hypogeum complex was built by the same people who built the Mnajdra Temples. A visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site has to be booked in advance. Only ten visitors are allowed per hour for the sake of conserving the site. The tour of the Hypogeum starts with a short film before taking you underground. According to the guides, the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum once held 7000 bodies!
Mdina is almost like a fairytale. It is quite hard to believe that it actually exists unless you see it. Even before you enter the town, the Main Gate catches your eye. On entering the complex, you will feel like you are going back in time. The streets are completely free from vehicles and are lined with beautiful sandstone buildings. One of the main attractions is the Saint Paul’s Cathedral, which is home to an ancient Madonna icon, dating back to the 12th century. The marble columns, the painted ceiling, and the dome of the cathedral deserve special mention for their architectural beauty.
- Lascaris War Rooms
The name says rooms, but the Lascaris War Rooms are more like tunnels. Built deep into the walls of Valetta, these rooms housed slaves at one time. During the Second World War, the tunnels were converted into secret operation rooms of the Allied Mediterranean and the British forces. The famous Operation Husky was conducted from these rooms under General Eisenhower. As a visitor, you can still see original the tables, phones, maps, and communication devices used during the War.
- Dingli Cliff
From the calm waters of the Blue Lagoon to the stunning Dingli Cliff — Malta has everything on offer for its visitors! The Dingli Cliff is a 250 meter high cliff which looks like ‘dropping’ into the sea in a dramatic fashion. It is surrounded by fertile hillsides which are used by farmers. It is quite a remote area and remains much less crowded than most other tourist attractions of the island. The biggest advantage of the Dingli Cliff is the sweeping panoramic view you get to see from the top. There are no cafes or hotels nearby so it is advisable to carry your own food. There is a small walking trail near the cliff and a tiny church dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene. If you are lucky, you might just find a refreshment stand!
- Blue Lagoon, Island of Comino
This is for the nature lovers. The Blue Lagoon offers a breathtaking scenery of clear blue water. The lagoon is quite large in size and looks like a work of art by nature. The water is very calm and completely safe for swimming. If you don’t want to swim, then you can hire one of the inflatable cabanas and lounge on it. The small beach attached to the lagoon has lots of chairs and umbrellas which you can rent for sunbathing. It is best to arrive at the lagoon by 10 am as it can get quite crowded by noon.
The island of Gozo is most famous for the iconic Azure Window. Unfortunately, this stunning natural wonder collapsed during a storm in March 2017. If you are a fan of TV shows and movies, then you may have seen the Azure Window already. It was a natural coastal formation with a unique shape. But do not be heartbroken at the collapse of the Azure Window, Gozo also has some other attractions worth exploring. It is much less developed than the rest of Malta and has a rustic feel about it. The island is home to the Ggantija Temples, and Marsalforn – a prominent archaeological site. Another prominent attraction is Victoria, a medieval fortified city.
Originally posted 2017-04-05 06:37:41.