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Things to do in Malta

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Malta Attractions and things to do in Malta

The main island of Malta, covering just 95 square miles (246 sq. km), is also a popular holiday destination because of its secluded bays and sandy beaches, washed by unpolluted clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Set against the backdrop of the island’s scenery and its honey-coloured stone buildings, Malta is alluring and fascinating. Malta and its little sister island, Gozo, are not stuck in a time warp, however. The islanders enjoy life to the full, and the calendar is filled with summertime ‘fiestas’ with fireworks and revelry in every little parish in honour of the village patron saints, as well as the major carnival in early spring every year. The capital, Valletta, besides offering some awesome Baroque buildings and fortifications as its main sightseeing attractions, is bustling and bursting with restaurants and cafes. The island’s compact size is also a plus for visitors; it takes no more than an hour to drive between any two points on the main island.

Shopping

The Republic Street houses the most shops in Valletta. There are souvenir shops and clothes shops and other shops selling valuable articles. Daily markets are held in the Triq il-Mercanti, which is located parallel to the Republic Street. Here you can buy cheap clothes and household articles after a good haggle. In Sliema the fashionable boutiques and shops are all clustered in a small are of the island, commonly referred to as “the Ferries”. UK high street is a very popular place for shopping. Plaza shopping complex is well known for its variety. Haggling about the price of goods in Sliema is an impossible task.

Party time & festivals

Malta is well none for its carnival's and parties. As many of the fiesta's are based around the Church dates do vary from year to year so check when in resort for which week carnivals are on.

Head to the beach

The main coastal resorts and larger sandy beaches are in the northern part of Malta. Malta's most popular beaches are Mellieħa Bay, Għajn Tuffieħa and Golden Bay. For smaller, quieter beaches, try those at the tip of Malta, overlooking Gozo - Paradise Bay and Armier.

Attractions

With 7,000 years of history, the sites to visit are endless - Megalithic temples, underground catacombs, churches and forts are not to be missed. There’s plenty to see and do whilst in Malta and we have listed a few ideas below. Several of these attractions can be booked at discounted rates to our customers who use our Flight & Hotel search option. If you're only booking the hotel with us then most attractions can be booked from your hotel or via a local agency but the cost may be higher


Mediterraneo Marine Park The Mediterraneo Marine Park invites animal lovers to experience an innovative way of learning more about animals. See, hear and touch animals under the guidance of professional animal carers. Learn how dolphins and sea lions are trained and how the same methods can be applied to your pets at home. Situated alongside the sea, at “White Rocks” in Bahar ic-Caghaq, the Malta Marine Park succeeds in combining entertainment with education, offering guests an insight into the underwater world of dolphins & sea lions, the dexterity of tropical birds, and the laid back but alert turtles, frogs, snakes, iguanas and spiders. Whilst the Bottlenose Dolphins are undoubtedly the stars at the Malta Marine Park, and are a definite delight to visitors with their acrobatic skills, their obvious intelligence and their sense of fun, the group of South American Sea Lions are also a big hit with park guests, who are proud to demonstrate their strength, agility, humour and awareness, all blended in with an informative commentary by the animal careers. Ask questions about the animals, their diet, or the chemical-free environment that they live in, animal careers at the Marine Park will do their best to answer all your questions after the shows. Remember, Mediterraneo is far more than just entertainment, it is an experience designed to help people of all ages to learn and get closer to all these amazing animals.


Tourist Bus Malta Malta boasts over 7000 years of history and is brimming with attractions and places of interest. City Sightseeing Malta gives you a flavour of these unique islands. Both our North and South Hop-On Hop-Off routes start from Sliema and head off to Malta’s Capital City Valletta, where the North itinerary heads off to the Historic City of Mdina before taking you to discover the northern countryside. The South itinerary offers a more historic aspect to the Maltese Islands with stops at prehistoric temples. With over 30 stops and 50 points of interest along our routes, City sightseeing Malta buses give you the opportunity to discover the Maltese Islands like never before! Meeting/pick-up point: North Route (Blue Line) and South Route (Red Line) start from Valletta. Waterfront terminus. Shuttle service starts from Bugibba (Topaz Hotel) Duration: Start/opening time: 09.30 am for Blue and Red Lines. 8.30 am for Shuttle Service


Sicily mount Etna from Malta You will depart from Malta to Pozzallo, on arrival in Pozzallo we proceed by coach with our guide through Catania passing via Etna (the main street in Catania) during which time our guide will give a running commentary about this city and Mount Etna where we will drive up to the Sylvester Craters. A time is assigned for lunch (not included) and souvenir shopping. Return to Pozzallo and departure for Malta. (Please bring your passport and embarkation card). The exact pick up time and meeting point will be delivered to the clients hotel the day before their arrival. Approximately meeting time: between 13:00 and 13:30 hours. Duration: Around 8 hours. Languages: English/German on Wed, Fri & Sun. The price does not include the port tax, that is to be paid in Malta, but includes transport to/from the hotel in Malta, Ferry fare, services of a tour leader, guided coach tour in Sicily.



Gozo Tour Malta’s sister island of Gozo is an excursion into a Mediterranean paradise. With hills, greenery and a tranquil vibe, here you can spend the day sightseeing and soaking up the sun. HIGHLIGHTS: * Admire the incredible natural arch at Dwejra – the Azure Window * See the citadel in Victoria * Enjoy some free time on the island After a short twenty-minute ferry crossing you will reach Mgarr harbour, which immediately sets the pace to Gozo´s unique atmosphere. Your guide will lead you around the Megalithic Temples of Ggantija, the oldest free standing monuments in the world, pre-dating the pyramids of Egypt. This will be followed by visits to the medieval citadel in Victoria, the fjord- bay at Xlendiand the Azure Window at Dwejra. Gozo is well known for its crafts, particularly handmade lace and knitted garments. Visitor cannot fail to the impressed by the island lush countryside, its serene atmosphere and how different it is from the larger island of Malta. Meeting/ Pick up point: Pick up at hotels approximately between 8:15am and 9:15am. Duration: Approximately 8 hours.



Mdina Excursion This excursion takes you to the central part of Malta that is dominated by the ancient citadel of Mdina. On passing through the narrow streets of Mdina, ''the silent city'', we will admire the imposing bastions that command the magnificent view of the most of the island. On leaving Mdina through the Greek gate we stop at the catacombs before proceeding to the cliffs at Dingli. After lunch visits of the botanic gardens of San Anton and the impressive dome of Mosta's parish church are included besides the crafts centre at Ta' Qali, where you are given time for shopping. The exact pick up time and meeting point will be delivered to the clients hotel the day before their arrival. Approximately meeting time: between 8:30 and 9:30 hours. Duration: Approximately 8 hours. We suggest that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes, when entering the churches knees and shoulders must be covered at all times.



Underwater Safari The boat tour leaves daily from Bugibba. The unique purpose - built Underwater Safari Boat offers a spectacular Safari in a very specified location, St. Paul’s Islands. The Safari site has been carefully chosen to ensure maximum passenger comfort and provide optimum viewing interest. From the observation keel one can enjoy breath-taking underwater sights including dramatic sea - bed formations, corals and diverse species of fish. A fish feeding programme is maintained. The Underwater Safari is not only an exciting experience but also an educational one as well. The trip is over an hour's duration and passengers have a minimum viewing of 20 minutes in the observation keel.



Blue Grotto and Marsaxlokk market Explore one of Malta's few unspoilt villages in the south of the island. Together with our guide you will be led to a Maltese pjazza along winding narrow streets where progress did not leave its mark. We proceed our tour with a visit to the Blue Grotto (not included in the price) and the other grottoes from close by. Lastly we will visit the main fishing village of Marsaxlokk whose water front is lined with “luzzus” painted in traditional reds, blues and yellows that add colour to this peaceful bay once the site of the first Turkish landing during the Great Siege of 1565 where you will be given free time to spend browsing around the local market stalls. Every day from sunrise until about 1 pm a unique sight can be observed here. The location of the cave combined with the sunlight lead to the water mirroring showing numerous shades of blue. Several caverns mirror the brilliant phosphorescent colours of the underwater flora; other caverns show a deep dark shade of blue. The Blue Grotto is a popular destination, scuba diving snorkelling and rock climbing being the most popular activities here. It also has some typical local restaurants that offer good food with stunning views. Meeting/ Pick up point: Tickets with the exact pick up time and meeting point will be delivered to the client’s hotel the day before their arrival. Approximate meeting time: between 8:30 and 9:30 hours. Duration: Around 6 hours


Highlights of Malta Description A full guided tour starting at Mosta Dome. A visit to Mdina, the silent city of Malt where there is a stop at the Tales of Silent City. Then a drive to Siggiewi and a stop at Limestone Heritage. Drive to Valletta, a visit to ' Sacra Infermeria ', first hospital of The Knights of St. John A snack will be served at Malta Experience. Around 3pm there will be a visual show of The Malta Experience. This narrates all the history of the Maltese of Islands through different periods from the Arabs, Knights of St. John and the British. Redeem address: Skyways Office Block C 5/C6. 177- 179, Marina Seafront, Pieta, Malta 9042. Redeem point schedule: Monday to Friday from 9am to 6 pm. Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up. Duration: Start/opening time: 9am. End/closing time: 6pm. Languages: English.


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