Malta’s largest and most popular city is Valletta - its capital - which is set on the Grand Harbour. It carries with it fascinating history from its past ruled by both nations since the 16th century: Spanish Knights of St John defended Malta for more than 200 years against Ottoman Empire attacks until Napoleon conquered it in 1798. The city boasts impressive Baroque architecture arranged within the grid-patterned street plan that characterizes its centre today; most notable is the Upper Barrakka Gardens, right beneath St John's Co-Cathedral offering views across Malta’s marina lined Great Harbor as far out towards Fort Manuel & Fort St Elmo also known as “The Twin Cities” keeping guard over the whole area since XVI century too.
A visit to Mdina – “The Silent City" will take you back to Ancient Times with Moorish and Mediterranean-looking neighbourhoods coming alive during daylight introducing you to this strategic fortified Sea City through 12 centuries of different governments which explains why streets look so charming these days; while Birgu & Bormla (or Vittoriosa) offer a great number of things to do if you decide to stay longer here; check Cathedral dating from late XIV century or take part one Annual Regata held there each June decorated saints related festivities ("Kostumi") including much traditional Maltese Games such us "Gostra".
No travel to Malta would be complete without visiting Gozo Island - considered the heart of Maltese Culture and the landing point for many megalithic temples built around 3000BC declared UNESCO World Heritage Site attracting millions of tourists every year who want to learn more about Osiris mystery later associated with almost all local folklore not implemented yet on mainland. Tourists can spend a full day exploring several places scattered around this mountainous terrain like the local Hand-Carved Grotto at Xwejni Bay while experiencing breathtaking views and discovering tasty cuisine.
Things To Do
Malta offers a variety of activities so there is something for everyone. Nature lovers will be astounded by picturesque beaches scattered across Archipelago's rocky coastline ripe with bays/coves awaiting discovery either swimming around or exploring diving our unique underwater sites listed amongst Top 15 worldwide. Historical landmarks such Fort St Angelo (built 1565), Casemates Square depicting classic example maltese architecture or Auberge de Castille representative Baroque styled Palace serve equally striking background scenery ideal capture perfect photos mark special occasion! For thrill seekers fun parks like Popeye Village offer tons family friendly attractions including parrots monorail rides.
The local cuisine emphasizes Mediterranean flavors featuring olives, cheese, figs and capers alongside lots fresh fish dishes cooked into myriad ways.