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Let us introduce you to some of the Islands' highlights...
Valletta, named after Grand Master La Valette who commissioned its building after the Great Siege of 1565. Walking along the streets of the vibrant UNESCO heritage site is an experience in itself.
St. John’s Co-Cathedral and its Museum, featuring the famous Beheading of St. John by Michelangelo Merisi di Caravaggio. The Grand Master’s Palace and the Armoury, with the National Library - housing the documents of the Knights - is nearby.
Auberge De Castille, now the Prime Minister’s Office and Auberge d’Italie, in upper Merchant’s Street, whilst Auberge de Provence in Republic Street is the seat of the National Museum of Archaeology. Auberge de Baviere, overlooking Marsamxett Harbour and near to War Museum and Fort St. Elmo.
Worth visiting are the National Museum of Fine Arts; St. James Cavalier, a fortress now the Centre for Creativity; the Manoel Theatre, the second oldest theatre still in use in Europe; Sacra Infermeria, now the Mediterranean Conference Centre.
The Upper Barrakka Gardens and the Lower Barrakka Gardens provide breathtaking views of Grand Harbour.
Mdina: the “Silent City” or “Citta Vecchia” (the old city). Malta’s open-air museum.
Must visit: St. Paul’s Cathedral and its Museum housing mediaeval art and a collection of woodcuts by Dürer. Vilhena Palace and the Natural History Museum.
Rabat: The Roman Villa from 1st century AD. St. Paul’s & St. Agatha’s Catacombs, 4th - 7th century AD. Verdala Palace & Buskett Gardens built by Grand Master de Verdalle as summer residence.
Dingli Cliffs: The highest point of the island.
Attard: San Anton Palace & Gardens.
Mosta: The Rotunda and Ta Qali Crafts Village.
Golden Bay: Malta's picturesque west-facing sandy beach for beautiful sunsets.
Bugibba, Qawra: The "in-place" for swimmers in Summer and St. Paul’s Bay: Bars, restaurant and a Casino.
Paceville: The ideal venue for those "young at heart".
Sliema & St. Julian's: Shopping, restaurants & Cafes.
The Three Cities: Senglea (Isla), Vittoriosa (Birgu) Cospicua (Bormla) abound in history. Places to visit: The Maritime Museum; Inquisitor’s Palace; Fort Angelo; Gnien il-Gardjola; Fort Rinella - late 19th century coastal fort known for its 100-ton gun.
Tarxien: The Hypogeum prehistoric underground burial place and the Neolithic Temples, 3800 - 2200 BC.
Birzebbugia: Ghar Dalam Prehistoric Cave and the legendary Ghar Hasan.
Marsaxlokk: Malta’s main Fishing Village.
Zurrieq: Blue Grotto and megalithic temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra.
Gozo: The island of Calypso with an enchanting, distinct character.
Places to visit: Mgarr Harbour; Cittadella; Basilica of St. George and It-Tokk in Victoria; Ta' Pinu Sanctuary; Ggantija prehistoric temples, 3600 - 3000 BC.
Worth discovering the magic of Dwejra with its Azure Window, Fungus Rock, and Inland Sea; Calypso Cave overlooking ir-Ramla l-Hamra; Marsalforn and Xlendi bays; Lunzjata Valley and the countryside ideal for walking tours; the Belvedere at Nadur and Ta’ Dbiegi Crafts Village.
Museums: Archaeology, Natural History and Cathedral Folklore Museum at the Citadel, Victoria; Ta’ Kola Windmill Museum, Xaghra.
Comino: Where secret bays surround the island of the fascinating Blue Lagoon.
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