Places of Interest
Top 4 Architectural Sites
- Saint John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta
- Casa Rocca Piccola
- The Ancient Temples of Hagar Qim
- Ghar Dalam
Saint John's Co-Cathedral is considered one of the world's best examples of Baroque church architecture. This sumptuously decorated church was built by the Order of the Knights of Saint John in the 16th-century. The 16th-century Casa Rocca Piccola provides a detailed glimpse into the rich interiors enjoyed by the Maltese nobility.Dating back nearly 6,000 years the Temples of Hagar Qim sit on a hill near the village of Qrendi. Some of the original stones have been taken to the National Museum of Archaeology for preservation with replicas made for the site. Another ancient site is Ghar Dalam. Excavations of this underground settlement have revealed human and animal bones along with numerous fascinating artefacts.
Top 4 Natural Sites
- Comino Island
- Golden Bay Beach
- Blue Grotto
- The Saltpans of Malta
The photogenic Blue Lagoon and beaches on the small island of Comino are a haven for marine life as well as popular destinations for hikers, snorkellers and scuba divers. Backed by dunes the beaches of Golden Bay with their red sand and family-friendly facilities lie on the West coast of Malta. Also on the West coast is the famous Blue Grotto. Boat trips in traditional dghajsas take visitors into the caves where the deep water and underwater flora make everything appear dark blue. Salt production is a long Maltese tradition and the distinctive white areas of the salt pans can be seen in many spots around the coastline. Salt pans are always havens for birds including migratory flamingos.
Important Film locations
The small Maltese town of Vittoriosa appears briefly in the 2006 mystery thriller the Da Vinci Code while the epic historical drama Gladiator (2000) used Fort Ricasoli on Malta for scenes set in Ancient Rome. The 2013 American biopic Captain Phillips was filmed extensively off the coast of Malta.