5 things to see in Malta
- St John’s Co-Cathedral – The St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta is a stunning with its Baroque art and architecture. It was built by the Knights of St John between 1572 – 1577. The interior was mostly decorated by Mattia Pretti. The whole marble floor is tombstones of Knights and Officers of the Order, with the crypt containing the tombs of many of the Grand Masters. This church is till this very day an important shrine and a sacred place of worship
- Mdina – The fortified city of Mdina was the first capital of Malta. You can meander through the narrow streets, admiring the silent city’s Medieval and Baroque architecture. From the bastions you can admire the amazing panoramic views which overlook the island.
- Megalithic Temples – There are a large number of Prehistoric temples on Malta and Gozo. The most preserved are those at Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra, Tarxien and Ġgantija on Gozo. You can be in awe of some of the oldest free standing structures in the world, dating as far back as 3,600BC.
- Birgu – Citta Vittoriosa, literally translated The Victorious City, is an old fortified city found on the south side of the Grand Harbour. Locally known as Birgu, became the capital from Mdina following the arrival of the Knight to Malta. Birgu’s harbour, once hosting the majestic galleys of the Knights of Malta and the British Navy’s warships, today it hosts some of Europe’s most spectacular private yachts. The well preserved Fort Saint Angelo dominates the city it protected for many many years.
- Upper Barrakka Gardens – The Upper Barrakka gardens are a public garden in Valletta on the upper tier of the St Peter & Paul Bastion. The gardens provide ample viewing and photo opportunities of the Grand Harbour and the view of the Three Cities. It is also it good place to view the noon and evening gun fires from the Saluting Battery below, although a visit to the Saluting Battery gets you a closer view.