Visiting or planning to visit Malta? Cool Ride-Pooling is moving around and has prepared some tips & tricks on what is must-see and what to take a selfie next to! Malta is located in between Sicily and Africa and consists of three islands – the main one and two smaller ones – Gozo and Comino. This perfect holiday destination is well known for its 300 sunny days a year, clear azure Mediterranean Sea, and medieval architecture. You don’t want to miss out on best spots here, so read on and learn more what this small archipelago has in store for you!
The rich historical capital city of Valletta was built in the 16th century and ranks as the smallest capital city in the European Union by occupying a space of only 0.8 square kilometres! While walking through tiny historical streets, you will be surprised by the many hills going up and down, so bring your most comfortable shoes and let yourself to get lost here (even though it’s difficult as Valletta’s streets are in a grid pattern, meaning that it's easy to find your way around!). For some of the best views across Malta, you must visit Upper Barrakka Gardens from where you’ll be able to see more than 3 cities in front of you. Another great location for a lovely walk along the promenade is Valletta Waterfront. At the very end of the city, you’ll find St. Elmo Fort which is built in a star formation and looks out over Valletta’s harbour in order to protect it.
Mdina is the ancient capital of Malta. Today it is also known as a silent city. For all those HBO blockbuster series ‘Game of Thrones’ fans, Mdina is a must-see! Not only a must-see destination for GoT fans; Mdina is fascinating if you’re interested in seeing some ancient fortifications, the beautiful cathedral standing in the middle of the city and a spectacular view of Malta from the top of the hill. The town is known for its cute picturesque streets, cafes, museums, catacombs and so much more!
One of the most famous fishing villages on the islands! Located in the south of Malta, it is best known for its market that takes place there every Sunday. If you’re looking for more than just the market, try out an attraction by the sea – luzzu boats, which come in a range of different styles.
4. Three Cities
On the other side of Grand Harbour in Valletta are the so-called ‘Three Cities’ – Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa. Some highlights there are the Church of St. Lawrence, the Malta at War Museum, as well as Fort St. Angelo, pretty marinas, and scenic waterfront promenades.
5. Golden Bay
One of the most beautiful, soft, sandy beaches on the island, together with towering cliffs is located in the north of the island. It is not only beautiful for its sand and crystal-clear water, but it is also highly recommended for the romantic sunsets when the sun slips below the horizon.
This beautiful city is most known for its neo-classical style church with a spectacular 220-feet high dome, called Mosta Dome. On the inside, it is decorated in gilt and the floors are paved with beautiful marble. It is bigger than the famous St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, and it was meant to be modelled on the Pantheon in Rome.
7. Popeye Village
Originally being built as a set for the 1980’s musical production ‘Popeye’, starring Robin Williams, it is now a unique fun-filled village for all! The animation crew will entertain you by their diverse shows, and you can enjoy a day by the sea on the deck's sunbeds, a children’s play area, food and drinks outlets and more! Should you wish to explore the cliffs around, get into the boat ride. A fun-packed day is guaranteed!
8. Gozo & Comino
There are a lot of boat trips that could take you around all three islands! Should you wish to explore sister-islands, book a boat trip in advance and visit legendary crystal-clear Blue Lagoon and Crystal Lagoon at Comino. Another option is to take a ferry and get onto Gozo island – there are plenty of mother nature’s miracles to see, such as Marsalforn salt pans, Ramla Bay (and Tal Mixta cave nearby!), Ta’Cenc cliffs and many more. While exploring Gozo, don’t forget to stop at Ta’Pinu Basilica, Ggantija temples, and Citadella in Victoria, which is made up of a fortified city and is named the capital of Gozo.
9. Maltese Temples
If you’re interested in some prehistoric, very old (literally, old as few millenniums before Christ!) culture and architecture, Malta has quite a few megalithic temples to visit. They rank amongst the earliest free-standing stone buildings in the world and are remarkable for their diversity of form and decoration. Here are the names of a few most popular ones – Ġgantija, Ħaġar Qim, Mnajdra, Skorba, Ta’ Ħaġrat and Tarxien.
10. Blue Grotto & Dingli Cliffs
Lover of nature? You cannot miss the spectacular Blue Grotto arch! Stop there for a moment, enjoy the view and breathe the Mediterranean breeze. On the same side of the main island, there are famous cliffs where you can enjoy the endless sea view. Find a spot where you feel like you are at the end of the world and your soul jumps out in joy by greeting or saying goodbye to the sun. This is an ideal place for a romantic picnic or some quality relaxation time.
Even though the Maltese islands are small, it can take time to travel around. And what can be better than exploring the island by chilling in the back seat while enjoying the views through the window? Here is where Cool Ride-Pooling can help! We offer affordable, safe and efficient shared and private rides 24/7 anywhere in Malta; all you need is our Cool app on your smartphone. While wishing you an awesome holiday here in Malta, we look forward to seeing you on board!
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