Sun, Sea and History
Embrace the stunning blue skies by day and the enchanting fireworks that grace the night. Immerse yourself in the clear Mediterranean waters, exploring the depths of the Blue Hole surrounded by abundant fish. Relish fresh pasta and seafood, and step back 5000 years through archaeological parks. Malta and Gozo offer a complete experience for our family trip.
Best Places for History
Mdine and Rabat
Mdina offers mysterious golden stone Arabic walled of the city at hilltop. In the medieval time, this place was called "Città Notabile" the Noble City and was the favoured residence of the Maltese aristocracy such as the Knights of St. John. St. Paul's Cathedral, a tale of resilience post-earthquake, emerged anew in 1697 as a Baroque masterpiece, its design reminiscent of Valletta's St. John's Co-Cathedral. An extraordinary museum houses a trove of woodcut and copperplate prints, a feast for the eyes.
St Paul's catacomba at RabatThe site provided numerous breathtaking moments for me. It offers a fantastic alternative to the Saflieni Hypogeum for those interested in underground burial chambers. St. Paul's Catacombs, comprising 20 catacombs on the site, is the largest catacomb discovered on the island. Dating back to the 3rd century AD, these catacombs were utilized for burial purposes for around 500 years. The catacombs encompass both Christian and Jewish styles, featuring atmospheric rock-cut tombs with narrow staircases and passages.
Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Archaeological Park
There are two sites to be visited in one go and both sites are protected by shelters.
Ħaġar Qim is an ancient site dating back over 5000 years to the Late Neolithic period. It features temple buildings constructed with trilithons – two upright stone blocks with a lintel and threshold – as well as doorways cut into single megaliths, referred to as 'porthole' doorways. The site is reminiscent of Stonehenge, but on a much larger scale.
Mnajdra comprises three buildings: Centra, East, and South. The most remarkable aspect is the alignment of the South building's doorway with the sunrise during the Spring and Autumn equinoxes.
Valletta's City Gate opened a world of wonder for us, where every corner held stories of the past and the promise of new adventures in the rich heritage of this UNESCO-listed gem.
Our explorations led us to a delightful lunch at Café Jubilee, where local dishes such as rabbit meat danced on our palates. We visited visited St. Paul's Cathedral and strolled through the tranquil beauty of Upper Barrakka Gardens. The Teatru Manoel tour was the best part to end our city trip and imaging ourself in the theater box.
Mysterium Fidei Musesm
Step into The Mysterium Fidei Museum, an immersive experience beneath Valletta's St. Catherine’s Monastery. Here, monastic nuns once chose to live locked away, a life that extended beyond death. Explore their everyday routines and the intriguing secrets concealed within these walls. Journey through time, from the Knights of St. John era to the present day. With an audio tour, stand in rooms of work, prayer, restraint, and eternal sleep. Join us to unveil this remarkable mystery of faith!
The Saluting Battery, dating back almost 500 years, offers a fantastic viewpoint to admire The Three Cities and The Grand Harbour. It is likely one of the world's oldest operational saluting batteries. We witnessed the daily time-gun firing at 12 pm and then joined a 30-minute tour. The admission cost is reasonable, at 3 Euro per adult and 1 Euro per child, considering the wealth of information about various gun types and cannon sizes. Interestingly, to create a dramatic effect, the cannon is partially filled with flour!
Although you can watch the cannon fire for free at Upper Barrakka Gardens, I highly recommend taking the tour for a more enriching experience.St John’s Co-Cathedral:St. John's Co-Cathedral is a true marvel of beauty with the presence of eight distinct chapels representing regions like Germany, Italy, France, Provence, Aragon, and Oratory. Each chapel's exquisite design and decor provide a glimpse into the unique heritage of its origin.