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I shall be visiting the island of Malta this summer for two weeks. Whenever I visit a country, I don't just want to lie on the beach or sit by the pool everyday, but wish to get out & about to see the country & its people.

I plan on visiting the capital Valletta & have been told the Blue Lagoon on the island of Comino is worth a visit. As I shall be staying in the north of the island, close to the ferry terminal, I also plan to visit the island of Gozo. If anyone has experience of Malta & its islands (which I am aware is very popular with British & Italian tourists, amongst other Europeans), further guidance with regards to churches, museums, palaces, town & villages with historical context (if any) that maybe visited either in the Capital or rest of the island(s) would be much appreciated ?

(I know that Malta in particular its sister island of Gozo is famous for deep sea diving, I won't be partaking in that)

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@MarcelC. I dont know much about Malta. so I don't know how ? –  Simon Feb 25 '13 at 12:28
    
@MarcelC. If the above edited question is not acceptable, I shall delete it. (Which is a shame considering there is nothing about Malta asked by other people) –  Simon Feb 25 '13 at 12:35
    
@MarcelC. I don't know how to edit the question to make it more specific, thats all. Maltese questions appear to be very thin on the ground here, so surely would help other people, who may visit Malta in the future. If it doesnt end up being acceptable, I shall delete. –  Simon Feb 25 '13 at 12:51
    
@Simon I think your question needs to be a little further reworking because as per FAQ your question is asking for an opinion related to travelling to Malta. If you have any specific concerns please narrow it down further... –  Karlson Feb 25 '13 at 17:44
    
@Karlson Apart from it being a former British colony & one of the smallest nations in Europe, I dont know much about Malta, and hence the reasons for wanting to know. Apart from DJClayworth who went there 30 yrs ago, no one else seems to know anything –  Simon Feb 25 '13 at 17:51

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Malta is a place with a lot of places of historic and archeological values. It hosts the oldest free standing buildings in the world (Older than the pyramids!). These are definitely worth a visit. The countryside is scattered with pre-historic remains. There are several Roman remains as well, like the Roman Villa in Rabat (Domus Romana)

Other places worth seeing are:

  • Blue Grotto
  • Hagar Qim megalithic temples
  • Is-Simblija medieval village
  • Mdina, the silent city and old capital of Malta
  • Definitely one of the several village festas, happening every week in some town in Malta, based on dates. I would suggest checking out an event calendars to find where they are happening
  • Hypogeum (also known as Hal-Saflieni), an underground temple in Hal-Tarxien - You need to book beforehand as entrance is very limited due to sensitivity of location.
  • The cities in the Valletta area have a lot of historical context, mainly Isla, Birgu and Bormla.
  • Dwejra Azure Window
  • The list can go on almost endlessly, based on what you like. Given the tiny size of Malta, you've definitely got loads to see and go around!

I would suggest taking a look at Visit Malta for information about Malta, and Visit Gozo, a recently launched portal for information about the sister island of Gozo.

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To further add to this, I would definitely suggest renting a car as most of the places are in the countryside / out of the way and might not be easily accessible by bus. –  Karl Cassar May 10 '13 at 13:09
    
Actually everything you listed here is accessible by bus, but not necessarily quickly or conveniently. (I'm not sure about Is-Simblija.) I've seen most of Malta without a car, but I could see that locals very much prefer cars, and Malta tops the cars per population chart in Europe. –  Szabolcs Dec 2 '13 at 20:17

I visited Malta nearly thirty years ago so this might be out of date. Malta isn't a large island, and you aren't going to find exciting sightseeing to keep you busy for two weeks. If you have a car, everywhere is a day trip from everywhere else. The Wikitravel page will give more details. Most of the places to see are in Valletta, with Mdina being interesting too. You might also try Saint Paul's Bay, the traditional site where Saint Paul was shipwrecked on Malta. However there wasn't much to see when I was there.

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At least you have been to Malta, which I dont think anyone else on this site has done (which is fairly surprising) I was told there is a question on this site regarding travelling to the Moon. Somehow I think tourism to Malta is far greater than to the Moon, even if not by travellers here –  Simon Feb 25 '13 at 15:16
    
I don't think I'll hire a car, travel instead with the locals & tourists on the local bus network...much more fun. –  Simon Feb 25 '13 at 15:28
    
Busses will take you most places and are colourful, but slow, and old. Hopefully they've bought a few new ones in the last thirty years. –  DJClayworth Feb 25 '13 at 15:31
    
The buses you are talking about & which are characteristic of Malta were abandoned a few yrs ago, for a modern fleet. –  Simon Feb 25 '13 at 15:33

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