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Interesting facts about Malta

Beaches. History. Quiet coves. Nightlife. Whether you’re planning a quick trip to soak up some Mediterranean sun or a true history tour, Malta has it all. Start planning the perfect vacation with this handy Finnair travel guide to Malta.

Sights in Malta

With so much history to explore, a trip to Malta should include some visits to famous sights such as the old capital of Mdina with its fortified walls, the towering Cathedral of Saint Paul and thousand-year-old streets. Nearby Rabat has the fascinating St. Paul’s and St. Agatha’s Catacombs that can trace their history back to the days of the Roman Empire. The UNESCO-listed modern capital Valletta isn't short on cultural gems, either, peppered with churches, cathedrals and museums. One of the best museums for an overview of Malta’s past is the National Museum of Archaeology. There are several pretty gardens, including the Upper Barrakka Gardens with its incredible views over the harbour. Quaint eateries and shops pack the tight, winding streets and the theatre, one of the oldest in Europe, regularly shows plays in English. The Blue Grotto is one of Malta’s most alluring natural attractions. The caves can be explored by boat or by scuba diving. The quiet fishing village of Marsaxlokk is a nice place to break away from the crowds. Malta National Aquarium, the Popeye-themed attraction park of Sweethaven, Splash and Fun Park, San Anton Gardens and the Toy Museum in Valletta are some of the best places to take children. You’ll find a myriad of bars, clubs and restaurants in the tourist-friendly areas of Sliema and St. Julian’s. While you won't find a lot of traditional Maltese culture in these areas, you can shop, eat and drink under the sun while never being far away from blue-water beaches.

Things to See and Do Near Malta

  • Gozo – A smaller island than Malta, Gozo boasts lovely countryside areas that are ideal for hiking enthusiasts, beautiful beaches, ancient ruins, historic forts and many churches.
  • Comino – The archipelago’s smallest inhabited island and a place with only a handful of structures, Comino is a nature lover’s paradise. Once used as a pirate hideaway and then a leper colony, the main reasons for visiting the island today are to see the Blue Lagoon, enjoy nature and go scuba diving.

Shopping in Malta

There are plenty of places to indulge in some great shopping in Malta. Most major towns and resorts have a selection of stores, and there are several fairly large shopping centres around the island too.

  • Sliema – This is one of the island’s best shopping areas because of the large number of stores concentrated in a fairly small area. There are numerous high-street and luxury brands, including Tommy Hilfiger, Zara, Armani and Lacoste. There are also two large shopping centres: The Point and Plaza.
  • Zabbar Road – Located in Fgura, this long street is home to a number of boutiques and the Galleria Shopping Centre.
  • Valley Road – This busy road in the area of Birkirkara is lined with unique boutiques. The area also has a wide selection of high-street stores.

Food and Drink

  • Fenkata – Made popular during the medieval period and still a favourite dish today, this is a hearty rabbit stew, often served with fried potatoes and peas.
  • Pastizzi – These small, savoury flaky pastries are stuffed with either mushy peas or salted ricotta cheese.
  • Kannoli – Deep-fried tubes of pastry, stuffed with sweet ricotta cheese, are a local delicacy.
  • Balbuljata – An ideal dish for breakfast, consisting of scrambled eggs with onion and tomato.
  • Kinnie – This carbonated soft drink is made from bitter oranges. 
  • Soppa tal-Armla – One of the most popular soups in Malta, and with a name that translates into “Widow’s Soup”, it is traditionally made from a mixture of green and white vegetables, carrots, peas, beans and potatoes in a tomato-based sauce.
  • Beer – Several beers are brewed in Malta, with the most famous one being a sweet beer called Cisk. Others include Lcto, Hopleaf and Blue Label Ale.

Transport in Malta

Most of Malta’s main towns are easy to explore on foot and regular buses connect different parts of the island. Many visitors opt to rent a car, though, for greater freedom and independence. Ferry services connect the main islands.

  • By foot – Most of the major sites in Valletta, Mdina, Rabat and Birgu are close to each other, and most accommodation in the seaside resorts is within walking distance of the beaches and local amenities.
  • Buses – While you can buy single-trip tickets for travelling on buses in Malta, visitors often find the weekly passes to be more convenient and cost effective. The main bus station is located in the capital of Valletta, from which you can connect with most places around the main island. Services are generally regular and you can purchase tickets from the driver. Hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses are ideal for tourists who want to see as much as possible in a short period of time.
  • Taxis – You can hail a white taxi on the streets, though be sure to agree on a price before the journey begins as most drivers do not use the meters. There are also several private-hire companies that you can book a taxi through.
  • Rental car – Road conditions in Malta are generally good and it’s fairly easy to find your way around the small island. Signposting is clear. The costs of renting a car are usually very affordable when compared with other European countries.
  • Ferries – Regular ferry services connect the main island of Malta with Gozo. Services depart from and arrive at Cirkewwa and Mgarr respectively and the journey takes around 30 minutes. There are also less frequent services between the main island and Comino.

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