The Maltese Archipelago is made up of a number of Islands. Three of these are inhabited - Malta, the largest, which may be considered as being to some extent the ‘mainland', Gozo - number two in terms of size, and tiny Comino. There are other islands - Cominotto, Filfla, St. Paul's Islands and Manoel Island - which are even smaller and uninhabited.
Although the territory covered collectively by the abovementioned islands is just over three hundred square kilometres, the country is densely populated, and presents a contrasting array of landscapes and localities.
There's the historic capital city of Valletta - the island's commercial and administrative centre - and the famous Three Cities across the Grand Harbour. There is the Sliema/St. Julian's/Paceville area, renowned for its cosmopolitan feel and lively nightlife. There are the coastal resorts of the north, the picturesque villages of the south and the rural centre. Every town and village has something special to offer...including its colourful annual ‘festa'.
Then there are attractions of every kind - from historical to natural, from religious to family fun. The beaches and bays of Malta and Gozo - many of which are refreshingly undeveloped - are surrounded by some of the cleanest waters in the Mediterranean.
The Top Tourist Destinations are:
The top travel destination in Malta includes Valletta, which is the capital of Malta. It Knights of Malta created the town that paid attention to Urban planning. The city is located between the Grand Harbor and Marsamxett Harbor. In the center of the city is Saint John’s Cathedral. The Cathedral was built in the 16th century and contains an impressive interior. Near the Cathedral is Grand Master’s Palace, which was the residence of the Knights of Malta.
Another great tourist destination is Gozo Island. It includes the medieval city of Victoria and an important archeological site, the Ggantija Temples, dating back to 3500 BC.
The hilltop town of Mdina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a medieval town that includes the Cathedral of Saint Paul designed by Maltese architect Lorenzo Gafa. The cathedral sports a magnificent dome, marble columns, and detailed wall paintings.
The town also includes the 18th-century Magisterila Palace, now the Natural History Museum. An additional site in the town is the Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum.
Near Mdina is the town of Rabat. In Rabat is the Casa Bernard, a 16th century home once belonging to a Maltese family of French origins. Also in the town is the Roma Villa and archeological site that includes excellent 1st Century Roman mosaics. The town is the home of the Church of Saint Paul, built above the Grotto of Saint. Near the church is the Wignacourt Museum.
Another UNESCO Heritage Site is the Safllieni Hypogeum. The site is a complex of underground catacombs where prehistoric man performed religious rituals. The site dates back to the 4000 BC and has been amazingly preserved to this day.
The Tarxien Temples is another UNESCO Site. It is the largest prehistoric cult site on the island.
A completely different site is the Blue Lagoon on the island of Comino. The rock formations on the sides create the impression of a swimming pool at this beautiful location
Some of the leading Hotels to stay at:
Another alternative is to rent property in Malta. One of the leading property companies is Malta Sotheby's International Realty . Its an excellent place to find a home to rent, or even to buy