Head south of Sicily to the Mediterranean Sea and discover the archipelago of Malta, one of the smallest countries in the world. Spend this year’s holiday vacation in Malta. The country boasts of nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, captivating historical monuments, and an energizing warm climate, which the Irish magazineInternational Living once hailed as the best in the world.
Make sure to visit the following tourist attractions:
Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni
Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni is the only known prehistoric subterranean temple in existence. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a very popular tourist attraction in Malta, the unique underground structure has been dated between 3,000 and 2,500 BC. It consists of three levels. In the second level are several important rooms, including the Oracle Room with its powerful acoustic qualities and painted ceiling.
Only sixty people are allowed to visit the Hypogeum per day, so you need to book your reservation ahead of time with Heritage Malta.
National Museum of Fine Arts
The National Museum of Fine Arts is another tourist attraction managed by Heritage Malta. Located in the country’s capital Valletta, the museum is home to many fine European and foreign art, including paintings by Mattia Preti, Guido Reni, and Bernardo Strozzi. There are cafes and wine bars in the museum if you want to take a break after viewing the museum’s diverse art collections.
Stroll across the gorgeous parks of Valletta. The Upper Barrakka Gardens gives you a breathtaking panoramic view of the Maltese city’s Grand Harbour, as well as scenic views of the towns of Vittoriosa and Senglea. The Lower Barrakka Gardens, on the other hand, looks out over Malta’s Breakwater and Grand Harbour. Historical monuments, such as the one commemorating the Great Siege of Malta, adorn the park.
Situated between Comino and the uninhabited island Cominoto, the Blue Lagoon enchants with its shimmering cyan waters. Its picturesque bay is blanketed with beautiful white sand. Tour boats are available daily in the Blue Lagoon.
Bask in the warm Mediterranean weather and spend some precious vacation time in Ramla Bay. The beach has golden red sand and boasts of an interesting historical find: the Roman remains underneath the sand. Visit Ramla Bay’s well-known cave, too. Calypso Cave is located in the western part of the beach. This is the cave believed by many to be the same cave in Greek mythology where the nymph Calypso kept Ulysses company.