Hello Hello, we’re back today with a little blog about Europe’s favorite destination for young people, Malta. There’s more to this island than just nightclubs and the Paceville district, which is why we’re going to take a look together at the top 10 unusual places to visit in Malta. Everything you’ll see in this blog is what you won’t find on the first page of Google when you type “what to visit in Malta”. So pay close attention to this guide which, believe me, will make you run away from tourists!
Let’s start by putting our feet in the water and discovering the remains of ships that sank decades ago to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. This bay in the south of the island is an ideal spot for Maltese divers and tourists alike to contemplate the remains of sunken ships. This ship cemetery is subject to archaeological protection for submarines and is regularly inspected by the Maltese authorities. These ships, now at the bottom of the sea, were almost entirely merchant ships, importing all kinds of resources to the island, as well as military vessels to protect the country and its maritime base. Indeed, Malta was used as a maritime base during the Second World War by the British, who colonized Malta.
The Ghar Dalam cave
After our passage underwater, let’s move underground to the Ghar Dalam cave, a World Heritage site. This cave is home to bones dating back to around 5500 BC. The cave is also known as the Cave of Darkness and extends over 150 meters in length. Inside, you’ll find the skeletons of dwarf elephants and small hippos – yes, Malta used to be much wilder. Just before going into the heart of the cave, you can visit the museum, which houses bones dating back over 180,000 years.
Ta’Qali Aviation Museum
After being under land and sea, let’s get some altitude… Located just a stone’s throw from the nature park and Malta’s national stadium, the Ta ‘Qali Aviation Museum traces the history of Malta’s airfield from 1915, the date of the first flight in the country, to the present day. It is presented by professionals and enthusiasts who display recent aircraft as well as those from the Second World War. This visit is 100% aeronautical immersion, as the Luqa airport (the only airport in Malta) is just a few kilometers away.
The island of Cominotto
Also known as Kemmunett, this tiny island of less than 1800 square meters is located not far from Comino, as you might guess from the name. This island is the place to be if you want to get away from the tourists for a while and enjoy the crystal-clear water. It’s the place to be if you want to go diving or snorkeling. Don’t count on the island of Cominotto for souvenir shopping, as there are no stores or roads on the island, and it’s hardly bigger than the Leclerc next door.
This small, uninhabited island off Malta’s south coast is an unspoilt natural site. It’s not directly accessible, but you can admire it from the coast or on a boat trip.
Inquisition torture museum
Beware sensitive souls, this museum located in the heart of the three cities, right next to the capital Valletta, teaches about the history of the knights of the Order of Malta. The museum is only in Maltese and English, but don’t worry, we’re counting on you to provide the best possible translation for the people accompanying you 😉 At the end of your visit, you can take the ferry to Valletta, which costs just two euros, and frankly, given the scenery, it’s more than worth it!
The Toy Museum in Valletta
Enter the world of Vince! Vince has been running this museum for over 20 years. This museum is The place to be if you want to retrace the history of toys in all their aspects, from cars to dolls to plastic dinosaurs… The museum also explains the impact of certain toys on society.
World War II tunnels
This surprising site in Valletta recalls the strategic role Malta played during the Second World War. The tunnels were built as bunkers to protect against bombing raids, particularly from Italy, but also from Germany. The tunnels were also used as a refuge in the event of an attack by sea, as Valletta is bordered by the Mediterranean, making it easier to attack. During this visit, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the early 40s, with a perfect reconstruction of what it was like for those who took refuge there. Living conditions in these tunnels were extremely difficult, with no light, no food, no water…
San Anton Gardens
Located in the heart of the island, in the town of Attard, this green jewel is the ideal place to unwind after a day of training. Built in the 17th century, these gardens were the residence of Antoine de Paule, a Grand Master of the Order of St. John. Today, the gardens are one of the official residences of the President of Malta. This French-style garden is open to the public on weekdays and weekends, and admission is free. Fountains are at the heart of the garden, giving it a noble appearance. The garden is home to a number of species, including peacocks, black swans and tortoises.
Ta’ Qali observatory:
This observatory is perfect for astronomy enthusiasts, as you can take advantage of professional equipment to discover a wide variety of telescopes as well as high-quality astronomical scopes. In addition to astronomical observation, the observatory usually offers panoramic views of the surrounding area of Ta’ Qali, allowing visitors to appreciate the beauty of the Maltese countryside. Take the opportunity to visit the gardens of San Anton, which are located right next to each other and can be visited in the afternoon.
Malta may be small, but it’s packed with activities of all kinds, and there’s plenty to learn away from the tourists. One thing’s for sure: you won’t get bored during your stay in Malta, and even if you did for a day, Malta is bordered by the Mediterranean, so you can visit the seabed to the max! But don’t forget that you’re in Malta to work for a company anyway, so if you don’t have time to visit all these places, don’t go texting your tutor to say you’re sick 😉 If you’ve finished visiting these unusual places, you can head over to the blog with the top 10 things to do in Valletta. The capital is packed with cultural activities, and believe me, even if you’re not into museums in general, this one’s more than worth it! The presidential palace, located on Valletta’s largest square, is quite impressive. During the tourist season, you can also visit the gardens, where at 4 p.m., cannon-fire re-enactments take place several times a day.
While you’re on the move, don’t hesitate to take a stroll through the different towns and villages, each one different and cuter than the next. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the Valletta fireworks display.
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