- Extraordinary ancient sites
- Strong British Legacy
- Numerous water sports
What to do and see in Malta
Malta’s culture reflects its rich history, with influences from all the cultures and civilizations which have ruled over Malta in the last 7000 years still visible on these small islands.
These islands in the central Mediterranean are one big museum, full of ancient buildings and artefacts from the different cultures that have graced their shores.
Ancient sites worth seeing
- Ġgantija Temples – built around 3600 and 3200 BC and considered the oldest, surviving, free-standing monuents in the world.
- The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum – built between 3300 and 3000 BC, the Hypogeum is the only known prehistoric underground temple in the world.
- Museum of Roman Antiquities – The main focus of this museum is the remains of the Domus Romana, an aristocratic, Roman-era town house, dating back to the 1st century BC. The highlight is the magficently preserved, intricate mosaics.
- St. Agatha’s catacombs and St. Paul’s catacombs
- Valletta – The beautiful, baroque capital city, built by the Knights of St. John.
The British Legacy
During the Napoleonic wars, the British defended Malta from the French and thus Malta became a part of the British Empire until it was granted independence in 1964. But, unsurprisingly, this period of British rule has left it’s mark on the structures and culture in Malta.
- English is a joint official language with Maltese.
- Letter and phone boxes – Malta still has many of these typical red letter and phone boxes, despite the fact most have been removed in the UK.
- Vehicles drive on the left.
- Food and drink – The typical English breakfast is popular in Malta, as is Beer!
Arts and Music Festivals
- Malta Arts Festival
- Valletta Baroque Festival
- The Opera Festival
- The Choir Festival
- The International Jazz Festival
With warm, sunny weather throughout the year, the conditions are perfect for outdoor activities.
Popular sports include golf and tennis, but like most European countries, football is the national sport and there are several stadiums where you can sit back and enjoy the action.
Of course, water sports are a favourite for locals and tourists, providing fun and refreshment at the same time. The most popular include:
- Scuba diving
- Water skiing