Discover Malta’s Beautiful Small Towns

October 5, 2018 | By More
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Guide To The Delightful Little Towns of Malta

By now, you’ve probably heard about the beautiful island country of Malta. This small yet stunning tropical paradise has always been the top destination for those who want to have a perfect summer getaway. Not only that, but it also introduces the world to its rich history and culture.

Fisherman Mending Nets in Malta

Since the island is small, it’s relatively easy to go around different places and explore. Check out some of the must-see towns in Malta in our list below.

THE THREE CITIES

Perhaps the most beautiful towns in Malta are Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua, collectively known as The Three Cities. These places offer a glimpse of authentic Maltese life, as well as its maritime riches. Let’s take a look at each of these treasures and see why they have become the cradle of Malta’s history.

  •    VITTORIOSA (BIRGU)

Malta Church

This historical town is an old fortified city on the southern part of the Grand Harbour. Also known as Birgu, the origin of this place dates back to the medieval times. At that time, the Knights of St. John declared Birgu as their first capital city from 1530 to 1571, before moving their base to Valletta. Vittoriosa is also famous for its role in the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. Today, this 800-meter long and 400-meter wide town is famous for its stunning views. Tourists can now enjoy a fully-restored Fort St. Angelo, as well as waterfront restaurants and even super yachts.

  •    SENGLEA (ISLA)

SENGLEA (ISLA) Malta

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Located in the Cottonera area in the eastern part of Malta, this peninsula is considered the smallest town in the country. In fact, it is home to less than 3,000 residents. Senglea, also known as Isla, is one of the oldest places in Malta, dating back to the 16th century. Similar to Birgu, the Knights of St. John constructed several buildings in the area that became a huge part of its rich history. Today, tourists and locals alike get to enjoy various activities in Senglea throughout the year. One of the most famous events in the city is the traditional boat races called Regatta. The occasion happens twice a year in the Grand Harbour and features the Senglea team.

  •    COSPICUA (BORMLA)

COSPICUA (BORMLA) Dry Dock Harbor

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The adjacent town of Bormla, also holds a significant history. The town and its people played a huge role during the Great Siege of 1565, which prompted the Knights of St. John to rename it Cospicua. Despite the damages it incurred during the World War II, the city managed to recover and now plays an important role in the country as a whole. Its old dockyard has been restored and is now considered an essential market center. Its heritage sites also attract tons of tourists, including the Collegiate Church of the Immaculate Conception, the Firenzuola Fortifications, and Margherita Lines.

OTHER CITIES TO VISIT

Aside from the famous Three Cities, there are other beautiful towns you can visit in Malta. Each has its own unique characteristics that everyone will surely enjoy. Check out some of them below:

  •    VALLETTA

Valletta Pedestrian Street

Known as Malta’s capital city, Valletta boasts a perfect balance of history and modern-day living. Founded in 1566, this small place is packed with historical spots dating back to the 16th century. In fact, it is even named as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1980. Valletta features stunning baroque-themed buildings, such as St. John’s Co-Cathedral and several auberges used by Knights in the olden days. Today, several government departments occupy some of the city’s historical buildings, including the National Parliament, Law Courts, many Government Ministries, and Administrative Offices. It also hosts shopping centers, museums, as well as financial and logistics companies.

  •    MDINA

Mdina Former Capital Malta

This fortified medieval town is located on top of a hill overlooking large parts of Malta and is known as the old capital of the country. Similar to many places around the island, Mdina is rich in history that is still evident in its centuries-old buildings and tall bastion fortifications. In fact, the town, which is also known as the “Silent City,” has been included in the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tourists who want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city are sure to enjoy Mdina’s relaxing atmosphere.

  •    BUGIBBA

Bugibba Malta

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This place is located along the northern coastline of Malta. It forms a cluster of villages together with Qawra and St. Paul’s Bay. It has a stunning seaside promenade that offers spectacular views of the open sea and establishments that many tourists and locals enjoy. Some of its famous entertainment offerings include playgrounds for children, a vibrant nightlife, and casinos for adults, as well as cinemas and hotels for the whole family.

  •    MELLIEHA

Located in the northernmost part of Malta, Mellieħa is considered one of the country’s leading tourist destinations for its picturesque views and calm atmosphere. It is also home to the country’s largest sandy beach, the Mellieħa Bay, also known as Għadira. Aside from that, this town is conveniently situated near Ċirkewwa, where you can take a ferry trip going to Gozo and Comino.

  •    MARSAXLOKK

Marsaxlokk Harbor Malta

This stunning fishing village, located in the south-eastern part of Malta, is abundant not only in marine life but history as well. In fact, its history dates way back the ninth century BC, when the first Phoenicians arrived and set up their businesses. The Turkish fleet also used the place during the Great Siege. Today, Marsaxlokk is famous for its Sunday fish market and eye-catching painted boats called Luzzus.

  •    SLIEMA

Once a quiet fishing village, Sliema quickly became a household name of Malta for its tourism potential. Located in the northeastern part of the country, this town has become a major commercial area for many tourists and locals alike. It is also known as the first tourist resort in Malta and continues to play a huge role in the country’s tourism sector as a whole. Today, Sliema’s landscape is consists of modern apartment blocks, buildings, and hotels. Despite that, the town’s rich history is still evident in its few Victorian architectures and art nouveau houses that remain standing.

 

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