Blue grotto

Blue grotto, Qrendi

One of the natural highlights of Malta! I would say you haven’t been on Malta if you haven’t explored the blue grotto by boat. It is a cave system with clear blue water and high rocks above you. You can enter boats at a natural harbor (Wied iż-Żurrieq) belonging to the city of Qrendi and the tour guides will take you on the Mediterranean Sea around the rocks to and through the cave system.

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Ħaġar Qim

Ħaġar Qim temple, Qrendi

The two temples of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra belong to the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Megalithic temples of Malta’ and are one of the most important places on Malta. Located in the west of the main island you can learn about their past in the visitors’ center and museum, including a 4D cinema. From there you can first access the Ħaġar Qim temple and later take a longer walk down the hill to Mnajdra. Both temples are nowadays protected by a roof above to ensure that they’re preserved for future generations.

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City gate, Mdina

On a hill in the center of the Maltese main island you can find a city that changed its name several times. The Phoenicians called it Malet (refuge) because it was easy to defend. During Roman times it was called Melita and when the Arabs conquered the island it was named Mdina which means ‘city’. That’s why the city name sounds like Medina, the second-most important city of Islam in Saudi Arabia.

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Underground graveyard

St Paul's catacombs, Rabat

Burial traditions change over time and are different in every culture. If you’re visiting the city of Rabat, you can explore a vast former burial site with an endless number of graves: the St. Paul’s Catacombs. More than 20 catacombs from Punic, Phoenician and Roman times as well as Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Pagan underground graveyards can be visited. The site is named after St. Paul because of the catholic church close to it.

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Dingli cliffs

Dingi cliffs, Ħad-Dingli

When you’re starting your journey on Malta at Valletta, you’ll be at a region with way too many inhabitants and an impressive density of buildings. It is hard to even see the rocky and rough shape of the island. That changes dramatically when you pass to the southwest shore with many uninhabited areas and a natural phenomenon: the Dingli cliffs. It is the highest point of the island, and the steep cliffs draw a different image of the island.

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3250 BC

Temple, Tarxien

The islands of Malta contain some ancient treasures: megalithic temples built from giant stones. They are today together represented as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple closest to Valletta is the temple of Tarxien constructed between 3250 BC and 2500 BC. It was discovered in 1914 because farmers plowing the land were stuck because of the large stones. These days the temple is protected by a roof and located in a large residential zone.

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