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Malta is a small island nation in the Mediterranean Sea, which is a popular vacation destination due to its unique culture, history and nature. Concrete activities that decorate the program of every vacation in Malta are not only city tours (among others of Valletta, Mdina) and day trips (e.g. to Gozo), but also a visit to the prehistoric ruins or quad tours, snorkeling and boat trips. On this page you will find offers for tours and activities in Malta!
Maurizio MassaroBy Maurizio Massaro

6 Activities for your Malta vacation

Things to do in Malta and Gozo
Malta Blue Grotto | Flickr: Wilfried Bock PD
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Visit the Blue Grotto

The brilliant blue color of the water in the Blue Grotto of Malta comes from cyanobacteria living there. The largest cave of the cave system, accessible only from the sea, can be reached by a boat tour and provides with its crystal clear water for amazement. Such tours are also offered online by various companies and guides.
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Mdina city gate, Malta | Pixabay: photosforyou PD
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Learn more about Malta's cities with city tours

Valletta, the current capital of Malta, attracts visitors with an impressive ring of fortifications that made the city one of the best secured in history. In addition to the medieval bastions, you'll see the baroque buildings of the old town on a city tour of Valletta. The quiet Mdina awaits with narrow streets and medieval churches and palaces. The city gate appears in the series Game of Thrones as the city gate of King's Landing.
Dolphins in Malta | Pixabay
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Swimming with dolphins

At the Marine Park Malta, laps can be swum with the friendly marine mammals in a safe environment - especially great for children (not under 8). Sea lions, parrots, aquatic turtles and coatis are also kept here. Special encounters can be booked with some of the animals.
Gozo double decker bus | Flickr: City Sightseeing Gozo CC-BY-SA 2.0
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Passing all major sights in air conditioned bus

With the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus you can see all the important sights right away and get off and on again as you please. Both on the main island of Malta and on the island of Gozo there are the double-decker buses with panoramic deck. Hop-On-Hop-Off Tours are the ideal undertaking to get an overview and see many attractions in a short time.
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Ruins of Mnajdra | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0
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Visit ruins of ancient temples

There are several excavation sites of prehistoric temples in Malta and Gozo. Visiting them is one of the best undertakings on the island. The Temple of Tarxien was discovered by chance only in 1914 by farmers, the site dates back to the Neolithic period according to archaeological research. Ħaġar Qim includes the ruins of four different temples from the so-called Mġarr phase (ca. 3800-3600 BC) of Malta's early history. Directly nearby is also Mnajdra, an even older cult site. On Gozo you can visit the Ġgantija temples, which have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980, longer than the other megalithic temples in Malta.
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Hiking in Malta | Pixabay
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Get active and experience adventure

If you are not so much the type for old buildings and temple ruins, there are also countless activities in Malta for sports enthusiasts and adventurous, for example, quad tours, snorkeling or solving puzzles under time pressure in an escape room. Some undertakings for an active vacation in Malta can also be booked online in advance.
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The 9 Best Attractions in Malta

Some of the most interesting attractions on the main island of the state of Malta.
St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0
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St. John's Co-Cathedral

The mannerist Valletta Co-Cathedral shares the function as a bishop's seat with St. Paul's Cathedral in Mdina, which explains the Co in the church's name. The baroque interior of the cathedral also houses 2 works by Caravaggio!
Malta National Aquarium | Flickr: Flavio Ensiko CC-BY 2.0
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National Aquarium

Especially suitable as an attraction for families in Malta: the Malta National Aquarium. In different zones, the respective species from different regions can be found: while 4 of the zones are dedicated to the Mediterranean fauna and flora around Malta, Gozo and Comino, there are Indo-Pacific species to marvel at in zone 3.
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Fort St. Angelo

The former headquarters of the rulers of Malta - first, the Order of Malta and then the British Armed Forces, located directly opposite Valletta's Grand Harbour, has been open to interested visitors since 2015. The mighty fortress of Fort St. Angelo is the main attraction of the Vittoriosa/Birgu municipality.
Tarxien Temples | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0
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Tarxien Temples

The Neolithic, megalithic Temple Complex of Tarxien is one of Malta's main attractions. It has been prepared for visitors since the 1950s and can be visited as part of guided tours or on your own.
Blue Grotto, Malta | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0
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Blue Grotto

The grotto with fabulously blue water can only be reached from the sea, which is why many different boat tours go to this famous Maltese attraction. The radiant blue is created by the presence of cyanobacteria, also known as 'blue-green algae'.
Alfa Romeo Spider, 1959 | Flickr: Allen Watkin CC-BY-SA 2.0
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Classic Car Museum

The Classic Car Museum in Qawra displays vintage cars from Jaguar to Fiat, offering the perfect counter-program to nature and architecture. As one of the most popular museums in Malta, it has over 100 exhibits, some of which have been restored by the museum itself.
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City Gate of Mdina, Malta | Pixabay: photosforyou PD
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City gate of Mdina

Known from Game of Thrones: the City Gate of Mdina. In the series, the main gate of the fortress wall around the small town served as the backdrop for the gate of King's Landing. The entrance to the fortress was built in Baroque style in 1724.
Popeye Village Fun Park, amusement park from the 80s | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0
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Popeye Village

Located near Mellieha is a very special amusement park: Popeye Village Fun Park. Originally, the fishing village was built as a backdrop for the Disney musical film Popeye starring Robin Williams - but still provides fun for the whole family today.
St.Paul’s Catacombs | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0
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St. Paul's Catacombs

The underground, early Christian tombs and tunnels of St.Paul’s Catacombs date back to the eighth to third centuries AD. As one of the most interesting attractions of Malta's main island, they attract visitors underground every year.
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Top 3 Attractions on Gozo

The smaller Gozo is quieter because it is frequented by fewer tourists, but it also offers sights that can embellish a day trip by boat from the main island.
Citadel of Victoria, Gozo | Pixabay
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Cittadella of Victoria

The Citadel in the city center of Victoria, the largest city on Gozo is one of the most important attractions of the second largest of the three islands of Malta. The complex includes the Assumption Cathedral, various bastions and was built on a hill that already hosted an acropolis during the Roman period.
Ġgantija Temple | Flickr: Jennifer Morrow CC-BY 2.0
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Ġgantija Temple

The remains of the megalithic temple complex of Ġgantija are over 5,000 years old and belong to the rich treasure of such excavation sites in Malta. The mighty stones do indeed appear as if giants had built the temples - hence the name of the complex.
Wied Il-Għasri, Gozo | Flickr: Benjamin Gamblin CC-BY 2.0
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Wied Il-Għasri

Fancy nature? The Wied Il-Għasri sea gorge is one of the insider tips among the attractions on Gozo. Located at the end of a picturesque coastal road, passing the salt pans of Gozo, the natural monument invites you for a swim!
More sights in Malta
Palazzo Parisio & Gardens2 tickets & guided tours
Sacra Infermeria & Mediterranian Conference Center1 tickets & guided tours
San Anton Gardens5 tickets & guided tours
Ħaġar Qim5 tickets & guided tours
Mnajdra2 tickets & guided tours
Maurizio Massaro
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