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Visitors Guide

Malta is a unique microcosm of incredible ancient ruins and exceptionally well preserved medieval landmarks. Visitors to the archipelago soon discover that despite being the smallest country in EU, the eventful millennia leading up to its joining on 1 of May 2004 have created a captivating collection of unforgettable sights. It's the perfect place to combine cultural excursions with all the benefits of an island getaway.

Mdina

Entering the walls of Malta's former capital is like stepping into a time machine and exiting in the Middle Ages. Narrow alleys wind their way between historical buildings and restricted vehicle access to the walled city means the illusion is seldom diminished by a car.

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Definitely worth a visit: the Banca Giuratale; Carmelite Church; Casa Testaferrata; Corte Capitanale; Gharreqin Gate; the Mdina Dungeons; the Mdina Experience; Mdina Gate; the Palazzo Costanzo; the Palazzo Falzon; the Palazzo Inguanez; the Palazzo Santa Sophia; the Palazzo Vilhena; the Pjazza Tas-Sur; Saqqajja; St. Agatha; St. Nicholas; St. Peter and Paul Cathedral and the Cathedral Museum; Torre dello Standardo.

Gozo

The second largest island in the archipelago, Gozo is more rural than the main island and known for its scenic hills which feature on both their flag and coat of arms. Although around a quarter of the size of the main island, Gozo is home to less than 10% of Malta's population but still manages to grow over half the country's agricultural produce.

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Its relative isolation has helped it retain its idyllic Mediterranean island charm. Ferries: regular schedule departing every 45 minutes during the day and every 75 minutes in the evening to and from Cirkewwa. Fast boat from Sliema and Bugibba. A ferry from Sa Maison departs middays (Valletta/Pietà).

Comino

The relatively barren island between Malta and Gozo has a permanent population of only 4 residents when not counting those with wings. The entire island is a bird sanctuary and nature reserve. A mere 2.5 sq.km., visitors come to appreciate the rugged beauty and tranquil atmosphere.

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Ferries: hourly from Cirkewwa/Malta and around 5 times daily from Mgarr/Gozo. All ferries dock at San Niklaw Bay.

Valletta

Valletta, founded in 1566, is one of Europe's first planned cities, having been laid out from start to finish on a drawing board before construction began. This fact is most noticeable when walking the wide, grid-like street network normally only found in far more modern cities. Valetta has an almost golden glow due to the local stone and brickwork used and much of the city was constructed during English occupation.

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Definitely worth a visit:
Castille Place; the City Gate (Porta Reale); Floriana; Fort St. Elmo; Great Siege Square; Justice Court; Marsamxett Harbour; the National Museum of Archaeology; the National Museum of Fine Arts; the Palace of the Grand Masters; Palace Square and Merchants Street; Palazzo Ferreria; Republic Street and Republic Square; the Royal Opera House; Santa Barbara; St. Francis; St. John's Co-Cathedral; St. Publius Church; the Triton Fountain; the Upper and Lower Barracca Gardens