What to do When in Malta – Part 3

For those who are more culture and history oriented, this post is a summary of the most interesting historical places we have here in Malta.

 

Maltese History and Art

Maltese history goes back to prehistoric times with sites to make any history buff fall in love with this island. If you are one to dive into the origins of a country and love to get to know the secrets of how a place came to be, Malta is the best location for you. If you want to plan a holiday around learning the history, you are sure to spend at least a week to skim through the rich history this island offers. The beautiful prehistoric temples like no other on the planet offer an insight to how our ancestors used to live. We have 6 main sites where these temples are located. The most popular ones (and the most beautiful to visit in my opinion) are Hagar Qim and Mnajdra temples in Qrendi and Ggantija in Gozo. With the sea as a backdrop, these temples have the best basis for cool photos or selfies to boast to your friends online.

Through the middle ages, the Maltese being devoted Roman Catholics, built many magnificent churches and adorned them with impressive art pieces that are cherished by locals as well as tourists. All around Malta one can visit numerous churches (at least one parish church in every town and village), each with its own set of sculptures and paintings usually depicting scenes from the life of the church’s patron saint. The two best known churches (and the two most adorned churches) are the cathedral in Mdina and the St. John’s co-cathedral in Valletta. A visit to these two magnificent churches is a must to both art enthusiasts as well as those who just visit the island.

For a history buff and an art enthusiast, the capital city Valletta and the silent city Mdina are two precious gems that should not be missed. However other villages and towns around the island are also rich in history. The Three Cities in the south of Malta are three such towns and one could spend a nice morning going around these cities. You can opt for a nice walk on the promenade going from Senglea through Cospicua to Vittoriosa or you can rent a Rolling Geek to speed your way around (be careful and do follow traffic rules if you opt for the Rolling Geek). 

If you’re not into the classical art, during the year there are many contemporary art shows and festivals across the country which you can easily find online through a Google search for activities going on when you are going to visit.

Tip from a local: A number of museums around the island offer an interactive experience so that you can learn the vast history in a few minutes. Also, the lines are not too long to visit the museums so it is worth it to visit at least one if you’re not a big fan of art.

Until next time, stay safe and travel

 

Michelle

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