Visit the most beautiful and historical cities for holidays in Malta
If you are on a holiday in Malta don’t forget to visit these top 10 cities in Malta! Put on your walking shoes and discover the all the historical places of Valletta, the narrow and beautiful streets of Mdina and the colorful fishing boats in Marsaslokk. The top 10 cities in Malta are all unique, beautiful and offers a lot of things to see. WholeMalta is all you need.
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Valletta, Malta’s capital city and UNESCO World Heritage site Valletta has been built on a peninsula in the central eastern part of Malta and has a population of just over 6000 people. Valletta boasts many buildings from the 16th century, mostly baroque architecture that was built by the Knights of St. John. Amongst them is the majestic St. John’s Cathedral, several submerges that hosted the Knights in their times, the bastions surrounding the city, and several gardens. In fact, one could say that Valletta is actually a monument donated by the Knights.
2. Mdina, Malta’s silent city
Mdina is a fortified medieval town enclosed in bastions, located on a large hill in the center of Malta. The town was the old capital of Malta, and with its narrow streets, few inhabitants and beautiful views over the Island it is truly a magical town. Mdina is referred to as the “Silent City” by Maltese and visitors alike – no cars (except those of a limited number of residents) have permission to enter Mdina and the town provides a relaxing atmosphere among the visitors walking its narrow streets and alleyways.
3. Sliema, the Maltese hub for shopping, cafes and restaurants
Sliema is a coastal town situated on the northeast of Malta, adjacent to St. Julians. Once the home of Malta’s aristocracy; it has now become a major commercial area, very popular for shopping, bars, cafes, restaurants and hotels in Malta. Sliema is quite a large residential town with a population of around 15,000 locals; housing also a significant number of expatriates that reside there temporarily.
4. St. Julian’s, Malta’s hub for entertainment and nightlife
St. Julian’s or San Giljan, is located on the Maltese coast, north of Valletta and it is mostly famous for its thriving nightlife and touristic activity. This town is a hub for new and luxurious Malta hotels, many different kinds of restaurants and trendy nightclubs, mostly centered in an area known as Paceville. St. Julian’s has a population of around 8,000 people, and its name comes from the patron saint of the town, Saint Julian. The traditional summer festa is celebrated annually on the last Sunday of August.
5. Birgu, one of the Three Cities of Malta
Birgu, or Cittá Vittoriosa is one of the oldest city on the Island, and it played an important role in the Siege of Malta in 1565. 2,633 people inhabit the 0.5 km2 city located on the south side of the Grand Harbor. Birgu was once a main city and has a long history of military and maritime activities. Birgu is a unique city surrounded by fortified walls, ancient history, monuments and places that one can visit. The entrance to Birgu is via the Couvre Porte, while the parish church is dedicated to St. Lawrence, whose feast is celebrated annually on the 10th of August. Brass bands clubs, processions and fireworks are among the attractions in such festivities.
6. Mellieha, a picturesque town in the North of Malta
Mellieħa is a village located in the Northwest part of Malta. Mellieħa took its name from the ancient Punic and Roman salt-terms, as Mellieha means salt in Arabic. Mellieha is one of Malta’s most attractive tourist and summer resorts with beautiful sandy beaches and blue sea. Mellieha has Malta’s largest sandy beach, Għadira, which is perfect for families with small children, as the water remains shallow for a considerable distance from the shore. Mellieħa also has a lot of splendid seaside hotels, good restaurants and many traditional souvenir shops. During the summer months the population increases significantly due to many Maltese having summer residences in Mellieha, but the all year around inhabitants are around 7250 people in an area of 22.6 km2.
7. Qawra: A popular seaside and tourist resort
Qawra is a seaside resort located on the North part of Malta, very close to Bugibba, and St. Paul’s Bay. The town was built with the purpose of attracting British tourists, and in fact, it is constellated of hotels, holiday apartments, restaurants, cafes shops, bars, casinos, and many other tourist facilities. Water sports dominate the shoreline, and although there are no sandy beaches, swimming, sunbathing and diving are still very popular activities.
8. Marsaxlokk, fishing village constellated with colorful luzzus
Marsaxlokk village is located in the south-eastern part of Malta which is famous for its big Sunday fish market and its many decorative “eyed” painted boats called Luzzus. The village has around 3200 inhabitants and in the past, most of the inhabitants worked as fishermen. The name Marsaxlokk comes from the word “marsa” which means port and the word “xlokk” which means south in Maltese.
9. Victoria and the Citadel, Gozo’s new and old capital cities
Victoria is the capital city of Gozo, also known among the Maltese as Rabat. It includes both the old Rabat town and the Citadel – the antique city on top of the hill. In fact, Rabat means ‘suburb’ in Arabic, meaning that the town was a suburb of the Citadel. The town has a population of around 7,000, making it the most populated town in Gozo. The name Victoria was given in 1887 in honor of the famous British Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, and the town was also raised to a city status.
10. Bugibba, a seaside tourist resort with a buzzing nightlife
Bugibba is located in the North East part of Malta; it is one of Malta’s largest seaside villages with numerous hotels, restaurants, clubs and pubs. Bugibba has a seaside promenade stretching from Salina Bay to St Paul’s Bay, very popular amongst the tourists and locals alike. The promenade offers beautiful views of the open sea and St. Paul’s Island. The coastline is a bit rocky, but these are flat rocks, providing a good place for sunbathing and swimming. Bugibba’s many playgrounds and wide variety of entertainment options makes it popular with families. The city’s lively nightlife readily entertains adults with cinemas, bingo halls, karaoke bars and even a casino.