Two Malta Destinations to Visit on Your Historic Holiday


If you’re a bit of a history buff and looking for a perfect tourist spot, consider that Malta destinations are among the most ancient and architecturally significant in the world. One would not expect to find the oldest freestanding man-made structures in the world on an island in the Mediterranean, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at the Megalithic Temples of Malta.

Aside from that, though, the city of Valletta is known worldwide and often rated highly in reviews of Malta destinations. Even one of these destinations is worth taking flights to Malta, but as a treat, we’re going to look at a few of them in this article.

St John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta, Malta
St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta, Malta by Gary Bembridge

Historic Malta Destinations

Saint John’s Co-Cathedral

The first destination you’ll want to beeline for out of a Malta hotel is Saint John’s Co-Cathedral, an ancient wonder over 500 years old. The history of Malta and Catholicism in Europe is intrinsically linked to Valetta with Saint John’s Co-Cathedral marking one of the most important destinations or piece of property in Malta’s rich history.

It was the noblemen of Europe charged with defending their faith against invading forces that led to Malta being a strategic centre in the Mediterranean and after the Great Siege of 1565, Valetta was established, fortified and made a holy place.

A mere 12 years later Saint John’s Co-Cathedral was completed as a destination; no doubt the perfect Malta weather aided this rapid completion. Today Saint John’s Co-Cathedral acts as a cultural centre for Valetta with many traditional events taking place here which makes it a must-see site in Malta.

Saint John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta, Malta
Saint John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta, Malta by Leandro Neumann Ciuffo

The Grandmaster’s Palace

The most important modern spot in Valetta also happens to be one of the most important in its history. Travel to this Malta destination if you want to experience the definition of opulence in architecture because The Grandmaster’s Palace fits many roles.

As a tourist destination, there is more than enough to awe at, as it housed Governor of Malta, Parliament of Malta, the House of Representatives and the Office of the President of Malta it is the most important governmental structure in Malta and as a historical building it was once simply the home of Eustachio del Monte built in 1571.

Antique weapons and halls of empty knights line the corridors and it’s not uncommon to see a chandelier more elegant and opulent than the last. The Grandmaster’s Palace is amazing to behold and should be a priority to visit in Malta. From all the palaces in Valletta, this is the largest one and after so many official years now finally serves also as a museum so you can visit some of its enchanting halls, rooms and armoury.

It’s clear from these two very good examples, that Malta is more than enough to sate the curiosity of the historic enthusiast. Malta destinations are among the most important in existence with numerous World Heritage Sites dotting the island; it truly is a place of unique importance.

Grandmaster’s Palace Valletta Malta
Grandmaster’s Palace Valletta Malta by Andrew Smith

Where to stay while on your Malta holidays

If you are coming to Malta to enjoy some time either on the beach or inside the historic sites, one of the most important things that you are going to have to consider is accommodation. Hotel accommodation by the beach in Malta can be very expensive, so a great alternative would be to choose a self-catering holiday apartment.

Not only do these tend to be more affordable, but they can offer you a great deal more flexibility for your holiday. For example, if you are travelling with your family, an apartment is going to allow you to all stay in one place without you having to pay for multiple hotel rooms.

When it comes to accommodation, Malta has no short supply. However, it is a very popular destination, so you should make sure that you book well in advance.

Valletta, Malta
Valletta, Malta by Joshua Zader

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