Before heading out on what is certain to be a long day, make sure you have a good pair of comfortable shoes there is a bit of walking involved, and an area map from our team the Concierge desk will certainly be of help. If its summer a bottle of water would certainly be a good idea and don’t forget your raincoat or umbrella in winter. Anyway, to the sightseeing … kick of the day with a good breakfast at Giorgio’s in Sliema, while enjoying the hustle and bustle of the seafront, before taking the short trip across Marsamxett Harbour to Valletta the islands magnificent capital. As one of the great architectural showpieces of the Mediterranean the city has a huge amount to see, from St. John’s Co-Cathedral, to The Grand Master Palace and Upper Barraka Gardens, all are a must. Though, if you have a little more time Casa Rocca Piccola is also certainly worth your attention, as is strolling down Republic Street and venturing into the great variety shops selling all things antiques, books, jewellery and more besides. Choices for lunch are certainly not in short supply, though we must recommend the small family run restaurant Ambrosia which offers delightful cuisine with evident local influences.
During the afternoon venture through the island's old capital, Mdina, considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of an inhabited fortified cities in Europe. With very little traffic, it is sometimes referred to locally as the ‘Silent City’. It is easy to become enveloped in the timeless atmosphere, narrow streets, filled with sunshine and sharp shadows, connect buildings, churches and palaces whose architectural styles stretch from the Medieval through to the Baroque and Neo-Gothic. The city’s Cathedral, dedicated to St Peter and St Paul, is packed with religious treasures and has a truly imposing baroque façade. However, it is in the Cathedral Museum that the spectacular may be found with works by Albrecht Dürer, Mattia Preti and other significant artists, all creating one of the islands finest collections seen on the islands. In the nearby town of Rabat the Domus Romana, Casa Bernard and Catacombs all offer insights into various aspects of the islands history and all provide great value to the visitor. When one feels themselves in the need of some rest Palazzo de Piro is the ideal choice, offering views of the countryside to accompany your afternoon tea.
Evening brings with it a chance to explore The Three Cities of Birgu (Vittoriosa), Senglea and Cospicua. While this will most certainly be a calmer time of day to discover the area, a guided tour will ensure that you don't miss anything well hidden amongst the little squares and tiny streets. Throughout the area military activity has now given way to the abundance of super-yachts that now decorate the dockyard and a stroll along Vittoriosa’s waterfront and promenade is thoroughly tranquil all the while admiring the wonderful views of the Grand Harbour. A variety of spots to eat and drink decorate the area though the one that catches our attention is Del Borgo Wine Bar, showing off a fantastic selection of antipasti, tapas, mezedes as well as some larger dishes. The staff will certainly assist you in the choice of the perfect wine - food combination while you let you days activities sink in. Once back at the hotel and if a little energy still remains why not round off you evening with a small night cap at Waterbiscuit, perhaps for a taste of the islands you might enjoy a Bajtra or a Gozitan Limoncello.
This most dramatic sea cave, the Azure Window, is one of the island’s most photographed sights and is a must visit sight of any visitor to our shores. To one side of the arch lies the Inland Sea, a small lagoon fed through a cleft in the rocks. Fishing boats inch their way through the cleft taking visitors to view the spectacular sea caves.
HYPOGEUM OF HAL-SAFJIENI
One of the numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites on the islands, this spectacular pre-historic underground temple is the jewel in the Maltese cultural crown.
THE GRAND HARBOUR
The crescent-shaped Grand Harbour is the biggest and most dramatic natural harbour in the Mediterranean. It was the base for the Knights of St John for 268 years, and after their departure became a strategic base for the British for a further 170 years. It remains a spectacular sight, particularly at nighttime when all medieval fortifications are lit up, providing a unique backdrop to admire and enjoy.
The Mosta Dome is the third largest in the world. It was hit by a bomb in World War II which, amazingly, failed to explode. This was locally hailed as the miracle, and a replica of the bomb can now be seen in the Church’s sacristy.
ST JOHN'S CO-CATHEDRAL
This Co-Cathedral is one of the most spectacular in Europe. The floor alone features over 400 intrinsically designed marble tombstones dedicated to prominent knights and clergymen. The magnificent painted ceiling, by Mattia Preti in 1662, and the work of art by Caravaggio, are both acknowledged world class masterpieces.