The Maltese Islands are a group of small, barren rocks, jutting out of the middle of the dark blue Mediterranean sea. In these conditions, they would have been relegated to the footnotes of history. Yet, ever since the archipelago was first colonised thousands of years ago, they have never been far from the centre of events and have often played a crucial role in the making of history. Their strategic situation in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea makes up for all the lack of resources that nature endowed the rest of the globe.
Malta, the largest island, and her sister islands of Gozo, Comino, Filfla and other very small islands, are strategically placed in the narrow channel joining the eastern and the western basins of the Mediterranean. Or if you like, a bridge between Southern Europe and North Africa, or between Western Europe and the Middle East. This had landed the Maltese Islands right in the middle of the most important historic events: the wars between Rome and Carthage, the rise of Islam, the Crusades, the wars between Christians and Moslems, the rise and fall of Napoleon, the rise and fall of the British Empire, the fight for democracy against Fascism and Nazism, the Cold War, the rise of a United Europe and the challenges of the Third Millennium.
With 7,000 years of history, the sites to visit are endless - Megalithic temples, underground catacombs, churches and forts are not to be missed. Interactive walkthrough and multimedia attractions offer an overview of Malta's history in under an hour.
The Museum of Roman Antiquities and various other sites are found in Rabat. The Cathedral and its museum in the fortified medieval city of Mdina, right next door to Rabat, are not to be missed,
For a romantic stroll like no other, wander the lamp lit streets of Mdina at night. Don't miss the renowned chocolate cake at Fontanella Tea rooms, situated right on the bastion with a spectacular view.
For those who love art, the possibilities are endless - visit the impressive collection at the National Museum of Fine Arts, see the Caravaggio's Beheading of St. John at St. John's co-Cathedral and visit medieval Palazzo Falson in Mdina with its collection of antiques. To view more contemporary work, walk around the exhibits at the St. John's Cavalier Art Centre.
Children will enjoy activity and fun parks, which include the original movie set where Popeye was filmed.
The rural side of the Islands is fascinating, with charming villages & captivating folklore. And on Sunday morning, go to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk, the open-air market outside Valletta or the It-Tokk market in Victoria, Gozo.
But let us now talk about NIGHTLIFE. The areas where nightlife in Malta is more vibrant are Paceville and St Julian’s Bay, which are a five-minute walk away from each other, in the northern part of Malta. St Julian’s Bay is a lovely place where many holiday resorts and five-star hotels were built.
Paceville is not actually a village but a leisure zone, situated between Spinola Bay and St George’s Bay. In the nearby area, there is also Sliema, a lovely place to spend a few hours appreciating a more calm nightlife in Malta and enjoying the view of the boats anchored in the bay and Valletta by night, at a distance.
Paceville is where the action is and can be considered the capital of nightlife in Malta because of the highly concentrated number of venues. Exploring nightlife in Malta, expect to party all night long in Paceville because it is full of energetic people that wonder the busiest streets looking for fun.
Nightlife venues are everywhere but most of the action is concentrated around 4 streets near the main square (where later you will find your taxi).
You should also take the opportunity to explore Malta underwater. Speak to our partners Seashell dive centre and mention you are part of the Thundercat world championships to receive a discount.
Being bored in Malta is out of the question!
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