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Fort Rinella (Kalkara)
Ranked #1 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
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Category: Military Museums; Cultural
Owner description: Fort Rinella in Kalkara,was built in 1878. This fort is not only a unique remnant of Malta's recent British colonial past,... more » Owner description: Fort Rinella in Kalkara,was built in 1878. This fort is not only a unique remnant of Malta's recent British colonial past, but it is also the world's first mechanical fort which enabled its small garrison to fire a monstrous 100-ton gun every six minutes. To be able to do this, the fort was equipped with a novel steam-driven hydraulic set-up that enabled the gun to traverse and depress and its ammunition to be hoisted and loaded mechanically. On visiting this fort in 1889, the great French writer Jules Verne described it as a marvel of the industrial age which would render Malta safe for ever. Some say that this is the place from where he got the idea of writing his famous novel a 'Voyage to the Moon', where a man is stuffed into a large projectile and fired from a large gun onto the moon!Originally, the 100-ton gun was built by Sir William George Armstrong of Newcastle in 1878, to equip a new class of Italian battleships - the Duilio class. This caused a serious stir between Britain and Italy which led to the former to obtain examples of the same gun to secure Malta and Gibraltar against a potential Italian seaborne attack.The Armstrong 100-ton gun has a calibre of 17.72-Inches (45cm). It is 35 feet long and has an overall weight of 156 tons making it the world's largest muzzle-loading cannon ever built. It used a quarter of a ton of gun powder to propel its monster shells up to a maximum range of eight miles. At that range it could pierce anything up to 21-inches of ship armour! The gun at Fort Rinella and another at Napier of Magdala Battery in Gibraltar are the sole surving examples today. The fort has recently undergone extensive restoration and improvement. A new 20-minute audio-visual outlining the history of the fort and its gun has also been added and is included in all guided tours.RE-Live History at Fort Rinella - Every afternoon from Tuesday to Sunday!Throughout the year, from Monday to Saturday at 14.30Hrs sharp, Fort Rinella is brought back to life complete with late 19th century Victorian soldiers who will take visitors on an animated tour around the fort. This tour combines excellent guiding with live and colourful historical re-enactingincluding military signalling, firing of rifles, bayonet practice, military cooking and more. Much use of original period equipment and weapons is made throughout this tour. All this goes to provide an enjoyable and long lasting experience to visitors. « less
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Ranked #2 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: Malta Falconry Centre is the first Bird of Prey centre in Malta that was developed with the aims : To re-introduce the... more » Owner description: Malta Falconry Centre is the first Bird of Prey centre in Malta that was developed with the aims : To re-introduce the ancient art of falconry in Malta To make educational and entertaining natural free flying displays with our well trained birds of prey To breed our captive birds on view to the public To reintroduce native species of birds of prey to Malta Come and enjoy a day at our falconry centre, watch our falconers fly several different species of well trained birds of prey and see these majestic birds in free flight (depending on weather conditions). The whole visit enables the visitors to be in a very close range with these majestic creatures. The facility has ample parking, outdoor picnic areas and all the amenities that one would expect in a modern tourist attraction. Have a look at our gallery section to see some of the different birds you will meet at our centre. We also offer drinking and eating facilities at our coffee shop. « less
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Ranked #3 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
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Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Churches/ Cathedrals; Cultural

St John`s  Co-Cathedral is a unique monument of international importance and is a gem of Baroque art.  Its rich historic  and artistic heritage is due to the fact that it was the... more »

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Ranked #4 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
Category: Historic Sites; Historic Walking Areas; Cultural

   This old city - the medieval capital  -  perched on the top of a plateau  is well worth a visit.  It is one of Europe's finest examples of an ancient walled city.  If you go... more »

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Ranked #5 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
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Category: Military Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Lascaris War Rooms consist of an underground complex of tunnels and chambers that housed the War Headquarters from where... more » Owner description: The Lascaris War Rooms consist of an underground complex of tunnels and chambers that housed the War Headquarters from where the defence of Malta was conducted during the Second World War.This secret complex contained operations rooms for each of the fighting services from where not only the air defence of Malta was coordinated, but also some of the greatest battlesfought in the Mediterrean during the war. « less
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Ranked #6 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
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Ranked #7 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
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Saluting Battery (Valletta)
Ranked #8 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
Category: History Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Saluting Battery is one of Malta's most vibrant visitor attractions where history is brought to life daily! Located high... more » Owner description: The Saluting Battery is one of Malta's most vibrant visitor attractions where history is brought to life daily! Located high along Valletta's eastern historic ramparts it enjoys unrivalled spectacular views of the Grand Harbour and its surrounding fortified towns. It is also perhaps the oldest saluting battery still in operation anywhere in the world. « less
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Ranked #9 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
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Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: If you fancy seeing something a little bit different when visiting Valletta from the usual run of museums why not make it a... more » Owner description: If you fancy seeing something a little bit different when visiting Valletta from the usual run of museums why not make it a point to go and see Casa Rocca Piccola. Often described as a ‘living museum’ Casa Rocca Piccola is the only privately owned palace open to the public in Valletta and has a fascinating variety of different things to see.Originally built in the 16th Century for Don Pietro La Rocca, a Knight of Malta, it is now the family ancestral home of the 9th Marquis de Piro and his family. On your visit you will be able to walk through twelve palatial rooms including the two Dining Rooms, (one for the summer and one for the winter!) as well as the Four Poster Bedroom, a private Family Chapel and an Archive room housing family documents of the de Piro family going back to the 17th Century.Guides will point out the interesting things to see such as an 18th Century golden Sedan Chair which was once carried around Valletta by Turkish slaves and the glass tumblers used to hold ice which had to be rowed all the way from Mount Etna in Sicily! There are literally hundreds of magnificent objects to see including modern paintings interspersed with the ancestral portraits of the Marquises de Piro and the Barons of Budach.Lastly but not least as part of your guided tour you will see a network of tunnels cut out from the rock under the house which were used as Bomb Shelters in World War 2. Over 100 people could be sheltered here from the Nazi bombs that poured on Valletta.There is a delightful souvenir shop in the Carriage Room of the house and a cosy Sicilian restaurant in the old kitchens. « less
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Ranked #10 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
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Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Cultural

Even if not religious, this is definitely worth a visit.  The interior of the church is  impressive.  It is dedicated to the Assumption of St Mary but is more commonly referred to... more »

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Ranked #11 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
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Category: Historic Sites; History Museums; Museums
Owner description: An extraordinary collection of art and antiques (including paintings, furniture, silver, armour, jewellery, coins, etc.)... more » Owner description: An extraordinary collection of art and antiques (including paintings, furniture, silver, armour, jewellery, coins, etc.) displayed in one of the oldest buildings in Malta. The Collection was put together by the Palazzo’s most recent owner and resident, Captain Olof Frederick Gollcher who was an artist, philanthropist and avid collector. Opening times: Tue to Sun 10am-5pm (last visit 4pm). Facilities include audio guide, panoramic view rooftop cafe, gift shop, special needs toilet. « less
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Ranked #12 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
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Malta at War Museum (Birgu (Vittoriosa))
Ranked #13 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
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Category: Military Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Malta at War Museum is located at the original historic entrance of Vittoriosa (Birgu), the older from the Three Cities.... more » Owner description: The Malta at War Museum is located at the original historic entrance of Vittoriosa (Birgu), the older from the Three Cities. It stands to document for posterity the great ordeal which the brave people of Malta and their defenders endured during the dark days of the Blitz (1940-43). Vittoriosa (Birgu) is the former home to the Royal Navy in the Malta and one of the most bombed places in WW2. This museum combines an attractive exhibition about the Second World War in Malta along with the viewing of an original wartime documentary – ‘Malta G.C.’ and a visit into an underground air raid shelter in which hundreds took refuge during the raids.This attraction has recently undergone a complete remake co-funded by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund (72.25%), the Government of Malta (12.75%) and Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna. The result is a new attractive museum spread on nine galleries. Each of these is dedicated to a given aspect of wartime Malta. The museum display is organised in a chronological manner and includes some 10,000 original artefacts connected with the subject. These vary from clothing, weapons, instruments, equipment, printed matter and other large exhibits.The new Malta at War Museum is open for visiting between Tue and Sun from 10.00 till 17.00hrs. « less
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Ranked #14 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
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Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #15 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
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Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #16 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
Category: Ancient Ruins; Cultural
Owner description: Mnajdra Temples, holder of the UNESCO World Heritage Site status, is found in an isolated position on a rugged stretch of... more » Owner description: Mnajdra Temples, holder of the UNESCO World Heritage Site status, is found in an isolated position on a rugged stretch of Malta’s southern coast overlooking the isle of Fifla. It is approximately 500m away from Ħaġar Qim Temples. It consists of three buildings facing a common oval forecourt. The first and oldest structure dates to the Ġgantija phase. The second structure to be built was the South Temple, constructed in the early Tarxien phase. The Central Temple, inserted between the other two, was the last to be built. Remains to the north-east and south of these buildings indicate that these three structures are only the best preserved of a larger complex.In order to reduce the irreversible damage caused by deterioration and structural problems that the temples were facing due to their continuous exposure to the elements, these temples are nowadays sheltered. Rain, sea salt spray and dust, fluctuations in temperature and relative humidity, solar radiation, sulphur oxide and nitrous oxide pollution, and volcanic emissions, as well as biological organisms, are some of those elements from which these precious Megalithic structures necessitated long-term protection. Today the temples are experiencing a dramatic reduction in the progressive deterioration of these world heritage monuments by natural agents as a result of the installed shelters. « less
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Ranked #17 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
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Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Cultural
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Casa Bernard (Rabat)
Ranked #18 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
Category: Castles; Cultural
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Ranked #19 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
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Category: Ancient Ruins; Monuments/ Statues; Cultural
Owner description: The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is an underground prehistoric burial site, a complex made up of interconnecting rock-cut chambers... more » Owner description: The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is an underground prehistoric burial site, a complex made up of interconnecting rock-cut chambers set on three distinct levels. Earliest remains at the site date back to about 4000BC, and the complex was used over a span of many centuries, up to c. 2500 BC. The Hypogeum was first opened to the public in 1908. Due to its uniqueness, the site became very popular with visitors. Unfortunately, this had a negative impact on the delicate microclimate of the site. For this reason, a conservation project was conducted that also included the closure of the site for 10 years between 1990 and 2000. As a result of these studies, a new visiting system was established. Nowadays, only 10 visitors an hour are now allowed inside the Hypogeum for a maximum of 8 tours a day. This system is also complemented by an environmental control system which keeps temperature and humidity at required levels.Tickets for the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum should be bought well ahead of the chosen visiting date since tours are often fully booked weeks in advance.For more information visit Heritage Malta's website. « less
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Spinola Bay (Saint Julian's)
Ranked #20 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
Category: Neighborhoods; Cultural
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Hagar Qim (Qrendi)
Ranked #21 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
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Category: Ancient Ruins; Islands; Cultural
Owner description: The prehistoric site of Ħaġar Qim consists of a group of monumental megalithic buildings. These were built during the late... more » Owner description: The prehistoric site of Ħaġar Qim consists of a group of monumental megalithic buildings. These were built during the late Neolithic, around 5,000 years ago. The largest megalith used in any of the Maltese ‘temples’, measuring up to 6.4 metres, is located within this temple.Today these buildings are usually called “temples” however we know very little about what went on inside them. The nearest site to Ħaġar Qim is that of Mnajdra, which is about 500 metres downhill to the west. A fully accessible Visitor’s Centre offers numerous attractions in itself, including an audio-visual hall and interactive displays that assist visitors in understanding the historical and archaeological background of the surrounding megalithic templesShelters, financed by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), have been built over the Ħaġar Qim Temples and the nearby Mnajdra Temples, to protect them from the elements and help preserve them for future generations.Malta’s temples and the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. « less
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Malta Maritime Museum (Birgu (Vittoriosa))
Ranked #22 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
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Category: Military Museums; Museums
Owner description: Housed within the Old Naval bakery, the Malta Maritime Museum charts Malta’s maritime history and lore within a Mediterranean... more » Owner description: Housed within the Old Naval bakery, the Malta Maritime Museum charts Malta’s maritime history and lore within a Mediterranean context. It also illustrates the global nature of seafaring and its impact on Malta’s society. The museum houses numerous artefacts highlighting the different epochs of Malta’s history that is inadvertently tied to the sea.The museum is proud to showcase some unique artefacts including the largest known roman anchor in the world, the earliest known ex:voto on the island, the largest ship model belonging to the Order of St John, the largest collection of cannons on the island, the Napoleonic figure head of the 110 gun ship HMS Hibernia, a 1950’s working marine steam engine, and a collection of 60+ boats. « less
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Ranked #23 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
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Category: Museums
Owner description: The National War Museum is located in the building known as the Old Drill Hall of Lower Fort St Elmo, Valletta. The museum’s... more » Owner description: The National War Museum is located in the building known as the Old Drill Hall of Lower Fort St Elmo, Valletta. The museum’s collection on display focuses on the two World Wars (1914-18 and 1939-45).It recounts the story of the events which led to the two wars, their development and major actions and also their consequences, locally and abroad. Special reference is made to the role of Malta in the theatre of war and the contribution of the Maltese population to the war effort, especially during the incredibly difficult conditions of 1942.The exhibition epitomises Malta’s role as a fortress from 1798, focusing mainly on the Second World War. Numerous photographic panels depicting conditions prevailing in Malta are displayed together with artillery pieces, aircraft wreckages, uniforms and other military memorabilia. « less
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Manoel Theatre (Valletta)
Ranked #24 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta

Manoel Theatre is the second oldest theatre in Europe; first opened to the public in 1732 and is still in use today.  In the past few years a team of restorers has beeen returning... more »

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Ranked #25 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Cultural

Your cruise ship will dock at the Valletta Waterfront - renovated stores dating back hundreds of years. There are restaurants, bars, shops and services. It is an ideal place to... more »

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Ranked #26 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
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Ranked #27 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
Category: National Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: The area in the northwest of Malta, which includes the coastal area from Golden Bay to Il-Prajjet and ix- Xagħra l-Ħamra, was... more » Owner description: The area in the northwest of Malta, which includes the coastal area from Golden Bay to Il-Prajjet and ix- Xagħra l-Ħamra, was declared a national park by the Government of Malta by Legal Notice 251 of 2007 in September 2007. The Park has taken the name of the northwest wind/region: majjistral in the Maltese language.Il-Majjistral Nature and History Park is Malta's only natural National park and the largest managed protected site of the island. The Park’s area includes a stretch of 3km of protected coastal cliffs designated as part of a larger Special Area of Conservation of International Importance within the Natura 2000 network. Various outdoor educational activities are organised regularly such as guided walks and snorkelling. « less
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Ranked #28 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
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Ranked #29 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
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Ranked #30 of 153 attractions in Island of Malta
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