These gardens are at San Anton in the centre of the island. As the old gardens of the Presidential Palace (still in use; no access) they are quite historic. Not as large as I expected, but a nice place for a shady walk. Several ornamental fountains; interesting plants of course. Lots of statues, gifts from other countries etc., several commemorating the English Royal family. We were staying across the road at the Corinthia Hotel so it was a really nice spot for a daily stroll. Free entrance. I do not know if I would have found it worth travelling to visit, but the island hop-on, hop-off bus stops opposite and it would be worth stopping off to look. There is a kiosk at the gates where you can buy cold drinks and snacks. There are loos. The Melita Gardens restaurant next door is open all day and quite pleasant for anything from an ice cream to a full meal.
I did not like the aviary in the botanical gardens. Large and built up against a wall of the gardens it was quite bare. I felt so sorry for the birds kept a few feet away from the trees with only the barest of perches; rather old fashioned, I am used to seeing birds/animals kept with some foliage etc., to make their lives more interesting!
We were there in September 2012 and Malta was having a plague of mosquitoes. Malta now has Asian Tiger Mosquitoes which BITE IN THE DAYTIME. Obviously the gardens are heaven for them; be prepared with repellant!
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