Discover the attractions of the Maltese islands from the Westin Hotel
The island of Malta has such a rich history that Malta is practically saturated with attractions and places of interest.
The capital city of Valletta host to regular plays and concerts, as well as scores of exhibitions and street events. The Museum of Archaeology in Valletta houses an exceptionally rich collection of prehistoric artefacts. The War Museum at Fort St. Elmo is home to a Sunday military parade in period costumes re-enactment and the capital also possesses the impressive Grand Master's Palace and St. John's Co-cathedral.
With 7,000 years of history, the sites to visit are endless and all are within easy reach from the Westin Dragonara Resort. The Megalithic Temples (including Ggantija, the oldest freestanding temple in the world), the underground St Paul's and St. Agatha's catacombs, The Knights of St. John's significant sites, such as Fort St Angelo and Fort Rinella (home to the world's largest canon). WWII significant sites, such as the Mgarr war shelter, Mtarfa ex-British military buildings, The Armoury and the Maritime Museum in Vittoriosa are not to be missed.
Look out for the Alarme and In Guardia Historical re-enactments, as well as interactive walkthrough and multimedia attractions that offer an overview of Malta's history in under an hour. They're interesting and a great way to learn the significance of what visitors will later be looking at.
The Museum of Roman Antiquities (commonly referred to as ""The Roman Villa"") and various catacombs are to be found in Rabat. In the fortified medieval city of Mdina, visitors will come across everything from Napoleonic troops to flower festivals. The Cathedral and its museum are not to be missed, as well as the torturous Mdina dungeons and the Mdina Experience. 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 artistic 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 Falzon, which houses a large collection of antiques, in Mdina. To view more contemporary work, walk around the exhibits at the St Johns Cavalier Art Centre.
For fanciful fun, highlights are the passionate carnival and open-air concerts. Not to be missed is the Nadur carnival in Gozo and the parade in Valletta. Children will enjoy activity and fun parks, which include the old film set of Popeye Village.
The rural side of the Islands is fascinating, with charming villages & captivating folklore. With 365 spectacular churches, there are more than a few highlights - visit the Mosta church famous for its large dome (third largest dome in Europe). Visit the church of St. Nicholas in the village of Siggiewi.
Visit the three cities in Cottonera, have an evening walk on the Sliema or Bugibba promenade and visit the fortified Citadel in Gozo.
On Sunday morning go to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk market, the open-air market outside Valletta or the It-Tokk Victoria market in Gozo.
The Islands must be visited at festa time for an insight into local life with all its colour and passions.
The Westin Dragonara Resort's Concierge will be very happy to assist you in designing an itinerary that suits your needs during your stay in Malta and at the Westin Dragonara Hotel Malta.