10 brilliant things you can do for free in Malta
Malta is full of great things to do for free.
Here are 10 ways to enjoy a day out in Malta, without spending a cent!
1. Explore Malta's historic Silent City
Mdina is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Malta simply because there's nowhere else like it.
The labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets make you feel like you're stepping back to medieval times, especially at night.
Mdina takes its status as Malta's Silent City seriously.
Very few cars are allowed to enter the city walls.
2. Take in the view at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta
It offers beautifully landscaped grounds to stroll through as well as a stunning panoramic view of the Grand Harbour.
Straight ahead is Fort St Angelo, Malta's oldest fortress on the tip of Vittoriosa, the Knights' first capital in Malta.
3. Stroll along Sliema promenade
This long, wide stretch of coastal pavement can make for a lovely stroll in the morning as the sun rises or in the evenings after a delicious meal.
4. Wander the streets of Valletta
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage streets of Valletta and its fascinating architecture.
The capital city is home to charming narrow streets, trendy restaurants and colourful enclosed balconies that date back to the early 17th century.
5. Watch the cannons fired from the Saluting Battery
Before you descend down the lift to Valletta waterfront, make sure you witness one of the battery salutes that happen every day next to the Upper Barrakka Gardens.
This is a great experience for children of all ages.
The cannons fire in true British naval tradition twice a day.
6. Explore the rugged Maltese landscape
Away from the urban areas of Malta are stretches of beautiful countryside just waiting to be explored.
Hiking in Malta can be a great day out as you stumble upon prehistoric sites, striking views, ragged cliffs and hidden green valleys.
Dingli Cliffs have some of the most spectacular views on Malta.
7. Head to one of Malta's beautiful beaches
You can cool off in the sea on the hot summer days or you can pack a picnic and enjoy the sun next to the beach on a mild winter's day.
Malta is known for its 300 days of sunshine, so you can enjoy going to the beach in any season.
8. Mingle at a Maltese village feast
Every parish has its own feast celebrating the day of its patron saint.
The streets are decorated with bright lights and banners, and on the eve of the feast fireworks echo through the streets as people celebrate with music, dancing, singing and food.
9. Visit Vittoriosa
Vittoriosa was the Knights' first capital in Malta when the Order of St John arrived in 1530.
The city, also known as Birgu, is a lovely place for an historic wander, taking in Fort St Angelo, the Knights' fortifications and the main square with its decorative balconies.
Vittoriosa is also home to the Grand Harbour Marina and some of the most expensive luxury super yachts in the world.
10. Marvel at Mosta's miracle- Rotunda of Mosta.
Built in 1860, Mosta Dome has two major claims to fame.
The first is that it claims to have the fourth largest dome in the world.
The second dates back to the Second World War. A bomb pierced the dome and thudded to the church floor.
Thankfully, it failed to explode. The miracle is still celebrated today, and a similar bomb is on display in the church's museum.