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Malta tourist attractions: what to see in Malta

Malta, due to its location, has always been a bridge between the European and African cultures, the island has exceptional prehistoric monuments and medieval fortifications, and interesting natural attractions, but the main tourist attraction is due to its sea.

The sea and the many natural attractions are among the most important references for the tourist, the islands have very beautiful coastal scenery, there are famous seaside resorts such as Sliema, St Julian’s and St. Paul’s. But the most beautiful sea in Malta is that you can see in the islands of Gozo and Comino, such as the Blue Lagoon Bay between the islands of Comino and Cominotto.

The most interesting prehistoric remains of Malta joined the restricted list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, including in the list are the Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni dating back to 2,500 BC, and seven of the Megalithic Temples dating back to the bronze Age (3000-2200 BC) found in the islands of Malta (Ta’Hagrat, Skorba, Hagar Qin, Mnajdra, Tarxien) and Gozo (Ggantija temples).

The Beheading of St. John the Baptist by Caravaggio, St. John's Co-Cathedral, La Valletta, Malta

The Beheading of St. John the Baptist by Caravaggio, St. John’s Co-Cathedral, La Valletta, Malta

Governed for nearly three hundred years by the Knights of St. John, the island of Malta still has impressive traces of its past, the fortifications of Valletta and its harbour as those of Vittoriosa (Birgu), Cospicua and Senglea, built in the late sixteenth century, are among the finest examples of Renaissance military fortification, the city of Valletta is a UNESCO world heritage site. Among the works of art housed in Malta to remember two famous paintings by Caravaggio, visibles in the Cathedral of Valletta (The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist) and in the Museum of the Cathedral (Saint Jerome Writing).

Another place rich in history is the ancient capital of Malta, Mdina, with its medieval old town full of beautiful buildings and churches. Near Mdina is an interesting Roman villa with wonderful mosaics. In the island of Gozo is to visit the main center of Victoria with a beautiful church, and a wonderful citadel that encloses the old town.

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