Cruising through the Mediterranean and all the way to Malta? You certainly won't regret it! It’s small size and its richness in history and culture make it an ideal place to stop by for short periods.
Valletta Waterfront is one of the most successful docks in whole Mediterranean. It welcomes more than half a million cruise passengers every year to the Maltese islands. Offers you the stunning architecture and 250.000 year old warehouses which been built by Grand Master Pinto at the heights of the baroque period. The Grand Harbour is one of the most beautiful natural ports and has become very popular for Mediterranean cruise ships and their guests. Staying here for short period of time it gives you opportunity to explore and enjoy the beauty of the island.
Whether you are here for a day or couple of hours don't worry you've got Malta Attraction Map to guide you to visit the most important places that certainly you don't want to miss and get only the best out of your stay in Malta!
From Valletta Waterfront, where the cruise ship berths, you can reach the capital city centre Valletta by foot, local bus, taxi or the Barrakka Lift. This lift takes you straight up to Valletta in 25 seconds, and down of course, and it's only a 10 minutes walk away from the Quay.
Valletta a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as the title implies is a hub of culture and heritage, giving you plenty to see within your short stay. Whilst touring the city head to St John's Co-Cathedral which was built between 1573 - 1578 by the Knights of the order of St John and make sure don't miss the famous Caravaggio painting. The National Museum of Archaeology, should you have the time is an interesting place to visit, it houses collections of pottery, statuettes and sculptures from different eras. You must however find time to Explore the Grand Master's Palace, a 16th century building was a residence of Grand Master's of the Knights of St John which today is the seat of Malta's parliament and the official residence of the Maltese President.
If you fancy something more interactive, allowing you to learn more about the Maltese history and Culture there are various audio visual shows which will give exactly that. The Great Siege of Malta presents this story in captivating life-size scenes,adorned with period - costume figures and enhanced with audio and video in 10 different languages. Another such show is Valletta Living History, this show gives you opportunity to re-live the history, culture and lifestyle of Malta before you explore the city itself, allowing you to further appreciate some of the buildings you will encounter along the way. Finally there’s the breathtaking Malta 5D, this show is unique in its form by offering 3D picture, moving seats along with air blasts and water spray is guaranteed to make your experience quite unique. Each of these shows allow you to go back in time, to different areas and learn about Malta’s rich history.
If you really want to see breathtaking panorama’s then don't miss out on the beautiful public gardens Upper Barrakka and Lower Barrakka which overlook the Grand Harbour. The Upper Barrakka offers you the most splendid view across the harbour, with a view of the three cities and surrounding fortifications. During the morning one would also have access to the Saluting Battery, which is fired daily at 12:00 sharp. This garden was a gift to the city from an 18th century Italian Knight.
If the cruise ship is staying in port for around a day, its worth considering taking a tour of the Islands. If this is the case you cannot leave the Maltese islands without visiting Mdina also called the Silent City. Walk through the narrow streets and mysterious alleys of Mdina till you reach the city's bastions from where a stunning view of the island can be seen. Whilst there one can also find plenty of historical attractions such as the Mdina Experience amongst other things.
If you are into history, especially prehistory then you must stop by Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Temples which was excavated for the first time in 1839 and date back to c. 3600 - 3200 BC and 3600 to 2500 BC respectively. These temples are the amongst a series of prehistoric temples across the Maltese Islands and are known to be the oldest free-standing structures on earth.
When you’re visiting Malta on a Mediterranean Cruise it's essential to do your research and plan where you’re going beforehand, as time is limited. Malta Attraction Map provides you with a complete list of attractions across the island, and detailed descriptions to help you visit the places which best suit your interests.