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The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is an underground prehistoric burial site. Discovered in 1902 during construction works, the site was first excavated by Fr Emmanuel Magri between 1903 and 1906. Fr Magri died in Tunisia and his excavation notes have not been found. Excavations were taken over by Sir Themistocles Zammit, who continued works until 1911. The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is a complex made up of interconnecting rock-cut chambers set on three distinct levels. The complex was used over a span of many centuries, with the earliest remains dating back to about 4000 BC and the more recent remains found dating to the Early Bronze Age (ca 1500BC).
Ħaġar Qim Temples
The temple of Ħaġar Qim stands on a hilltop overlooking the sea and the islet of Fifla, not more than 2km south-west of the village of Qrendi. At the bottom of the hill, only 500m away, one finds the remarkable temples of Mnajdra. Both sites are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. 18th and 19th century paintings which feature this temple show that Ħaġar Qim was never completely buried as the tallest stones, remained exposed. First excavated in 1839, the remains suggest a date between 3600 – 3200 BC; a period known as the Ġgantija phase in Maltese prehistory.
The Palace State Rooms
Ever since its construction by the Order of St John, this Palace was richly embellished with collections of works of art and heritage items, some of which still grace its walls. While some of these were purposely produced to form part of the historic fabric of the building, others were acquired, transferred or presented at different times throughout the chequered history of the Palace. Destined for grandiosity, right from its beginning, this Palace was one of the first buildings which were constructed at the heart of the new city of Valletta, founded by Grand Master Jean de Valette. Successive Grand Masters enlarged and developed this building to serve as their official residence. Later, during the British Period, it served as the Governor’s Palace, and was the seat of Malta’s first constitutional parliament in 1921.
Casa Rocca Piccola
Casa Rocca Piccola is a 16th-century palace in Malta, and home of the noble Maltese family de Piro. It is situated in Valletta, the capital city of Malta. It was built in 1580 an era in which the Knights of St John, having successfully fought off the invading Turks in 1565, decided to build a prestigious city to rival other European capitals such as Paris and Venice. Palaces were designed for prestige and aesthetic beauty in most of Valletta's streets, and bastion walls fortified the new sixteenth-century city. Casa Rocca Piccola was one of two houses built in Valletta by Admiral Don Pietro la Rocca. It is referenced in maps of the time as "la casa con giardino" meaning, the house with the garden, as normally houses in Valletta were not allowed gardens.
St John’s Co-Cathedral
St John’s Co-Cathedral is a gem of Baroque art and architecture. It was built as the conventual church for the Knights of St John. The Grand Masters and several knights donated gifts of high artistic value and made enormous contributions to enrich it with only the best works of art. This church is till this very day an important shrine and a sacred place of worship. It is also a venue for cultural events.
Rotunda of Mosta
The Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady, commonly known as the Rotunda of Mosta or the Mosta Dome, is a Roman Catholic parish church and Minor Basilica in Mosta, Malta, dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. It was built between 1833 and the 1860s to neoclassical designs of Giorgio Grognet de Vassé, on the site of an earlier Renaissance church which had been built in around 1614 to designs of Tommaso Dingli. The design of the present church is based on the Pantheon in Rome, and at one point had the third largest unsupported dome in the world. The church narrowly avoided destruction during World War II, since on 9 April 1942 a German aerial bomb pierced the dome and fell into the church during Mass but failed to explode. This event was interpreted by the some Maltese as a miracle, but similar bombs did not explode as well.
Għajn Tuffieħa (Riviera Beach)
Għajn Tuffieħa is a popular sandy beach nestling below hills and an unusually-shaped promontory. It is unspoilt and undeveloped, yet has the facilities you need to enjoy a day on the beach sun lounger and umbrella hire, pedallos and a small snack bar. The beach can only be reached down a steep flight of steps or by a gravel track. The hillside behind is a designated natural park. The foundation managing the hillside has planted tamarisk and samphire to prevent further erosion at this beautiful natural bay. Għajn Tuffieħa's location means it is not usually as crowded as its neighbour, Golden Bay. However its fine sand and rural surroundings make it the more alluring.
Ramla il-Ħamra (Ramla Beach)
This is Gozo’s, and arguably Malta’s, best beach. A wide stretch of red sand, it is often referred to locally as “Ramla il-Ħamra” – the Red Sandy Beach! Ramla is a wonderful place to swim, snorkel and chill out in the sun. The area around the beach is wonderfully undeveloped, although there are a couple of cafes and a stall set back from the beach. The sand dunes are protected and the valley leading down to the bay is green and fertile. The terraced walls built by the farmers give the valley an appearance of a quilt when viewed from surrounding high ground.
Baystreet Shopping Complex
Bay Street Tourist and Shopping Complex offers you a great mix of high street brands, quality independent shops, restaurants, services and family entertainment. Open between 10am until 10pm 7 days a week, there really is no other shopping and leisure destination that can keep you entertained every day. Located in the heart of Malta’s premier tourist destination, St. George’s Bay, our unique blend of indoor and outdoor shopping, dining and leisure is complemented with a regular events & entertainment program creating a lively atmosphere for families and shoppers all year round.
Republic Street, Valletta
Republic Street (Maltese: Triq ir-Repubblika; formerly known as Kingsway) is a principal street in the capital city of Valletta, Malta. It is about 1 kilometer long (0.6 miles) and is known for legislative, judiciary and commercial purposes. It is mostly pedestrianized. Most of the island’s premier shopping alternatives are located along the street as well as its multiple offshoots.
Meridiana Wine Estate
Meridiana’s roots date back from 1985 as a result of a conversation between Mark Miceli-Farrugia, the company’s founder, and Bordeaux oenologist Denis Dubourdieu (Decanter Magazine Man of the Year 2016). The latter persuaded Mark that there was potential for high-quality wine growing in Malta. As a result, Meridiana Wine Estate was established in April 1987 under the counsel of oenologist Roger Aquilina. Meridiana’s pioneering mission has been to produce “World-Class Wines of Maltese Character” – internationally acclaimed wines made from wine-grapes grown exclusively on Maltese soil. The name Meridiana and the estate’s sundial insignia have been inspired by Malta’s Southern European location.
Spinola Bay, St. Julian's
Spinola Bay is one of the prime destinations in the St Julian’s region of this small island nation and represents a cozy spot in the east of Malta, nestled between the party centre of Paceville to the north and the rest of St Julian’s to the south. The focal point of this small but beautiful inlet is the charming mooring harbor where traditional Maltese Luzzu fishing boats bob gently in the waters alongside sleek modern yachts; the serenity of the turquoise waters juxtaposed by the bustle of the lively streets in the evening, thronged with families and couples soaking in the bay’s atmosphere. The bay is nowadays a magnet for tourists seeking a cosmopolitan location to enjoy time with their loved ones, but its history is steeped in the regions local fishing economy. A nod to which is provided by the endearing Fisherman and the cat statue sat upon the harbor’s edge.
Award-winning and Michelin-starred Chef Jonathan Brincat, also known as “Noni”, is the founder and co-owner of the restaurant with the same name. After gaining valuable experience in different roles at the kitchens of five-star luxury and gastronomic establishments, Jonathan moved to London to work under Michelin Starred chef Gary Hollihead at the Corinthia London. Upon coming back again to Malta, it wasn’t long until he pursued his dream to open his own place. Having set his heart on Valletta, he waited until the ideal location opened up, and once 211, Republic Street became available, everything was ready for Noni to open its doors.
One of the very first Michelin star restaurants in Malta, Under Grain, located one floor under street level, allows you to immerse yourself into an environment of informal luxury. The menu is concise but is assured to be of the highest quality and curation. This refined experience extends itself to the service provided to its guests.
A one Michelin star restaurant., consistently rated amongst the top restaurants in Malta for the soul nourishing cuisine, refinement and excellence, the de Mondion promises discreet yet impeccably attentive service allowing patrons the time and privacy to savour the cuisine, the company and the view.
Terrone is a restaurant in Marsaxlokk that combines rustic charm with contemporary regional cuisine. The focus is on southern Italian and local Maltese cuisine. Handpicking the best local, and organic produce, we aim to recreate a healthy way of dining.