Interesting cities to visit in Malta, an incredible country, and one can not fall in love with it once you have been on the streets of Valetta, Mina, Vittoriosa and other such towns and villages full of history, charm and Mediterranean spirit! Almost all buildings are in yellow shades and it makes the streets look even more pleasant and sunny.
Their architecture is a mix of different styles, I feel very much like Sicily, although I have not been there yet, but I imagine it that way. For a while, Malta was a British colony and this has its reflections, some of them - English is official, contact adapters are needed, and cars are moving in the left lane. The island is small and it would be very convenient to take a car hire, but their transport system is very well developed, the buses are brand new and air-conditioned, and it is not at all expensive.
To explore the island, it is most convenient to stay in Valletta, because all the buses to the various settlements on the island leave from there. If you want to be closer to beaches in Malta, you better stay in the northern part of the island. Actually, I would not say that Malta is a beach destination.
The shores are predominantly rocky and have very few sandy beaches, which is why in peak season they are full of people. Malta is an island state and consists of an archipelago of several islands, the largest of which are Malta, Gozo and Comino. Naturally, we began looking at the capital Valetta. The capital was the most visited city because we had to change buses there. Triton Fontain - located in Floriana, right at the entrance to Valetta, around the central bus station. Republic street is the main shopping street of Valletta.
There is also rain in Malta, and during this visit, we spend four times. All buildings have great architecture! Lower Barakka Gardens - here are many beautiful views of the three cities opposite. On the second day, we set out for Minda, the old capital of Malta. A medieval city, also called the "Silent City", which is closed with fortified walls. It is unbelievable, but in these old buildings people still live! Mina is located on a small hill in the middle of the island and from here you have a wonderful view of the sea. In the evening, the town also looks very good. There are a few cafes and restaurants, and we had transport cards, and sometimes we came here to have something after dinner.
San Anton Palace, Attard - Residence of the Maltese President. San Anton Gardens, Attard - the most famous gardens on the island. They belong to the president's residence but are open to public visits for free. Qrendi - in this village we came across completely by chance. We drove by bus to Zurrieq to get to the Blue Cave and ride a boat, but we confused the buses and found ourselves in the neighboring village. While we were waiting for the bus connecting the two villages, we walked a little.
Even in this turbulent village there was a beautiful cathedral. All three L-Isla (Senglea), Bormla (Cospicua), Il-Birgu (Vittoriosa) are closed by a massive line of fortification created by the Knights of Saint John. The medieval architecture of the buildings is preserved to a great extent. Cities swirl into one another and if you do not see a sign, you will not understand that you have entered from one city to another. So we thought we were looking at Il-Birgu (Vittoriosa), and it turned out we were in Bormla (Cospicua).
One of my favorite attractions in Malta is the Palazzo Parisio in Naxxar - a 19th century palace. Here you can have coffee, have lunch, have dinner, go out to the gardens. They also organize wedding celebrations! So many types of Chinese roses I have never seen! We were just preparing for a reception, but no one told us that we could not walk around and looked at peace! Rotunda of St Marija Assunta in Il-Mosta - built in the 19th century, in the place of another church, the dome is the fourth largest in the world. Outside it looks very impressive! Marsaxlokk - a traditional fishing village in the southeastern part of the island. Here you can eat fresh fish at bargain prices.