Everywhere you look in Malta, there is something beautiful to be seen. Whether soaking up the Mediterranean views, gazing upon the island of Gozo, or drinking in the sunset in Malta, the views are simply spectacular. But the sheer amount of scenic splendour can be daunting – what do you see first? Never fear. From the coast to the countryside, here are five of the best views in Malta for you to enjoy on your next visit. Don’t forget the selfie stick.
With rambling coastline, historic towns, and sparkling azure waters, there’s no shortage of beautiful spots to enjoy a romantic sunset in Malta. But the walled city of Mdina is top of our list. Not only is it a medieval marvel, but it’s also one of the highest spots in Malta, making for some spectacular views out over the countryside. You can catch the last rays of the day from plenty of places about the town (the dying light does magical things to the colour of the buildings), but one of the best is from the al fresco terrace of the Fontanella Tea Garden, where you can soak up the ambience with your significant other over traditional Ftira as the light begins to fade. The views from and around Mdina are equally beautiful at sunrise – early birds, and all. If you fancy watching the sun sink into the sea, hustle over to Għajn Tuffieħa Bay and watch the day disappear behind the horizon as you listen to the gentle lapping of the waves. It’s a romantic spot for a sunset picnic for two.
For sweeping, unobstructed Mediterranean views, head to the Dingli Cliffs on Malta’s western coast. Found near the village of Dingli, just 20 minutes from the hotel, the cliffs loom roughly 200 metres above the water, offering sensational sea views as far as the eye can see. The walk along the cliffs takes in some beautiful scenery and sights, including the 17th century chapel dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene. On a clear day you can see out to the islet of Filfla, an uninhabited, rocky nature reserve, tragically once used for target practice by the British Royal Navy.
Missing the particular grandeur of a city skyline? Sate your urban itch with a trip to Sliema. A walk along the waterfront at Tigne Point, near the fort, offers a great view of the Maltese capital city of Valletta. Over the water, the domes of cathedrals, Baroque architecture, church spires, grand museums and gently fluttering flags softly accent a picture-perfect view.
Some of the best views in Malta can be had by standing on the coastline and gazing out at the vast expanse of the ocean, but don’t miss the chance to sail out into the blue and look back at Malta from the water. Get the wind in your hair and admire the islands on the ferry between Malta and Gozo, or grab a Maltese water taxi – either way, you’re in for a treat. Also, the boat trips over to Comino Island, the smallest of the islands, offer a great opportunity to take in the Blue Lagoon, which, with its white sand and perfect turquoise water, looks as magical as it sounds.
If you find yourself on the Island of Gozo, head over to the Citadel. The fortress, the site of which dates back to the Bronze Age, is impressive when seen from afar, but venturing inside rewards you with one of the best views in Malta: from the top, there is a 360 degree panorama of the island, from the hills and valleys right over the water to Malta itself.