Tourist Attractions in Malta

Tourist attractions in Valletta, Malta
Valletta, capital of Malta, is home to two of the most beautiful natural harbors in Europe. The huge fortifications protect the incredible historic city that lies within.

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Malta consists not only of the island of Malta, but also Gozo, Comino, and other uninhabited islands, all located in the Mediterranean Sea. The main islands, with their rolling landscape, beaches, and sheltered coves of turquoise water, draw tourists mainly during the warm summer months. Malta is also home to ancient ruins and interesting architecture, which can be seen in the churches and palaces.

The island of Malta is home to the capital city of Valletta. It is surrounded by huge fortifications, giving it a very dramatic and historic appearance, despite the modern buildings of the city center. Two of the main attractions for visitors are the 16th C St John's Co-Cathedral and the Grand Master's Palace, both of which were built by Gerolamo Cassar. The National Museum of Archeology, housed in a building also built by Gerolamo Cassar, presents an impressive collection of finds from the Maltese Islands. Much of the appeal though, simply comes from wandering the old streets and admiring the skyline of church domes.

The smaller island of Gozo has its own distinct feel, which is somewhat different from Malta. It offers a slower pace, less modern influences, and a greener landscape. One of the main attractions on Gozo is the Ggantija, or Place of Giants, a Neolithic complex dating back to 3600 B.C. The two well preserved temples are among the oldest of their kind in the world. Calypso Cave is another interesting sight, said to be the cave from Homer's Odyssey. The island also has nice areas for bathing and good offshore dive sights.

Comino is a small island, with only a handful or permanent residents. Most people who make the effort to come here visit the island on a day trip. There is no development on the island, which is a wildlife sanctuary. There is an old chapel on the island and St Mary's Tower, which stands at a high point of land looking out over the channel. Its history dates back to the 15th Century. Today visitors can walk to the tower, the only real sight on the island, while they are exploring Comino.

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