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Six Malta Experiences

Here are my tips for six great experiences on the Mediterranean island of Malta.

See a Film Set at Popeye Village

Popeye Village, also known as Sweethaven Village, is located at Anchor Bay in the north of the island, just off the main road to the Gozo ferry. This was built as the set for the 1980 musical movie ‘Popeye’ starring Robin Williams, but is now a small theme park. There are various activities on offer such as boat rides, puppet shows, shooting your own mini movie and mini-golf.

Popeye Village at Anchor Bay in Malta

Visit the Limestone Heritage Park & Gardens.

The Limestone Heritage has exhibitions illustrating the use of the local stone on the island.

Display at Limestone Heritage in Malta

There’s a collection of animals and birds in the garden. A donkey foal was the star attraction during our visit. In summer the park hosts Maltese Folklore Nights where you can enjoy traditional Maltese food and entertainment.

Baby donkey at Limestone Heritage in Malta

Have a Coffee at Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta

There’s a cafe with outdoor seating at Upper Barrakka Gardens. The gardens are very colourful and there are wonderful views toward the Grand Harbour. There are public toilets here and plenty of shady benches, so it’s an ideal spot to relax during sightseeing.

Upper Barrakka Gardens, Valletta, Malta

Buy Some Souvenirs at Marsaxlokk Market

There’s a good choice of souvenirs at the market in the fishing village of Marsaxlokk, on the south coast of the island. I saw tablecloths decorated with Maltese crosses and models of Maltese buses.

Marsaxlokk Market in Malta

Wander Around Mdina

The walled hilltop medieval town of Mdina used to be the capital of Malta. Many visitors take a horse drawn carriage ride around the town but we walked around. You can visit the cathedral and there are a couple of museums.

Alleyways in Mdina, Malta

Take the Ferry from Sliema to Valletta

You get some of the best view of the Maltese capital Valletta as you approach Marsamxett Harbour, in the north of Valletta, from Sliema. It only cost 1.5 Euro for a single ticket. Beware that the ferries will be cancelled if the weather becomes bad. When we went to take the ferry back to Sliema, it had been cancelled due to high winds. We had to take the cheaper (50 cents) but more roundabout bus route back to Sliema to pick up our hire car.

Approaching Valletta on the Sliema ferry

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Karen Bryan

Karen Bryan is the founding editor of the UK based, multi author Europe a la Carte Blog which features Europe travel tips about the best places to visit in Europe.

Posted : Friday, July 8th, 2011 at 11:00
Category : Activities
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One Response to “Six Malta Experiences”

  1. Jean Bagshaw says:

    And don’t forget to go to the Malta Falconry Centre – the show there is second to none, and Doreen and Johnathon make it all so interesting. Well worth a visit,. The highlight for me was when Harry the owl flew from the other side of the arena and landed on my gloved hand. Something I will always remember,

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