Malta is a small, but incredibly diverse island. There's so much to see and do here that it can be overwhelming if you don't know where to start. As someone who lives in Malta (and who also loves traveling), I've put together a list of my favorite places that are worth checking out while visiting this incredible country. Whether you're spending a few days or just an afternoon, these will make your trip worthwhile!
Hondoq ir-Rummien is a small village in Southern Malta, known for its natural environment and traditional way of life. The village is located in the South Eastern Region of Malta, just outside the limits of Rabat.
The name "Hondoq" literally means "rocks". It comes from the Maltese word "hond" which means rock and possibly refers to the many rocks near the village or it could come from the Arabic word "handuk", which means bath towel. Other historians believe that Hondoq may have taken its name from an old Roman road called 'Hondik'. This road connected Mdina with Marsaxlokk Bay and was used by people travelling between Mdina and Marsaxlokk Bay during ancient times.
Marsaxlokk is a fishing village located on the south-east coast of Malta. It’s known for its bustling fish market, which is open every morning from 6:30am to 1pm except Sunday. The catch of the day is sold fresh off the boat and can include octopus, squid, red mullet and much more.
The best time to visit Marsaxlokk fish market is in early morning before the crowds arrive; although you might want to bring your cash or cards because there aren't many places nearby where you can use them. You'll also need to take care not to drop anything since there are no garbage cans around!
If you're staying in Malta longer than just one day then consider buying food at this market so that it doesn't go bad before your flight home (though be careful not to get scammed). And when it comes time for lunch or dinner after walking around this smaller town all day long... definitely hit up some great restaurants near by such as Elizabetta or Il-Kantruf
There are two main parts of Gozo: the northern part and the southern part. The northern part is called Xlendi, and is home to some of Malta's most beautiful beaches like Xlendi Bay, Comino, Golden Bay and Ramla bay. Of course you can't miss the Blue Lagoon, which is one of Malta's most popular attractions.
Gozo also has a lot of great hiking/walking trails in its mountain regions including Ghasri Ghat that leads from Qala Burghush (1) to Marsalforn (2). You will find yourself having an amazing view over both sides of the island when you get to your destination at this point! If hiking isn't your thing but swimming or diving is then why not visit one of those beautiful blue waters caves (3)? There are many caves around this island where locals go on weekends just for fun!
The last but not least reason why we think Gozo should be on top of everyone's list if they plan on visiting Malta is because it doesn't become busy with tourists during summer months like other places do such as Sliema or St Julians."
The Mnajdra Temples are located in the village of Ggantija, on the island of Gozo. They are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and date back to 3600 BC. This is why they're sometimes called the oldest free-standing structures in Malta (although there are other temples that predate them).
The temple complex consists of six temples that were built during different periods: Temple A (3600 BC), Temple B (2000 BC), Temple C (1800-1500 BC), Temple D (1200-1000 BC) and Temple E (600-400 BC).
This makes them one of my favorite places in Malta by far!
Golden Bay is the kind of place you can go to relax and swim. Located in the town of Bugibba, this scenic beach has golden sand and a rocky shoreline. It is also home to a small fishing village at its center.
Golden Bay should be at the top of your list if you are looking for a great location to spend your days relaxing on the beach or enjoying some swimming and snorkeling!
I hope this post has given you a little insight into Malta’s rich history, culture and traditions. The most important thing to remember is that no matter where you go in Malta, there will always be something new to experience and explore. So, if you have the chance to visit our beautiful country then don’t miss out on any of these top 5 places!