#33 best destination in the world

Mnajdra

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  • Megalithic temple complex built around 3600 BC
  • The Megalithic Temples of Malta are among the most ancient religious sites on Earth

St. Paul’s Catacombs

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  • From the 3rd to the 6th centuries CE, the Roman city of Melite developed a system of burial grounds on its outskirts, under the modern town of Rabat
  • The catacombs were abandoned sometime in the 7th century during the later stages of the Byzantine Empire
  • Later, the catacombs became a popular site for religious pilgrimages in the 12th century

Popeye Village

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  • Film set from the 1980 musical ‘Popeye’, now a theme park village with boat rides & food outlets

Mellieha Air Raid Shelter

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  • One of the largest WWII shelter complexes in Malta, dug entirely by hand and reaching the length of over 1,640 feet
  • The complex includes corridors with anti-blast chambers, private rooms to accommodate entire families, a maternity section, and a guarded room reserved to protect national treasures
  • This served as protection for the local population and refugees from all over the island

Ġgantija

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  • Megalithic temple complex from the Neolithic
  • One of the oldest buildings in the world
  • The Ġgantija temples are the earliest of the Megalithic Temples of Malta and are older than the pyramids of Egypt
  • Their makers erected the two Ġgantija temples during the Neolithic (3600–2500 BC), which makes these temples more than 5500 years old and the world’s second oldest existing manmade religious structures after Göbekli Tepe in present-day Turkey
  • The temples are elements of a ceremonial site in a fertility rite

Old Prison (Victoria)

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  • Prison that was active from the mid-16th century until 1962
  • Initially used to hold the rowdiest or most riotous knights, as a place to cool down
  • Fra Jean Parisot de Valette, a historical knight, and later Grand Master of Malta, was imprisoned there in 1538
  • The site is well preserved in its original state, and one can find a large amount of graffiti etched into the limestone walls
  • Representations are often of ships, hand-prints, crosses, names, dates, games, and anthropomorphic figures

Spinola Bay

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  • Bay dotted with small boats, and offering a variety of restaurants with outdoor dining tables

Valletta to Sliema Ferry Services

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  • Ferry that goes from Valletta to Sliema, with the best views of the two cities, from the water

St. John’s Co-Cathedral

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  • Roman Catholic co-cathedral dedicated to Saint John the Baptist
  • Built between 1572 and 1577
  • In the 17th century, its interior was redecorated in the Baroque style
  • The interior of the church is considered to be one of the finest examples of high Baroque architecture in Europe

Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum

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  • Neolithic subterranean structure dating from 3300 – 3000 BC
  • Thought to have been a sanctuary and necropolis, with the remains of more than 7,000 individuals documented by archeologists, and is among the best preserved examples of the Maltese temple building culture

Tarxien Temples

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  • Temple site from 3250 BC, that contains rich and intricate stonework, which includes depictions of domestic animals carved in relief, altars, and screens decorated with spiral designs and other patterns
  • One of the oldest buildings in the world
  • Excavation of the site reveals that it was used extensively for rituals, which probably involved animal sacrifice
  • Especially interesting is that Tarxien provides rare insight into how the megaliths were constructed: stone rollers were left outside the South temple
  • Rediscovered in 1914 by local farmers ploughing a field

Birgu Waterfront

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  • Old fortified city on the Grand Harbour that occupies a promontory of land with Fort Saint Angelo at its head
  • Birgu is a very old locality with its origins reaching back to medieval times
  • Prior to the establishment of Valletta as capital and main city of Malta, military powers that wanted to rule the Maltese islands would need to obtain control of Birgu due to its significant position in the Grand Harbour

Costs

Number of Days: 18 days

Best Time To Fly: April-June

Airline tickets: $1,127

Seattle -> Malta (round trip) = $1,127

Ferry/cruise tickets: $22

Ċirkewwa, Mellieha -> Mgarr (round trip) $19
Valletta -> Sliema (round trip) $3

Food: $55/day x 18 days = $990

Rental car: $18/day x 18 days = $324

Gas: $8

Entertainment: $127

Airbnb: $125/day x 17 days = $2,125

TOTAL: $4,723