MALTA’S UNDERESTIMATED SUMMER LOCATIONS

Escape construction noise and heat by visiting these spectacular beaches, unblemished countryside and traditional markets.

Żurrieq/Qrendi

When you first get to the village of Żurrieq, it may seem like any other village in Malta. A 20-minute walk from its centre one finds two of Malta’s most spectacular scenes. Do take a look at Wied Babu, a majestic and deep valley while making it to these two!

The first is the magical Blue Grotto – a cave that can only be accessed by boat and which reflects the colour of the sea.

The second is the rugged valley of Wied iż-Żurrieq, Qrendi. Head there to catch the boat to the Blue Grotto for a quick dip in the deep blue sea or to explore some of Malta’s best diving spots.

San Anton Palace

Located in Attard, it is today the official residence of the President of the Republic. Its botanical gardens, known as San Anton Gardens, are home to a variety of flora and fauna, including a number of 300-year old trees, ducks and peacocks. They were first opened to the public in 1882, and remain one of the most beautiful and visited gardens on the island. When visiting, make sure you wander through the many pathways before stopping at The President’s Kitchen Garden for a snack.

Hypogeum of Ħal Saflieni

The structure is one of the earliest examples of underground architecture in the world dating back to 4000 BC. If you’re looking to enter these mysterious chambers, ensure you purchase your tickets months in advance.

St Peter’s Pool

Images of this beach just off Marsaxlokk speak for themselves.

Balzan

With a motto that reads hortibus undique septa – surrounded by gardens – you know that a walk through Balzan is going to be a horticultural one. Dotted with statues of saints, niches, tasteful homes, churches, chapels, and even aqueducts, the best way to see the Mayfair of Malta (just my humble opinion, of course) is by letting yourself get lost within it.

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