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It’s almost impossible to find a bad view in Malta. Whether soaking up a Mediterranean vista whilst sailing off the coast, gazing upon the impossibly charming island of Gozo, or taking in the Maltese sunset as you sip on a sundowner, the views are nothing short of spectacular. Selfie stick at the ready, here are five of the very best views in Malta.
The Grand Harbour
For a quintessential view of Valletta, head to the city’s famous Barrakka Gardens. From here, you’ll be treated to a choice of two sweeping vistas of Valletta, depending on whether you position yourself in the Upper or Lower Gardens. History buffs may wish to plump for the Upper Gardens, which have views of Malta’s three fortified cities, the medieval Fort St. Angelo and the dockyards. Head to the Lower Gardens for the best views of the breakwater and never ending horizon.
Malta’s famous Dingli Cliffs can be relied upon for their staggering Mediterranean views. Found on the west coast and near the village of Dingli, the cliffs loom roughly 200 metres above the water, offering sensational sea views as far as the eye can see. Stroll along the cliffs and take in some beautiful scenery and sights, including the 17th century chapel dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene. Keep your eyes peeled for the islet of Filfla, an uninhabited, rocky nature reserve that was once used for target practice by the British Royal Navy.
Combining both the old and new, Tigné Point has a view that mixes medieval Malta with the current day city. Located in Sliema, the peninsula was a strategic location during the Great Siege in the 16th century, as is evident from the remaining canons and watchtower. 21st century building development has altered the view somewhat, but the panorama is still well worth witnessing for yourself.
Malta from the Sea
Some of the best views in Malta are found standing on the coastline and gazing out at the vast expanse of the ocean, but don’t miss the chance to sail out into the blue and look back at Malta from the water. An easy way to do this is on the ferry between Malta and Gozo, or hop abroad a Maltese water taxi. Also worth checking out are the boat trips over to Comino Island, the smallest of the islands. These trips will include a stop at the Blue Lagoon which, with its white sand and perfect turquoise water, looks as magical as it sounds.
Mġarr Harbour, Gozo
If you visit Gozo, your first glimpse of the island will likely be Mġarr Harbour, which serves as the terminal for ferries sailing between Malta and Gozo. The harbour itself is populated by both old-fashioned fishing boats and glamorous yachts, which make for a pretty view. Look out for the impressive Our Lady of Lourdes church, which is positioned on the hill, and be sure to head up from the harbour along the road to the road to Nadur and Qala for the best views looking out to Comino and Malta.