There is no denying that Malta is a beautiful island, yet from the midst of towns and winding roads it can be difficult to appreciate the island as a whole. Take yourself to the right viewpoint and take in your surroundings in all their splendour. Here are just some of the best locations to enjoy panoramic views to take your breath away.
If the quaint and quiet roads, authentic shops, and stunning architecture of Malta’s medieval, walled,’ silent city’ Mdina aren’t enough, venture to the walled far end of the small city and peer over. See the neighbouring village of Rabat, agricultural land and beyond. Both at sunset and sunrise the views take on warm colours, making the views appear different at various times of the day. Mdina is one of the highest points in Malta and for an even better view, enjoy a drink and bite to eat on the terraces of Fontanella Tea Garden with the top of the walls surrounding it at eye level it’s the perfect place to relax and take everything in.
Fontanella Tea Garden, Mdina, Malta, +356 2145 4264
Located on Malta’s sister island of Gozo is the Victoria Citadel. A main focal point due to its raised position, the citadel can be seen from almost anywhere on the island. The citadel itself dates back to late medieval times, however the hill on which it rests is said to belong to Neolithic times. Take a stroll up to the hill’s summit and experience the best views across the whole of Gozo.
The northern town of Mellieha stretches from the quiet area of Selmun, through a bustling village and along a winding road leading to popular Ghadira Bay and beyond. The bay offers views of the clear waters of the Mediterranean, as well as water sports and boats taking daily trips to neighbouring islands of Gozo and Comino. Without a doubt however, the best views of all are from the Pergola Hotel and Spa. Not having to be a resident at the hotel, visitors are welcome to enjoy a drink and something to eat at their unique Cave Bar while enjoying the outstanding views across the whole of Mellieha at anytime of the day and into the night. If you are lucky enough to be visiting Mellieha during one of its celebrations, this is the perfect spot to enjoy the spectacular fireworks taking place.
The Pergola Hotel and Spa, Adenau Street, Mellieha, Malta, +356 2152 3912
The gateway to Gozo, Mgarr Harbour is both stunning on its approach to Gozo and looking outwards across the Mediterranean to Malta and Comino. The stopping point for the car and passenger ferry from Malta, the harbour is also awash with private yachts and fishing boats of all sizes and colours. To one side is Fort Chambray, built in 1749, and towering over the harbour is the Our Lady of Lourdes church. Head up the road from the ferry terminal for the best views incorporating agricultural land before spending a pleasant time on the small, traditional island.
For a slightly different view, but equally as interesting, try Tigné Point. This peninsula in the town of Sliema was once used as a defence point during the Great Siege in the time of the Order of St John, and is equipped with its own watchtower and several cannons. Redeveloped in the early 21st century, the area today is popular due to its large shopping complex. Although many modern buildings now line what would have been once a clear view, this point still makes for interesting panoramic views across the areas surrounding Sliema.