Malta Inside Out



Mnajdra temples on Soltice morning

Malta with Children: Try out the Temples

Malta’s megalithic temples can fire kids’ imagination. Our guide to making the most of Hagar Qim, Mnajdra and Tarxien temples with kids in tow.

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Gruelling stuff eating satchel. Rather him than me!

Life at Sea at the Maritime Museum

Life at Sea, safely viewed on land. If a sailor’s life’s for you, get down to Birgu’s Maritime Museum on Sunday 19 May.

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National Library, Malta, old books in decay

The National Library: life saving a treasure

You can’t judge a book by its cover. Especially when it’s in dire need of preservation. But Malta’s precious archives are slowly being saved.

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On the trail of British Heritage

Why discovering the British era in Malta isn’t only for visitors keen to take a trip down memory lane. We take a look at the British heritage trail.

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A little castle on the hill

If you’re local and been there for a wedding, do pop back to Castello dei Baroni. It’s a gem for its location alone, and a great pit-stop for heritage sightseeing on a walk or cycle ride. Nice cafe too!

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The Malta Aviation Museum: the real ‘Airfix’ world

Volunteers, a smell of oil, a mishmash of memorabilia and a sense of a ‘Boys’ Own’ world. Find out about a working museum that’s quietly keeping alive one of Malta’s most intense slices of history – its role in World War II.

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Must-sees: Birgu, the first home of the Knights in Malta

Birgu has quietly revived in recent years and is a gem to visit for tourists and locals alike. It wasn’t named the ‘Victorious city’ for nothing! Former resident Annabel Mallia walks us through…

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A Passion for Plays & Pastries

The Carmelite Priory Museum, Mdina, is making its debut in theatre with a passion play ‘with a twist’ this Easter.

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First line of defence: Wignacourt Tower

Despite Malta’s urban build up to the shoreline, a few coastal defence towers of the Knights still stand proud. Wignacourt Tower in St Paul’s Bay is the oldest left and makes a small, fascinating museum.

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A medieval gem: Bir Miftuh Chapel

Baroque may dominate Malta, but medieval captivates. Bir Miftuh Chapel is an outstanding medieval building. Run by Din L-Art Helwa, a cultural heritage NGO, it’s open the first Sunday of the month.

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Cultural pleasures for free

There’s no excuse not to spend an hour or two on cultural pursuits when they come free courtesy of Palazzo Falson, Mdina. February’s Food, Art, Wine lectures talk about ‘erotic food’ and the ‘healthy’ portrayal of wine through the ages in art. You get to sip, taste and sup a bit too!

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Walking Qawra Point to Wignacourt Tower

Seafronts are never just seafronts in Malta. A walk from Qawra Point to Wignacourt Tower in St Paul’s Bay is not only good for the body, it’s also good for the soul. There are some fun things to spot en route!

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Books, Art & Wine @ South Street, Valletta

It’s still weather to be enjoying the outdoors, but if you fancy some culture, head to the National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta. Wine flows on Saturday, and people in period costume float around on Sunday!

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Childrens’ Events at Malta’s Museums

Hard-pushed parents get some help this weekend with a range of kids’ activities on hand at Malta’s museums and heritage sites. If you miss these, there’s still a lot of arts, crafts and heritage events going on for little ones.

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