You’ve wandered the cobbled streets of Valletta, gone for a dip in Comino’s Blue Lagoon, and witnessed the stunning interior of the St John’s Co-Cathedral. What comes next? Malta may be small in scale, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more to explore – or more ways to get off the tourist trail. Discover hidden Malta at historic sights like the Skorba Temples, landmarks like the Casa Rocca Piccola, or the St James Cavalier creative centre. Malta may not be big, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow the crowds.
You won’t have to journey far to find the first on our list of hidden Malta sights: it may be accessibly located in Valletta, but the Casa Rocca Piccola is too often overlooked. A 16th century Mediterranean palazzo-cum-living museum, it’ll give you insight into the lives of the Maltese nobility of yore. Why not join a Champagne Tour and enjoy a fascinating insight into the history of the building and its inhabitants by the home’s owner, the Marquis de Piro, before a glass or two of bubbles in the beautiful courtyard.
Given that the entire city of Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage site, it can be difficult to decide where to begin. Once you’ve gazed upon the iconic sea vistas, break away from the crowded shoreline and dive into the tranquil Barrakka Gardens. Divided in two, the upper gardens generally attract more visitors, while the lower gardens offer a bucolic peaceful escape – and drop-dead Harbour views.
Where better to immerse yourself in old Malta than one of the archipelago’s many historic villages? Xagħra, on the island of Gozo, is a good starting point. One of the area’s earliest settlements, it offers plenty to see: from the Ta’ Kola windmill to a number of nearby caves.