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Top 7 things you can do for free in Malta

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Take a tour of the capital, visit one of Malta’s beaches or experience a village feast!

 

Travelling doesn’t always have to be expensive, and with this comprehensive list we’ve got you covered on which spots and activities in Malta are free of charge! If you’re staying with us at AX Palazzo Capua, Sliema, the following are free places and activities you must engage in during your stay on the islands.

 

Take a dip in one of Malta’s top beaches

Malta being an island and thus surrounded by sea, it’s unavoidable that when visiting it, one would end up on a couple of the Malta beaches located on the island. Malta boasts some impressive and gorgeous bays, some of which are within walking distance of AX Palazzo Capua in Sliema, such as the Tigne area, Qui-si-Sana, Ghar id-Dud, Exiles, Surfside and Fond Ghadir. Some of these consist of beach clubs which offer sunbeds, watersports and other facilities. Sliema’s neighboring city, St. Julian’s, also offers some amazing beaches, like St. George’s Bay and Balluta Bay beach. If you want to tan and bathe at a beach which is a bit further away from the hustle and bustle of city life, we suggest you visit the renowned Mellieha Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha and Golden Bay, or the more serene Paradise Bay or Armier, which overlook Gozo and provide a stunning view of it. In Gozo itself, one can visit Ramla l-Hamra, which is known for its gloriously red sand.

Beaches, Malta

Take a tour of the capital city of Valletta

While there are paid walking tours of Valletta, you can easily do it yourself for free! Everything within the walled city is close to the other, meaning that Valletta is bursting with historical and cultural places for you to visit. Historical monuments and places include the opulent St. John’s Co-Cathedral, the grandiose Grandmaster’s Palace, the delightful Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens, and many museums, such as the National Museum of Archeology and the Lascaris War Rooms. When night time falls, you can finish off your tour of the capital by eating at one of Valletta’s delightful restaurants, such as the newly opened Grain, or relax with a glass of wine or a cheeky cocktail at one of the many bars and pubs found in the magnificent city like Cheeky Monkey Gastropub. You only need to catch one twenty-minute bus from Sliema to reach our glorious capital.

Valletta, Malta

Absorb the Silent City

Mdina, otherwise known as the Silent City, is a fortified city which sits on top of a hill looking out on some of Malta’s main areas. The city gives visitors the aura of timelessness and immortality, with its narrow cobbled streets, and includes a mix of medieval and baroque architecture. Stroll through the quietness and serenity of this magnificent city while you admire the architecture, take pictures in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and look over at the breathtaking view from atop the fortifications. Mdina is also reachable by direct bus from Sliema.

Mdina, Malta

Blend in with the locals at a village feast

The village feasts are, mainly, a religious celebration, where each town or village in Malta celebrates their patron saints. These feasts provide an amazing vibrant atmosphere; where the local band plays marching tunes, there are processions with the patron saint’s statues, colorful fireworks burst in the sky, local sweets are sold at food stalls and pieces of paper are thrown from overhead balconies. In Sliema, there are three feasts in a year; one in March, one in July, and one in September.

Village Feast, Malta

Dance the night away at Paceville

Located in the heart of St. Julians, Paceville is the main partying hub in Malta. Even though drinks usually come at a cost, but not a pricey one, most of the nightclubs offer a free entrance, which ensures that you can party to your favourite tunes all night in one of the many bars, clubs and discos available. St. Julians is located a mere ten minute bus ride away from Sliema.

Paceville, Malta

Witness the Mosta phenomenon

The Mosta Dome belonging to Mosta’s parish church is one of the most impressive things in Malta, and the fourth largest dome in the world. Apart from that, though, the dome has a historical story associated with it; during the Second World War, a bomb fell through the dome but didn’t explode, ensuring that the 300 people in the church at that time survived. This is a miracle that has been celebrated ever since, and one can see a replica of the bomb for free in a museum adjacent to the church. Mosta is also reachable by a couple of buses from Sliema.

Mosta Church

Walk through an open-air market

If you’re looking for bargains, Malta’s open- air markets are the place to go. Called ‘il-monti’ by the locals, these traditional open-air markets feature a wide range of items including clothes, accessories, gadgets and household appliances. You can find these markets in a variety of locations, but the most popular ones are those set up in Valletta, Mosta and Marsaxlokk, which is known for its wide range of fresh fish, it being a fishing village. Marsaxlokk can also be reached from Sliema with public transport.

Fish Market Malta

So join us at AX Palazzo Capua, and you can have the rest for free!

 

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