If you're coming to Malta to visit the historic sites, then you’re in for a treat. Malta has thousands of years of history to offer you. You will feel, hear and learn history on every street corner, especially in the cities: the current capital city Valletta, the medieval city Mdina and the previous seat of the Knights Auberges in Birgu (one of the three cities).
If you want to explore Malta’s long history, there are many historic sites to visit.
Historic Sites in Malta That Take You Back in Thousands of Years
You can start by going back in time to visit the Temples at Mnajdra and Ggantija. These amazing temples date back thousands of years and claim to be older than the pyramid of Giza. Built at a time when Malta was probably not inhabited but simply a place of worship, these temples are testimony to the worship of the Goddess.
These temples are lunar calendars that focus on the sacred feminine. The goddess of fertility, also known as the fat lady, has been found in the form of many large and small statues made out of local limestone. If you love these little trinkets, you can pick a modern limestone replica from any souvenir shop for a few euros.
Medieval Sites in Malta
After visiting the stone age you cannot miss out on medieval Malta. Mdina is the best-preserved city of this period. It is called the silent city and boasts a range of impeccable buildings from the time in a simple gothic style. Mdina also stands on the hills of Rabat and gives you a great vantage point – you can see almost the whole of Malta from the antique bastions.
Visit in April if you want to catch the Medieval festival where you can see real life fight reenactments and people in costume recreating the food and everyday atmosphere of medieval Malta.
Historical Sites of the Knights of Malta
Lastly, a secret awaits you in the heart of Birgu. This city housed the Auberges or ‘houses’ of the different Knights. Every country (or almost) had its Auberge and the original ones (from before the knights moved to Valletta) can be found in Birgu. Just walk the streets to enjoy an amazing trip in a historical village where most of the buildings in the old centre pre-date 1565.
In the heart of Birgu is a little-known secret. Malta has been at odds with the fence over the ceremonial sword of Jean de Vallette, whose sword was stolen by Napoleon and is now at the Louvre. Very few know, however, that the sword he used to fight the Great Siege of 1565 is actually still in Birgu, housed at the chapel of Our Lady of Damascus. La Vallette donated his sword after the Great Siege in gratitude to the Lady of Damascus, to whom he used to pray in this little chapel during the Great Siege. With it he also donated his hat and you can see them if you get to Birgu at the weekend in the first half of the day.
Getting to the Best Historical Sites
So, if historic sites are your thing, do not give these three a miss. You will want to spend plenty of time exploring these sites, so make sure you arrange transport with no strings attached.
We recommend getting one of our GoTo cars; you can pick one up from the street at any time without having to worry about parking or service hours. Just register online before you come and get the GoTo app that allows you to open our cars and jump in from any village in Malta with just 15 minutes notice!