Malta is an interesting island group in the central Mediterranean sea, 60 miles south of Sicily. Like many island isolated cultures, the prehistoric remains, as in Sardinia and Sicily, are unique in the world.
The island's megalithic temples, begun around 3800 BC, are some of the oldest free standing structures in the world, and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum. Our map shows the locations of some of the best for tourists to discover.
Marked on the map is also a one of the most famous mysterious cart ruts sites that are scattered around the islands.
Map of Malta Showing Tourist Attractions
Malta Travel Toolbox
A detail at the temple at Tarxien is shown to the right.
The only airport on Malta is Malta International Airport, marked on the map. It is sometimes known as Valletta Airport (MLA); it is 5km from the Maltese capital. There is bus, taxi, and shuttle service to and from the airport, see: Getting There.
Malta is served well by its buses, which aren't the historic green ones you see in old pictures. During the season bus travel to the main sites like those on the map can be quite crowded. Some recommend renting a car, which you can do at the airport.
You can get between islands by local ferry. Gozo Channel provides ferries from the mainland to Gozo.
If you have only a short time in Malta, visit the capital of Valletta and the town of Rabat. You'll notice that there are many temples on this side of the island, plus the blue grotto, oft-visited sea grottoes on the south coast of Malta, marked on the map. You can take a short boat trip to see the highly rated grottoes, see the link above for schedules.
For historic climate conditions and current weather for the capital of Malta, Valetta, see: Valletta Malta Weather and Climate.
Where to Stay
In Valletta, the capital and fortified UNESCO World Heritage Site city, the Palazzo Citta Valletta Apartments are highly rated by those who've stayed there. The 17th century palace has been remodeled into apartments and has a free airport shuttle. For seafront luxury check out the Grand Hotel Excelsior on the waterfront. Less expensive are the apartments in the Grand Harbour Hotel near the harbor.
For other places to stay, check out the search box below.
Travel Guides & Travel Tips
Heritage Malta is the group trusted with the conservation and tourism services of the timples, and the fine site about the unique temples and museums of Malta provides a load of information. Check out the Cultural Calendar for special exhibits you might want to attend while you're in Malta.