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Valletta - The Baroque Capital City of Malta

Valletta

Palazzino Nina is located close to the baroque capital of Valletta - 5.6 KM away, a 10 minute drive. Valletta is the capital city of Malta. Located in the South Eastern Region of the main island, between Marsamxett Harbour to the west and the Grand Harbour to the east. Valletta is at just 0.61 square kilometres which makes it the European Union's smallest capital city.

Triton Fountain
Tritons' Fountain, City Gate (1959)

Valletta's 16th-century buildings were constructed by the Knights Hospitaller. The city was named after Jean Parisot de Valette, who succeeded in defending the island from an Ottoman invasion in 1565. The city is Baroque in character, with elements of Mannerist, Neo-Classical and Modern architecture, though the Second World War left major scars on the city, particularly the destruction of the Royal Opera House. The city was officially recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980.

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Mdina, the Medieval Capital City

Mdina

Palazzino Nina is also located close to the old medieval capital of Mdina, 6.9 KM away, an 11 minute drive. Mdina, also known by its title Città Vecchia or Città Notabile, is a fortified city in the Northern Region of Malta which served as the island's capital from antiquity to the medieval period. The city is still confined within its walls, and has a population of just under 300, but it is contiguous with the town of Rabat, which takes its name from the Arabic word for suburb, and has a population of over 11,000.

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Mdina, Malta (Credits: Visit Malta)

The city was founded as Maleth in around the 8th century BC by Phoenician settlers, and was later renamed Melite by the Romans. Ancient Melite was larger than present-day Mdina, and it was reduced to its present size during the Byzantine or Arab occupation of Malta. During the latter period, the city adopted its present name, which derives from the Arabic word medina. The city remained the capital of Malta throughout the Middle Ages, until the arrival of the Order of St. John in 1530, when Birgu became the administrative centre of the island. Mdina experienced a period of decline over the following centuries, although it saw a revival in the early 18th century. At this point, it acquired several Baroque features, although it did not lose its medieval character.

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Mdina Gate (1724) (Credits: Visit Malta)

Mdina remained the centre of the Maltese nobility and religious authorities (and property continues to largely be passed down from families and from generation to generation), but it never regained its pre-1530 importance, giving rise to the popular nickname the "Silent City" by both locals and visitors. Mdina is on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and it is now one of the main tourist attractions in Malta.

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Rabat, Malta

Rabat

Like Mdina, Palazzino Nina is located close to the town of Rabat, just 6.8 KM away, an 11 minute drive. Rabat is home to the famous catacombs of Saint Paul and of Saint Agatha which were used during Roman times. Part of Saint Paul's catacombs (the part accessible from the Parish church) is recorded in the Bible as the place where Saint Paul stayed for a few months following the shipwreck on the island in 60 A.D.

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Rabat, Malta (Credits: Visit Malta)

The Three Villages

To visit the three villages, one can simply catch a bus from a bus stop near the hotel.

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Qormi

Qormi also known by its title Citta` Pinto, named after Grand Master Manuel Pinto de Fonseca, who in 1743 elevated the village of Qormi to an official city status. The shield of this city is the personal coat of arms of the same Grand Master - five upturned red crescents, above which is a mural crown representing the fortifications of Malta and indicating Qormi’s status as a città. During this period of the Knights (1530) Qormi contributed significantly in the struggle to defeat the Ottoman Turks in the Siege of 1565. Qormi celebrates 2 feasts - Saint George: Fourth Sunday of June & Saint Sebastians: Third Sunday of July. Click here to discover more about Qormi.

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Qormi, Malta (1743)

Żebbuġ

Żebbuġ also known by its title Citta` Rohan, named after Grand Master Emmanuel de Rohan-Polduc. The name of the town literally means "olives" in Maltese. It derives from the large olive groves that stood in and around the current location of the church and the centre of the town. The parish church is dedicated to Philip of Agira and the feast is celebrated in the second Sunday of June.

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Żebbuġ, Malta (1777)

Siġġiewi

Siġġiewi also known by its title Citta` Ferdinand, named after Grand Master Ferdinand Von Hompesch. The name Siġġiewi is unique and bears no resemblance to well-known words. The patron saint is Saint Nicholas. Lately the parish church has been fully restored and has now retrieved its old glory. The feast occurs on the last Sunday of June (like Qormi). Like all feasts in Malta, a procession is held carrying the statue of the patron saint.

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Siġġiewi Parish Church, Malta (Credits: Visit Malta)

Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra Temples

Ħagar Qim
(Credits: Visit Malta)

The Neolithic sites of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra (3600-2500 BC) are within walking distance of the Siġġiewi.

Ħaġar Qim is a megalithic temple complex. The temples are among the most ancient religious sites on Earth, and are described by the World Heritage Sites Committee as "unique architectural masterpieces." The temples are also recognised as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Mnajdra
(Credits: Visit Malta)

Mnajdra is also a megalithic temple complex located 0.5 KM away from Ħaġar Qim.

Buskett Woodlands

Worth considering is a visit to the Buskett Woodlands which lie 2.1 KM away from Dingli Cliffs and 6.0 KM away from Mdina. The Verdala Palace, an official residence of the President of Malta, stands on the edge of the Gardens. Buskett Woodlands - Trip Advisor.

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Buskett Woodlands & Verdala Palace, Rabat, Malta

Dingli Cliffs

Where the sky meets the sea - Dingli Cliffs are located off the village of Dingli, on Malta’s Western coast. They stage the highest point of the Maltese Islands at around 253 metres above sea-level. The cliffs are located 10.8 KM away from Palazzino Nina, a 23-minute drive. The cliffs propose a majestic sight, particularly if viewed from a boat while cruising, but also from the top - the views are breathtaking, overlooking the small terraced fields below, the open sea, and Filfla, the small uninhabited island just across. The cliffs can be seen as natural forts, since no attacker can approach the island from the West given their impressive height. Whilst walking along the Cliffs at sunset, one comes across a tiny chapel dedicated to Saint Mary Madgalene perched on the edge, marking the highest point on the Maltese Islands. The cliffs extend well beyond Dingli village; they stretch all the way from Bahrija while to the Munqar area above Blue Grotto. At Dingli cliffs you can enjoy hours of walking or relaxation. The views are particularly attractive during sunset time, especially in the calm summer days. Dingli Cliffs - Trip Advisor.

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Dingli Cliffs - Sunset Experience

Other Palces of Interest worth visiting

The Blue Grotto in Zurrieq

Ħagar Qim

Mosta

Mosta is a town in the Northern Region of Malta. The most prominent building is the Rotunda, a large basilica. It features the world's 3rd largest unsupported dome, and displays a replica of a German bombshell that famously crashed through the dome but did not detonate upon impact.

Mosta celebrates the parish feasr of the Assumption every 15 August. In Mosta, one can wonder to different shopping outlets while exploring the town.

Mosta
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Ħal-Salfieni Hypogeum

Hypogeum
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The Hypogeum in Paola consists of halls, chambers and passages hewn out of the living rock and covering some 500 square metres. It dates back to about 3600 BC.

Tarxien Temples & The Three Cities

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The Tarxien Temples date from 3600-2500 BC and are the most complex of all temple sites in Malta, consisting of four megalithic structures.

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The Three Cities is a collective description of the three fortified cities of Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua in Malta.[1] The oldest of the Three Cities is Vittoriosa, which has existed since prior to the Middle Ages. The other two cities, Senglea and Cospicua, were both founded by the Order of Saint John in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Three Cities are enclosed by the Cottonera Lines, along with several other fortifications.

Gozo & Comino

Gozo and Comino are a 5.0 KM drive and a 45 minute fast ferry ride away from the hotel.

Comino is a small island of the Maltese archipelago between the islands of Malta and Gozo in the Mediterranean Sea. Named after the cumin seed that once flourished in the Maltese islands. The island is a bird sanctuary and nature reserve.

Saint Mary's Tower is the most visible structure on the island. Its background dates back to 1416, when the Maltese petitioned their king, Alfonso V of Aragon, to build a tower on Comino to serve as an early warning system in case of invasion, and to deter marauding Turks, pirates, smugglers and corsairs from using Comino as a hiding place and staging ground for devastating sorties onto the sister islands of Malta and Gozo.

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Comino Tower (Credits: Visit Malta)

Gozo is known for its scenic hills which are featured on its coat of arms.

Gozo

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Horse Riding (Credits: Visit Malta)

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