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5 fun ways to discover Malta's amazing history and culture
Explore the Islands' diverse history and and have fun while doing it!

Melanie Drury

History was only boring back at school, when you had to sit impatiently at a desk and remember dates of things done by people you didn’t know or care about. Life was different then. A growing appreciation for the story of humankind and and more creative ways to tell it can make history fun. Even your kids will be excited by these.

1. Audio-visual experiences

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This is easy! You sit back and allow yourself to be transported into a sensorial experience of the past. The audio-visuals at The Malta Experience, The Mdina Experience, Valletta Living History and Malta in 5D recount recent history, while those at the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum and the Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Visitor Centre tell stories of the ancient past.

2. Palaces & Dungeons

From the likes of Palazzo Parisio, Villa Bologna and Palazzo Falson to the Mdina Dungeons, here’s an opportunity to step into life as it was at the extreme ends of society during the stay of the Knights of Malta.

3. Heritage Malta Multi-Site pass

Which site do you fancy visiting today? Have access at the ready with the multisite pass. From standing stones to rock hewn tombs and chambers, here’s access to another legacy from the people who occupied these islands in the past.

4. Stumble upon Mdina, Birgu and Valletta

Did you know that UNESCO describes Valletta as “an open air museum”? And Mdina and Birgu, really, are no less impressive, with places of interest and living history on every street corner.

5. Enjoy live entertainment

Enjoy one of the folklore evenings at  Ta' Marija Maltese restaurant or the Limestone Heritage park, which explores the rock cutting culture in Malta. If you happen to be in Malta when a number of historically-themed events like Medieval Mdina, Military Mtarfa and the Maritim Festival at Isla are taking place, they're certainly worth a visit, along with a tour of the colourful towns and villages that host them. Check what's on while you're here in our events calendar.

And if that doesn’t keep you busy, you can also try cave exploring to see where the troglodytes lived, or search for Atlantis while diving. It’s all fun and games, and sometimes it’s great to remember that we live in good, comfortable and relatively peaceful times. Learning from the people of the past, perhaps it’s time we stop taking life so seriously and live happily together!


Melanie Drury
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Melanie Drury
Melanie was born and raised in Malta and has spent a large chunk of her life travelling solo around the world. Back on the island with a new outlook, she realised just how much wealth her little island home possesses.

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