5 underrated towns and villages to visit in Malta

3 October 2018

If you’re planning your upcoming holidays in Malta, apart from the most popular landmarks, make sure to dedicate time wandering around some of the hidden pleasant places. Experience as many of the following underrated spots as you can, whilst you enjoy the gorgeous surroundings and make memories that will last forever.

1. Qormi

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For an off-the-beaten-track experience, get ready to head southwest of Valletta. The old quarter in the town of Qormi is well-known for its peaceful and quiet atmosphere. Here, you can wander around the narrow streets and pay a visit to the beautifully-decorated Saint George Parish Church.  

If you enjoy traditional food, here you can also tantalise your taste buds with what is known by the locals as the best bread on the island. As you’re likely to encounter a bakery in every corner of Qormi, the streets are normally infused with the appetizing smell of fresh bread. What’s more, during the Knights’ rule, Qormi was referred to as Casal Fornaro (meaning The Bakers’ Town) and this 20th of October, the town will actually be holding its annual “Lejl f’Casal Fornaro” festival! 

2. Marsaskala

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Located only one-hour away from Valletta, Marsaskala is a picturesque village that lies close to the fishing town of Marsaxlokk. Whilst you can walk around the quiet cafes and bars scattered along the promenade, you can also take a stroll by the sea and enjoy the long stretches of unspoiled coastline. Marsaskala boasts some of the best views and sights that will offer a little something for every member of the family.

3. Dingli 

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Popular for its dramatic cliffs, Dingli is located in Malta’s Western coast. Here, you'll have the chance to hike to the highest point of the island while beholding the most spectacular sunsets. Dingli is a quiet and peaceful village and also one of the greenest areas in the island. Be sure to check out its famous Buskett Gardens, open for everyone to take a walk or have a wonderful picnic.

4. Lija

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This village is accessed through a welcoming avenue decorated with Oleander trees on both sides. Lija offers traditional and historical architectural features that include wooden balconies, iron railings, and carved stone. Don’t leave without taking a trip to Villa Preziosi, a Baroque-style building of the mid-18th century, which offers great indoor and outdoor views. Also, whilst you are there you will be able to visit the Belvedere Tower and enjoy the beautiful piece of architecture that used to be the residence of Marquis Depiro.

5. Għargħur

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A true hidden gem, Għargħur is located in the Northern part of Malta, and what it lacks in size, it makes up for in beautiful vistas.  Be sure to make time for a few walks in the peaceful hiking trails that Għargħur has to offer.  Victoria Lines, the beautiful low defensive wall that starts in Madliena and ends at Fomm ir-Riħ Bay also passes through Għargħur. This area is also known as ‘Top of the World’ and offers impressive 360 degree views of the whole island

So, there you have it, the 5 underrated places in Malta that are waiting for you. Lucky for you, Malta is a tiny island so exploring both the popular as well as these underrated locations will be quick and easy. Book flights to Malta now and get ready for your Maltese adventure! 

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