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How to Spend One Week in Malta

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Not too long, but not too short: Seven days is the perfect amount of time to see most of the major sites on all three islands, learn about some of the ancient history, and get a taste for the local cuisine. You'll still have the leisure time to relax by the sea—or take a dive into it!
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Triq id-dwejra, San Lawrenz, Malta
Editor's note: After heavy storms in March 2017, the Azure Window and its supporting column collapsed into the sea.

Created thousands of years ago when two limestone caves collapsed, this natural rock formation is quite possibly the number one...
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Comino, Malta
While Malta’s uninhabited third island of Comino may be mostly barren and feature only a few hotels, it’s got one very popular destination: The Blue Lagoon. Visitors mostly drift over for the day by private boat or an organized trip...
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Triq Hagar Qim, Il-Qrendi QRD 2501, Malta
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, these two Stonehenge-like structures date back to 3600-3200 BC, but were only excavated in 1839. Both are accessed via the same visitor center, where for 10 you’ll get a ticket and a comprehensive (and...
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Qrendi, Malta
These smaller sea caverns located on the southwestern coast of the main island are a hidden gem. While they’re certainly not private, they don’t get nearly as many crowds as the Blue Lagoon or the Azure Window. What’s more, they’re about 10...
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Valletta, Malta
Any local will tell you the place to be on a Friday night from May through October is sitting on the stadium stone steps of this jazz bar off St. Ursula Street in Valletta. Cushions are put out early and remain late for music lovers who come to...
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Triq San Gwann, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta
There are no words that can prepare you for the baroque interior of the St John's Co Cathedral in Malta. And that's a good thing, because the instant reaction as you step through the first set of doors is worth the admission price alone. I'm not...
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Mdina, Malta
This fortified city was once the capital before the arrival of the Order of St. John, after which it remained an important—but quiet—noble presence, hence gaining the nickname the “Silent City.” Architecturally, the...
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Gozo, Malta
Dating back to Neolithic times when the island of Gozo was independent from Malta, this fortified Citadel sitting above the current capital of Victoria used to be the center of life on the island. After centuries of harassment by the Turks and...