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Lights, Camera, Action: On Set in Malta

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A distinctive landscape, turquoise blue sea, and well-preserved ancient archaeological sites make Malta an ideal filming location for dramatic productions. Since 1925, a succession of movies and television series have used the archipelago as a backdrop. These are some of its most famous filming spots.
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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 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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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
This small shore situated in a rocky valley is one of Gozo’s more quieter coves, but still a popular spot for diving and sunbathing. (Though, if you want to avoid laying on the rocky beach bring cash for a lounge chair.) The clear waters are...
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Triq Tal-Prajjet, Il-Mellieħa, Malta
If ever you wondered about Robin Williams’ contribution to Malta, this fully constructed film set for the 1980 Robert Altman production of Popeye in which Williams starred will give it to you straight. Built over the course of seven...
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Fort Rikasoli, St. Rocco Street, Il-Kalkara KKR 9062, Malta
Built by the Knights of Malta in the late 16th century to protect the harbor from land and naval attacks, this largely intact fort is now closed to the public and only used by the Malta Film Commission for period films such as Troy and Gladiator,...
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Valletta, Malta
Despite its origin in the late Middle Ages, Fort St. Elmo was named such in 1850 as an old British army barracks. It also played an important role against the Italians in the Second World War, making it the perfect destination to house the...
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Sliema, Malta
This coastal town on the main island, just around the harbor from Valletta, is a popular resort destination. Its Our Lady of The Sea chapel was built in 1855 as a reference point for the fisherman who worked in the harbor, but what was once a...