With only two full days in Malta, we tried to pack as much sightseeing in as we could. We spent our arrival day exploring Valletta, then headed further afield on day two.
Our first stop on Saturady morning was the Hypogeum, believed to be the oldest underground temple in the world. Only ten visitors can enter at a time, and tickets book up months in advance, so if you want to visit, book your tickets as soon as you know your schedule. The visit takes about an hour, and you watch videos about the mysterious people who built the Hypogeum and temples on the island, and their construction methods. Then you descend into the underground chambers. No photos are allowed, but it was really interesting to visit. The underground sculptures and tunnels are impressive, especially how well preserved they are.
Our next stop was the Tarxian Temples. These megalithic temples were constructed between 3600 and 2500 BC, so they are incredibly old, and there is quite a bit of them left. Walkways take you through and above the ancient temples, which are signposted with information about the history and discovery. (Admission is 10 Euro, and this is covered by the Heritage Malta pass).
We had worked up an appetite (especially after having sprinted to our car having accidentally parked it incorrectly and getting a frantic phone call from Hertz. Oops) and headed to the coast for some lunch. I’d booked us in at Tartarun, a restaurant specialising in seafood. We arrived at Marsaxlokk, a fishing village famous for it’s brightly painted boats and strolled along the promenade, past boats, tourists and lots of fish restaurants. The only downside to the view is the very large powerstation that dominates the horizon, but it’s easy to get great photos that don’t include it. Lunch was delicious, I tried raw swordfish and read snapper (served with the head and tail attached) and both were very tasty.
Then, it was on to St Peter’s pool, down a dirt road to the parking area of the famous swimming area. The wind made the water pretty choppy, but we saw quite a few people taking the plunge off the cliffs into the water.
We rented a car, but you are probably better off taking a bus to the Hypogeum and Tarxian temples. Parking is hard to come by as the only parking available is street parking, and most of it was full when we visited.