Start planning your cruise and book your excursions in Valletta and its surroundings
The Maltese archipelago is a region of remarkable landscapes, historical architecture, and three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On the island of Malta, an MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination, cities such as the baroque Valletta and the medieval Mdina unveil the island's ancient past. Voted European Capital of Culture for 2018, Valetta is home to 16th-century buildings, enlightening museums, and a stunning waterfront promenade. Every year, the city plays host to a number of important village feasts and a colourful carnival.
• Valletta and Mdina
• Gozo Island
• The Marvellous Megalithic Temples of Malta
Explore the city of Valetta on a scenic MSC Cruises excursion. Visit beautiful Barrakka Gardens, a landscaped public park, before taking in views of the Grand Harbour. Next, glimpse stunning Baroque and Neoclassical buildings which are cast across the city. Admire the ornate interior of St. John’s Co-Cathedral, home to Caravaggio’s world-renowned painting. Finally, explore the medieval walled city of Mdina, a maze of narrow streets and historical landmarks such as the Baroque St. Paul’s Cathedral. This incredible structure, which dates back to the 12th-century, features a wide array of striking frescoes.
Discover Gozo, the second-largest island in the Maltese archipelago, on an MSC Cruises excursion. Discover the Rotunda of Xewkija, the dramatic cliffs at Sanap, and the idyllic Xlendi Bay and its famous saltwater lagoon. Weather permitting, take a swim in Hondoq Bay, celebrated for its pristine beach and aquamarine waters. Then, on your way back to port, enjoy a shopping break at the artisan Gozo Crafts’ Centre.
If you’re an archaeology buff, book an exciting MSC Cruises excursion to the Megalithic Temples of Malta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Both Malta and nearby Gozo are home to an impressive set of prehistoric monuments, some which pre-date the Egyptian pyramids! Explore these mysterious places of worship before travelling to the charming fishing village of Marsaxlokk, where you’ll see brightly coloured ‘luzzu’ boats dancing on the water. Finish the day with a scenic drive through the Cottonera region, before taking a walking tour of Vittoriosa, an old fortified city.