San Anton Gardens
Part of the President of Malta’s estate, the San Anton botanical gardens make for a lovely walk under mature trees and through pretty walkways. Although consisting mostly of orange groves, each corner of the gardens offers something unique and each area is dotted with sculptures, fountains and a variety of flora from all over the world.
The President’s Kitchen Gardens
Located at the back of San Anton Palace, the Kitchen Gardens have, for centuries, provided the residents and guests of the palace with vegetables and fruit. Now, it also provides the public with a scenic space to enjoy a light bite and a meet-and-greet with the palace’s menagerie – including ostriches, emu and Shetland ponies. A great family attraction.
Built in the 19th century as a luxury private villa, the five-star Corinthia Palace is now a haven of relaxation and a great place to stay. Located within easy walking distance of San Anton Palace, and situated in-between the capital, Valletta, and the old capital, Mdina, it is perfectly-based in the heart of it all.
Perched on a hill overlooking the whole island, Mdina’s history dates back to 2000BC. The layers of its unequalled past can be seen across it – from its fortified peripheries, to the towering cathedral at its heart. On the other hand, its winding roads and picture-perfect alleys make this ‘silent city’ one of the most romantic places on the Maltese Islands.
Known as the city ‘built by gentlemen for gentlemen’, Valletta is Malta’s proud capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in a grid-like manner that pre-dates New York’s, Valletta is an historical gem bursting with cafés, museums, art galleries and shops. An absolute must-visit.
Balzan Village Core
The village of Balzan is located in the very centre of Malta and is home to some 4,000 people. Although small in size, it is a beautiful place with a lot of interesting attractions, including the Church of the Annunciation and the Wignacourt Aqueduct.