Compose Your Own Guided Tour of Malta

Whether you are looking for a laid-back half day experience or a full-on, multi-day adventure, you only need to let me know, nothing is too much trouble, I will help you organize your visit.

Hereís a few more suggestions, should you wish to design your own tour.

Grand Master's Palace

The Grand Masterís Palace in Valletta, a majestic building as befitted the official residence of the Grand Master, built around two courtyards and having five separate entrances. Amongst the main attractions for The Palace, are the Gobelins Tapestries, the gift of Grand Master Perellos in 1697, and made especially for the room where they hang. They are a brilliant portrayal of animal, reptile, and bird species of the tropicals, and are a sample of the original series, from the workshops of the Gobelins Royal Factory.

Archeology Museum

The Archaeology Museum in Valletta is housed within what used to be the Auberge for the Knights from Provence, a beautiful baroque building from 1571. The museum is home to an exceptional display of artefacts recovered from the islandís 24 pre-historic sites, starting with the arrival of man in the Ghar Dalam phase (5,200 B.C.), through to the Tarxien Phase (2500 B.C.).

Casa Rocca Piccola

Casa Rocca Piccola is a 16th century family home to Marquis de Piro, who has opened a part of the Palace to the public, giving insight to the customs and traditions of Maltese noble families, and their elegantly furnished homes.

Cathedral Museum

The Cathedral Museum in Mdina, housed in the impressive Baroque palace, formerly the islandís seminary, is no doubt one of the islandís most interesting museums. The museum contains items from the pre-earthquake Norman Cathedral, a coin and medal collection that spans 2,000 years and a collection of woodcuts and copper plates by the German artist Albert Durer, as well as engravings by Rembrandt, religious vestments, and documents from the time of the Inquisition. The museum also displays a collection of sacred art, amongst which the beautiful polyptych altarpiece, depicting the life of St Paul.

Roman Domus

The Roman Domus, today situated just outside Mdinaís walls, was once included within the Roman walls of the city. It is typically, house fashion of the 2nd Century B.C., and remained in use up until the 1st Century A.D. Due to the portrait sculptures of several members of the Imperial Roman family that it contained, it is likely that it primarily functioned as an embassy. Amongst the more striking exhibits are a number of polychrome mosaic floors of high quality, that rank with those of Pompei and others. The domus also exposes a number of domestic Roman artefacts.

Mosta Rotunda

The Rotunda church in Mosta, built by the very villagers between 1833 and 1870, never resorting to scaffolding, and yet achieving the 4th largest unsupported dome in the world. The dome had a bomb go through it in April of 1942, and yet miraculously, it did not explode, and none of those present were injured.

Hypogeum

The Hypogeum is the only known pre-historic underground temple anywhere in the world, dating to between 3,000 and 2,500 B.C. It is a magnificent piece of architecture, hewn out of the living rock, on 3 different levels, what may have originated as a temple, eventually becoming burial grounds, and to have been found containing the dismembered bones of some 6,000 people. The Hypogeum only allows for 10 guests/visit/hour. It therefore needs to be booked well in advance, and this can be done online with Heritage Malta.

Ghar Dalam

The cave is an underground solution tunnel, formed by forced flow from abundant water flowing down the overhead river, at the end of the ice age. The gushing river eventually punctured the ceiling of the cave, causing a swallow hole effect, and drawing in bones of animals, such as were migrating towards a warmer climate at the time, these eventually becoming fossilized. The cave is made up of a sequence of five distinct layers, the lowermost, being over 500,000 years old Ė intriguing to those with an interest in Palaeontology, Ecology and Archaeology.

Inquisitor's Palace

The Inquisitorís Palace in Vittoriosa dates from the Norman domination, then serving as law courts, which it did again under the subsequent Knights of St. John, eventually becoming the seat of the Inquisition in 1574. The Palace, still retaining some of its original architectural features is one of few surviving palaces of the Inquisition, common in Europe, and the Roman Catholic world. Of special interest are the court room and the prison cells, displaying the prisonersí graffiti on the walls, as well as a sanitation system that emptied in a stone receptacle in the courtyard. The Palace also houses the museum of Ethnography which concentrates on religious culture in Malta, as well as on religious values masked by Maltese identity and culture even today.

Blue Grotto

The Blue Grotto is a natural wonder, a massive arch and a series of six caves, which reflect the orange, purple and green of the minerals in the rock, along with the bright cobalt colour from the white sandy seabed, a spectacle of colour, a great opportuninity for the keen photographer. The view of the grotto can be had from the platform above, whilst if you choose to do the boat ride, we will need to make our way down to the fjord. The fee for taking the boat ride is 8 euro/person.

Scenic Coast

An alternative option is a lovely scenic drive, taking in some superb views in the north-west part of the island, a lovely coastal stretch to include remote sites the like of Bahrija, Kuncizzjoni, Fomm ir-Rih, and Golden Sands, where it is possible to get into some of the remote coves along this beautiful rugged coastline, by canoes that are available for hire.

Water Sports

I am able to help you with just about all types of water sports, anything between parasailing/parascending (40 euro/10 minutes) to pedalos, speed boat trips, and boat hire.

Malta guided tour by Amy Pace
St John's Cathedral
Valletta Palace Malta guided tour by Amy Pace
Grandmaster's Palace in Valletta Archeology Museum, Malta guided tour by Amy Pace
The Archaeology Museum Cathedral Museum Malta guided tour by Amy Pace
Cathedral Museum Roman Domus Rabat, Malta guided tour by Amy Pace
A fine polychrome floor - Roman Domus
Mosta Malta guided tour by Amy Pace
The Mosta Church
Hypogeum Malta guided tour by Amy Pace
The Hypogeum
Ghar Dalam Malta guided tour by Amy Pace
Ghar Dalam Cave Inquisitor's Palace, Malta guided tour by Amy Pace
Prisoner's work of art in stone at the Inquisitor's Palace Scenic Coast Malta guided tour by Amy Pace
Scenic coastline