10 Things to Do in Swieqi That You Shouldn't Miss

August 25, 2017 Roseanne Arnett

Swieqi (Maltese: Is-Swieqi) is a town in the Northern Region of Malta. It is a residential area just 15 minutes by bus from Sliema and within walking distance of Malta's nightlife and entertainment centres, Paceville and St. Julian's. As the town developed, residential estates took over farmland. The town's name means "water channels", a reminder of the region's past.
Restaurants in Swieqi

1. Flyboard Malta

Triq Tal-Qattus, Birkirkara, Island of Malta BKR 4409, Malta
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Flyboard Malta

The Zapata FlyBoard is at the cutting edge of extreme Water Sports! Water propulsion from a jet ski routes water to a pair of jet boots on a board. The FlyBoard is the most revolutionary, deceptively simple and adrenaline pumping Water Sports toy that gives you, the rider, a truly outrageous way to have fun. Make your Reservations today with Flyboard Malta. Our office is located in Birkirkara, but we operate in Spinola Bay, St. Julian's Bay. We do not have a fixed location but we meet there by booking.

Reviewed By NoTourBusPlease - Hong Kong, China

I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get the hang of this until the very end of my session, but Simon was incredibly helpful with his instructions ( you have a speaker in your helmet). He was also very calm and patient which helped tremendous. I was able to get up my first try and the entire thing was so much fun. Joanne was great about taking pictures and even included our two year old watching from the dock in a few photos. After my husband and I were both finished Simon treated us to a mini show of tricks. Incredible!!

2. Malta Film Tours

Attard, Island of Malta ATD 1891, Malta
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Malta Film Tours

Join local actors on an unforgettable journey through a myriad of iconic filming locations featured in Game of Thrones, Gladiator, Troy, Captain Phillips, WWZ, Alexander, The Count of Monte Cristo, Munich, The Da Vinci Code and many other great movies. This exclusive full-day tour kicks off at 9am every Sunday from in front of the Grand Hotel Excelsior on the Valletta Ring Road, Malta.

Reviewed By Mark O - Darwen, United Kingdom

Malcolm was a great guide and although my wife isn’t a GOT fan at the end of the tour she said this was probably the best tour she had ever been on. Malcolm has clearly put lots of effort in in developing the tour and as well as the GOT interest there was other topics covered by the tour and can’t impress on how good and genuine Malcolm is so would highly recommend this tour to anybody visiting Malta, the restaurant stopped at during the tour served great food and offers great views of Malta

3. Palazzo Parisio & Gardens

29, Victory Square, Naxxar, Island of Malta, Malta +356 2141 2461
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4.5 based on 504 reviews

Palazzo Parisio & Gardens

Palazzo Parisio is an 18th century palace, a treasure trove of delightful artefacts and a beloved family home Located in the heart of picturesque Naxxar, this stately home is a place of wonder that begs to be explored. On your visit you will discover the intricate nuances of Malta’s historic nobility and their enchanting way of life. Touring this stately home offers great insight and sparks the imagination – whether you find yourself seeking inspiration from the grand Ballroom, the detailed Family Chapel or the fabulous walled Gardens and Orangery, you’ll find it. Open to the public all year round, Palazzo Parisio is renowned for its cuisine. The palace’s Luna Collection features two of Malta’s top restaurants and a delightful lounge bar. Caffé Luna, the Luna Lounge and Luna di Sera, each offer delicious cuisine, top service and a chic atmosphere. Palazzo Parisio also prides itself in having a professional Banqueting & Events operation and with its own in house catering facility has hosted an array of fantastic events ranging from the most stylish of Weddings to glittering Gala dinners, Fashion shows and Corporate events. Both the attention to detail and personalised service are key aspects when it comes to organising any type of event at this wonderful stately home.

Reviewed By Motya64 - London, United Kingdom

Beautiful Palazzo. We visited on St Valentines day for a specially organised dinner. It was beautiful and tasted. A little cold at the beginning as they started with the reception outside. We also visit their restaurant for sunday lunch. I will be back.

4. Aquarrigo Scuba Diving Centre

16 Ta Xbiex Wharf, Ta' Xbiex, Island of Malta 1028, Malta
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Aquarrigo Scuba Diving Centre

Aquarrigo has been established for over 20 years and is family run by locals who know the Maltese coast inside out. Situated in the heart of Ta'Xbiex right by the sea edge Edward Arrigo the founder of the club and one of Malta's pioneers of diving, represented our country in spearfishing competitions in the 50's and 60s. Today he is still showing his passion for the sea and enjoys sharing his experiences with others. With over 40,000 dives under his belt, he has quite a few stories to share. Divers or non divers are always welcome at the club for a chat and coffee and hopefully a dive to remember. Wishing you all calm seas!

Reviewed By Karla C

This was my first dive. I was recommended by and friend, Taran was very knowledgeable and experienced and I felt safe and comfortable throughout the whole dive and everything was explained to me in great detail. I would highly recommend for first timers and experienced divers.

5. Mdina Old City

Pjazza San Publiju, Mdina, Island of Malta, Malta +356 2145 4480
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Mdina Old City

Reviewed By Cathy S - Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom

Historical part of Malta's history: take a few pics, have a stroll around, maybe have a drink. Narrow streets, interesting ancient buildings and churches. Get the bus here from Valletta, don't do the Hop on Hop Off or it'll take you hours to get back. Quieter than Valletta.

6. War HQ Tunnel

Vlt1221, Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta +356 2180 0992
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War HQ Tunnel

Reviewed By BeYellowbelly - Newbury

This facility gives a facinating insight into how those directing the defence of Malta during WWII lived and worked.
The tunnels are deep in the rock underneath Valletta city and show something of what it was like with various control rooms and living quarters. They are, as the name suggests, connected by tunnels so be prepared for plenty of walking and some steps up and down.
It is a guided tour and although the guide himself is relatively ( well at least to some of us!) he had a good understanding of the workings and what life was like.
I don't think this would be of interest to many children and my only real critisism is the price which is rather expensive.

7. Rotunda of Mosta

Rotunda Square, Mosta, Island of Malta, Malta +356 2143 3826
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Rotunda of Mosta

Completed in 1860, this church has the third-largest unsupported dome in Europe.

Reviewed By DeryckWheeler - Ramsgate, United Kingdom

No visit to Malta is complete without visiting the Rotunda of Mosta. Unusual in that the Church is circular, with a massive domed ceiling - the third largest in the world. Even more spectacular in that the Dome was built without the aid of scaffolding! Don't forget to visit the annex at the back of the church to see a replica of the Bomb which fell through the Dome in 1942 in the middle of a service but which fortunately failed to explode.

8. Valletta Ferry Services

Sliema, Island of Malta, Malta +356 2346 3862
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Valletta Ferry Services

Reviewed By BeYellowbelly - Newbury

This the definitive way to approach Valletta from Sliema. The journey is only 5-6 minutes but you have to get to the ferry stop early as it's popular and can get full! If you can't get on the ferry you intend to then you have to wait 30 mins for the next. This is the only reason I can't give it 5 stars!

9. Malta Classic Car Collection Museum

Tourists Street, Qawra, Island of Malta, Malta +356 2157 8885
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Malta Classic Car Collection Museum

Reviewed By ABEONAS - Folkestone, United Kingdom

We were blown away by this fantastic collection. We caught the 202 bus from St. Julians to Rabat then the X3 bus to Bugibba. It is a short walk to the museum which is sign postedfrom the bus station. There are wonderful cars below ground and details about them .Also there are old gaming machines and pinball. Some cars are in the middle if renovation. Mini’s , Morris Minors , Audi’s, Ford Cortina’s vintage BMW’s model cars of many types. Well worth a visit

10. Fort Rinella

St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11, Malta +356 7987 4153
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Fort Rinella

Fort Rinella in Kalkara,was built in 1878. This fort is not only a unique remnant of Malta's recent British colonial past, but it is also the world's first mechanical fort which enabled its small garrison to fire a monstrous 100-ton gun every six minutes. To be able to do this, the fort was equipped with a novel steam-driven hydraulic set-up that enabled the gun to traverse and depress and its ammunition to be hoisted and loaded mechanically. On visiting this fort in 1889, the great French writer Jules Verne described it as a marvel of the industrial age which would render Malta safe for ever. Some say that this is the place from where he got the idea of writing his famous novel a 'Voyage to the Moon', where a man is stuffed into a large projectile and fired from a large gun onto the moon!Originally, the 100-ton gun was built by Sir William George Armstrong of Newcastle in 1878, to equip a new class of Italian battleships - the Duilio class. This caused a serious stir between Britain and Italy which led to the former to obtain examples of the same gun to secure Malta and Gibraltar against a potential Italian seaborne attack.The Armstrong 100-ton gun has a calibre of 17.72-Inches (45cm). It is 35 feet long and has an overall weight of 156 tons making it the world's largest muzzle-loading cannon ever built. It used a quarter of a ton of gun powder to propel its monster shells up to a maximum range of eight miles. At that range it could pierce anything up to 21-inches of ship armour! The gun at Fort Rinella and another at Napier of Magdala Battery in Gibraltar are the sole surving examples today. The fort has recently undergone extensive restoration and improvement. A new 20-minute audio-visual outlining the history of the fort and its gun has also been added and is included in all guided tours.RE-Live History at Fort Rinella - Every afternoon from Monday to Saturday!Throughout the year, from Monday to Saturday at 14.00Hrs sharp, Fort Rinella is brought back to life complete with late 19th century Victorian soldiers who will take visitors on an animated tour around the fort. This tour combines excellent guiding with live and colourful historical re-enacting including military signalling, firing of rifles, bayonet practice, military cooking and more. Much use of original period equipment and weapons is made throughout this tour. All this goes to provide an enjoyable and long lasting experience to visitors.

Reviewed By Sian L - Newbury, United Kingdom

At 12.20 most days you are transported here free of charge from The Saluting Battery in central Valletta and greeted upon your arrival by a costumed guard of the Victorian period. He was very informative and told all visitors the sequence of events planned for that day. It is also given out on the tannoy system, so wherever you are in the fort you don't have to miss out on anything. The first event on the day we visited was bayonet practice which started at 1.00 pm, so gave us the chance to grab a coffee and cake at the small onsite cafe to keep us going for a while. We also saw how soldiers learned to drill and were allowed- for a small donation to help the funding of the fort- to fire a musket whilst partially dressed in period costume: excellent photo opportunity. We also had a guided tour around the fort and its star attraction: the 100 tonne gun which they eventually hope to be able to fire. To finish the afternoon off was the canon firing practice which had you wanted to (by making a donation of 10 euro) you could fire. I have to say without the excellent Simon guiding us around this place it could have been quite sterile and boring; he certainly made it very interesting for me. Of course he wouldn't have been able to do the drilling without the help of John and Justin. It's fair to say without people like this who are keen to keep history alive, places like Rinella and other historic attractions wouldn't be as popular as they are.
My only gripe would be that they don't transport you back and you then have to rely on the unpredictability of the Maltese bus service. I think for a small additional charge they could offer this service.

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