Top 10 Things to do in Floriana, Malta

December 25, 2017 Russell Mellin

Floriana (Maltese: Il-Furjana or Il-Floriana), also known by its title Borgo Vilhena, is a fortified town in the South Eastern Region area of Malta, just outside the capital city Valletta. It has a population of 2,205 as of March 2014. Floriana is the birthplace of many famous Maltese, amongst which the composer of the national anthem, 'L-Innu Malti', Robert Samut; former Bishop of Malta Dun Mauro Caruana, the poets Oliver Friggieri & Maria Grech Ganado, the writer and politician Herbert Ganado and Swedish Idol winner Kevin Borg.
Restaurants in Floriana

1. Valletta Waterfront

IX-Xatt Ta' Pinto, Floriana, Island of Malta FRN 1913, Malta +356 2567 3000
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4 based on 79 reviews

Valletta Waterfront

Reviewed By Chouskikou - Dublin, Ireland


Approaching from the sea, this makes for a stunning spectacle. Wall and buildings appear as an upward extension of the brown rock emerging from the sea. Cruise ships dock alongside so it is a very short walk to the quayside facilities which are attractive and well maintained. Special mention for the duty free shop accessed on return to the ship which has remarkably good value in spirits and possibly in other items which did not particularly interest us.

2. Saint Publius Church

Il- Fossos, Floriana, Island of Malta, Malta +356 2124 7106
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4.5 based on 42 reviews

Saint Publius Church

Reviewed By LairdandLady4 - St Helens, United Kingdom

Saint Publius Church innovative masterpiece in limestone, beautiful carvings and which shows the workmanship of the Maltese stonemasons. The remains of the columns outside remind one, of the actual scale of this church when it was first complete. A must visit site opposite the Triton Fountain.

3. Msida Bastion Historic Garden

Vincenzo Dimech Street, Floriana, Island of Malta, Malta +356 2122 5952
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Msida Bastion Historic Garden

Reviewed By MusicLoverEngland - England

Found this by accident because a signpost near our hotel
Not advertised in the hotel or other brochures
So glad we went and explored
Very historic and interesting flowers
With magnificent views over the harbour
A peaceful haven
Maintained by very enthusiastic volunteers who clearly loved the place
If you are staying at excelsior - do walk there it's less than 10 mins walk

4. The War Memorial

Floriana, Island of Malta, Malta
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4 based on 18 reviews

The War Memorial

Reviewed By zuv - Bucharest, Romania

A limestone monument built in memory of maltese and british servicemen that gave their lives during the WW I.Nearby is the Malta Memorial.

5. Argotti Botanical Gardens

Triq Vincenzo Bugeja, Floriana, Island of Malta FRN 1553, Malta +356 2124 8984
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4 based on 24 reviews

Argotti Botanical Gardens

Reviewed By Maltawindow - Hamrun, Malta

It's not a very large park but very nice and shady on a sunny afternoon. And it offers a fantastic view of Valletta and surroundings. one of my favourite spots on the island.

6. Robert Samut Hall

Triq Sarria, Floriana, Island of Malta FRN 1460, Malta
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Robert Samut Hall

Reviewed By zuv - Bucharest, Romania

A former methodist church now housing a centre for cultural activities.Very nice neo-gothic facade.Situated right next to Argotti Botanical Gardens and Wignacourt Water Tower.

7. Sarria Church

Triq Sarria, Floriana, Island of Malta FRN 1460, Malta
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4 based on 5 reviews

Sarria Church

Reviewed By zuv - Bucharest, Romania

A not very big but with an unusual round shape church.Situated close to Argotti Botanical Garden.Across the street is Wignacourt water tower,an old stone structure with nice architecture

8. Hard Rock Bar Malta

Vault 17 | Valletta Waterfront, Floriana, Island of Malta FRN 1913, Malta +356 2123 3346
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4 based on 8 reviews

Hard Rock Bar Malta

Located on the Valletta Waterfront at Grand Harbour's Cruise Terminal, the Hard Rock Bar Malta adds sophistication and rock star glamour to an area with a rich historical past. Built in the 17th and 18th centuries, the Valletta Waterfront was destroyed during World War II to be rebuilt in 2003 as the cultural hub of the city.

Reviewed By Lunching-Lady-x - Glasgow, United Kingdom

Located centrally at port of Valetta where cruise ships dock. Quite small in terms of normal Hard Rock establishments, but standards in line with the larger establishments. As well as a few HRC cocktails, we had the sharing platter and a side of Mac'n'Cheese - nice wee treat. Excellent for free Wi-Fi if you are on a cruise ship where you have to pay substantial premium for Wi-Fi!!!!!

9. Sir Luigi Preziosi Gardens

Triq il-Vittmi Furjanizi tal-Gwerra, Floriana, Island of Malta, Malta
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4 based on 6 reviews

Sir Luigi Preziosi Gardens

Reviewed By zuv - Bucharest, Romania

A little park,not very impressive by itself but offering great views of Valleta Waterfront and Grand Harbour.

10. Explore Malta

Pinto Wharf, Floriana, Island of Malta 1913, Malta
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4 based on 7 reviews

Explore Malta

Reviewed By John F - Fleet, United Kingdom

This was question of being at the right place at the right time. Once a year, the derelict underground railway station in Floriana is opened to the public and I happened to be in Malta on the Sunday in late October when it was open.
It is a little known fact (except to enthusiasts) that a railway existed in Malta which ran about 12 miles from a station in Valletta to to one just beyond Mdina and it was opened in March 1883. Floriana was the first stop out of Valletta and it is the only underground station on the line. The entrance is to the right hand side (facing) of the neo-Gothic Methodist church and under St Phillip's Garden. To the left of the entrance is the original ticket office. Steps lead you down to this underground station.
What is immediately apparent is how similar in style this station is to the Metropolitan underground stations in London which were opened just three years before The Malta Railway was built. Unfortunately, this station is derelict and visits to it must be guided, in my case by the renowned historian Paul Galea. However, because of its uniqueness as the only underground station on the line, this is a tremendously important venue which hopefully, one day, will be restored to its former glory.
Although the Railway closed down in 1931, many of the station buildings along the line still exist today among which are Ħamrun where the trains were serviced and parked at night and now used by the Boy Scouts, Birkirkara which has just been given planning consent to become a Railway Museum and Attard.
A great deal of information about this historic line is available on various web sites or from the Train Section of the Association of Model Engineers in Malta.

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