Discover the best top things to do in Paola, Malta including Can You Escape? Malta, War HQ Tunnel, Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, Malta at War Museum, Fort Rinella, Aquarrigo Scuba Diving Centre, Valletta Ferry Services, Tarxien Temples, Gardjola Gardens, Flyboard Malta.
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5 based on 304 reviews
Can You Escape? – Malta ® is an exciting, fun and entertaining mental game, targeted particularly for bright and sharp minds. Real-life room escape games are a type of physical adventure game in which a team of people are locked inside a themed room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within 60 minutes.
We had such a great time at Can You Escape? Malta! I organised this activity for 13 ladies as part of a hen do, and we had so much fun! Before we arrived Riccardo was really helpful when organising this over email which made planning it really easy. With his help, we organised 2 games to be played at the same time so each team competed against each other to see who could escape first. When we arrived on the day Riccardo and Jeanice made us feel very welcome and encouraged our high spirits as we brought along a blow up doll with a mask of the groom to be! We left the mask as a fair well gift :D I would definitely recommend this activity- everyone in our group loved it!,
5 based on 107 reviews
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.
4.5 based on 932 reviews
The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is an underground prehistoric burial site, a complex made up of interconnecting rock-cut chambers set on three distinct levels. Earliest remains at the site date back to about 4000BC, and the complex was used over a span of many centuries, up to c. 2500 BC. The Hypogeum was first opened to the public in 1908. Due to its uniqueness, the site became very popular with visitors. Unfortunately, this had a negative impact on the delicate microclimate of the site. For this reason, a conservation project was conducted that also included the closure of the site for 10 years between 1990 and 2000. As a result of these studies, a new visiting system was established. Nowadays, only 10 visitors an hour are now allowed inside the Hypogeum for a maximum of 8 tours a day. This system is also complemented by an environmental control system which keeps temperature and humidity at required levels. Tickets for the Hypogeum should be purchased well in advance.
The Hypogeum of Ħal-Saflieni is a Neolithic subterranean structure dating to the Saflieni phase (3300 – 3000 BC) in Maltese prehistory, located in Paola, Malta. It is often simply referred to as the Hypogeum (Maltese: Ipoġew), literally meaning "underground" in Greek. The Hypogeum is thought to have been a sanctuary and necropolis, with the remains of more than 7,000 individuals documented by archeologists and is among the best preserved examples of the Maltese temple building culture.
Being a world heritage site you either have to book months in advance or go to Valetta for 9am and queue up for a chance to potentially get a ticket. Do it, you won't be disappointed.
4.5 based on 528 reviews
The Malta at War Museum is located at the original historic entrance of Vittoriosa (Birgu), the older from the Three Cities. It stands to document for posterity the great ordeal which the brave people of Malta and their defenders endured during the dark days of the Blitz (1940-43). Vittoriosa (Birgu) is the former home to the Royal Navy in the Malta and one of the most bombed places in WW2. This museum combines an attractive exhibition about the Second World War in Malta along with the viewing of an original wartime documentary – ‘Malta G.C.’ and a visit into an underground air raid shelter in which hundreds took refuge during the raids.This attraction has recently undergone a complete remake co-funded by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund (72.25%), the Government of Malta (12.75%) and Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna. The result is a new attractive museum spread on nine galleries. Each of these is dedicated to a given aspect of wartime Malta. The museum display is organised in a chronological manner and includes some 10,000 original artefacts connected with the subject. These vary from clothing, weapons, instruments, equipment, printed matter and other large exhibits.The new Malta at War Museum is open daily for visiting between 10.00 and 17.00hrs.
One of the places to visit was the Malta at War Museum, when you get to the museum it is like a fortress big bold and empowering, the museum inside was compact with all the items of war you could expect even some you would not, Please go and have a look at the air raid shelter under the museum you feel you could get lost it is an experience in it self. To get to the Museum from Valletta take the number 2 or 3 Bus to stopping outside Couvre Porte Gate Vittoriosa (ask the Driver to let you know the drop of point) open Mon - Sun 10.00-17.00.
A MUST FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN WAR.
5 based on 1 reviews
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.
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.
5 based on 66 reviews
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!
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.
4.5 based on 2 reviews
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!
4 based on 490 reviews
My visit to Tarxien temples was better than expected. What is surviving of the temples is very interesting and there are several explanation signs around the visitor path. Several stone relieves are still well visible, and they are astonishing - I was not expecting this in a temple over 5000 years old!
4.5 based on 113 reviews
My wife and I visited Gardjola Gardens during our recent visit to Malta.
We took the number 1 bus to Senglea, got off at the bus terminus, and walked from there.
Gardjola Gardens itself is quite small, with palm trees and Seating areas, not much greenery really, although very well kept, and during our visit we witnessed a lady going round tidying up.
To many people, the name Gardjola Gardens, might suggest to them that they will be visiting some kind of Gardens with an abundance of colour and flowers - it is not like that, and I think in all honesty the reason you would visit here is for the superb views.
The views over to Valletta, the Grand Harbour, and to the sides are just absolutely stunning from this viewpoint.
Be sure to go in 'Il-gardjola' (the guard tower) and view from there, there is no charge.
The guard tower has various symbols sculpted on it such as an eye, an ear, and a crane bird, which represent guardianship and observance protecting the Maltese shores.
5 based on 527 reviews
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.
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!!
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