"Defender Land Rover
Luxury Maltese Highlights"
Tour Operator: Captain Morgan Cruises.
Add a remarkable experience to your to-do list whilst in Malta. The Defender Luxury Maltese Highlights, Safari is probably the best and most comfortable way to see the island of Malta, which is the main and largest island of the Maltese archipelago.
You will be collected from your accommodation between 7:45am and 8:15am upon pickup, we will start our Safari to discover the enchanting island of Malta, officially known as the Republic of Malta, which rich in history and culture.
The Discovery Land Rover is comfortable and luxurious and it is probably the best way of discovering Malta's hidden charms and visit the most beautiful parts of Malta. This safari goes to places which are rarely visited by tourists, and even some of the locals do not know exist. You will see some outstanding scenery, drive through typical old villages and capture the rural charm of Malta and visit many places of interest and culture, for example:
We drive north to Miżieb.
Miżieb is a locality in the north of Malta with an average elevation of 305 feet above sea level, the landscape is mostly covered with sparse vegetation and mildly populated.
From Miżieb we go onto The Red Tower.
The Red Tower or Fort St. Agatha was one of the seven towers built by Grand Master Lascaris. These towers were proposed by the military engineers Blaise Francoise, Comte de Pagan and his assistant Blondel des Croisettes. Fort St. Agatha was the second tower to be built at Mellieha. Used as a watch-post as it had a good command of the approaches of Mellieha Bay and the ability to defend it and a good view of enemy shipping passing the straits between Malta and Gozo. From that location it would maintain communications between Gozo and Comino.
From The Red Tower we go to Popeye's Village.
Popeye's Village where we will stop to visit (optional), is also known as Sweethaven Village, is a group of rustic and ramshackle wooden buildings located at Anchor Bay in the north-west corner of Malta, two miles from the village of Mellieha.
Popeye's Village, was built as a film set for the production of the 1980 musical feature film "Popeye", produced by Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Productions and starring Robin Williams as Popeye. It is currently open to the public as an open-air film set museum and family entertainment complex.
From Popeye's Village we take an exciting off road track to Golden Bay.
Golden Bay, is one of Malta's most popular sandy beaches. Set in an area of rare natural beauty, the bay offers several amenities, where we will stop for a drink (optional). Golden Bay offers spectacular sunsets and a popular spot for the locals to enjoy evening barbecues.
From Golden Bay, we go onto Mġarr.
Mġarr (formerly known as Mgiarro), is a small town in the northwest area of Malta. Mgarr is a typical rural village situated in an isolated region, west of Mosta. It is surrounded with rich farmland and vineyards.
From Mgarr onto the breathtaking views from Fomm ir-Riħ
Fomm ir-Riħ located on the western side of Malta. The area is characterised by the a fault line which creates an interesting landscape with vertical cliffs, an irdum, and a pebble beach. There is also an unusual *Syncline behind the beach.
There are at least a couple of synclines in Malta with the most stunning located at Fomm Ir-Rih Bay. This is a very pretty area, the Bay and headlands form the most stunning scenic views and varied geology on the islands. This area also has one of the biggest Maltese mysteries, 'Cart Ruts' that lead straight off the cliff top on the Ras-il-Pellegrin headland.
*In structural geology, a syncline is a fold with younger layers closer to the center of the structure
From Fomm ir-Riħ we head to Mdina
Mdina commonly called the 'Silent City' and was once the capital city of Malta. Mdina is a medieval walled town situated on one of the island's highest points in the centre of the island.
The name Mdina, and the layout of the city reflect the Fatimid Period which began in 870 AD and lasted until the Norman conquest of Malta in 1091 AD. The earliest surviving buildings date from the Norman period. The Normans surrounded the city with thick defensive fortifications and widened the moat..
From Mdina we go to Mosta.
Mosta is a town situated in the middle of Malta, to the north-west of Valletta. We stop in Mosta for a while to give you a chance to visit the famous Mosta Dome. The Mosta Dome (Rotunda) is a huge round church with the third largest unsupported dome in the world and is the main attraction in Mosta.
From Mosta we go to Naxxar.
Naxxar village in located the central north of Malta. The locality of Naxxar, covers an area of eleven squared kilometres and comprises of the Naxxar centre, Sghajtar area, Santa Marija tax-Xaghra, San Pawl tat-Targa, Birguma, Maghtab, Salina, Bahar Ic-Caghaq and part of Madliena.
Naxxar is famous for its cart ruts (cart tracks) that curve and twist down the Great Fault escarpment, hillside.
We stop at Naxxar for around 30 minutes, during which you may wander around the narrow alleys and streets, viewing houses that are over 500 years old! You might even want to stop for a drink at the Village Square (optional). From Naxxar we go to a 5 Star Hotel, where you will dine in an award-winning restaurant. You will be served a gourmet three course lunch that includes wine and water.
After lunch we go to Valletta.
Valletta is the capital city of Malta and a World Heritage site, is nothing short of an open-air museum. It is a living experience of Baroque architecture, a legacy from the Knights of St John nearly five centuries ago. Valletta city is one of Malta’s main tourist attractions, dotted with quaint cafés and wine bars hosting among others, the majestic St John’s Co- Cathedral, the imposing bastions and a treasure of priceless paintings. It also provides a stunning views of Malta’s Grand Harbour, often described as the most beautiful in the Mediterranean.
From Valletta we proceed to Vittoriosa.
Vittoriosa (Birgu) is a city rich in history and culture, it lies on one of the promontories jutting into Grand Harbour and opposite the city of Valletta. Vittoriosa is the oldest of one of the Three Cities, founded by the Romans in 200 BC. Vittoriosa, further developed by the Knights of St. John in 1530 AD. Birgu place the most important role during the Great Siege of 1565 and is also a city packed with historical wealth.
You will have the opportunity to explore the city whilst we stop for 30 minutes.
From Vittoriosa we travel to the Neolithic Temples of Ħal Tarxien.
Neolithic Temples of Ħal Tarxien Hal Tarxien village is the proud house of The Tarxien Temples (entrance optional), Dated to about 3,100-2,500 BC. and are located close to the famed Hypogeum. Several rooms have been excavated from a site that covers several acres. Inside the monumental main entrance (which is a modern reconstruction) of the temple, is the lower portion of a 'fertility goddess'. The South face of the temple houses a spring-fed cistern. The central temple contains relief carvings of bulls and running spirals. When first excavated, the interior of these temples was noted to have been 'reddened by fire'.
From the Neolithic Temples of Ħal Tarxien we then go onto Marsaxlokk Fishing Village.
Marsaxlokk (pronounced Mar - sa - shlock) referred to as the 'fishing village', is a small picturesque village in the south eastern coast of Malta. Marsaxlokk is located around a natural harbour which is the second largest natural harbour on the islands. This natural shelter is home to the traditional Maltese fishing boats, the colourful Luzzu's. These gondola types of boats are used by fishermen to capture 'lampuki', a Mediterranean fish mostly caught between August and December. A luzzu will have a mythical eye painted on both sides of the prow, which should protect the fisherman and his family from evil.
Every Sunday morning, Marsaxlokk is host of the biggest fish market in Malta. Stalls are erected all around the quayside and fishermen sell their catch. One can find a display of all the different types of fish. This market has become so popular among tourists and locals that it has been extended along all the inner harbour and apart from fish one finds clothes, shoes, food, antiques, books and souvenirs.
Marsaxlokk is also renown for good fish restaurants. On warm days one can enjoy a meal by the sea as most of the restaurants have an extension on the quay. On these days fishermen spread out their fishing nets to dry in the sun and occasionally one sees a fisherman carefully mending holes in the nets.
From Marsaxlokk Fishing Village we go on to visit The Blue Grotto.
The Blue Grotto (Maltese: That il-Hnejja)is situated on the southern coast of Malta, west of the Wied iz-Zurrieq harbour near the village of Zurrieq. It is located right across the small uninhabited islet of Filfla. The Blue Grotto, is actually a number of sea caverns. The location of the cave combined with the sunlight in the water induce the water to mirror numerous shades of blue. Several caverns mirror the brilliant phosphorescent colours of the underwater flora; other caverns show a deep dark shade of blue. The Blue Grotto is a popular destination for tourists and locals. It was also used for a scene of the 2004 film Troy, starring Brad Pitt.
At The Blue Grotto you will have the opportunity to enjoy the view during a 30 minute stop. You will have the chance if you wish to take the boat trip visiting the amazing cave (optional boat ride - weather permitting).
From The Blue Grotto we then proceed back to your hotel and aim to be back by 5:00pm - 5:45pm.
The Malta Highlights Safari is a wonderful experience you will simply never forget.