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Away from the madding crowd, historical cities and beautiful beaches, lie Malta’s parks and gardens. Explore historical houses and tranquil settings and experience the serene side of Malta during your holiday.
The historic gardens of San Anton Palace have supplied the palace with vegetables since the time of Grand Master de Paule over 400 years ago. These are accessible through a tunnel that links them to the adjacent Presidential palace.
The gardens were modernised in 2011, when the President’s Kitchen Garden was born. These grounds offer a beautiful morning or afternoon out with the family while on holiday in Malta. There is a café establishment that serves pasta, salads and sandwiches, along with hot and cold drinks, all of which proceeds go to the local Community Chest Fund charity. For the little ones there are two children’s play areas and a small animal park with donkeys, goats, ponies and other animals for them to meet.
San Anton Gardens are located a hop, skip and a jump away from The President’s Kitchen Garden and are a little shady oasis of tranquillity. Hidden from the road by high stone walls, these gardens have been open to the public since 1882. Paved walkways meander round the gardens, where you will come across fountains, a duck pond, a small aviary and an orangery. Palm, cypress, araucaria and many other trees and exotic plants inhabit the space, with some said to be over 300 years old. Spot the peacocks strolling around and the turtles wading in the duck pond!
Situated adjacent to the Kitchen Garden, Villa Bologna is today still inhabited by Lord Strickland’s ancestors. This historic stately home is one of Malta’s finest, with extensive Baroque gardens, a World War II shelter, and a Ceramics workshop among this noble property’s highlights.
Marquis Giuseppe Scicluna took ownership of Palazzo Parisio in 1898, turning it into the opulent estate as it stands today. Remaining in the family, Baroness Christine Ramsay Scicluna runs the palace together with her daughter Justine Pergola.
The visually stunning gardens showcase several different flower collections including hibiscus, while the cascading colours of bougainvillea flood the space together with the pleasant aromas of orange blossom. An exquisite location for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, the Luna restaurant offers a mouthwatering menu to be enjoyed in the beautiful gardens or the equally opulent interior.
A serene outdoor space with arguably some of the best views in Malta. Divided into upper and lower sections, the Upper Barakka Gardens offer a stunning location where to sit and rest after exploring Valletta. The panorama is simply stunning, looking out over the old walled cities of Senglea and Vittoriosa as well as offering a spectacular perspective of Valletta’s Grand Harbour.
Don’t miss: the firing of the 19th century guns from the saluting battery below the balcony, happening daily at midday.
Recently reopened to the public after a complete renovation, these gardens, originally built in 1997, cover 8,000 square metres and have become popular with locals and visitors over the years. The space is a showcase of traditional Chinese arts, architecture and design. Visitors can enjoy the tranquil gardens with its bridges, fountains, rocks and water symbolising yin and yang, creating a very peaceful green area where to take a moment to simply relax.
Distance from Golden Sands: 19.7km
An often overlooked garden in Malta, Melita Gardens are set in an area known as Salina Parks, a beautiful green open space with ample parking. Whether you want to take time out and relax on the benches, or make a day of it and make use of the picnic areas amidst the pine trees, the whole family will love it. The huge water fountain is a hit with children in the heat of the Maltese summer, and you can safely watch over them from the shade of the restaurant. Here hot and cold snacks are served from morning till night, and free WiFi is also available.
A multlingual presentation and walkthrough tour explaining the history of the Maltese Islands through its distinct stone runs daily in this once-used quarry.
An animal park and hands-on stone sculpting demonstration are open to visitors. This popular Maltese attraction is equipped with a café serving refreshments and a shop selling exclusive stone souvenirs. Maltese folklore evenings are held here from May until October for anyone interested in trying the local delicacies and traditional folk entertainment through music and performances by local dance troupes.
Accentuer ceci – Retrouver la nature…: Majjistral Nature & History Park (Ghajn Tuffieha)
Within a few steps of the Radisson Golden Sands Resort is Malta’s largest Nature and History Park. Enjoy guided walks and discover the local flora and fauna that inhabit the park. Once there, take time to stop and witness Malta’s most spectacular sunsets. For those wanting to keep fit or who just enjoy walking, set off to explore some of the island’s most breath-taking landscape and walk all the way to Anchor Bay and check out the famous ‘Popeye’ film set.
Framing the Verdala Palace, which was built in 1588, Buskett Gardens are one of the few remaining woodland areas in Malta to have escaped the attention of shipbuilders in the era when galleons filled the Mediterranean waters. The Knights Hospitaller planted the gardens which contain broad-leafed deciduous and native coniferous woodland along with fruit tree groves. These provide welcome shade in the summer time and are a popular venue for family picnics and days out.