Top 10 Things to do in San Gwann, Malta

December 8, 2017 Marianna Hollaway

Discover the best top things to do in San Gwann, Malta including Flyboard Malta, Aquarrigo Scuba Diving Centre, War HQ Tunnel, Malta Film Tours, Valletta Ferry Services, Mdina Old City, Fort Rinella, Manana Yacht Charter, Palazzo Parisio & Gardens, Malta at War Museum.
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1. Flyboard Malta

Triq Tal-Qattus, Birkirkara, Island of Malta BKR 4409, Malta
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5 based on 527 reviews

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. 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.

3. War HQ Tunnel

Vlt1221, Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta +356 2180 0992
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5 based on 107 reviews

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.

4. Malta Film Tours

Attard, Island of Malta ATD 1891, Malta
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5 based on 187 reviews

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

5. Valletta Ferry Services

Sliema, Island of Malta, Malta +356 2346 3862
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

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!

6. Mdina Old City

Pjazza San Publiju, Mdina, Island of Malta, Malta +356 2145 4480
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

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.

7. 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.

8. Manana Yacht Charter

Manoel Island Yacht Marina | Manoel Island, Il Gzira, Island of Malta XBX 1080, Malta
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Manana Yacht Charter

Discover the beautiful side of Malta on board our stunning Beneteau Oceanis 523 with your own personal skipper, available for private charter for up to 12 guests. Fantastic bays and lonely Beaches with crystal clear water are awaiting you! Snorkel into a unique underwater world or enjoy an unforgettable trip to Comino on your amazing yacht, tasting the Mediterranean food and soaking up the sun.

Reviewed By tazlee11 - Buckingham, United Kingdom

We looked at different options and with it being our daughters (7) first real boat trip we didn't want to share that with loads of strangers and so asked the concierge (Mario) at Hilton to recommend a charter company. He did more than recommend, he organised it all for us. All we knew was the boats name and the time it would collect us. Well incredible describes every aspect of our day! Yuri our skipper was brilliant, he listened to what we wanted and then delivered above and beyond. He took us to beautiful bays, cooked us an absolutely divine meal, showed us the ropes (excuse the pun) on the magnificent Manana and just gave us a day we will never forget! The boat itself is beautiful, very spacious, luxurious and comfortable and was just everything we hoped and more but our day was made by having the fantastic skipper we were lucky to get and we cannot thank him enough.

9. 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.

10. Malta at War Museum

Couvre de Porte, Birgu (Vittoriosa), Island of Malta BRG 1810, Malta +356 2189 6617
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4.5 based on 528 reviews

Malta at War Museum

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.

Reviewed By arfonwilliams2571 - Pontypridd, United Kingdom

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.

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