Beautiful Gardens in Malta
Sit on a park bench enjoying the lazy sunshine in the company of a sleepy cat
Mos/sights/towns-and-villagest villages in Malta have smaller public gardens which offer a meeting place for the residents and a play area for children. However, the pleasure of visiting the more important Maltese gardens is as much in the tranquility of the garden itself than in the historical, cultural or other specific interest associated with it.
Although there are several popular gardens worthy of praise, such as Buskett Gardens in Rabat or Villa Rundle Gardens in Victoria, Gozo, these are our personal favourites, which we think offer a variety of moods for an all-round experience and to which visits are some of the top things to do In Malta.
San Anton Gardens, Attard
The San Anton Gardens are probably the best known of the islands’ public gardens. Strolling around the stunning variety of flowers, mature trees, ponds and fountains is a delight. Sit on a park bench enjoying the lazy sunshine in the company of a sleepy cat community or amuse yourself by observing the antics of an extended family of ducks swanning around a tranquil pond. Of particular interest is the San Anton Palace, the residence of the Maltese President, which was built by Grand Master Antoine de Paule during the 17th Century. In addition, Traditions Malta, located within the gardens, is the perfect opportunity to discover the roots of the Maltese people through hand-made models depicting our traditional trades, crafts and arts.
UpperBarrakka Gardens, Valletta
When visiting the Upper Barrakka Gardens, situated opposite Castille Palace which is the office of the Prime Minister, it may be tempting to overlook the formal gardens in favour of the breath-taking view of the Grand Harbour and the Three Cities: Birgu, Bormla and Isla. Visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens for the Gun Saluting Battery held daily at noon for a truly memorable experience. The origins of the Upper Barrakka Gardens date to 1661, when it was a private garden of the Italian Knights.
Sa Maison Gardens, Floriana
Due to their unusual location on the outskirts of Floriana, the beautiful rustic-style Sa Maison Gardens remain unfrequented. Set in the fortifications overlooking Pieta’ and Marsamxett Harbour, they are a multi-levelled haven to idly explore. At one point, Sa Maison Gardens were used by various Regiments of the British Army as an observation and defence post for the port of Marsamxett. Look out for the several regimental crests engraved into the rock-face inside the garden, and the miniature model of a castle dedicated to the 2nd Battalion of the Essex Regiment which is carved in Maltese stone. Otherwise, sit peacefully in the Knight's watch tower absorbed in the view of old and new: the Ta’ Xbiex Yacht Marina and several ultra-modern complexes lie just across the bay from the historic capital, Valletta.
Independence Garden, Sliema
If you are looking for a versatile place of pleasure and relaxation for all ages that makes an ideal family outing, then visit the Independence Garden. This modern garden is located just below the promenade nearer the sea-side. Enjoy a pleasant stroll to the relaxing sound of fountain water while the kids run around safely — there are also separate playgrounds for toddlers and older kids. The Independence Garden is also ideal for reading on a park bench, enjoying a sea-view or making the most of the free WI-FI that is available. To sweeten the deal, have a drink and a small snack from the kiosk!
Garden of Serenity, Santa Lucija (main picture)
For a more spiritual connection with nature, go to the Garden of Serenity, which is unique due to its Chinese Theme. Fairly recent in its construction, it presents various philosophical ideas traditionally symbolised in Chinese gardens. Chinese gardens are landscaped to represent a complete world of balance, and are intended to encourage people to roam freely with their inner thoughts, offering spontaneity and surprise rather than symmetry. Rocks and water are the two important physical elements: water symbolises contemplation while the rocks symbolise manifestation — a truly ideal place for meditation!
No matter where you are on the islands, you will certainly find plenty of special spots to retreat, relax, and make the most of the year-round warm and mild climate of Malta.