Mother Nature has been generous while bestowing her wonders on the heavenly Maltese archipelago. Apart from the paradisal natural sceneries, the country brims with countless historical landmarks and Baroque style buildings. All these make Malta an ideal place for photography. Whether you are a professional photographer or just looking to amaze your Instagram followers with some dazzling pictures, you will find a myriad of locations across the European nation where you can snap the perfect photo.
Since there are so many options, it is impossible to catalogue all photogenic spots of Malta. What we can do, however, is introduce you to the best spots the archipelago has to offer. In the following paragraphs, we will show you the places that should be a part of your Maltese bucket list. If you want the best snaps in Malta, you better not miss these sites!
The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is arguably one of Malta’s most prized summer locations, with its pristine blue sea and rich white sand, a view that befits the background of a postcard. The Blue Lagoon sits on Comino, a tiny limestone island off the coast of Malta and Gozo. As the name indicates, the water here has a turquoise blue colour, and they contrast sharply with the lagoon’s distinctive rock formations and caves. The pristine blue water continuously crashes against the rocky cliffs, creating the ultimate background for your Instagram shot. The Blue Lagoon is a fantastic place to spend an entire day and take some lovely photographs.
The Megalithic Temples
While researching for your trip to Malta, the Megalithic Temples must be one of the common recommendations you came across. These ancient establishments are not only relics from a time long gone by; you will be surprised to discover how beautiful these places are. The Monolithic Temples are premium photography locations where you can take some unreal snaps.
Malta’s megalithic temples are located on the island’s southern shore, around 2 kilometers west of the Blue Grotto. The temples predate the birth of Christ by 700 to 3600 years, making them some of the island’s oldest spiritual sites.
We would particularly recommend the Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra temples for photography. The temples are only hundreds of yards apart, so you can easily take pictures in both locations. Both temples were thought to be connected to fertility rites and solar alignments. If you there right before sun rises over the horizon, you can see the sun harmoniously aligning to the structure.
Charles François de Mondion erected the Mdina Gate in the early 18th century, which welcomes visitors to Mdina, the Silent City. It boasts a majestic Baroque build and stands tall in front of the fortified city of Mdina. Also known as the Vilhena Gate, the entrance bears the insignia of Malta’s three patron saints-St Agatha, St Paul, and St Publius. It also has Latin engravings and Grand Master António Manoel de Vilhena’s coat of arms.
If you are a die-hard Game of Thrones fan, you might recognize the Mdina Gate when you see it. The gate featured in the third episode of the shows’ first season. Can you remember it? Yes, you saw it as the gate of King’s Landing! Now, you should have a clear idea why so many people come here to take photos.
Take a walk across the turf, admiring the beauty of the ditch garden, which has been recently restored to its original glory. Pause every so often to get a picture-perfect view of the otherworldly gate.
To get the best shots, you should visit this place around nightfall, when it gloriously shines in the dying rays of the sun. Till dusk, you can explore the city, which is a treasure trove for anybody interested in Baroque architecture.
You can discover a stunning photo location just a few meters away from the gate. Look up Blue Mdina Door on Google Maps, and you will find a blue door shaded by a bougainvillaea tree perched on the limestone walls of a building. You would regret it if you fill your storage or drain out your batteries before coming to this spot.
To discover this scenic wonderland, you will have to travel to Southern Malta. The Blue Grotto is a network of interconnected sea caverns including a natural arch that stretches across approximately 30 meters. This cave complex, which gets its name from the Grotta Azzura in Italy, is famous for its stunning reflections of the sky and greenery.
The scenery is breathtaking, with brilliant blue waves crashing against the limestone structures, making for stunning photographs. However, it is one of Malta’s diving and snorkelling hotspots. So, it is highly likely that you will run into a big crowd on weekends. If you want a more peaceful experience, try to visit on weekdays or early in the morning.
The Popeye Village is a village founded in 1980 for shooting the famous Robin Williams musical Popeye. Unlike most tourist attractions in Malta, Popeye Village does not have an illustrious history, but it more than compensates for it with its mindboggling beauty. Even though the production crew built the village as a film set, they did not tear it down after wrapping up production, and today, it is a popular resort town neighbouring the Anchor Bay.
Along the bay, several bright coloured wooden villas are available for rent. During festive periods, there are children-themed parties. Popeye Village offers a host of summer activities besides a 9-course golf course, sunbathing decks, umbrellas, and pools. If the skies are clear, you can take a short boat ride and take in the spectacular views of Popeye Village from the bay.
St Peters Pool
St Peters Pool is another Instagram paradise that lies on the southwestern coast of Malta. It is a natural pool that is about one and a half kilometres away from Fort Delimara in Marsaxlokk. You can access the sky blue water of the pool climbing up the rocky stairs, but most prefer diving into it from the nearby rocks. The surroundings are perfect for pictures that will be instant hits in social media feeds.