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An attractive town with sun drenched squares and winding streets, Attard makes an ideal base for exploring Malta.
Attard is just 4km from the walled city of Mdina and around 6km from the Maltese capital, Valletta. The Malta International Airport is 7km away, putting Attard within easy reach by taxi or public transport. Hire cars are also available from the airport for visitors who prefers the flexibility of having their own car whilst on holiday.
This working museum is a great draw for families and aviation enthusiasts alike. The museum houses around 18 different aircraft, working engines, equipment, uniforms and models. Attractions include a WW2 Hawker Hurricane which was recovered from the sea in 1995 and lovingly restored for visitors to enjoy. The museum has more than enough for a day's perusing and also has a pleasant cafe area in which to enjoy a quiet drink or snack. Located just outside of Attard at Ta Qali, it can be easily reached from the main road between Attard and Rabat.
One of the most popular attractions in Malta, the walled city of Mdina was once the capital and is an amazing example of a fortified city. Visitors feel as though they are stepping back in time as they pass over the moat and through the grand gate into a secret world inside. Only accessible to pedestrians, this picturesque place has wonderful winding paths and tiny squares with hidden courtyards and piazzas to explore. Mdina is known as the silent city for its peaceful feel and is well worth a visit for a truly tranquil experience.
San Anton Palace is the official home of the royal family and usually out of bounds to visitors. The palace gardens are open to the public however and a popular visitor attraction. Visitors will find a range of plants, flowers and herbs as well as shady walkways, ancient trees and beautiful ornamental ponds home to ducks and swans. A key feature of the gardens is a large aviary set among the landscaped gardens, which are dotted with attractive sculptures. There are plenty of small enclaves and little benches offering the chance to sit and relax. Some of the trees in the garden are over 300 years old with the eldest dating back to around 1620.
Anyone less enthused by botany will find plenty to entertain them too, as the gardens host a busy schedule of shows, competitions and an annual Shakespeare Festival. The nearby café and restaurant are also worth a visit.
This lovely Church is considered to be one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Malta and dates back to the early 1600s. Find it in Pjazza Tommaso Dingli and enjoy the typical feel of the sleepy square, which also has some great little cafes in which to enjoy a drink or snack.
Attard has a good range of accommodation to suit all interests and budgets, including some fantastic luxury hotels. A number of supermarkets, pharmacies, bakers and markets provide plenty of shopping opportunities in the town, making it easy to stock-up on provisions if staying in self-catering accommodation.
Wherever you stay, don't miss the opportunity to get to know the local people who pride themselves on being welcoming and hospitable. As Malta has year round good weather, a winter visit can often be a good option to see Malta through the eyes of the locals. Travelling outside of the high season can also mean finding some great offers on accommodation and flights, although it is possible to find good value deals year round.
Attard has a great selection of local restaurants offering good quality food and a warm Maltese welcome.
Saracinos by St Mary's Church is popular for simple, good food. This local café offers good value food with a great choice of sandwiches, cooked dishes, steak and other meals. The café is full of character and great example of a typical Maltese building.
Corinthia Hotel is an excellent choice for al fresco eating, with a good range of reasonably priced meals and fixed price menus. A family-friendly restaurant, customers can walk in through a separate entrance rather than having to enter through the hotel.
Attard is a friendly, beautiful town well geared to the needs of tourists and makes a great base from which to explore Malta.