Naxxar is a historic village in Malta, located less than 10 minutes from Birkirkara and 20 minutes from the capital city of Valletta. Based on the caves, cart tracks, and Bronze Age tombs found in the area, Naxxar is at the very least some few thousand years old. A tour in Naxxar is actually an exercise in time travel, considering the layers of cultural and historical landmarks from the Bronze Age to the medieval churches and the fortifications built by the Knights of Malta, the 1898 Palazzo Parisio, and then the WWII encampments and gun batteries. Unless you have a time machine, you will need to get a car for hire in Naxxar to travel through both time and space.
One of the main tourist attractions in Naxxar is the 1616 Naxxar Parish Church in the main square. Across the street at 29 Victory Square is the beautiful 18th century Palazzo Parisio. Get a car for rent in Naxxar so that you can move around to see the fortifications built in Naxxar by the Knights of Malta from the 16th to the 18th centuries. San Pawl tat-Targa has two fortification towers - Torri tal-Kaptan and Torri Gauci, which date back to 1530. The Ghallis Tower and Qalet Marku Tower were both built in 1658.
Naxxar has more than its fair share of historic chapels. St Lucy’s Chapel has been written about as far back as 1570. The Chapel of the Annunciation of the Virgin in Salina is from the 16th century too. You must visit the chapel of the Shipwreck of St. Paul in San Pawl tat-Targa, near the Torri tal-Kaptan tower. Maghtab has the Chapel of the Assumption of the Virgin from the 18th century. There are at least six more chapels in Naxxar that are worth a look-see on this tour, provided you have the time.
Enjoy an affordable and decent stay at the Knights in Malta B&B, located at 138 Triq St Lucija. Other establishments worth considering include the Chapel 5 Palazzo Suites B&B on Alley 5 Saint Lucy Street, and the No 19 Executive Suites B&B, which is located on Alley 3, St Lucy Street.
A twenty minute drive will take you past Birkirkara to Valletta. That takes care of the two most important cities in Malta. From Valetta, you can take a nice hour-long coastal drive on the Tul Il-Kosta to St. Paul’s Bay. Book your car rental in Naxxar right now, and plan for stops in Sliema, St. Julians, St. George’s Bay, and then Maghtab and Bugibba. Just so you know, Maghtab comes under the Naxxar Locality.
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