Popeye Village Malta; Family fun for sea dogs and sailors!
The Saluting Battery
A row of cannons may not be what many think of as a vacation destination! But the Saluting Battery at Valletta is a famous and incredible site to enjoy.
The Saluting Battery is mainly used for ceremonial gun salutes these days, but these guns were ready for combat at one point in time!
In 1565, during the Great Siege of Malta, forces from the Ottoman Empire attacked the island. Famous for their gunpowder and cannon technology, the Ottoman forces built a battery near the modern Saluting Battery. When the siege was lifted, and the Ottoman forces were expelled, the area remained a ground for artillery. The Order of Saint John decided to construct a battery around the same spot, capitalizing on the higher ground that overlooked the Grand Harbor.
The Saluting Battery would see action again both as weaponry and for ceremonial purposes until the 1960s when the Saluting Battery was transferred from the British Royal Navy’s control to the civilian government of Malta, where the Baraka and the area around the Saluting Battery were all converted into a garden.
Those hoping to see a real gun show at the Saluting Battery show up at 1200 and 1600. You will experience the rallying roar of the Saluting Battery giving the royal salute! And for those wanting to dive deeper into these big guns’ history, take a stroll through the accompanying museum. The Saluting Battery’s stately might and the exquisite panorama of the harbour are experiences not to pass up on, so come and give these impressive weapons the salutations they deserve!
Malta National Aquarium
Visiting the Malta aquarium is a fun activity for all ages - young and old. The aquarium is a new, modern and welcome addition to the Island of Malta. The aquarium in Malta is located to the North of the Island in the tourist resort of Qawra.
There are about 52 tanks with 250 species of sea creatures. You will find different zones, each with a different decoration that fits the animals you find there. For those interested in facts, QR codes can be scanned with your smartphone at each tank or zone. You can read about each animal species, where they come from and how endangered they are.
In the aquarium, you will also find a kind of underwater tunnel, with which you can see sharks, fish, rays and much more as if you were walking on the bottom of the sea.
After the tour, you can visit their large souvenir shop with stuffed animals, posters, magnets and more. Outside the aquarium, you will find a large playground for children, a café with ice creams and drinks, and even a restaurant.
Ticket prices are €14.90 for adults, €7.90 for children and €11.90 for seniors. You can buy tickets online and also get super discounts. At the moment you can get 20% discounts on the ticket price. Click the below link to get your discount now.