Today, we will visit two places in the centre of Malta: a 4thcentury rural catacombs complex and the best park in Malta.
Ta’ Bistra Catacombs
“Ta’ Bistra Catacombs” are located in Mosta.
(200 meters to the left of the roundabout north of Mosta.)
In ancient times, they were used as burial places but, unlike the catacombs that we all know, which were excavated underground, those in Ta´Bistra were obtained as a series of tunnels on the face of the mountain.
In more recent times, they were used as animal shelters.
After a short introductory video, you enter some narrow and low-vaulted tunnels so… “mind your head!” during the visit.
Next, you will follow a corridor where a railing separates you from other catacombs, embedded in the vertical wall.
On the island, other catacombs can be visited: Saint Paul’s in Rabat are the most famous.
The site is open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
San Anton Gardens in Attard
San Anton Palace and Gardens are the official Residence of the President of Malta. The Gardens surrounding the Palace, open to the public since 1882, are reputed to be the richest and the most luxuriant on the island.
Take your time and wander at your ease along the alleys in the shade of tall, centuries-old trees from all latitudes.
Walk among statues and fountains and watch black swans, ducks and goldfish swimming in the small lake, far from the humming of the traffic: that’s totally reinvigorating.
During the summer, San Anton Gardens host the long-standing tradition (since 1950) of the Malta Amateur Dramatic Club: the outdoor night performance of a Shakespearean play in English.
Adjacent to San Anton Gardens, there’s the Kitchen Garden, a small park for families with a children’s playground. There’re also a small zoo, a café and a restaurant. The entrance to the Kitchen Garden is located across the street from San Anton Palace, close to Villa Bologna.