These gardens have been a hit with generations of locals and tourists alike over several generation and we’re willing to wager they will continue to be for many more years to come. They form part of the San Anton Palace, the official residence of the President of Malta. They’ve been open to the public for nearly 150 years. Among the cobbled walkways, pleasantly shaded by ancient trees, you will encounter families of ducks and swans swimming in ornamental ponds as well as discovering beautiful sculptures and an aviary.
The large variety of trees and flowers from around the world should transport you back in time to the 17th century when the Grand Masters of the ruling Knights of Malta first adopted San Anton Palace for their summer retreat.
Some of the trees, in fact, are more than three centuries old, so they might well have been standing as saplings when the notorious knights were knocking around these beds. Eagle Pond, which dates back to 1623, is the oldest part of the grounds. You’ll find it at the far end away from the palace.
A large perimeter wall surrounds the gardens and this adds to the feeling of being enclosed and cut off in a private plot of paradise. The shady gardens with cool spray and vapour coming off the fountains also provide a welcome cooling break from the relentless heat.
It’s also worth checking the events programme of the gardens to see if any of them coincide with your visit to Malta. The list includes the annual Malta Horticultural Show and open-air theatre, as well as a variety of dance and musical performances.