Malta | Joe Walsh Tours


In the year 60 AD, the galleon in which the Paul the Apostle was being taken to Rome as a prisoner awaiting trial, ran aground on the shores of Malta. From the seed St. Paul planted during his three month stay came forth one of the most unique Catholic cultures in the world.

One of the oldest churches in the Maltese capital city, the St. Paul’s Shipwreck Church was built to commemorate the arrival of St. Paul in 60 A.D. following a shipwreck. We also visit St. John’s Co-Cathedral and the Grand Master’s Palace, headquarters of the Knights Hospitalliers of St. John.

Location of the early Christian catacombs and St. Paul’s Grotto, where the saint is said to have lived and preached after his arrival in Malta.

The Roman capital of Malta, Mdina is a co-cathedral with St. John’s in Valleta. Here St. Paul supposedly converted the Roman governor Publius, who subsequently became the first Bishop of Malta.

The local parish church whose cupola is a replication of the Pantheon in Rome, with its impressive mural paintings depicting scenes of the life of Jesus Christ.

Ta’ Pinu Basilica
The most important Maltese place of pilgrimage, built to commemorate an 1883 apparition of Our Lady to a local woman.

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Local Information

  • Currency: Euro (€, EUR)
  • Local time: GMT +1 hour
  • Airports: Malta (MLA)
  • Flight duration: 3 hours 30 minutes approximately
  • Transfer time: 30 minutes approximately
  • Languages: Maltese and English
  • Climate: Mediterranean climate with long dry summers
  • Voltage: 230V A/C throughout the island. Sockets outlets and sockets of Type G 3 pin are used.
  • Visa: not required for EU citizens; non-EU citizens are advised to check with the relevant authorities
  • Passport: EU passport holders travelling to Malta must have an up-to-date passport valid for travel three months beyond the date of return; non-EU citizens are advised to check with the relevant authorities