We were in Paola primarily for our reserved tour at the Hypogeum, a vast underground necropolis dating back to 3600 BC. This fragile UNESCO World Heritage site only allows 80 people each day to tour, so we felt fortunate to get reservations. The Hypogeum is a vast burial complex in which they have found the remains of more than 7,000 bodies. It is...more
The Parish Church is the landmark given by the Hypogeum for those visiting and arriving by bus. It seemed to be the main bus terminal for the area. You really can’t miss the church as it dominates that part of town. We were there at noon and the bells kept ringing and ringing – for almost 15 minutes! It was very pretty (see my video to have a...more
I booked more than 4 weeks ahead of our trip to get tickets at the Hypogeum. FYI we visited in October so not even high season. When I booked the tickets already most places were booked. So be prepared! Many people tried to get in last minute but no such luck.I did find it worthwhile! I can't post any pictures as it is forbidden to take any...more
The old state prison now serves as Paola police station, but adjoining that is the current, more modern prison. The old prison building shown here actually bears the legend "Women's Prison" in the stonework above the door.This was also the site of public executions and the last one was held there in 1945.more
Malta's only serving mosque is in Paola, staning on Corradino Hill. There is a newly commissioned Muslim cemetary right next to it too, there having been no proper Muslim cemetary in Malta for many years until then.Though the minaratte of the mosque was clearly visible from the town square it was the heat of mid-afternoon by now and we couldn't...more
The town square is surrounded by most of Paola's important buildings - the church, the band club and Hibernians FC (and the police station/prison is just around the corner) and in the centre of the square is a delightful elongated oval of a park. It's totally surrounded by trees to give shade and in the centre (but offset more towards the church...more
We had arrived early for our tour at the Hypogeum and decided it would be a good time to grab some lunch since we had to get to the airport right after the tour. We parked near the Hypogeum and walked towards the Parish Church. Many places did not seem to be open, but very near the church and across the street we found the Main Street Mall with...more
A staple snack food of Malta is the Pastizzi. This is like an English Pasty, a light pastry shell holding a filling of either cheese or peas.We'd had pastizzis many times before in other cafes around Malta and also Qassata, a bigger more crusty version, but the ones here beat them all for price and for taste.We bought our lunch at The Paramount and...more
One of the things that attracted us to Paola so much was its tree-ringed oval "square" with the art deco looking Paramount Kiosk inside it.These kiosks are a feature of Maltese society and provide food and drink by day and night, and at night become a focal point for friendly social gatherings (= outdoor drinking). Pastizzis!more
We drove to Paola to see the Hypogeum and had read that parking was available on the streets. This is very true. We easily found a spot a block away from the Hypogeum that gave us free parking and a rather large space to put our little rental car. I don’t recall seeing any large parking lots in the parts of the town we visited, but we did see plenty of free street parking. If driving to Paola, it is a good bet that you will easily find parking. Of course, the Paola Feline Car Protection Society was on-hand to keep an eye on our car as you can see from the photo of our little blue rental car!
As a woman I did many window-shopping in Malta but I didnt find anything tempting to buy. as we had booking for Hypogenum and we arrived in Paola earlier, so we had time to take a little walk and there was many little shops for men and woman and actually there was many interesing clothers and with a good price!
What to buy: woman top, skirts, attractive clothes
What to pay: aprox 12,5-14,95 per piece.
The Maltese like their football and every major town has a team, many taking their names from English teams (at least the suffix part). This is Paola Hibernians, my "adopted" Maltese team, like all Maltese teams they have a "social club" right in the centre of town.