Peter Vella Director UK Ireland Malta Tourism

Film Trail shines a spotlight on Malta’s big screen sights & on set locations

The scenic coastlines and striking historical sites of Malta, Gozo and Comino have played host to many blockbuster movies.

The Malta Tourism Authority has therefore compiled a list of the destination’s hottest A-list locations in a new Film Trail; the latest map to be released in its series of themed ‘trails’ providing agents and visitors with useful maps to guide them during their time on the island.

The map highlights the backdrops of famous Hollywood films and series’ that have been shot on location across the archipelago. With craggy coastlines, lagoons and renaissance architecture, TV series’ such as Game of Thrones (season one) were filmed at inland villages for a number of dramatic scenes, while Valletta has provided the backdrop for Murder on the Orient Express and Gladiator.

With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, visitors can explore the picture-perfect scene locations for themselves. Some of the Film Trail highlights include:

Mdina: this was Malta’s first capital city and was the location for one of Game of Throne’s most emotional scenes –the farewell between Catelyn and Ned Stark in season one. Boasting a maze of tangled streets built in golden limestone, Mdina is a favourite with film directors looking for a medieval-looking location.

The water tank: Malta is world renowned for its water SFX facility, located on the south-eastern side of the island. Captain Philips’ was shot here in 2013, and the tank is one of the very few to operate with a natural horizon as the backdrop.

Fort Riscoli: located at the South Entrance to the grand harbour at Valletta on Malta, this was a major location for the setting of the films ‘Troy’ and ‘Gladiator’. The Fort is in a dilapidated state but has been a key setting to much of Malta’s history.

Gozo: the setting for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s 'By the Sea' (2015), Gozo has winding roads and is home to the island’s oldest village, Gharb.

For more information or to download the map visit

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