Ta Qali is a wide open space, right at the centre of Malta. Here you will find the National Park, the National Stadium, a Crafts Village, Il-Pitkalija (which is a large vegetable market) and the Malta Aviation Museum.
Originally, this area was used as an air field in World War II. It has since been transformed mostly into a picnic and relaxation area.
Ta Qali National Park is a popular spot with the locals. This is especially so for families with small kids.
The park attracts hundreds of families especially on Sundays. The park is also equipped with an amphitheater.
Many international concerts were staged here. Artists who have performed at Ta Qali over the years, include Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Riccardo Fogli, Bonnie Tyler, Demis Roussos and many more.
The original military huts have since been transformed into small workshops. This area is called the Ta’ Qali Crafts Village and is a very popular attraction for tourists. Here you can see local craftsmen at work producing many types of handicrafts, ranging from silver and filigree ware, blown glass, lace, knitwear and many more.
If you’re looking for some incredibly beautiful souveniers of Malta, the Crafts Village in Ta’ Qali is the place to go.
If you’re an aviation enthusiast, then a visit to the Malta Aviation Museum in Ta’ Qali is a must.
The museum is located some 200 metres away from the Crafts Village. At the museum, you will see various types of aircraft on display including a Spitfire IX, Sea Hawk, a Vampire, a Sea Venom, two DC3 Dakotas and much more. Many other World War II related memorabilia are also on display, such as vehicles and motorcycles of that era.
If you’re visiting the museum, you should allocate about an hour and a half for it (as a minimum).
The museum is open 7 days a week, from 9.00 am till 5.00 pm. It's closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, the 15th of August, Christmas Day & New Year's Day. Entrance fee: Euro 5.00 (Adults), Euro 4.08 (Students), Euro 1.50 (Kids).
In Ta’ Qali, you will also find Malta’s National Stadium. Built in 1980, this stadium is the largest in Malta.
The stadium is mainly used for football matches, but it also hosts concerts and other events. It seats 17,000 people. There’s also a gym which is one of the most popular health & leisure centres in Malta.
In December 2009, there has been a much welcomed extension to Ta’ Qali National Park. Another small park was inaugurated in a section of the former runway.
The BOV Adventure Park includes an interactive water fountain and rope courses. The park has five areas targeted at kids. More equipment is planned to be added in the coming years.