Attard in a bird view with San Antons Garden in the red circle
The San Anton Palace and its Gardens owe their origin to the Knight Antoine de Paule, a French knight from the Langue de Provence, who was elected 54th Grand Master of the Order of St. John in 1623.
As Grand Master de Paule, who also founded Paola in 1626, acquired a sizeable plot of land near Attard and set about building a country villa which was nearer to Valletta than Verdala Palace.
He planned the villa on generous proportions so as to provide accommodation for his guests and for his large domestic staff which included cooks, food tasters, torch bearers, pantry boys, wig makers, a winder of the clocks, and physicians, as well as a baker to make black bread for feeding his hunting dogs.
The Grand Master named the villa ‘Sainte Antoine’ after his patron saint, Anthony of Padua.
San Anton Gardens provide a shady spot in Attard surrounding the beautiful Presidential Palace.
The San Anton Gardens is located in Attard and is one of the most beautiful gardens in Malta with a large variety of beautiful flowers and plants.
This garden has been open to the public since 1882 and it was built by Grand Master Antoine de Paule to complement his summer residence, San Anton Palace, which today is the residence of the Maltese President.
The garden has several walkways that take you through the green gardens where you will discover fountains, ponds with families of ducks and several plants and flowers such as roses, Bougainvillea, Norfolk, Araucarias as well as other trees from all over the world some of them over three centuries old.
The San Anton Gardens are surrounded by walls giving the park a rustic and private atmosphere.
The Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa is a luxurious property, dating back to the 19th century, located in the City of Mdina, just a short distance from the 17th century San Anton Presidential Palace. This Mdina Hotel is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and it features superb facilities including the Athenaeum Day Spa and Orient-inspired Rickshaw Restaurant.
The Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa boasts a total of 152 spacious and elegantly decorated rooms including double, single and triple. All the rooms are nicely decorated and equipped with modern amenities.
There are several dining options and cafes available and guests will also be able to experience the world-class Spa facility, the Athenaeum Spa by Algotherm, a centre of vitality, beauty and well-being offering the ultimate in modern facilities and treatments.