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The Best Video of Malta You'll Ever Watch

OLIVER ASTROLOGO ‘s video takes us on a journey to discover an island of contrasts and surprises: Malta.

From lounging on St. Peter’s pool beach to discovering the colourful village of Marsaxlokk; from mingling with the fishermen to relaxing on the traditional Luzzu boats marked by the “Eye of Osiris”; the whole island is stunning.

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What are people viewing online about Malta? A simple search reveals interesting findings when it comes to the most popular! Have a look at a few top ranking videos we uncovered.

6. Exploration Brothers drone footage

The top viewed drone footage video of Malta only has 160K views, with even more impressive ones clocking less. Can we fix that? Malta is simply stunning from the air! 

5. VisitMalta tourism video

VisitMalta is the Malta Tourism Authority's online portal. With 900K views, this is their top viewed video promoting Malta as a holiday destination. We've uncovered even more popular promotional material that's produced by tourism agencies and vloggers away from these shores, but sadly, they aren't in English!

4. The famous argument: USA vs Malta

The most famous argument to ever hit the Maltese Islands is up next, recorded in this viral video which got almost half a million views. Fun fact: the American guy worked at the American Embassy and lost his job following this video going viral. Watch out, you never know who's watching!

3. My life is potato/Malta potatoes

With this version carrying 1.9 million views, the original Malta Potatoes carrying another half a million views and various other remixes, we find a video that has become something of a Maltese icon. An interview in broken English with Michael, a passionate local potato farmer, went viral, and even made it onto Reddit.

2. Titti, the diving dog

No, this is not the original video  of Titti and her owner Carmelo diving together that went viral. Following the interest in Mark Cassar's viral video, Barcroft TV made a feature that got 2.8 million views; the original had 160K.

1. The joke about the Italian who went to Malta

With over 31.5 million views, this well-known joke makes it to the top of the list of local videos. This parody on the Italian accent in spoken English has been printed on all kinds of Malta souvenirs, and even made it to YouTube. What an odd way for Malta to be introduced to the unacquainted!

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Your Trip to Malta: The Complete Guide

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Malta, or the Republica of Malta, is an island nation in the central Mediterranean, located between Sicily and North Africa. It includes the main island of Malta (home to the capital city, Valletta), the smaller island of Gozo, and the tiny, barely populated island of Comino. Over the millennia, Malta's strategic position has made it a prized possession of civilizations, kingdoms, and regional powers seeking to control trade in the Mediterranean. As a result, Malta has a fascinating history, with influences of Roman, Arab, Norman, Spanish and British cultures, among others—seen especially in its historic cities.

Malta is also known for the waters that surround it—the Mediterranean Sea around Malta and its associated islands is clear, deep, and very popular with divers and snorkelers. For Europeans, Malta is a quick island getaway for warm weather, beaches, and history.

Planning Your Trip

Here are some basics for planning your trip to Malta.

Best Time to Visit:  Summers in Malta are hot, dry, and crowded, as July to September is peak season. To avoid the crowds but still be relatively sure of warm but not hot weather, the best time to visit is in the late spring to early summer, from April to June. By May, the sea is warm enough for swimming.

Language:  The official languages of Malta are Maltese and English. The former is a Semitic language with its roots in the Arab-Sicilian domination of Malta in the Middle Ages. Italian is also widely spoken on the island. Why most Maltese speak the Maltese language among themselves, you'll find that most also speak English, especially in hotels, shops, and restaurants.

Currency:  Malta is part of the European Union and uses the Euro as its currency  . No other currencies are accepted.

Getting Around:  Malta has an efficient public bus system that connects to the airport, cruise port, and most cities, towns, and tourist sites, including on Gozo. If you decide to rent a car, keep in mind that Malta adheres to British driving rules, meaning cars have their steering wheels on the car's righthand side, and driving is on the lefthand side of the road. Taxis are numerous and easy to find. Motor scooter and bicycle rentals are popular ways to get around, and a water taxi service carries passengers across Valletta's Grand Harbour.

Travel Tip:  Malta is small but densely populated and congested. In high season and at morning and evening rush hour, expect to spend some time sitting in traffic.

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Things to Do

Visitors to Malta mostly come for three reasons: history, the sea, and a fun, resort-like feel. You might pass a vacation here by visiting historical and archaeological sites one day, and beaches and swimming spots another. If you have the chance to get out on the water in a boat, whether it's a ferry, kayak, or chartered sailboat, don't miss it. In the evenings, the lively alleys of the capital city of Valletta are lined with open-air restaurants and bars.

Here are a few sights and activities not to be missed:

  • Visit historic cities and sites. Valletta, the fortified capital city of Malta, dominates the Grand Harbour. The 16th-century city was built by the Knights of Malta in high Baroque style and has a well-preserved historic center. The fortress city of Mdina was built by the Arabs in the 11th century and served as Malta's capital until the 1500s. The Megalithic Temples of Malta, including Ħaġar Qim and four others, are the oldest free-standing stone structures globally   and a combined UNESCO World Heritage Site. For some perspective: they predate the pyramids of Egypt, Stonehenge, and Ireland's New Grange.
  • Get in the water. The islands of Malta, Gozo, and Comino are ringed by dramatic rocky coves with stunningly clear water and a few sandy beaches. Top sandy beaches include Golden Bay Beach and red-hued Ramla Bay on Gozo. For swimming and snorkeling, On tiny Comino, the aptly named Blue Lagoon is famous for its otherworldly turquoise waters. On Malta, St. Peter's Pool has huge rock slabs for sunning in-between jumping into blue-green waters. From the beautiful swimming cove at Għar Lapsi, you can catch a boat to the Blue Grotto, the most famous of the many sea caves carved into the shorelines of Malta and Gozo.
  • Party into the night. Malta is a party destination, attracting young and old revelers to dine out, drink and socialize at top spots all over the island. In Valletta's Old Town, narrow, steep alleyways are lined with bars and restaurants that buzz with activity from early evening. In the combined area of Sliema, St. Julian's, and St. George's Bay, modern luxury hotels, beach resorts, and shopping, dining, and entertainment complexes draw revelers from across Europe and beyond.

For more on things to do in Malta, check our articles on the Most Adventurous Things to Do in Malta and the Top Things to Do in Malta .

What to Eat and Drink

As with Maltese history and culture, Malta's cuisine has been greatly influenced by the many cultures that ruled the islands over thousands of years. Most prevalent is the Italian influence—there are Italian restaurants and pizzerias all over Malta and Gozo. But the cuisine also has elements of French, Greek, Arabic, Spanish and British cooking. Rabbit is among the most popular dishes in the country, prepared any number of ways but most often in a stew, called stuffat tal-fenek . Pastizzi are savory pastries filled with peas or a ricotta mixture. Another only-in-Malta dish is ftira , a flatbread that is either stuffed with savory ingredients or served like a pizza, with cheese, vegetables and often, sausage or other meat. Lampuki pie is a local fish pie baked with potatoes, mint, and capers.

Both red and white wines are developed in Malta. White wines are crisp and dry, and include Chardonnay, Vermentino, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc. Syrah and Merlot are two of the most commonly found reds on the island. Cisk is the local craft beer, and you'll find bartenders mixing up a range of international cocktails, including the ubiquitous Aperol Spritz.

Where to Stay

Where you base your stay in Malta depends largely on your interests. Keep in mind that the island is small and can be easily traversed by rental car or bus. Valletta, the capital city, has several important sights, is close to the airport, has a range of accommodation options, and is a good hub for exploring the rest of the country. Sliema, St. Julian's, and St. George's Bay have the largest concentration of luxury hotels, though there are less expensive options here as well. Families and couples come here for the beaches, and the younger crowd hits nearby Paceville for the nightlife. Quiet Mellieħa is favored by those who want to spend the majority of their time at the beach. Gozo is also much quieter and lower-key than the busiest parts of Malta and draws an older crowd looking for total relaxation and lots of time in the sun and sea.

Getting There

Small, easily navigable Malta International Airport (MLA) is the country's only airport. While there are no direct flights between Malta and the U.S., the airport is well-connected to Europe, the Middle East, and Russia. Air Malta, Alitalia, RyanAir, EasyJet, and Wizz Air are among the carriers with the most frequent flights in and out. The airport is about 10 kilometers from downtown Valletta and is connected to Valletta and the rest of the island by bus or taxi.

Gozo is only reachable by ferry or private boat, or charter. Ferries depart about every 30 minutes from the port at Ċirkewwa, on the northern tip of Malta, for the 25-minute ride to Gozo. Vehicle, foot, and bike passengers are welcomed on board.

Culture and Customs 

Malta ranks only behind Romania as the most religious country in Europe. And despite its reputation as a European party destination, its population is devout, with a wide majority identifying as Roman Catholic and attending mass regularly. When entering any church, be sure that your shoulders and chest are covered and that your legs are covered from the knees up—this goes for all genders.

In restaurants, tip about 5-10 percent of the bill. If a service charge has been added, you don't need to tip, though a euro or two extra for good service is always appreciated.

Money-Saving Tips

In terms of vacation costs, Malta falls right about in the middle of the rest of Europe—cheaper than destinations like Paris and Venice, but more expensive than Eastern Europe, for example. Here are a few ways to save money on your vacation to Malta:

  • Buy the Malta Pass. If you plan to do a lot of sightseeing in one day or a few days, the Malta Pass is a good investment. It includes admission to more than 35 top attractions, plus a sightseeing bus to get around on.
  • For meals, go casual. The Maltese snacks of ftira and pastizzi are cheap, handheld meals in themselves. They're sold, along with tasty sandwiches and pizza, just about everywhere, especially near beaches and other destinations where tourists gather.

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Things To Do in Malta: 40+ Best Attractions and Activities

If you’re planning to visit the Maltese islands, there are more than enough fun things to do in Malta – from sightseeing to tourist attractions and more adventurous activities.

Here’s a comprehensive list of my best Malta travel tips to help you decide what to do in Malta!

Top 3 Things to Do in Malta

1. head to the stunning blue lagoon.

The stunning Blue Lagoon Malta at Comino island.

Malta’s most must-visit destination is on the tiny island Comino: Blue Lagoon Bay . Just northeast of the Maltese coast, this gem of a lagoon boasts the most sparkling azure-blue water, which will invite anyone into the water.

Head here for a lazy day of tanning, swimming and cocktails – and bring a snorkel set just in case; the marine life is exciting.

The best boat tour to the Blue Lagoon is one of Sea Adventure Malta , where you’ll head to the lagoon on one of their three boat options:

  • Large catamaran with slides – great for families with kids
  • Same large catamaran but at sunset ( highly recommended – much quieter experience!)
  • Smaller catamaran (“Sea Odyssey”)

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I recommend taking a boat tour rather than organising everything yourself and taking the ferry, as it will save you hassle and also because it can be hard to find a spot to relax on the tiny beach near the Blue Lagoon.

If you’d rather have more flexibility, I recommend taking the iSeeMalta ferry . This hop-on-hop-off ferry works the same way as the buses, which allows you to hop on at different stops and hop off wherever you want.

For just an attractive price, you can get a day pass, with which you can head to the Blue Lagoon and back to your accommodation, wherever that is.

2. Explore the Blue Grotto

Taking a Blue Grotto tour is one of the best things to do in Malta!

The Blue Grotto is one of the most unique things to do in Malta. This is a must-visit, especially on sunny summer days when the Mediterranean seawater sparkles around the impressive rock cave formation in the south of Malta.

You’re taken inside the Blue Grotto with a short boat tour to admire the sunlight bouncing off the sandy sea floor onto the rocks above. Truly magical!

Combine it with a visit to Malta’s traditional fishing village, Marsaxlokk and its big market in this Blue Grotto and Marsaxlokk tour to make the most of your day.

3. Tour the famous Grand Harbour

One of the amazing views on most Valletta tours at the Upper Barrakka Gardens.

The absolutely stunning and fortified capital of Malta, Valletta, is a peninsula surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea – and the Grand Harbour . From Marsamxett Harbour in the west to the Three Cities and their harbours on the east side, all the surrounding areas have played a significant role in protecting the capital throughout the centuries.

You can cruise through Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour for just €20 with the iSeeMalta Grand Harbour cruise .

You’ll get the opportunity to imagine the rich history of the area as you visit the natural harbours on both sides of Valletta. This 90-minute hop-on-hop-off tour allows you to get on board wherever you are, as well as make several stops on the way. Flexible and enjoyable!

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Top 5 Malta Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing Destinations

1. the capital city of valletta.

You can’t visit Malta without visiting its intriguing and gorgeous capital, Valletta. The city holds a centuries-long history and is filled with historical sites. It definitely needs to be on your list of things to do in Malta! Read more about Malta’s capital further down.

Valletta skyline at sunset.

2. St. John’s Co-Cathedral

Within Valletta, you’ll find the iconic Saint John’s Co-Cathedral . The Roman-Catholic co-cathedral dates back to 1577, and its interior is considered to be one of Europe’s finest examples of high Baroque architecture. Learn more about the cathedral in the Valletta section of this article.

The impressive view of the nave from the main entrance at the St. John's Co-Cathedral.

3. The walled city of Mdina

If you are interested in Malta’s history or want to visit its second-most impressive city, the ancient city of Mdina is bound to impress. The fortified city used to be Malta’s capital, and within its walls hides some of the most admirable art and architecture. Learn more about Mdina in the section below.

Mdina: One of the top sightseeing destinations and things to do in Malta.

4. Gozo: Natural beauty

Prefer nature over city life? Then, the smaller Island of Gozo is an absolute must. Malta’s sister island is a natural gem, with bountiful greenery and plenty of beaches to explore.

A lot quieter than the bustling island of Malta, the idyllic island will capture your heart if you love peace and serenity. Further down below, you can find more details about Gozo and how to get there.

The inland sea at Dwejra has a small pebbly beach and makes for a great spot to swim and snorkel.

5. Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum

Malta is famous for its prehistoric buildings and remains, and one of the most impressive ones is the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum. This underground burial site dates back to 4000 BC and was only discovered in 1902. Read on to find out more!

The Central Chamber of the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum

Visit Malta’s capital city of Valletta and its many museums

Valletta is a true gem of a place and an absolute must-visit. It’s one of my favourite places in Malta, and I always discover something new whenever I go there.

These are a few of the top places to visit and things to do while you’re there.

St. John’s Co-Cathedral

The jewel of Valletta is the St. John’s Co-Cathedral. A modestly designed exterior hides what’s inside: A jaw-dropping display of art, Baroque design, marble floors with large tombstones and several niches and chapels. To boot, its museum displays works by the world-famous late-Renaissance painter Caravaggio.

La Sacra Infermeria

The shallow staircase inside La Sacra Infermeria that takes you down to the main ward.

La Sacra Infermeria’s Great Ward was once Europe’s longest at 155 metres long. The entire Infirmary accommodated a total of 563 beds in 1787.

When visiting La Sacra Infermeria, don’t miss out on the Augmented Reality (AR) experience named ‘Reliving The Sacra Infermeria’. Interact with the history and its protagonists while being transported back in time with this innovative concept – a fun and educational experience for everyone.

There is also the Malta Experience, an audio-visual showing narrating the intriguing 7000-year history of Malta.

In just 45 minutes, you’ll grasp the country’s unique history, which will enrich your entire understanding of the islands, its people, and the places you’ll visit.

Upper Barrakka Gardens

The Upper Barrakka Gardens are a real serene treat in Valletta, hidden away in a corner of the city and offering a break from the bustling capital.

Take a stroll past the fountain and flowers, enjoy the amazing views of the Grand Harbour and grab a coffee while you enjoy some shade. You can also visit the Lascaris War Rooms while you’re here. It doesn’t get better than this!

The Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta.

Grand Master’s Palace

Right in the centre of Valletta, you’ll find the Grand Master’s Palace in all its majesty. The palace was built between the 16th and 18th centuries as the palace of the Grand Master of the Order of St. John, who ruled Malta.

Inside the Grand Master’s palace, you’ll find stunning artworks, heritage items, and old Maltese furniture. You can also visit the Palace State Rooms, located inside Grandmaster’s Palace, which is a very impressive attraction to admire as well.

Finish your visit with the Palace Armoury, which houses a huge collection of armour and artillery that belonged to the Knights of the Order of St. John and the Ottomans.

Lascaris War Rooms

Located under the Upper Barrakka Gardens, the Lascaris War Rooms are known as Malta’s best-kept secret.

The underground complex of tunnels and chambers housed the War Headquarters, which was used to coordinate the island’s defence during the Second World War. After that, the Lascaris War Rooms were used by NATO, and today, you can visit them as a museum.

Church of St. Paul’s Shipwreck

One of Valletta’s oldest churches is the Church of St. Paul’s Shipwreck, dating back all the way to the 1570s.

The story of the apostle St. Paul is described in the New Testament, and it is believed that his shipwreck on the island brought Christianity to Malta. Today, St. Paul is considered Malta’s spiritual father.

National War Museum at Fort St. Elmo

Check out the National War Museum as you explore Fort St. Elmo . With a superb collection of artefacts dating back to prehistoric times, this national museum provides a detailed overview of Malta’s important role in several wars, especially the Second World War.

The front gate at Fort St. Elmo in Valletta.

Casa Rocca Piccola

This unique attraction in the heart of Valletta is an impressive 16th-century palace of a Maltese noble family, and it’s clear from the second you step inside.

Casa Rocca Piccola is still privately owned by a noble Maltese family and lovingly taken care of, and the owners will happily show you around their beloved home.

The dining room at Casa Rocca Piccola.

MUŻA is an art museum located at Auberge d’Italie in Valletta, Malta, displaying works by Maltese and foreign artists representing the major European artistic styles

Formerly known as the National Museum of Fine Arts, it was located at Admiralty House between 1974 and 2016.

Today, it’s the perfect place to visit if you are into art and want to discover some of Malta’s iconic artists and want to learn about Malta’s history through the arts.

Valletta walking tours

Merchants Street, Valletta at sunset.

You can tour Valletta in different ways, either by yourself with my Valletta travel guidebook  (highly recommended, of course!) or with one of these well-reviewed walking tours:

  • Majestic Valletta – Half-day tour – If you only have half a day to see Valletta, fear not – you’ll be able to see the main highlights. This half-day Valletta tour takes you to the Upper Barrakka Gardens, St. John’s Co-Cathedral, and Grandmaster’s Palace without feeling rushed.
  • Night tour through Valletta, Mosta and Mdina – Valletta at night is a whole different experience, as people sit back and relax after a day of work. But it isn’t the only city that lights up after sundown, as Mdina and the Rotunda in Mosta shine just as bright. This night tour takes you to all three to give you the most magical Malta at night experience.
  • Private Valletta Guided Tour – If you prefer a private guide, this is one of the best options I usually recommend. You’ll be guided around by one of the most knowledgeable tour guides in Malta, who knows Valletta inside out. Apart from being able to book a date of your choice, you can also customise your itinerary, covering a half day (4 hours).
  • Valletta: Street Food and Culture Walking Tour If you want to indulge even more in Maltese culture, check out this tour.  You’ll discover the city’s main landmarks while savouring the island’s tastiest street food.
  • Valletta: The Dark Side Walking Tour – This night tour is slightly different. You’ll explore the most spectral and mysterious side of the city, with several commonly known ghost stories told at specific spots. Having seen centuries of war, occupation, and violence, that’s no surprise!

More info on sightseeing in Valletta here: Top 20 Things to Do and Places of Interest in Valletta

Admire the Natural Beauty of Gozo

If you have a day or two, I absolutely recommend visiting Gozo Island. The more natural and serene sister island to Malta offers peace and quiet and just as much history as the island of Malta itself. It’s definitely one of my favourite things to do in Malta!

How to get there

You can take the main ferry to Gozo from the north of Malta, in Ċirkewwa. Depending on where you are staying, it can take quite a while to get there – around an hour and a half from Valletta by local bus.

However, the ferry trip to take you across to Mġarr Harbour in Gozo just takes 20 minutes, and a return ticket is €4.65. Ferries go to and from Gozo almost 24/7, about twice per hour.

Another faster option (if you are located centrally) is the fast ferry from Valletta, which also arrives at Mġarr Harbour. The ferry is operated by Gozo Highspeed, charging €7.50 for a one-way ticket. The trip from Valletta to Gozo takes just under 45 minutes.

Just be aware that the vessels, although fast, aren’t recommended for people who get seasick easily!

The Gozo ferry departing from Cirkewwa in the North of Malta.

Take a day trip to Gozo

Tuk Tuk Gozo tour: A fun way to discover this beautiful island.

While public transport exists in the form of buses, the network isn’t known for its efficiency, and a rental car is almost always the better alternative if you’re set on discovering Gozo without help.

These are a few of the best options for day trips in Gozo :

  • A fun and exciting way to explore Gozo is on a Tuk Tuk tour . Cruising around in a traditional Tuk Tuk with a driver who knows the very best spots on the island, you’ll be sure you won’t miss a thing while enjoying the sun on the way. Each of these Tuk Tuks can carry up to 6 passengers, so it makes for a great option if you’re travelling with a group or for families with kids. Prices include hotel transfers and lunch! More info here: Gozo Tuk Tuk tours .
  • You can also get Quad bike tours with the same operator. These vehicles are for real adventurers and easily cover rough terrain, seating two people. More info here: Gozo quad biking .
  • Gozo is gorgeous, and if you have the time, I recommend going for at least one full day. This full-day Gozo tour lets you discover the stunning island and includes all the top attractions, and the price includes all transport and entrance costs.
  • This Gozo tour “with a difference” takes you to the lesser-visited spots on the island. Visit the Ġgantija Temples complex (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), hop on a trackless train and enjoy the Marsalforn, Qbajjar and Xwejni bays. You’ll get to see nature and history at once.
  • This is another great Gozo full-day sightseeing tour , taking you to the impressive Ta’ Pinu Basilica and on a train ride to the Cittadella in Victoria. Check out Gozo’s beaches and UNESCO World Heritage Sites at a relaxed pace.

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Wander around Victoria’s old town

Gozo’s capital, Victoria, is a small but lovely town with an authentic atmosphere.

Wander around to explore the little alleys, many churches and cosy squares, and make your way to a local coffee shop for a quick break or Maltese pastizzi (puff pastry).

You’ll also find amazing hand-made and original souvenirs in the stores around town.

Explore the Cittadella

In Victoria lies the majestic and ancient Cittadella, Gozo’s fortified city. This is a must-see, as it dates back to circa 1500 BC and is still home to many interesting sites and museums.

Take a nice walk around the city’s walls to see Gozo’s most amazing views, and check out the Old Prison to get an idea of what the Middle Ages in the capital were like.

Visit Dwejra and its Inland Sea

The inland sea at Dwejra has a small pebbly beach and makes for a great spot to swim and snorkel.

Few spots around Gozo provide as much natural beauty as Dwejra and its surroundings.

From the Inland Sea (a small bathing area surrounded by tall cliffs connected to the open sea) to Fungus Rock (once known for a rare species of fungi) and Dwejra Bay itself, peace and nature are one here.

It’s one of my favourite spots around the Maltese islands.

Fancy a visit to Gozo? Get more ideas here: 25+ Things to Do in Gozo .

Hop-on-hop-off buses and ferries

If you want to see most of Malta and Gozo but are short on time or simply enjoy being driven around with the flexibility to get off anywhere, check out the hop-on-hop-off buses and ferries by iSeeMalta .

The buses and ferries take specific routes, hitting almost all of the islands’ highlights, and you can decide where you want to stop and have a better look around.

Very convenient if you want your transport sorted and know where you want to go.

Go Back in Time at the Silent City of Mdina

Mdina main gate and ditch below.

Valletta is a historical city, but Mdina beats Malta’s current capital in terms of age and should definitely be in your list of things to do in Malta.

The island’s former capital, also known as the Silent City, dates back all the way to the 8th century BC when Phoenician settlers inhabited the town, which was then known as “Maleth”.

But even if you’re not a history geek, Mdina is an incredible city that you can’t miss out on. Sitting on top of one of the tallest hills on the island of Malta, Mdina is a small town surrounded by tall bastions and a large moat (which is nowadays a garden).

Although it’s a popular option among things to do in Malta, it rarely feels busy in its narrow streets and alleys, and there really is nothing like it. It’s as if you’re taking a step back in time – that’s how well-preserved the place is.

Once there, I also highly recommend paying a visit to the town of Rabat, which you can find on the doorstep of Mdina.

Tours of Mdina

Because Mdina has many stories to tell, getting a tour is a good idea. These are a few of the options:

  • Get a 2.5-hour walking tour of the highlights of Mdina and Rabat with an experienced local guide and learn about these towns’ fascinating history.
  • This full-day culture & history tour takes you to Mdina, as well as the Dingli cliffs, Catacombs, San Anton, Botanical Gardens, Presidential Palace, the Rotunda in Mosta and Ta’ Qali.
  • If you’d like to explore both Mdina and the capital, Valletta, after the sun sets (- a completely different experience), check out this popular night tour .

The best things to do and see in Mdina

St. Roque's Chapel painted ceiling in Mdina.

  • Speaking of food: Sample some local sweets paired with Italian coffee at Fontanella Tea Garden or enjoy lunch at Xara Palace  – Trattoria AD 1530 . You can also grab some of the tastiest pastizzi (savoury pastries with ricotta cheese or mashed peas) made in Malta at is-Serkin (just outside of Mdina, on the edge of Rabat – close to the Domus Romana – see below).
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral can be found at the heart of Mdina and is worth a visit. TIP: The small chapel of St. Roque around the corner is a little hidden gem which you can admire from inside during the day.
  • Palazzo Falson is one of the quirkier places to visit in Malta. The former home of a collector of antiquities, this ages-old house is full of old weapons, art and artefacts collected by its most famous resident Olof Frederick Gollcher.
  • The National Museum of Natural History is located in the stunning 18th-century Vilhena Palace, designed in the French Baroque style. From local geology to human evolution and from marine fauna to birds, you’ll discover everything there’s to learn about nature here.
  • The Domus Romana is one of the finest examples of Roman Empire remains found on the island of Malta. This museum, right outside Mdina, is known for its beautiful examples of Roman mosaic floors, forming part of what once was a Roman house.

Experience Malta as a Local at the Three Cities

Small street with steps in the Three Cities.

Walking around, you will take in the century-old architecture and hear the locals share daily gossip from their balconies over a te fit-tazza – a traditional Maltese cup of tea.

You’ll get the most out of the Three Cities by simply wandering around, having a taste of traditional Maltese food in one of the many restaurants, and taking in the views (and sun!) at the Grand Harbour.

Prefer a guided tour? I highly recommend this half-day tour (4 hours) which includes a harbour cruise by boat.

While you’re in the Three Cities, you can opt to visit these museums in Vittoriosa:

Fort St. Angelo

The main entrance to Fort St. Angelo.

When the Knights of the Order of St. John arrived in Malta, it wasn’t Valletta or even Mdina, which was their seat of power. It was Vittoriosa.

At the end of the peninsula of Vittoriosa, you can find the beautifully restored Fort St. Angelo, which was the home of the Knights and which played an important part in their victory during the Great Siege of Malta.

Apart from the impressive building and its fortifications, the museum inside its walls tells the story well.

It’s not just a destination for history buffs, families with kids also enjoy a visit to explore Fort St. Angelo.

Malta Maritime Museum

Surrounded by the sea, it’s no wonder that Malta has a rich naval history.

Covering over 7000 years, the Maritime Museum presents over 20,000 artefacts that represent traces of occupancy, conflict and change throughout the centuries.

Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Malta’s history is long and intriguing, so much even that three sites have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List , while another seven are on the Tentative List.

1) Valletta

Valletta's magnificent skyline at sunset: A memorable view on popular Malta tours and excursions.

First on the Inscribed list is Malta’s capital, Valletta, which is no surprise because the city is basically a historical open-air museum.

Built in the 16th century by the Knights of Malta, it’s one of the smallest capital cities in Europe, largely surrounded by impressive fortifications.

Despite intense bombing during the Second World War, a large number of centuries-old buildings have survived, and there’s something to admire at almost every corner.

Valletta is a destination in itself, and you can easily spend three days sightseeing there. A number of popular things to do in Malta can be found here, so you won’t get bored here.

2) The Megalithic Temples of Malta

The Ġgantija Temples as seen from above.

Seven of the several Megalithic temples that Malta is known for are recognised by UNESCO, and most are open to the public.

The most important temples were built between approximately 3600 BC and 2500 BC, and are impressive to visit. Although you could list them all on your sightseeing itinerary, my advice is as follows:

  • Visit the Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra temples near the village of Qrendi, in the South of Malta. These temples are some of the best-preserved examples and are located next to each other. They also have an excellent visitors’ centre that provides rich information on the temples as a whole and the people who built them.
  • Alternatively, the ancient ruins of the Tarxien Temples are also a great option and a little more central on the island of Malta. The Tarxien Temples also have a small visitors’ centre, but more importantly, the remains of the temples are worth viewing.
  • Visit the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta if you want to get more detail on the subject and admire some of the unique artefacts found around some of the temples.
  • If you plan to stay in Gozo, the Ġgantija Temples should be on your to-do list.

3) Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum

Another extremely impressive UNESCO World Heritage site to visit is the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, an underground Neolithic complex in use between 4000 BC and 1500 BC.

Discovered accidentally in 1902, it’s a popular sightseeing destination for history buffs and curious culture-seekers. In fact, I recommend buying tickets in advance from Heritage Malta if you decide to visit the Hypogeum.

Sample fresh seafood at Marsaxlokk

View of Marsaxlokk harbour

An island in the middle of the Mediterranean can’t go without a fishing hotspot, and Malta’s famous fishers’ village is Marsaxlokk , in the south of the island.

With picturesque, colourful luzzu (traditional Maltese fishing boats) all around the harbour and some of the island’s best seafood, you can have an amazing time in this tiny fishing village.

On Sunday mornings, there’s a famous fish market, selling anything from seafood and fresh produce to souvenirs and clothes.

Don’t miss out on the local cuisine, especially if you love fish, and wander around to spot the Marsaxlokk parish church.

Though Marsaxlokk is picturesque, it is also quite small, so the things to see and do are limited. That’s why I recommend taking this combo tour with the Blue Grotto , where you’ll be hitting the South’s highlights in one day.

The Blue Grotto and Marsaxlokk make for a great sightseeing combination, so make sure to see both!

Take the family to Popeye Village

Popeye Village is a must if you’re travelling with children, but the view is just as impressive even if you aren’t with the little ones.

The colourful village was built up against the cliffs in Mellieħa in 1980 as a set for the iconic Popeye film starring Robin Williams, so you might recognise it if you’re a bit of a movie buff.

If you’re on a budget or don’t feel like going inside Popeye Village, do go for a swim at the bottom of the cliffs at Anchor Bay.

This picturesque bay and its sparkling water lures down many tourists. It’s a great spot for snorkelling and diving, too, provided the wind direction is favourable.

Popeye Village is a great outing for families with kids.

Visit the Malta National Aquarium

If you love marine life or want to entertain the whole family, visit the Malta National Aquarium.

Discover the Mediterranean species that can be found all around the Maltese islands and plunge into Gozo and Comino’s waters.

But that’s not all – you’ll find history from the time of the Roman Empire, exotic species in the Tropical Oceans zone, and plenty of other interesting animals in the reptiles and amphibians area. Lots to see and learn!

The starfish-shaped building of the Malta National Aquarium in Qawra (at Ta' Fra Ben).

Explore Sea Life in the wild

Scuba diving.

Malta’s underwater life is rich, as you’ll find caves, reefs, and wrecks dotted all around the islands.

Some of Europe’s most impressive dive sites are located in Malta, Gozo and Comino, and with plenty of Mediterranean wildlife, there is always something interesting to see.

Gozo’s Blue Hole is one of the most stunning dive sites around the island, as you descend into a natural swimming pool and find yourself between caves and rock formations.

A good reason to visit Malta is that it is also a great place to discover scuba diving, get your license, or even further develop your skills by doing one of the more advanced courses.

These are a few recommended dive sites to check out:

Um El Faroud

A massive tanker, 115 metres, sunk to a depth of 31-35 metres as an artificial reef in 1995. Today, it is considered one of Malta’s best wrecks, with lots of marine life and plenty to explore. You need to be an advanced diver for this dive site.

Patrol boat P29 & Rozi

This East German minesweeper became a Maltese Patrol Boat in 1997 and sunk a decade later, after which it sits on a sandy bottom at 36 metres deep. Head to the north of Malta, Cirkewwa, to get a good look at the P29 and the Rozi wreck. You need to be an advanced diver for this dive site.

Santa Marija Caves, Comino

You can swim through the Santa Marija caves in Comino, where you’ll see stunning light reflections on the vertical walls and observe abundant marine life. This diving spot is for divers of all levels.

Inland Sea Tunnel, Gozo

Near the famous Blue Hole in Gozo, you’ll find the Inland Sea Tunnel, which is also an amazing dive site. Swim through the 80-metre-long tunnel from the Inland Sea to the open water and admire the light show that the sun and water create.

Marine wildlife

Malta’s cliffs, reefs and wrecks are home to many different Mediterranean marine species.

The ones you’ll likely come across underwater in Malta include groupers, amberjack, various bream, octopi, squid, flying fish, gurnard, stingrays, meagre, bogue, red mullet, parrotfish and the occasional moray eel.

Though there aren’t many big fish around the islands, a lucky diver might see tuna, dolphins and bonitos – but don’t get your hopes up too much.

Snorkelling

The best spots for snorkelling in Malta are those with crystal blue waters and plenty of rock formations and reefs for fish and little sea animals to hide in.

Fomm ir-Riħ Bay

This remote beach is a gem in itself, as not many tourists find their way there, but the underwater life might be even more impressive.

The sea is clean and clear, and there are plenty of fish, water animals and rock formations to spot.

St. Peter’s Pool

St. Peter’s Pool in the south of Malta is a popular natural pool where locals and tourists alike love to enjoy a long summer day. Besides cliff jumping, the area is ideal for snorkelling, as there are rocks, cliffs and beautiful fish species. You can get there either by car, on foot or by taking one of the boat tours from Marsaxlokk.

Blue Lagoon

Comino’s Blue Lagoon is perhaps Malta’s most famous spot for swimming, sunbathing and snorkelling. Remember that you definitely won’t be the only one here, but many would say the crystal-clear waters are worth it.

Check out the caves, beaches and inlets around Comino too, where you’ll find more marine life and fewer people.

Aerial view of Blue Lagoon Bay in Malta.

Head to one of Malta’s Sandy Beaches

Although it’s just a tiny rock in the Mediterranean Sea, there are a few beautiful sandy beaches around Malta to admire.

You can either visit these beaches by public transport or with a rental car or get a completely different experience by enjoying these beaches at sea: This Beaches and Bays Cruise by Sea Adventure Excursions is highly recommended .

You’ll sail to the first two of the beaches below (depending on the weather/sea conditions) on a catamaran, combined with a stop at the Blue Lagoon.

Want to just visit the beaches the old-fashioned way? These are my top recommendations!

Golden Bay Beach

Golden Bay and a Radisson Hotel perched on one of the surrounding cliffs

Golden Bay is Malta’s staple beach and definitely the place to go if you’re seeking a sunny day on a large, clean and comfortable beach.

Although it does get busy in summer, Golden Bay has access to all the amenities you might need – from toilets and kiosks to all the water sports you can imagine – and is easily accessible for anyone, whether you drive yourself or hop on a bus.

Especially on weekends, it’s also a popular beach for barbecues, and there’ll be a lively atmosphere.

Riviera Bay

Għajn Tuffieħa Bay - One of Malta's best beaches

Riviera Bay, also known as Għajn Tuffieħa , is my all-time favourite beach. It is situated right next to Golden Bay Beach, just a 10-minute walk away. It is lesser-known and therefore slightly less busy, but it’s also way smaller, making it quite crowded on summer days.

At this beautiful bay, you’ll find more surfers, stunning nature to explore and hike through, and one restaurant that offers basic meals.

Do keep in mind that you need to descend and ascend stairs to get there, so it’s not the most easily accessible.

St. Peter’s Pool isn’t a sandy beach but a beautiful natural pool near Marsaxlokk, in the south of Malta.

This natural swimming pool is popular for swimming and cliff jumping, but you can also do some amazing snorkelling here.

Head to the natural swimming pool from Marsaxlokk village and spend your day on the rocks while taking in the sun and the sea.

Experience the Festa

Festa celebrations with fireworks in Naxxar, Malta.

Maltese people know how to party, and it shouldn’t surprise you that they have plenty of local and national festa – feasts.

For each saint and event, there is a celebration, and towns typically have their own annual festa, too.

Check out this year’s festa calendar to see when and where there’s a festa around the time you’re visiting because it will definitely make your visit a unique one.

Visit the Mosta Dome

Perhaps Malta’s most impressive church (though the St John’s Co-Cathedral is hard to top) is the Mosta Dome, aka Rotunda . Built in 1860, this enormous rotunda is the third-largest unsupported dome in the world.

It survived a 200kg bomb falling through the dome without exploding during the Second World War, and today, it still proudly stands as one of Malta’s most impressive buildings.

The Mosta Dome or Rotunda is a church and major landmark in the centre of Malta.

Go Underground at St. Paul’s Catacombs

The St. Paul’s Catacombs, located on the outskirts of Mdina in the heart of Rabat, served as a burial ground during the Punic and Roman times.

The Roman-Byzantine catacombs complex consists of interconnected underground cemeteries, with more than 30 hypogea, used up to the 7th and 8th centuries AD. Definitely worth a visit if you’re a history buff!

Let yourself go: Malta Nightlife

Want to sample some of the local nightlife ? There are a few key options to go for.

1)   Paceville

If you’re a party animal, you can’t head to Malta without visiting Paceville. The town is Malta’s party hub, with a concentration of restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs. Whatever you’re into, you’ll find it here. Brace yourself for cheap drinks and good times.

2) Join a boat party

Available during the summer months only, you can hop on a large boat for a sunset trip from Sliema with a DJ, drinks, games and a lot of fun. These boat parties in Malta are a really unique experience and a great way to cool down, dance and have a few drinks while taking in the scenes, enjoying the vibes and taking a dip in the sea at one of the stops.

Malta boat party

3)   Open-air clubbing

If you’re visiting Malta during the warmer months, you have to give open-air clubbing a go. The Gianpula complex on the outskirts of Rabat consists of 9 nightclubs, of which 7 are outdoor clubs, as well as rooftop lounges, pool clubs and festival arenas. With 200 parties per year, there is always something going on at Gianpula.

Alternatively, check out Uno , which is located on the edge of the Ta ‘Qali Crafts Village.

4)   Valletta

If you’d rather have a more laid-back night out, Valletta is perfect to spend your evenings. From good restaurants to classy wine bars and cosy pubs, you’ll find that there is always something going on. Check out the famous Bridge Bar for live jazz on Fridays and a drink on the ancient steps, or head to Trabuxu Wine Bar for a glass of local wine in a 400-year-old stone vaulted cellar.

Unwind in Nature

Dingli cliffs.

For some of Malta’s most stunning views, you need to visit the Dingli Cliffs in the south of the island – it’s Malta’s highest point. Spend an afternoon hiking along the beautiful coast and explore Dingli village’s surroundings before settling down to enjoy the sun setting into the sea.

From there, you’ll also be able to spot the small, uninhabited islet of Filfla.

Buskett Gardens

Buskett, also known as the Buskett Gardens, is Malta’s only woodland area, located in a valley in Siġġiewi – just east of Dingli and close to Rabat and Mdina.

The forest was planted by the Knights of St. John as a hunting reserve and is now home to the Verdala Palace – an official residence of the President of Malta.

San Anton Gardens

The San Anton Gardens are some of Malta’s loveliest gardens, with a large variety of gorgeous flowers and plants. Located in the central village of Attard, you’ll discover fountains, little ponds with ducks and turtles, and plenty of different flowers.

The garden and the San Anton Palace it belongs to were built by Grand Master Antoine de Paule, and the palace is currently the residence of the Maltese President.

Sample Maltese food

Whether you are into street food, traditional food or wine, tasting the local food is one of the best things to do in Malta.

Street food

You can’t say you’ve been to Malta if you haven’t sampled some of the islands’ delicious street food.

The country’s national snack is known as pastizzi – a hearty puff pastry traditionally filled with peas or ricotta cheese. Nowadays, you’ll also find different variations, such as chicken and Nutella.

Freshly baked pastizzi: A traditional street food snack in Malta.

You’ll find pastizzi in almost every town and on every street corner, but the best pastizzi in the country can be found in is-Serkin in Rabat, near Mdina.

If you’re up for a bigger meal, a traditional Maltese dish is rabbit stew. Locally known as stuffat tal-fenek (rabbit stew) has been a staple of Malta since the Knights of St. John, so it is both a cultural and a historical staple. Not to be missed!

For lunch, grab a ftira with a can of Cisk (local beer) at a local kiosk. This isn’t just your average sandwich – it is made of mouthwatering Maltese bread, topped with tomato sauce, tuna, fresh tomatoes, onion, capers, goat cheese, and olives.

Maltese wine

While Malta may not be the first destination that comes to mind when thinking of wine tasting, the archipelago has a perfect Mediterranean climate, and local wineries know exactly how to make great wine out of indigenous grapes.

Visit the Marsovin Winery or the Meridiana Wine Estate to get a taste of Malta’s very best wines, or order La Valette while eating out.

If you can’t get enough of it, this wine-tasting day trip combines a visit to the historic Three Cities with Senglea, Vittoriosa, and Cospicua in the morning and a professional afternoon wine-tasting.

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About the Author: Edward Lansink

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Just a small note regarding Golden Bay. One cannot use open fire (charcoal) BBQs on that beach; park rangers rightfully monitor the area, and you would risk a fine. Best that the article is updated. 🙂 Nonetheless well done for the article and ideas!

Thanks Chris, you’re right – updated it. Thanks for flagging! 🙂

Amazing blog! I won’t need to check any other travel blog/TripAdvisor – everything you need and more is nicely structured in this guide! Already booked my accommodation based on your tips. One question – are the Jeep safari trips in Gozo nice and relaxed or would it be a little wild? I’m traveling with a toddler and I’m not much into wild driving either 😉 Thanks

Hi Andra, you’re welcome and happy to hear it’s been helpful to you! It’s been a while since I went on one of those safaris but if I recall correctly they’re not the smoothest of rides. To be safe I’d contact whatever company you’re looking to use in advance though.

Very, very helpful guide. Thank you!

Glad it’s proven to be useful to you, Geraldine!

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The island has been at the heart of Mediterranean history and culture for centuries, and it can be enjoyed once more now it’s on the green list

Malta claims to be the first EU country to have achieved herd immunity. Vaccinations recently extended to all over-16s and 58.6% of the population have had two jabs.

Since 2020, 420 people have died of the virus, and the country has not recorded a death since 26 May. Neither quarantine nor a PCR test is required for passengers travelling to Malta from the UK, but they must be fully vaccinated.

Museums and tourist sites, shops, restaurants and cafes are open, and allow tables of six people. Cinemas and theatres reopened on 7 June, but bars and nightclubs are still closed, and boat parties are not allowed.

Masks are mandatory for everyone over three years of age in public spaces, but from 1 June mask-wearing on beaches was advised but no longer required. Maltese health minister Chris Fearne said masks would cease to be mandatory outdoors from 1 July for vaccinated people, as long as cases remain low.

Valletta by night

Valletta used to be like a ghost town at night. Today, it is different – or rather it will be once the pandemic recedes and visitors return. In normal times the streets are full after sunset with live music and happy Mediterranean chatter all around. The grid system used by the knights to build the city creates what feel like parallel nightlife realities. Republic Street is imposing and distinct with exquisite cafes and restaurants; Merchant Street is laid-back leading down to the covered market; but walk down Straight Street and you would walk back in time, like the British sailors did in the past, and enjoy bar-hopping down to the Gut. Look out for the old street signage along the way.

Festivals in Malta

BirguFest shows off the old city by candlelight.

There are a lot. Before you visit the island it’s worth checking the Malta Tourism Authority’s website and festivals.mt to see what’s on, and to note that this year, until further notice, all festivals will be virtual.

The Strawberry festival , Notte Bianca in Valletta, Karnival ta’ Malta , the Malta jazz festival , the Valletta baroque festival , the Farsons beer festival , the Delicata wine festival , the Fireworks festival , and the Three Palaces are just some of the events over the year. My favourite though is BirguFest and its culmination Birgu by Candlelight, which is an extraordinary experience. One of Malta’s oldest cities, Birgu (also called Vittoriosa) is magically lit by thousands of candles adding a romantic and mystical touch to its medieval houses, auberges and palaces connected by winding alleys. The festival features historical re-enactments, open museums and churches, exhibitions and installations alongside concerts, theatre and laser light spectacles.

Limestone Heritage Park and Gardens

Maltese folklore show at the Limestone Heritage Park and Gardens, Siggiewi, Malta.

In Malta you’re surrounded by limestone, from the old cities of Mdina and Valletta, through the megalithic temples of Hagar Qim, Mnajdra and the Hypogeum, to the ornaments on the traditional Maltese townhouses. The limestone has been instrumental in preserving the history of the island. At the family-run Limestone Heritage Park and Gardens , in Siggiewi village, visitors can trace the use and role of this resource throughout the ages. Don’t miss the stone-carving and sculpting, where a visitor can spend time working on a limestone souvenir. The Farmer’s Lunch , in the peaceful garden of the estate, is a great way to try Maltese gbejna cheese, homemade pasta and rabbit dishes and traditional desserts. Younger visitors will enjoy the heritage park: there’s space to run around in, and an animal petting zoo. €8.10 adult, €5.40 student, €2.70 child with online discount, limestoneheritage.com

Casa Rocca Piccola, Valletta

The Green Room in Casa Rocca Piccola.

Not your usual museum, this is the only privately owned palazzo open to the public in Valletta. It exhibits unusual pieces of furniture, memorabilia, family paintings and rare medical instruments from the Knights’ Sacra Infermeria in Valletta. A museum by day and a stately home by night, its rooms bring the history of the Knights Hospitaller and the Maltese nobility to life. The palace was built in the 16th century for Don Pietro La Rocca, an admiral of the knights and is the ancestral abode of the Marquis Nicholas de Piro family. Today, it also houses a boutique B&B, with a peaceful garden and a cheerful macaw named Kiku. Tour groups are sometimes taken around by the marquis himself . Regular hourly tours are held throughout the week. casaroccapiccola.com

Caffe Cordina, Valletta

Tourists at the Cafe Cordina, Valletta, Malta.

This is the most beautiful cafe in Valletta and something of an institution. I love going there to have an espresso with one of its signature sweets. Relaxing in the sun at Pjazza Regina in front of the statue commemorating the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria and the baroque National Library is bliss. The cafe was established in Cospicua in 1837 and moved to Valletta in 1944. The building known as the Casa del Commun Tesoro or the Treasury during the rule of the Order of the Knights of St John in Malta was used by the British for various public offices and it was later converted into the Grand Hotel. The cafe’s eclectic interior decor and the vaulted ceiling embellished with paintings by the Maltese painter Giuseppe Cali add to the special character of the place. caffecordina.com

Meridiana Wine Estate, tour and wine tasting

View of wines and meats on a table in front of vines at Meridiana Wine Estate, Malta.

About 30 years ago the production of world-class wines in Malta seemed like an ambitious goal. Some considered the investment risky, others thought it was doomed from the start. Today, one looks back at the legacy of a brave venture that explored the potential for high-quality wine production in Malta. The Ta’Qali wine estate, near Mdina, was planted in 1994 on the site of an airfield used by the RAF during the second world war, using a British-built herringbone system of irrigation. Success was achieved with the first harvest in 1996, which Meridiana sold within weeks. Its wines are now internationally established. My preferred Maltese wines are, of the reds, Nexus – a merlot, and Celsius – a cabernet sauvignon. Of the whites, Baltis, from the moscato grape, is excellent. Wine-tasting is held on Meridiana’s panoramic terrace overlooking its vineyard or in the courtyard near the cellars. A tour includes a visit to the fermentation-hall and underground cellar, both within the picturesque Maltese farmhouse. Wine tasting and tours at meridiana.com.mt

Taste of History at the Maritime Museum of Malta, Birgu

Malta Maritime Museum, seen from the harbour on a sunny day.

This museum gives visitors the opportunity to dine inside the museum itself. The atmosphere is special, the menu exquisite, and unique – as historians and chefs have researched 18th-century documents to find foreign influences, ingredients, spices and eating habits from the menus used by the knights. The Maltese fruit and vegetables used are grown by local farmers, the sausages are made by the butcher round the corner strictly following traditional methods and the in-house chefs follow the authentic recipes. This is a dining experience like no other. The building is a former bakery from the British period in Birgu, one of the three cities just across the Grand Harbour from Valletta. Maritime museum, heritagemalta.org . More about Taste of History on Facebook

Lascaris War Rooms

Operation Husky situation map at the Lascaris War Rooms, Malta.

Below the fortifications of Malta’s capital city Valletta, this complex of tunnels and chambers hold fascinating secrets from the second world war. Built by the British military, the war rooms housed the allied war HQ, which played a crucial role in the defence of the island and the coordination of Operation Husky – the invasion of Sicily. Named after Giovanni Paolo Lascaris, a 17th-century grand master of the knights of Malta, who built a garden on the site and fortifications across the island , the war rooms received communications from all radar stations and mapped the aerial and naval movements around the islands. After the war the Lascaris rooms were used as the headquarters of the Royal Navy’s Mediterranean Fleet. Climbing up the stairs of the bastion takes you to the Upper Barrakka Garden for the spectacular views of the Grand Harbour. Adult €13, student €11, under-16 €6, open Mon-Sat 10am-4.30pm, lascariswarrooms.com

National Community Art Museum (Muza), Valletta

Interior of a gallery at the National Community Art Museum (Muza), Valletta, Malta.

Flagged by the Guardian Travel as one of 13 must-see new European museums , Muza opened in 2018, in a building that was once the seat of the Italian knights of the Order of St John. The site offers a chance to explore an auberge in which the knights lived during their stay on the island. The grand baroque entrance, the courtyard, the main staircase and the halls were rebuilt with contemporary material to expose intriguing features from the late 16th-century architecture. As a national community museum one of its missions is to make art accessible to the public; Muza does this by presenting contrasting artworks by old masters and contemporaries. The Masterpieces at Muza exhibition, currently on show, displays 13 old masterpieces from a private collection, including paintings by Rubens, François Boucher, Leonardo da Vinci and Giovanni Bellini. €10 adult, €7.50 students and people aged 60-plus, €5.50 children under 11, not open on Tuesdays, muza.mt

Boat trips and dramatic views

View of Paola City from Valletta

Whenever I can I always take the water taxi service across the Grand Harbour from Valletta to the Three Cities (Birgu, Senglea and Cospicua) and back by a traditional boat. The local dghajsa was built in the 17th century for that purpose. Used to ferry passengers connecting the harbour towns and also for taking passengers off the arriving ships, the boats were the main means of transportation in the harbour areas. The crossing takes 10 minutes and costs €2. Tourists can opt for a harbour cruise for €8pp. The real thrill is to feel the waves among the imposing views of the bastions of Valletta, Fort St Angelo, Fort Ricasoli and the grandeur of one of Europe’s largest natural harbours.

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11 Best Things To Do in Malta in 2024

11 Best Things To Do in Malta in 2024

For a small archipelago, Malta has so much to offer. Whether it’s driving among dramatic landscapes, taking photos of ancient buildings, or snorkeling on the fringes of paradise beaches, there’s a surprise around every corner. Head to the capital of Valletta for the perfect city weekend trip or spend a summer vacation traveling by boat between the islands, seeing spectacular nature and marine life. Enjoy all the things to do in Malta with this complete travel guide.

Malta Things to do

The landscapes of Malta are wild and rugged, so it’s no surprise it’s been used as the setting for famous movies like Gladiator, Game of Thrones, and Troy. It’s also a melting pot of culture (between Italy and Tunisia and a former British Colony). You can see the influences of this in the food and the architecture; you can even find the red English telephone boxes on the streets of Valletta! Here are the best things to do in Malta.

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1. Valletta

Valletta is one of the most important historical cities in the world and the first-ever planned city in Europe. The exceptional history means the entire city is a UNESCO world heritage site. Although it’s one of the smallest capital cities in Europe , it still has the wow factor, and it’s great for a weekend city trip.

Discover Valetta on a guided walking tour

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What to visit in Valletta

As you wander through the city, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful limestone houses with rainbow-colored window boxes. Best of all, the beautiful hillside streets mean there is always a beautiful view, wherever you go. Here are some of the top sights in Valletta:

St John’s Co-Cathedral : Top thing to do in Malta!

St John’s Co-Cathedral might not look like much from the outside, but the inside will stay in your memory forever. It’s probably one of the most luxurious cathedral interiors, with incredible marble, artwork, gold gilding, and ceiling murals. The entrance fee to the cathedral is 15 EUR. You can also visit the cathedral on this guided walking tour of the city.

Tip: The floor is incredibly intricate and delicate so you’re not allowed to wear high heels and you must cover up as a sign of respect.

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Upper Gardens & Lower Gardens

Both these parks are beautiful places to relax and watch the world go by on your trip to Valletta, Malta. The Upper Gardens has a particularly great view as it’s situated high up, looking over the Grand Harbour and ‘The Three Cities’: Birgu (also known as Vittoriosa), Senglea, and Cospicua. 

See the best accommodations in Valletta

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You can take the historical ‘Barrakka’ lift back down to the Lower Gardens for just 1 EUR.

Tip: At noon every day, a 500-year-old tradition takes place. Military officials fire cannons to commemorate the navy and tell locals the time of day.

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Grandmaster’s Palace

The Grandmaster’s Palace was one of the first buildings built in Valletta, so it’s one of the most historical places to visit in Valletta, Malta. The government has always used the palace as an office, whether that was the knights, the British governor, or the president.

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As it dates back to 1571, the architecture is spectacular. Wander inside to see the grand courtyard, luxurious furnishings, artwork, frescoes, and armor. It costs 6 EUR to enter and it’s definitely worth a visit!

As alternative: Discover Valletta through this guided walking tour.

Hotels in Valletta 😴

Harbour House

2. Birgu 

Birgu is the oldest of the three cities across the water from Valletta (also known as Vittoriosa). It was also the capital city at one point before it was moved across to Valletta. One of the best things to do in Malta is to jump on the local boat , cruising around the city’s edges before arriving in Birgu. The traditional Maltese boats are painted in bright primary colors and look very similar to those in Venice . 

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Once you’re in Birgu, enjoy the charming village atmosphere, wander the tiny narrow cobbled streets, find cute wine bars, or enjoy a candlelit dinner on the waterfront.

See the best accommodations in Birgu

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How to get to Birgu

You can take one of the gondola-style water taxis across the water to Birgu for 2 EUR (in 7 minutes). Alternatively, for a more scenic route, choose the slightly longer 30-minute harbor tour.

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3. Visit Malta’s beaches

Malta has great beaches for sunbathing, cooling down, and spending the afternoon. The island’s beaches are mostly rocks (some with small pools) and a handful of sand beaches. The most popular beaches are Mellieha Bay and Golden Bay.

The best beaches in Malta:

  • Mellieha Bay
  • Riviera Beach (Għajn Tuffieħa)
  • Fond Għadir – Rocky beach in Sliema
  • St. Peter’s Pool
  • The Blue Lagoon
  • Paradise Bay
  • Ta’ Fra Ben (Qawra Point)

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4. Popeye Village 

The Popeye Village is an unusual location, created specifically as a movie set for the 1980 film ‘Popeye’, starring Robin Williams. Now, it’s been turned into a theme park for families to relax and see the picturesque views out over the water ( buy your entry ticket here ). Although you have to pay for the park, the viewpoint is free to visit. 

11 Best Things To Do in Malta in 2024

The quirky style of houses against the cliffs and the Caribbean-looking water is a sight to remember. A must-see on your trip to Malta!

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5. Mdina (One of the best things to do in Malta)

The ancient city of Mdina looks like something straight out of the pages of a historical novel (it’s no surprise why it was used as a movie set on the Game of Thrones!). The dusty walled city sits high on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside, making it the perfect place to watch out for invasions.

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For this reason, it was originally the capital until it was decided to move it to Birgu. This is when Mdina became virtually uninhabited and known as ‘the silent city’ of Malta.

Join a tour exploring the historic towns of Mdina and Rabat 

Now, although there are people living here, silence is still respected, with very few cars allowed inside the city walls. This gives visitors the unique experience of seeing a city that is incredibly peaceful and well-preserved; it feels like stepping back in time!

We recommend to rent a car in Malta through Sunny Cars with free cancellation and insurance included. Book your rental car here .

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Palazzo Falson

Make sure to make a stop at the Palazzo Falson. It’s the second oldest building in the city, a former palace, and a museum open to the public. It’s beautiful from the outside, but inside, you’ll also find historical belongings and beautiful antiques.

Tip: at night the city feels even more ‘silent’, as darkness sets in and the old-fashioned gas lamps turn on.

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6. Rabat, Malta

The name Rabat literally translates as ‘suburb’. It was given this name as it used to be a suburb of Mdina (the old capital city). Now it’s a small village located in the southwest of Malta that sits above the city of Mdina with beautiful views below. Explore Mdina and Rabat on a multi-stop day tour of these historic towns when you’re in a time crunch.

Must-sees in Rabat, Malta

The history of Rabat is fascinating, known in the past for defending against pirate attacks. Visit:

  • The Catacombs: an underground cemetery that is the earliest sign of Christianity in Malta. (5 EUR to enter) 
  • Casa Benard Palace: you can take a tour to see how Maltese nobility once lived. In fact, the same family still live there now! 
  • Howard Gardens: a beautiful public garden that divides Rabat and Mdina. It’s one of the largest gardens in all of Malta.

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7. Meridiana Wine Estate

Malta has an amazing climate and many days of sunshine. These conditions and the soil make it a great place to produce wine. The Meridiana Wine Estate is a traditional winery with a farmhouse at the center, surrounded by beautifully neat vineyards. Book a tour to taste delicious wines and learn about how wine is produced in Malta.

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8. St. Peter’s Pool

St Peter’s Pool is an iconic spot and a great thing to do on Malta to tick off your bucket list. The natural pool shape has been created by the white rock arch surrounding it, and it’s a beautiful place to spend a day. Climb down the ladders into the refreshing turquoise water to cool off from the hot sun or snorkel and see marine life. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, skip the ladders, and jump straight from the edge into the deep pool below. Bliss!

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9. Marsaxlokk

Marsaxlokk is a charming traditional fishing village in the southeast of Malta. Most of the fish you’ll see for sale in Malta have been caught by fishermen from this village, so it’s very well known on the island.

Marsaxlokk sunday market

It has a rich fishing history which you can really feel from the harbor, with the colorful Luzzu boats bobbing in the background. On the front of the boat, you’ll see the fisherman have painted an ancient Egyptian symbol that protects them while they’re out at sea. Explore this picturesque fishing village and more on a multi-stop tour from Valetta.

If you’re in Malta on a Sunday, visit the famous Marsaxlokk fish market which takes place close to the water. 

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10. Comino Island (Top thing to do in Malta)

Malta is made up of 3 islands, and the smallest of the islands is Comino, situated between Malta and Gozo. It’s incredibly remote and beautiful, with wild nature and very few people living there. Its name means ‘cumin’, and you’ll see the flowering plant growing all over the island, as well as many other wildflowers and herbs. Go hiking across the rocky and wild landscapes. There are no proper roads, and the secluded feel can make you feel like the only person in the world! 

See this popular tour to Comino Island .

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What to visit on Comino

  • Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is one of those bucket list things you have to see while in Malta. It’s intensely blue and feels like total paradise. However, it’s one of the most popular attractions in Malta, so please note that in peak season, it will be very busy! 
  • Crystal Lagoon . The Crystal Lagoon is lesser known than the Blue Lagoon so it’s a bit more peaceful for swimming. It’s also rockier and not quite as intensely blue, but it’s still a beautiful place to visit, and the remoteness of it is very special.
  • Santa Maria Caves . Malta really has it all: Caribbean-style beaches, turquoise lagoons, and even beautiful caves! The Santa Maria Caves are a famous spot for snorkeling; it’s a unique spot where a variety of marine life lives. The journey to get there is interesting, as you have to pass through a cave tunnel from Santa Maria Bay.

Kayak to: the caves and hidden beaches in this popular kayak tour . On top of that you avoid the crowds.

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How to Get to Comino

Some ferries take you between the islands or from Malta mainland to Comino. The most popular boat leaves from the harbor at Marfa Bay. It only takes 10 minutes and is 13 EUR for a return ticket.

The alternative is to join a Blue Lagoon boat tour , which may be a bit more expensive but gives you the benefit of having the boat to jump from instead of looking for a spot on the shore. 

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11. Gozo Island

The second biggest island is Gozo , which sits the farthest north. Although there is still a lot going on in Gozo, it’s a bit more relaxed, quieter, and more natural than the main island of Malta.

Explore Gozo and the Comino Islands on this tour

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Attractions in Gozo, Malta

The island is full of incredible beaches, some of which are the most beautiful on the archipelago. Expect to find mammoth limestone arches, beautiful cliffs, epic snorkeling spots, and a fantastic network of caves. The island was most famous for the Azure Window Arch: an arch created naturally by the elements and the sea. Sadly, it collapsed in 2017, but the rocks in the water have now created a very diverse diving site.

Read more about Gozo Island in Malta

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How to Get to Gozo, Malta

Gozo Channel Ferry is huge and allows the option to bring your car. It takes just 25 minutes, but it leaves from the northern tip of the main island of Malta, which is a bit inconvenient.  See the ferry schedule here .

The ticket price for the Gozo Channel Ferry is currently 4.65 EUR for a return ticket. You have to pay for this ticket on your way back from Gozo, meaning there is no payment required at departure from Malta.

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Gozo Fast Ferry

The fast ferry is a relatively new option. It leaves from Valletta, which is very convenient and only takes 45 minutes. It’s a passenger ferry, so it is not possible to take your car, but it’s perfect for visiting Gozo on a day trip. It’s also just a lovely way to travel, with beautiful views from the deck for the entire journey. The price for a ticket is 10 EUR online and 12 EUR at the counter. See the schedule and book tickets .

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Where to stay in Malta

There are plenty of great hotels to stay in Malta. However, it depends on the type of trip you’re looking for. For example:

  • Valletta is a great place to stay for a city trip, with a buzzing atmosphere and plenty of bars, restaurants, and culture. Prices are often higher in Valletta. See all hotels in Valletta.
  • Sliema is more affordable, has lots of shopping, and easy access to the Valetta ferry (The ferry takes 15 minutes). Additionally, it has many good rock beaches to relax. See all hotels in Sliema.
  • Saint Julian’s has lots of great restaurants, bars, and clubs. See all hotels in Saint Julian’s .
  • Birgu / L-isla is where you stay to be away from the busy streets. There are handful of new hotels and restaurants (and more opening). The new ferry going from Valetta to Birgu is very convenient, but the experience of taking a local boat can’t be beaten! See all hotels in Birgu.

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How many days in malta.

We recommend spending 2-3 days in Malta to see the ancient city of Valletta, Mdina’s historic town, and the cliffs at St. Peter’s Pool. Add another two days to include Gozo island in your itinerary.

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How to visit Malta

Malta has an airport with direct international flights arriving from destinations all over the world. ( Search for flights here ) If you’re traveling by campervan or car it’s an option to take a ferry from Italy or Sicily.

Getting around Malta

The majority of the island can be reached by using public transport. However, a rental car is useful for being flexible and get anywhere you like. Luckily both options are very affordable so it shouldn’t cost you much to get around Malta.

Rent a car in Malta

Hiring a car means you are free to explore all the sides of the island. Public transport is great, but a car would help you to get to those gems. Renting a car in Malta is fairly cheap too! Beware that driving in Malta is on the left-hand side of the road.

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Public transport

There are many ways to get from A to B in Malta. The public transport is very affordable with busses connecting the entire island. The ferry between Sliema and Valletta runs every 30 minutes, takes 15 minutes, and costs 2.80 EUR.

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Best Restaurants in Malta

There are lots of local delicacies to try in Malta, whether it’s the local wine or the ricotta-filled pastries called Pastizzi. Some of our favorite restaurants were:

  • Trattoria Romana Zero Sei (Italian)
  • Aaron’s Kitchen (Maltese)
  • San Paolo Naufrago (pizza)
  • Papannis Restaurant (Italian)
  • Il Pirata Senglea (pizza)
  • JuFu (Asian)
  • Mint (Fresh, homemade, vegan)
  • Il-Kartell Restaurant est 1973 (on Gozo)

How much does Malta cost?

Malta is an affordable holiday destination. Going out for lunch or dinner and local busses and taxis are all relatively cheap. Accommodations on the other hand, are about 150 USD per night on average.

Costs of Traveling in Malta

Travel on a budget in Malta, from $290 − $780 USD weekly per person, mid-range $1030 − $2130 USD, and high-end from $2120 − $3250 USD. However, costs depend on factors like accommodation, transportation, and activities. We did not include flights. Check flight prices here

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  • Food: $10 − $35 USD
  • Activities: $10 − $50 USD See tickets & tours
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Best Time to Visit Malta

Malta has a fantastic climate all year round. The summers are hot and dry, and the winters, although a bit cooler, are still warm and sunny. It’s a popular European summer destination, so the beaches can become crowded during the summer, especially as many are fairly small. Because of this, it’s a great idea to visit in the shoulder seasons, during the spring or the fall.

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Malta is a small island nation in the middle of Mediterranean Sea and to the southern island of Sicily, Italy. The charming landscape, secluded beaches, warm climate, vibrant life, long-standing history, cultural diversity and especially it possesses massive fortresses, ancient temples that have made this place to be one of the most attractive destinations in Europe. This country once played a big role in shaping human history. There are temples dating back 5000 years old and are considered the oldest remaining independent structures on earth. So, what to do and how to plan a perfect budget trip to Malta for the first-time? Let’s check out our Malta travel blog (Malta blog) with the fullest Malta travel guide (Malta guide, Malta tourist guide) from how to get there, best time to come, where to stay, best places to visit and top things to do to find out the answer!

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Having been annexed by many empires, Malta offers visitors an interesting mix of cultures. When traveling here, it’s easy to see the blending styles of Italian, British and North African in cuisine, language, culture and architecture. Thanks to its wonderfully warm climate and relatively cheap travel costs and friendly locals, it is a good place for those who love medieval cities and castles and cities decayed but still has its own charm.

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Malta travel guide: Overview of Malta

The Republic of Malta located away 80 km to the south of Italy, 284 km to the east of Tunisia and 333 km to the north of Libya. This country has only an area of ​​316km2 (square kilometer) with a population of about 450,000 people, Malta is one of the smallest countries and the highest population density across the globe. The capital of Malta, Valletta with an area of only ​​0.8 square kilometers is the smallest capital in the European Union. Malta consists of 9 large and small islands, but only 3 large islands, Malta, Gozo and Comino are inhabited.

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Malta has strategically located in the middle of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, once occupied by the Phoenicians, the Aragonese, the Knights of Saint John, the French and the British. The country also played an important role in many of history’s most famous wars, such as between Catholic Europe and the Ottoman Empire, the success and failure of Napoleon, as well as World War II. That continuous change of control has given it a unique culture – a blending of architectural styles, culinary and cultures (in fact, Maltese is a blend of Arabic and Italian) that you can’t find anywhere outside of Southern Spain.

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Malta is known as an international tourist and leisure destination, with nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The official languages ​​of Malta include Maltese and English. Roman Catholic is the main religion of Malta, in addition to Orthodoxy, Protestantism and Islam.

Malta travel guide: When to come?

Malta has a subtropical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers. The average temperature from January to April during the day is 12 – 18 degrees Celsius and 7 – 12 degrees Celsius at night. From mid-April to November, the daytime temperature is 28 – 34 degrees Celsius and nighttime is 19 – 24 degrees Celsius.

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In summer from May to October is the best time to explore this island nation. If you want to explore Malta’s beaches, diving, water activities, then from July to September is an ideal time to come, the temperature is approximately 30 degrees Celsius.

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Malta travel guide: How to get to Malta?

While most European countries have seasonal flights, not many airlines operate routes to Malta year-round. But Ryanair, Air Malta, EasyJet and Lufthansa, Emirates are the largest airlines that offer services to Malta year-round. If you flying from London, it will take more than 3 hours by flight to reach Malta. Access Google Flights , Momondo , Skyscanner , Kayak to find your suitable flights.

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To getting from Malta Airport to city center you can take the bus: BUS X1, BUS X2, BUS X3, BUS X4 or Bus TD2, Bus TD3. In which TD buses stand for Tallinja Direct are direct buses running from airport to your destination and quicker than X buses which running to most localities in Malta and stop at every bus stop.

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Alternatively you can reach Malta by waterways with ferries from the ports of Catania and Pozzallo in Sicily, Italy, which take about 2 and a half hours and cost about 61 – 127 euros ($63 – 135) / one-way (depending on each season). Ferry details here .

Malta guide: Getting around

There are 3 main ways to getting around Malta: Buses, taxis and self-drive.

Ticket price: The single ticket costs EUR2 in summer, EUR1.5 in winter and EUR3/night bus.

In addition, there are a 12 SINGLE DAY JOURNEYS for EUR15 for adults (Children up to 10 years old 15€) which can be used for groups, families, valid for 1 year from the first-time you validate it and with this ticket you can take 12 bus rides. Or 7-day ticket for EUR21 / adults and EUR15/children called EXPLORE CARD .

We stayed here for a week, so we chose to buy a 7-day ticket for EUR21, the ticket is made with a very good hard card and can be kept as a souvenir ^^.

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  • Malta Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Where to buy tickets? There are places to buy tickets in each locality, usually in bookstores or souvenir shops, but note that all supermarkets and shops here close before 7pm. So, we planned to go to Valletta at night to strolling around streets and then buy tickets, but when we arrived, almost shops were closed, but luckily we were help by a local, he said there was a ticket vending machine located at the Valletta bus station , which still operating 24/24.

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Bus and ferry times: Buses here are not as frequent as other major cities in Europe, you usually have to wait about half an hour to an hour with a trip, so you should remember to note the departure and return times, especially at night with very few trips, 10:30PM is the last trip.

Renting a car costs $41 / day (rental costs around $53 or higher in the summer). There are many local car rental companies, but I rent at Hertz because it’s close to my Airbnb. Many companies only accept cash payments. Rent a car from big companies to ensure your safety.

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Taxi & Uber

Taxis cost EUR10-20, you can book a taxi via Whatsapp in advance and taxi may a good last minute option if you get stuck and can not take a bus. In addition, you also can use Uber rideshare service.

Ferry ticket to Comino island cost about EUR13 / round-trip, from the Cirkewwa wharf with the earliest trip departs at 9:10am and the last trip at 3:40pm, the return trips from 9:30am to 6:00pm daily.

The ferry to getting to Gozo is super big and beautiful, with no cost for departing trip, when return, you buy a ticket for EUR4.65 / person, the ferry running all day and night, and the best thing when we took the return trip at sunset, sitting on the ferry and watching Gozo island lights up against the pink sky of the sunset is really memorable moments (information about the ferry to Gozo here).

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For convenient traveling and saving when exploring Malta you can buy in advance some PASS or CARD such as MALTA PASS which allows you free to visit more than 35 museums, architectural or historic, famous tourist attractions throughout the country, it also covering free sightseeing bus ride. Price: 1-day 49.95€ / 2-day 79.95€ / 3-day 99.95€. Website: www.maltapass.com.mt .

Or VALETTA CARD which allows you free to visit some famous attractions in the capital of Valleta as well as traveling from, to, and within Valletta plus 2 free ferry trips. Price: 24 hours 19€. Website: www.publictransport.com.mt/en/valletta-card

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Malta travel guide: What to do and where to go?

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The capital of Valletta

With an enthralling history, amazing architecture and a bustling urban lifestyle, this city proudly received awards such as the European Cultural Capital of 2018 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980. Traveling to Valletta, visitors feel like stepping on a journey through many majestic, magnificent of ancient architectural buildings and structures such as: St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Grandmaster’s Palace, Grand Harbour, Manoel Theater, Regina Square (Republic Square)… Quaint, secluded Medieval architecture attracting and captivating all your eyes, bringing an atmosphere that makes visitors feel like they are immersed in endless stories. The narrow steep alleys, signature and colorful windows of hillhouses make Valletta more charming and romantic.

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In particular, take time to strolling and enjoying the beauty of Valletta at night with a vibrant nightlife, you also easily see the world’s famous DJs in the splendid capital along with most luxurious brands in the world also garthering here.

Popeye Village (Film Set Village)

Built as a movie setting in 1979, the Popeye sailors’ village is still today a popular tourist attraction in Malta. “Popeye Village”, also known as “Sweethaven Village” is an amusement complex – an open-air museum, and one of the most popular tourist attractions around Anchor Bay on the Mediterranean coast. Popeye Village was originally built as a filming location for Robert Altman’s “Popeye” film, co-produced by Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Productions.

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Throughout the years, many activities have been held in the village, but the most special and attracting the attention of visitors is Popeye and Olive’s wedding. There are also exhibitions of Popeye’s sailor comics, as well as more than 200 original comics and cartoons from the 60s, 70s and 80s. In good weather, visitors can take a tour to explore Anchor bay by boat and admiring the beautiful Popeye village from the sea.

Address: Triq Tal-Prajjet, Il-Mellieħa, Malta Hours: 10:30AM–5:30PM/Monday: Closed

The fishing village of Marsaxlokk

About 30 minutes by bus from the capital Valletta to the South Eastern of Malta, the fishing village of Marsaxlokk is considered a convergence of colors. From the Luzzu boats painted pure white to the gentle blue water reflecting the sunlight. All create a poetic picture bearing typical style of the Mediterranean Sea. Here, you can stroll along the coast, visit fishing village and enjoy specialties in harbor restaurants.

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Love the beauty of nature, blue sea and golden sunshine? So, Gozo Island is the perfect destination for you. Gozo Island is one of the 3 largest islands in the island nation of Malta which attracts travelers with a wide coastline, majestic and magnificent Window Azure arch which was formed in a limestone rock in a unique shape lying quietly in space creating a spectacular scenery of nature. Not only that, visiting Gozo you also have the opportunity to visit the ancient and sacred temples of Ggantija. An early morning sunrise on the island of Gozo will be a great start for your journey. You can take a boat tour to visit the rock arch to feel the grandeur and wonder of nature, swimming or diving in the clear water in this sea are also interesting experiences.

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With 200km of coastline, Malta possesses beautiful hidden coves, bays, secluded beaches that intriguing visitors at firt sight. In Comino, an island has only an area of ​​​​about 3.5 square kilometers but owns the most beautiful beach in this island nation. In particular, the Blue Lagoon on the island wears a sparkling turquoise blue with a white sand strip in a tranquil space between heaven and earth. Lying on the sand, enjoying the warm sunlight on the beautiful and romantic island of Comino will make you always in a peaceful and happy mood. Wandering around the island, watching the waves crashing on rocks or the magnificent scenes of sunrise and sunset will make you fall in love with this beautiful island more.

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Mdina is a fortress town in the North, which served as the capital of Malta during the Middle Ages. The whole city was enclosed within the fortress wall with a total population of less than 300 people. The town is exactly an ancient fortress that has preserved its original structure and shape from ancient time. From the narrow roads surrounded by golden stone walls to the ancient street lamps along the alleys, corners, street signs… All of them still have the impression of medieval times.

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There is a wide range of activities to enjoy here such as strolling around the picturesque streets as well as visit many museums. This town is also known for its cute cafes and eateries, perfect for relaxing for hours.

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Located just outside the walls of Mdina fortress is the town of Rabat. Rabat means “suburban”, or in other words Rabat is the suburb of Mdina. The small town of Rabat with about 11,000 people, is not as magnificent as Mdina, but literally a more ordinary inhabited town. The road leading into the town center is filled with shops, houses, small cafes with red and blue windows that are very typical of Malta.

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Visiting Rabat you will be surprised when green dominating everywhere. The green of the lawns adorning the foot of the ancient citadel, of the sparse forests interspersed and spreading, the town is full of old trees whose trunks are large enough for two people to embrace, with their elaborately trimmed foliage in round or square shape.

Sliema is a coastal town located in the northeast of Malta, bordering St. Julians. Once the home of the Maltese nobility, it has now become a major commercial area, very popular for shopping, bars, cafes, restaurants and hotels. Elegant villas and townhouses as well as many Victorian buildings built by the British lying along the promenade overlooking the rocky coastline. A unique experience that worth a try is Dinner in the Sky, where your dinner table will be lifted 40 meters above by a crane, and the panorama from above is something you’ll never forget.

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Qrendi is located in the South West of Malta near Mqabba and Zurrieq. The town is small, with a population of around 3,000 people, but it has two of the most important Neolithic temples in Malta, Mnajdra and aġar Qim. On the seaside, you can find the Maqluba, a massive sinkhole that was formed by a great storm in 1343. Qrendi also home to the spectacular Wied iz-Zurrieq harbour and the famous Blue Grotto. The village center is quiet, with many old buildings, however, the suburbs are quite modern and developed. There are no tourist facilities in the centre, making Qrendi a truly Maltese village.

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It is a megalithic temple complex, and one of the UNESCO cultural heritage sites in Hagar Qim area, Mnajdra temple is located 500 meters from Hagar Qim temple. This archaeological site is located in an isolated and rugged stretch of the south coast of Malta facing the sea. The complex consists of three buildings facing a common oval front yard and may be part of a larger complex.

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The oldest structure, the southern temple dates from around 3600 to 3200 BC. Two other temples were built between 3150 and 2200 BC. These three structures represent an important period in prehistoric human development known as the Ggantija Period (circa 3150 BC to 2500 BC), which was an important period of The Bronze Age period in Malta (2400 BC – 700 BC).

This rural village has a history dating back to 1436. The Grand Master de Rohan (Emmanuel de Rohan-Polduc) elevated Zeborms to a city, renamed it Citta Rohan and built the triumphal arch at the town’s entrance. The main square is decorated by the two-story Baroque Parish Church of Saint Philip with an ornate interior. The original design was created by Cassars, the architect of Saint-John Co-Cathedral in Valletta. Zeborms holds its annual religious festival, The Saint Philip’s Festival at the Parish Church in June.

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Blue Lagoon

Great for swimming, water activities, or floating on a life jacket, Blue Lagoon with its emerald water, smooth white sands, the same length as Olympic-sized swimming pool. Good swimmers can cross the cove and small beach on the other side of the lagoon.

From May to October, tourists can stay at Comino Hotel (the only hotel on the island) to enjoy the Blue Lagoon without a tour and enjoy a peaceful vacation more easily. Things to do on Comino Island include walking, hiking, and water sports like snorkeling and scuba diving.

Blue Grotto

Not to be confused with the Blue Lagoon above, located in the Northwest of the archipelago, in Comino Island, the Blue Grotto is an ensemble of seven caves found along the island’s southern coast, directly across from the islet of Filfla and less than a kilometer from Wied iż-Żurrieq village to the west. It was given its name in the 1950s when a British soldier visited the area and compared it to the famous Grotta Azzurra of the island of Capri, which basically means “Blue Grotto”, because the water is so blue.

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The breathtaking seaside setting and limestone caves here are a picture of pure serenity, the water surface shines a brilliant blue in the sun. According to mythology, the Blue Grotto was the home of mermaids and sea nymphs, who seduced sailors with their enchanting voices.

The village of Wied iz-Zurrieq (just 1 km from the Blue Grotto) has many souvenir shops, ice cream shops and cafes, as well as cliff restaurants with great views. You’ll enjoy a meal at one of the restaurant’s terraces overlooking the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

The beach is extremely wide with soft golden sand, clean water, quiet because it is far from traffic, safe for swimming. Many visitors spend whole day here for sunbathing while listening to the soothing sound of the waves crashing against the shore. There are also cafes and restaurants with terraces overlooking the coast and gentle waves.

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Ghajn Tuffieha Bay and the beaches of Gnejna Bay

For visitors exploring the area by car, it’s worth the two-kilometer drive from Golden Bay to the pristine beach at Ghajn Tuffieha Bay. Surrounded by cliffs and steep hillsides, the beach is accessed by climbing down 200 steps. Considered one of the top beaches in Malta, Ghajn Tuffieha is popular with locals.

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Continuing riding for another seven kilometers from Ghajn Tuffieha Bay is Gnejna Bay, a protected cove surrounded by steep limestone cliffs. Walk down the steep stairs you will reach the beautiful orange-sand beach, which is popular with swimmers and snorkelers. Water ski and canoe rentals are also available as well as public restrooms and food stalls.

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Between the bays of Ghajn Tuffieha and Gnejna is the rural village of Mgarr, a scenic spot of vine-covered hills and small farms. Outdoor lovers will enjoy beautiful hiking trails from Mgarr to the countryside and along the coast to Gnejna bay.

Mellieha Beach

Located in the scenic countryside of the Northwest, Mellieha is a family-friendly beachfront destination. The beach is located next to a busy road but does not lose its natural beauty. Mellieha Beach has the largest stretch of sand in the island nation of Malta with a 1.5 km long coastline with fine white sand.

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Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

At Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, visitors can explore the prehistoric world (circa 4000BC – 2500 BC). This UNESCO archaeological site is a Neolithic relic discovered in 1902. It is a complex of stone-carved catacombs. In this underground labyrinth, prehistoric humans performed religious burial rituals. The most fascinating thing of the site is that it represents an ancient cultural tradition that no longer exists but remains a mystery to archaeologists and scholars.

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Diving at HMS Maori

Malta has a warm climate and is also blessed with azure seas, which means it is the perfect choice for those who love to swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving. There is an array of man-made reefs here as well as a number of military shipwrecks dating back to the Second World War.

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One of the most famous diving sites is called HMS Maori, a frigate that was sunk by the Germans and now lies on the seabed at a depth of 14 meters. This is a good diving spot for beginners due to easy access and relatively shallow depths, and if you want to get a diving certificate, some expert divers can support you.

Malta guide: Where to stay?

Hotels in Malta are also very diverse with wide-range choices and different prices, depending on the choice of travelers. Hotels are usually concentrated in St Julian’s , Sliema , St Paul’s Bay , St George’s Bay and Bugibba. In addition, there are many hostels, guesthouses and apartments in Malta for tourists to rent and relax. Campsite in Mellieha will also be an interesting experience if you want to try. Malta also has 2 tourist villages and villas suitable for families and large groups.

If you choose to stay in Valletta, it’s hard to find a cheap hotel (lowest rates are usually 70 euros/night), but one thing is for sure, you will get a room of the right value. Dozens of luxury hotels and apartments are offered in the city, with beautifully decorated authentic buildings, historic buildings and spacious, villa-like hotels. Hotel Phoenicia Malta ( Agoda.com or Booking.com ) , Hotel Palazzo Paolina ( Agoda.com or Booking.com ) , Palais Le Brun ( Agoda.com or Booking.com ) and Ursulino Valletta ( Agoda.com or Booking.com ) are just some of the best options if you want the ultimate in experience.

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Check out more top rated and best hotels in Malta on Agoda.com or Booking.com .

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Malta blog: What to eat?

Local, fresh, simple and seasonal dishes are the essence of Maltese and Gozitan cuisine. Maltese cuisine is influenced by its proximity to Sicily and North Africa but it still holds its own flavor and uniqueness.

You can find a wide range of Mediterranean flavors with mains being seafood, vegetables, pasta, meat, bread, cheese and olive oil. To experience the most authentic dishes and a better understanding of Maltese cuisine, look to family-run restaurants in smaller towns.

Stuffat tal-Fenek (Stewed Rabbit)

Stewed rabbit is the national dish of Malta. Rabbit meat is usually prepared in one of two ways, stewed or fried. For stewing, this is a slow cooking process (more than 2 hours) that made the meat to become extremely tender. Stew dishes uasually add a rich tomato sauce and can include a variety of vegetables such as onions, garlic, carrots, and potatoes. It is also often served with spaghetti or some other pasta. You can find this dish at most restaurants in Malta.

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Gbejniet (Maltese cheese)

Maltese love their own cheese, especially Gbejniet! Gbejniet is a typical cheese of Maltese people, made of goat or sheep’s milk, salt and rennet. It can be found in 3 forms: fresh, dried or processed and may have peppercorns added to enhance flavor or remain original. In addition to being eaten in original form, this cheese is also commonly served by deep-fried, sprinkled on salads, filling for ravioli (instead of ricotta), and sometimes, even in pies.

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Don’t miss this pastizzi. This is one of those wonderfully creative dishes, this pastry is filled with a variety of ingredients, but the two traditional pastizzes contain ricotta cheese or peas. They’re incredibly greasy, delectable and full of calories, so it’s best to try them in the morning when they’re fresh out of the oven!

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Aljotta (fish soup)

Aljotta is a soup that uses fish and herbs, has a light, fresh and delicious taste. The flavors stem from herbs, citrus, garlic and of course fresh seafood (mussels, octopus, shrimp, fish, typically kingfish). A hearty meal for any seafood lover!

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Timpana (Grilled Macaroni)

These are great pasta pastries. This baked pasta dish is made with very simple ingredients – pasta and dough. Macaroni is cooked in a bolognese sauce with minced meat, bacon, tomatoes, garlic, onions and cheese and then baked in a puff pastry. This dish is quite filling, so make sure you are very hungry before enjoying this meal!

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Torta tal-Lampuki (Lampuki Pie)

Always loved by Maltese people, Torta tal-Lampuki brings a sea flavor will surely make diners excited to enjoy. Torta tal-Lampuki is made with fresh sea fish as the main ingredient, cooked in a variety of ways, such as grilled or fried and then topped with tomato sauce, onions, olives and fresh herbs. The time from late August to November is the “season” of this dish.

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Imqaret (Doughnuts)

Imqaret is a deep-fried Maltese sweet that can be found at any street corner and on dessert menus at restaurants. The pastry is filled with dates then deep fried and covered with icing sugar and served with ice cream. If you want to get one for takeout, you’ll be missing out the delicious ice cream, so be sure to give it a try while sitting at the shop.

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Zalzett tal-Malti (Maltese Sausage)

Maltese sausage is a homemade sausage mainly made of pork. The dish is influenced by British cuisine but prepared in the Portuguese tradition way. Fresh Maltese sausages are made from garlic, herbs, pepper, crushed coriander seeds and spices while the dried ones are made a bit simpler.

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Pan-fried Lamb Chops

Maltese people love to eat well-done cooked meats, so it’s no surprise that you’ll find both lamb and pork on many menus. Because the meat is slow cooked and tender, it has more flavorful. The cuts of meat are tender and tastier, especially when covered in gravy and served with butter and potatoes, it’s amazing!

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Maltese Platter

The best recommendation when you want to learn about Maltese cuisine is a Maltese appetizer plate. Most of them will have small portions of the most appreciated dishes by locals. In the example below, you’ll enjoy a spread with tuna, capers and dried tomatoes, Maltese sausage, stewed beans, and olives, and a salted cheese and pepper similar to feta cheese (gbejniet).

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Recommended bars and restaurants:

Restaurants: Rising Sun (Marsaxlokk) , Loli (vegetarian restaurant), The Grassy Hopper (vegan), Marsaxlokk fish market, Suruchi, Ta Doni, Cuba, Rocksalt, Ta’ Rikardu (Gozo) , Electro Lobster Project.

Bars: Hole in the Wall (Sliema) , Native (and any bars on this street as it is the main hub for nightlife), Dubliner, Legligin, The Thirsty Barber.

Malta travel guide: Malta travel costs

Traveling to Malta is surprisingly cheap, the cheapest one among European countries. I came here in the middle of winter – there is no seasonal increase in accommodation, car rental and airfare and my friends tell me that most costs for food, activities and year-round public transport remains the same. Here is a list of common costs in this country:

  • Ferry from Sliema to Valletta: One-way: 1.50 euros. Round-trip: 2.80 euros
  • Ferry from Valletta to Gozo: 4.65 euros/person, Car and driver : 15 euros
  • Pastizzi (cheap snacks): 1-2 euros
  • Sandwiches for breakfast : 3-4 euros
  • Full breakfast: 3-4 euros
  • Lunch at the cafe: 8-10 euros
  • McDonald’s: 5-6 euros
  • Sandwiches: 6 euros
  • Dinner with wine at a restaurant: 25 euros
  • Main meal: 10-14 euros
  • Pizza: 6-9 euros
  • Bottled water: 1 euro
  • Wine: 8-10 euros
  • Beer: 3 euros
  • Admission to the museum: 6 euros
  • Car rental: 38-48 euros
  • Taxi fare: 10-20 euros
  • Bus ticket: 2 euros

On average, you can travel to Malta on a budget with 30-45 euros per day, but in the summer you’ll need around 50 euros per day. For that price, you will have to stay in a hostel or share an Airbnb with a friend, take public transport, most of the activities you take part in will be free activities, prepare your own breakfast and cheap eats at cafes.

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In addition, all churches are free admissions. You will find lots of companies that will take you around the island in a boat for EUR25. Most museums and attractions cost EUR5 entrance fee but you can choose to buy a Malta tourist card as suggested above (there is one for Mdina and another card for Valletta) which will save you around EUR10-20 depending on number of tourist attractions you will choose to visit.

Malta blog: Before you go

  • Opening hours of restaurants, cafes and bars will be from 9AM to 1PM. The hotel bars will be open from 1PM to 4PM but will continue to serve guests from 6PM.
  • Short-haul flights between Grand Harbour in Valletta and Mgarr Harbour in Gozo usually take about 20 minutes. You can also rent cars and bicycles for your convenience of traveling.

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Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in, from and to Malta you can refer to

  • Valletta Traditional Two Harbours Day Cruise of Malta
  • Malta Prehistoric Temples Tour
  • Valletta Half Day Tour
  • St Paul’s Bay: Blue Lagoon, Beaches & Bays Trip by Catamaran
  • Bugibba: Gozo, Comino, and Blue Lagoon Sightseeing Cruise
  • Malta: Comino, Blue Lagoon & Gozo – 2 Island Boat Cruise
  • Malta: 5-Hour Lazy Pirate Boat Party with Drinks & Food
  • Comino: Blue Lagoon, Crystal Lagoon, and Seacaves Tour
  • Malta: Comino, Blue Lagoon & Caves Boat Cruise
  • Gozo: Full-Day Jeep Tour with Lunch and Powerboat Ride
  • Malta: Comino, Blue Lagoon, and Caves Day Trip
  • Malta: Shuttle Transfer between Malta Airport and Hotels
  • Malta: Malta Island Bus Tour and Boat Tour
  • Malta: Full-Day Gozo and Blue Lagoon Cruise with Drinks
  • Malta: Marsamxett Harbour and Grand Harbour Cruise by Night

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Are you looking for more top things to do in Malta: Tours, activities, attractions and other things? Let’s check it out here . And Malta travel guide here .

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4 days unwinding in Malta

Nov 15, 2022 • 6 min read

Wied il Gharsi is a perfect spot to spend the day floating © Matthew Mirabelli/Lonely Planet

Wied il Gharsi is a perfect spot to spend the day floating © Matthew Mirabelli/Lonely Planet

Much-loved by European visitors for decades, laid-back Malta is attracting more visitors from around the world, beckoned by its prehistoric temples, fantastic scuba diving and buzzy Valletta, its beautiful capital.

We asked Brett Atkinson to craft a four-day itinerary designed to help unwind on this European island. 

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Spending a month exploring Malta ’s multiple layers of history, culture and cuisine for the Lonely Planet guidebook was my third visit to the island nation. One of the Mediterranean’s most fascinating destinations will always be a favorite travel memory.  

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Why visit Malta 

At the heart of Mediterranean Europe , Malta is one of Europe’s smallest countries, yet packs in attractions featuring fascinating history; relaxing and re-energizing outdoor activities; and a culinary scene influenced over the centuries by diverse cultures and empires . Explore the superb art and architectural heritage of the Knights of St John amid Valletta’s historic cityscape before discovering the Maltese capital’s cosmopolitan 21st-century eating and drinking hot spots. On Gozo and tiny Comino, getting active while hiking or kayaking are the best ways to experience the craggy coastlines of the archipelago’s smaller islands. 

Malta itinerary day 1

Culture, cuisine and history in the Maltese capital  

At under 0.4 sq miles, Valletta is the European Union’s smallest capital city. Before exploring this compact peninsula, perk up with fair-trade coffee at Lot Sixty One: views down Old Theatre St from the cafe’s outdoor tables take in the Mediterranean’s sparkling waters. Built between 1573 and 1578, St John’s Co-Cathedral is where the Knights of St John worshiped during their rule of Malta, which lasted until 1798. Ecclesiastical treasures include the room-dominating painting John the Baptist by Caravaggio. For lunch, negotiate honey-colored stone streets to Nenu the Artisan Baker for delicious ftira , traditional wood-fired flatbreads topped with capers, olives and herbs. 

Inspired by Valletta’s tenure as a European Capital of Culture in 2018, more-recent structures include the Parliament Building and the leviathan City Gate , both designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. Continue nearby to the Upper Barrakka Gardens for the daily 4pm ceremonial firing of the Saluting Battery, a row of cannons that traditionally fired salutes to visiting naval vessels. Views extend across Grand Harbour to historic Fort St Angelo . Adjourn for a pre-dinner drink at 67 Kapitali, a popular bar serving craft beers from Gozo’s Lord Chambray Brewing, before settling into the centuries-old, stone-walled dining room at Michelin-starred Noni. Featuring local and seasonal flavors, dishes here might include such specialities as confit rabbit with poached figs.

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Mdina’s hilltop labyrinth and farm-to-table dining

Catch route 52 inland for 30 minutes from Valletta’s bus station to Rabat. At Crystal Palace cafe, enjoy a breakfast of pastizzi , traditional savory pastries that are Malta’s quintessential snack. From the nearby Howard Gardens, cross the bridge over the grassy defensive moat to the walled city of Mdina , then spend the morning exploring narrow laneways that lead to shaded plazas and elevated terraces with superb views stretching across the island. Mdina’s St Paul’s Cathedral was built in the 12th century CE, while Rabat’s ancient crypts and Christian catacombs date back some 900 years earlier. 

After Maltese cheese and wine at Rabat’s popular Ta’ Doni, catch bus 201 west to the remote Dingli Cliffs . A relaxing, recharging hike along this wild and windswept promontory is best undertaken on well-marked coastal walking trails. Stop in at the Cliffs Interpretation Center to learn about the region’s unique natural, geological and archaeological heritage; from there, it’s an easy stroll from there to Dingli village and farm-to-table dining at Diar il-Bniet restaurant. (Booking ahead for dinner or lunch is recommended; cooking classes are also on offer.) After dinner, catch bus 52 back to Valletta for a nightcap at Yard 32, an intimate gin bar along Strait St, Valletta’s historic nightlife hub.

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Gozo’s historic bastion and sun-baked vineyards and olive groves

From Valletta’s waterfront, catch the Gozo Fast Ferry to Malta’s smaller and less-populated second island . It’s a 45-minute ride northwest to Gozo’s Mġarr harbor, where scooters, e-bikes and cars can all be rented for independent exploration . From the harbor, make the 14-mile (22km) journey to Gozo’s capital of Victoria . Self-catering apartments in Victoria’s historic pedestrians-only backstreets are a recommended accommodation choice, with many featuring sunny rooftop terraces.

Towering above Victoria is Il-Kastell , a defensive citadel that protected Gozo’s citizens from Turkish raids until the 16th century. Today, the complex hosts archaeology and nature museums, its fortified walls looking out across Gozo’s terracotta landscape. Within the citadel, Ta’ Rikardu sells local produce including cheese and wine and honey: stock up for alfresco dining back at your accommodation.

After exploring Il-Kastell, experience more of Gozo’s food and wine credentials at Ta’ Mena Estate. A few miles north of Victoria, the family-owned enterprise has a farm shop selling wine – including the Girgentina and Ġellewża grape varieties native to the island – and local olive oil, capers and sun-dried tomatoes. Saturday morning tours start with explorations of Ta’ Mena’s olive groves and vineyards before concluding with a tasting of food and wine. 

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Exploring a craggy coastline framed by cobalt waters 

After a few days eating exceptionally well, it’s time to get active around Gozo’s rugged coastline, which is dotted with clifftop trails and punctuated by improbably narrow coves, sea caves and wind- and sea-eroded coastal formations. Abseiling, rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking can all be arranged with Gozo Adventures , while half-day kayaking experiences explore the serrated coastline of tiny Comino , Malta’s third-largest island.

With your own transport, exploring Gozo’s wild side for a day is also an exciting option. South from Victoria, Mġarr ix-Xini was once the main harbor for the Knights of St John on Gozo; a historic stone watchtower still protects the slender, cliff-bound inlet. Starting at Mġarr harbor, Mġarr ix-Xini is also a stop along the Xlendi Walk , a 7.5-mile (12km) coastal trail negotiating the rugged cliffs and spectacular coves that line Gozo’s southern coast. 

A highlight of Gozo’s western edges is Dwejra Bay – also traversed by coastal walking trails and the former location of the Azure Window, a rock arch that collapsed into the sea in 2017 . Despite the demise of the arch, Dwejra’s coastal landscapes remain stark and spectacular, with boat trips negotiating the Inland Sea , a cliff-enclosed lagoon with a tunnel leading to the open sea.

North from Dwejra, Wied il-Għasri ’s narrow coastal gorge is perfect for snorkeling and swimming when the sea is calm, while Gozo’s ancient salt pans frame the coastline further east at Marsalforn. From these pans – first established in Roman times and still used to harvest salt between May and September – it’s a journey of 8 miles (13km) to catch the Gozo Fast Ferry back to Valletta.  

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Need a bit of face-to-face help? That’s what our VisitMalta Tourist Information Centres are here for! Located in Valletta, Mdina, and other major tourist areas, you’ll always find a friendly face and the help you need to make the most of your trip to our Islands!

Please click here for the list of Tourist Information Centres in the Maltese Islands. 

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  1. Amazing Places to Visit in Malta

    Malta is indeed a wonderful archipelago centered in the Mediterranean Sea. Aside from the obvious attraction of beautiful golden beaches and a dazzling turqu...

  2. Things to KNOW before you VISIT MALTA

    Today we share these things to know before you visit Malta including when to go to Malta, how to get around Malta and the best eats in Malta. We also share t...

  3. VisitMalta

    Welcome to the official YouTube channel of the Malta Tourism Authority. Here you can browse videos about the Maltese islands - Malta, Gozo and Comino - attractions, places of interest, events and ...

  4. Visit Malta

    Get all the information you need for your trip to Malta! Book tickets, discover new places to visit, find amazing things to do and more!

  5. The Best Video of Malta You'll Ever Watch

    OLIVER ASTROLOGO 's video takes us on a journey to discover an island of contrasts and surprises: Malta. From lounging on St. Peter's pool beach to discovering the colourful village of Marsaxlokk; from mingling with the fishermen to relaxing on the traditional Luzzu boats marked by the "Eye of Osiris"; the whole island is stunning.

  6. Best places to visit in Malta

    Cross the harbor in a water taxi to visit The Three Cities, Tarxien Temples and Hypogeum. Facing Valletta across the royal-blue Grand Harbour are the small fortified towns known as the Three Cities: Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua. Catching a traditional wooden dgħajsa water taxi is the best way to approach them.

  7. The 18 best things to do in Malta and Gozo

    The top places you must visit in Malta: catacombs, clubs and clifftop walks. May 11, 2022 • 7 min read. From exploring 5000-year-old temples to swimming in beautiful lagoons and walking 16th-century city streets, Malta is a must-see Mediterranean destination.

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    Welcome to the official Vimeo channel of the Malta Tourism Authority. Here you can browse videos about the Maltese islands - Malta, Gozo and Comino - attractions,…

  9. 6 top viewed videos about Malta

    5. VisitMalta tourism video. VisitMalta is the Malta Tourism Authority's online portal. With 900K views, this is their top viewed video promoting Malta as a holiday destination. We've uncovered even more popular promotional material that's produced by tourism agencies and vloggers away from these shores, but sadly, they aren't in English!

  10. Your Trip to Malta: The Complete Guide

    Getting Around: Malta has an efficient public bus system that connects to the airport, cruise port, and most cities, towns, and tourist sites, including on Gozo. If you decide to rent a car, keep in mind that Malta adheres to British driving rules, meaning cars have their steering wheels on the car's righthand side, and driving is on the lefthand side of the road.

  11. Visit Malta

    VisitMalta is the official website for Malta, Gozo & Comino. Malta is a great place to visit for sea, sun, culture, attractions and all year round events.

  12. 3 Days in MALTA

    We spend 3 full days in Malta exploring Valletta, Mdina, The Blue Grotto and the 3 Cities. We also discuss public transport around the island and some things...

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    Nov 22, 2023 • 5 min read. Jump in the blissfully warm waters that surround Malta from its best beaches, rocky inlets and sandy coves. Beaches. Jul 20, 2023 • 6 min read. Best in Travel - 2023.

  14. Things To Do in Malta: 40+ Best Attractions and Activities

    Top 3 Things to Do in Malta. Top 5 Malta Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing Destinations. Visit Malta's capital city of Valletta and its many museums. Admire the Natural Beauty of Gozo. Hop-on-hop-off buses and ferries. Go Back in Time at the Silent City of Mdina. Experience Malta as a Local at the Three Cities.

  15. A local's guide to Malta: 10 top tips

    Museums and tourist sites, shops, restaurants and cafes are open, and allow tables of six people. Cinemas and theatres reopened on 7 June, but bars and nightclubs are still closed, and boat ...

  16. Traveller Info

    Traveller Information. Navigate the Maltese Islands with this guide to the latest travel information! Designed to make your holiday easier and more enjoyable, it includes Accessibility, Emergency Services, Transportation, FAQs, as well as an array of helpful maps and guides. There's even a live camera which allows you to check out the places ...

  17. The Ultimate Malta Travel Guide

    The Ultimate Malta Travel Guide - Uncovering the Beauty of Malta's Beaches and LandscapesJoin us on a journey through the beautiful island of Malta! From the...

  18. 11 Best Things To Do in Malta in 2024

    Here are the best things to do in Malta. 1. Valletta. Valletta is one of the most important historical cities in the world and the first-ever planned city in Europe. The exceptional history means the entire city is a UNESCO world heritage site. Although it's one of the smallest capital cities in Europe, it still has the wow factor, and it's ...

  19. Things to know before traveling to Malta

    Here's all you need to know before your trip to Malta. Book well ahead for Malta's most amazing sight. A 5000-year-old subterranean necropolis only rediscovered in 1902, Malta's Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is one of the country's essential sights. As such, it's extremely popular - and to protect the fragile, centuries-old interior, entry ...

  20. The fullest Malta travel guide for first-timers

    Malta is a small island nation in the middle of Mediterranean Sea and to the southern island of Sicily, Italy. The charming landscape, secluded beaches, warm climate, vibrant life, long-standing history, cultural diversity and especially it possesses massive fortresses, ancient temples that have made this place to be one of the most attractive destinations in […]

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  22. 4 days to unwind in Malta

    Why visit Malta At the heart of Mediterranean Europe, Malta is one of Europe's smallest countries, yet packs in attractions featuring fascinating history; relaxing and re-energizing outdoor activities; and a culinary scene influenced over the centuries by diverse cultures and empires.Explore the superb art and architectural heritage of the Knights of St John amid Valletta's historic ...

  23. Visitmalta

    That's what our VisitMalta Tourist Information Centres are here for! Located in Valletta, Mdina, and other major tourist areas, you'll always find a friendly face and the help you need to make the most of your trip to our Islands! Please click here for the list of Tourist Information Centres in the Maltese Islands.