10 days in Malta: the ultimate itinerary


How to spend 10 days in Malta?

You’re planning to go on a trip to Malta? Great idea!

In order to help you plan your stay, I have prepared for you this detailed itinerary for 10 days in Malta. It’s the ideal duration to discover all the best places to visit of one of the smallest European countries.

Your trip will take you to Valletta, Mdina, Gozo, Comino, the beast beaches of Malta and a lot more!

And to make the most out of your stay, I will also give you all my best tips to visit Malta in 9, 10 or 11 days as well as my selection of the best accommodations depending on your budget.

So, what are the best things to do in Malta in 10 days? Let’s find out!

1) Valletta (2 days)

Ready for your 10 days trip to Malta? So let’s start with Valletta, the capital:

Malta international airport is only a few kilometers away from the city. There are different options to get there:

  • By car but you shouldn’t necessarily rent one right away. It’s very easy to visit Valletta on foot and it’s hard to find parking inside the city unless you choose a hotel with a private parking lot. However, you should definitely rent a car later on for your Malta trip, because buses are often crowded, rarely on time and the bus routes aren’t very convenient for sightseeing.
  • By bus, it’s the cheapest option. A one way ticket is only 1.50€ during low season and 2€ during summertime. The X4 bus goes from the airport to Valletta in 25min and leaves every 30min.
  • By taxi. The official taxis (the white ones) are the most expensive. Bolt and eCabs are available in Malta and offer better fares.
  • Most hotels in Valletta also offer shuttle services, don’t hesitate to ask for price details.

So, what to do in Valletta during this first day of your 10 days itinerary in Malta?

The best is to start with one of the city’s must-see attraction: St. John’s Co-Cathedral. While the outside isn’t particularly remarkable, the interior is truly stunning with its pillars and walls covered with gold. There are also 8 chapels and the tombs of the Knights of the Order.

The visit takes about 1 hour.

St. John's Co-Cathedral
The interior of St. John’s Co-Cathedral

After the visit of the Cathedral, you should head to the Grand Master palace. There, you can visit the states rooms and the impressive knights armoury, with all the weapons and armours which belonged to the Order of Malta.

Then, let’s go to Lower Barraka Garden, a great place to enjoy the view on the sea and Valletta’s harbour. There is also a very photogenic monument there: The Siege Bell War Monument.

After the Lower, it’s time to go to the Upper Barraka Garden, offering an amazing view on the Three cities, located on the other side of Valletta’s harbour. A must-see during your 9, 10 or 11 days trip to Malta!

As you have admired the Three Cities from afar, let’s go get a closer look and walk around these towns. To go there, it’s super simple, you just have to take the lift from Uper Barraka Garden, cross the road and turn left to reach the piers.

There, you’ll find the shuttle boat. A roundtrip ticket is 2.80€ per person and the trip lasts just 10min. Once you’ve arrived, the best way to discover the Three Cities is simply by wandering around on foot in the narrow streets and enjoy the numerous views over Valletta.

If you don’t want to walk, you can also opt for the little tourist train (departure next to the shuttle boat arrival).

At the end of the afternoon, take the shuttle back and end your day in Valletta on Republic and Merchant streets, with all their shops, bars and restaurants.

Spend your night in Valletta.

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To learn more about the history of Valletta, there is nothing better than a guided walk with a super interesting guide! Book here:

Visit also possible as private guided tour (to book here!) or especially dedicated to the time of the Second World War (to book there!).

For the 3 towns, guided walks are also possible, which even include a tasting of the local wines !

Finally, you can also take a quiet moment to take a trip on a traditional Maltese boat, a Luzzu, and to admire Valletta from the sea Click here for details!

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The three cities from Valletta

For this second day of your 10 days itinerary, let’s continue exploring Valletta.

In the morning, go to Casa Roca Piccola. Close to 9 generations from the same family lived in this palace. It’s actually the last palace in Valletta that is still inhabited. They offer guided tours to learn more about the lifestyle of an aristocratic Maltese family.

You’ll visit a dozen of rooms filled with antique everyday items. 

Then go to Fort Saint Elmo, home to the National War Museum offering great explanations about the history of Malta, the construction of the Fort, and the various wars that happened on the island.

In the afternoon, I recommend taking a shuttle boat again, but heading to Sliema this time. From there you can go on a nice walk along the sea. There are also plenty of shops and malls, making it the perfect spot to go shopping in Malta.

Sleep in Valletta again.

For more information about Valletta, you should read my article: The 10 best things to do in Valletta.

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If you want to rent a car upon arrival but your hotel doesn’t have a private parking lot, you can park the car at the MCP parking lot. Prices are decent and it’s only 5min walking distance from Valletta’s city center. 

Where to stay in Valletta

  • Private Room : Located 300 metres away from Fort St Elmo and 700 meters from the Upper Barrakka gardens. Comfortable double room from 75€, breakfast included. Strong points: the excellent location, the hospitality and kindness of the host, the calm.
  • Grand Harbour Hôtel: Hotel with traditional architecture, located in the heart of downtown Valletta, only 100 meters away from the Upper Barraka Gardens. Standard double room from 90€ per night or view sea + Three Cities view for 110€, breakfast included. Strong points: ideal location, magnificent view, roof terrace.
  • Tano’s Boutique guesthouse: Hotel located in the center of Valletta, very close to all the best places to visit. Spacious and bright double room from 115€ per night. Strong points: the central location, the calm, the terrace on the roof for breakfast. The best value for money in town!
  • Grand Hôtel Excelsior: 5* Hotel located on the waterfront, the view is stunning! Very nice rooms starting at 170€ per night. Strong points: The swimming pool, jacuzzi, free parking, the amazing breakfast and many other things that will make your stay in Valletta truly exceptional. My favourite place to stay in Valletta!
  • Hôtel Phoenicia Malta: Luxury hotel located on City Gate square. Spacious, bright and tastefully decorated double room from 349€, breakfast at 17€. Strong points: the infinity pool with view on the port, the huge garden, the place and the free private parking. It’s simply the best hotel in Valletta, if you can afford it.
Hotel Phoenicia Malta
Hotel Phoenicia Malta

2) Mellieha (3 days)

It’s now time to leave Valletta and head North. 

At this point of your 9-10 days itinerary in Malta, renting a car is quite essential for you to enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

When I need to rent a car, I always use Booking.com Cars. It’s, in my opinion, the best website to easily compare prices of car rentals agencies in Malta. Another great thing is that you can quickly see customers reviews.

They also offer a “full protection” insurance (don’t forget to check the box when booking): in case of damage or even if your car gets stolen, you’ll get a full refund of the costs. Tested and approved!

If you already know your travel dates, I advise you to book your rental car now to get the best prices. Click on the button below to compare rental cars prices in Malta:

It’s best to pick it up directly at the airport so you can drop it back there at the end of your 10 days road trip in Malta.

Once you have your rental car, I recommend going first to Mdina. This lovely fortified city was the first capital of Malta, before being moved to Valletta. When Knights arrived in Malta, they preferred Valletta because of its strategic location next to the sea.

Go on a stroll inside the ramparts and make sure to visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and Vilhena Palace.

Here too, history lovers can opt for a guided tour of Mdina :

When exiting Mdina, pass by Mdina Gate (the bridge over the moats) and cross the large square to go to Rabat, the neighbouring city.

Rabat is where Paul the Apostle sought refuge after his ship sank next to Malta, and many people come there to pray in the church or cave dedicated to him. If you aren’t religious, it’s worth going there to walk around the city’s narrow streets. 

After visiting this small city, go back to your car and drive to Mosta. The city is famous for its monumental church inspired by the Pantheon in Rome.

Your journey up North will end in Mellieha, your stopover city for the next 3 nights.

In Mellieha, there is a large sandy beach with shallow water. It’s the ideal spot to end the day and take your first dip in Maltese water!

The beach is well equipped with sun beds, umbrellas, a few bars and public bathrooms. It’s also a great place to try some water sports such as windsurf, stand up paddle or fun activities like banana boat.

Spend the night in Mellieha.

Mdina fortified city

During your 9-10-11 days itinerary in Malta, you should also have some relax holidays! So let’s have a chill day.

Mellieha is very close to 2 of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Malta: Gnejna Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha Bay. 

It would be a shame to miss them! As they’re next to each other, it’s very convenient to visit both during the day. I’ve to admit, I can’t really decide which one is my favorite, so go have a look at both and choose where you’d like to spend the day.

You can also spend the morning at one beach and the afternoon at the other one.

Either way, both are located in a pretty natural setting and are really nice. You can also rent sun beds and umbrellas, and there’s a bar/restaurant on each beach for your lunch break.

They both offer parking facilities but you’ll have to give a few coins to the guy guarding them.

Spend a second night in Mellieha.

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You can also take advantage of this day to try one of the best activities in Malta: Scuba diving!

In Malta, you will be able to choose between 2 types of first dives:

  • Adventure try dive, with theoretical course + diving to a maximum depth of 12 meters
  • VIP try dive with private instructor: the same thing, but with an instructor just for you and your family/group!

To try this amazing activity and do your try dive (first dive) in Malta, I have selected for you the best diving center of the island:

  • All the diving instructors are very experienced (they have dived all around the world!)
  • The diving equipment is new
  • It’s a small diving center, not a “tourist factory”, and honestly, it changes everything! They only offer small groups diving, so you will be a maximum of 4 divers per instructor.

And you know the best? The price is very good! You can do your try dive in Malta for 69 euros per person only.

And at this price, you will have a real first dive (unlike with some other diving centers): you will spend 1 hour underwater and will be able to dive to a maximum depth of 12 meters (if you feel like it of course!)

Of course, as it’s a small diving center (friendly atmosphere guaranteed!), you will need to book your first dive as soon as possible: the places are very limited!

In order to book your dive in Malta at the best diving center and at the best price, you just need to call me at +356 7920 1451 (phone or WhatsApp).

Gneja Bay
Gneja Bay

The day after, go to one of Malta’s main tourist attraction: Comino island. You can’t come to Malta and not go to Comino!

It’s probably the most touristic spot in Malta, and you may have already heard of Comino’s Blue lagoon crystal clear water. You should definitely go check it out and take a dip.

To go there from Mellieha, simply go to Marfa or Cirkewwa (10min driving away). You can take a small shuttle boat to Comino from these two locations. Roundtrip tickets are 10€ and it lasts 25min. There is a departure every 30min.

It’s the best option if you want to be free to come and go from Comino as you please.

You also have the option to book a day tour on a big boat, with a lunch buffet included.

You must book these tours here in advance:

1) Boat trip to the Blue Lagoon: the classic day trip to the Blue Lagoon, they can organize the transportation from most cities of Malta of you after booking for an extra fee.

2) Catamaran boat trip to the Blue Lagoon: same as above, but on a huge Catamaran! A great choice for a nice day at sea. Same as above, transport can be organized after booking.

3) Sailboat trip to the Blue Lagoon and other bays: want to discover more than just the Blue Lagoon? Choose this one! Snacks, wine and lunch + Free transportation from Malta included.

4) Private VIP boat trip to Comino and Gozo (3h): Simply the best private boat tour to Comino and the Blue Lagoon. Josef, your skipper, will make sure you will have an amazing moment at sea.

During your boat trip, you will stop at the Blue Lagoon and Crystal Lagoon for a swim (snorkeling equipment included!) and visit Comino sea caves.

In addition to the half day boat trip, Josef also offers a full day boat tour (6 hours).

And you know the best?

It’s actually not much more expensive than the 3h30 boat trip, so if you have time to spend a full day at sea, you should opt for this one!

As Josef is doing only 1 boat trip per day, you should really book your full day private boat trip to Comino in advance by clicking on the button below:

Comino Blue Lagoon
Comino Blue Lagoon

One thing you need to know: don’t expect a quiet moment at the beach! The Blue Lagoon is always crowded and quite noisy, especially because of the loud music coming from the boats. It’s quite a young vibe there.

Hopefully, the rest of the island is quieter.

After your mandatory swim session in the Blue Lagoon, I suggest that you go for a walk along Comino island. Go see the Comino tower there and enjoy all the amazing viewpoints.

On the island, there is also another (less crowded) beach. It’s called Santa Marija bay and it’s located next to the only hotel of Comino.

Getting hungry? No problem, get a sandwich and a drink at the food trucks around! They are very affordable and tasty despite what one could expect in such a touristy area.

After this day in Comino, go back to Mellieha for one last night. 

Voyage Tips Advice

To organize your trip to Comino, you should have a look at my dedicated article: How to visit Comino?

Try to go to Comino in the early morning, when it’s less crowded. The spot is even more beautiful. Ideally, try to be there around 9 am if possible.

If you want to be trendy in Comino, order a cocktail served in a pineapple! You’ll see what I mean when you’ll be there.

Where to stay in Mellieha

  • Pergola Hotel & Spa: located in Mellieha with a view over the bay, the village, Gozo and Comino. Studio apartment with kitchen amenities starting from 80€/night, breakfast for an additional 8€. Best features: kitchen amenities, view, excellent service, 3 swimming pools.
  • Maritim Antonine Hotel & spa: located in Mellieha, 1km away from a vast sand beach. Very spacious and elegent double room starting from 140€/night, breakfast included. Best features: rooftop swimming pool with a scenic view over the bay, heated pool and hot tubs, good buffet with many options, next to bus stops going to Valletta or to the beach. It’s the best value for money in Mellieha.
  • Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands: located in Golden Bay and 2min walking distance to a lovely beach. Big double room with balcony (sea view or countryside view) starting from 150€/night, breakfast for an additional 20€. Best feature: direct access to the beach, view, delicious breakfast, during summertime you can get complimentary sun bed and umbrella on the beach.
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The Blue Lagoon and its crystal clear water, in Comino
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3) Gozo (3 days)

It’s now time to go explore new areas: during your 10 days holidays in Malta, you can’t miss Gozo island, Malta’s little sister.

This island, wilder and more rural, was my favorite place during my trip to Malta.

To go to Gozo, go first to Cirkewwa. From there, the ferry will take you to Gozo in 20min. You can board the ferry with your rental car.

Don’t get confused, you don’t have to pay anything on the way to Gozo. You’ll only pay for the roundtrip on your way back to Malta. I’ll tell you more about it below.

Once you’re in Gozo island, the main city, Victoria (or Rabat in Maltese) is only 10min away. You should first go visit Victoria’s Citadella, the fortified place overlooking the city.

It has been entirely renovated, and you can visit the old prisons and the cathedral. You’ll also enjoy it for its 360° scenic view over Gozo.

Victoria citadella Gozo
Inside the Citadella

For your lunch break, there are several restaurants on the square down the Citadella and along Triq Repubblika (the city’s main street). You’ll also find gift shops selling local products like cheese, honey and olive oil. There’re also a few clothing stores if you want to do some shopping.

In the afternoon, head to the Northwestern part of the island, to Dwejra. That’s where Gozo’s most touristic place, the Azure Window, was located. Unfortunately, the arch collapsed in 2017 but the site is still worth seeing.

In Dwejra, there’s also the Blue Hole (famous diving site), the Inland Sea and the Fungus Rock. You can also take boat tours from the Inland Sea.

On the way back to Victoria, stop by Ta’Pinu Basilica and its breathtaking dimensions and architecture. You’ll be impressed for sure by this very photogenic place! In front of the basilica, you can go up the footpath leading to the top of a hill and offering a nice view.

Spend the night in Gozo.

Ta’Pinu Basilica

For your second day in Gozo, I recommend starting with a nice stroll to Marslaforn salt pans. It’s one of my favorite spot on the island!

Walk until you reach Wied il Gashri: this small fjord carved by the sea is a nice swimming spot (just make sure there is no jellyfish!). It’s also a famous diving site.

In the afternoon, enjoy Gozo’s largest sandy beach: Ramla Bay. Don’t forget to go up on the path located right off the beach to reach Tal Mixta cave. The view over the beach is very beautiful.

And if you fancy a little more action this afternoon in Gozo, I recommend you try one of the many water activities:

End your day with a beautiful sunset over Ta Cenc cliffs.

Spend a second night in Gozo.

Ramla Bay Mixta Cave Gozo
View over Ramla Bay from Tal Mixta cave

Continue your 10 days itinerary in Malta with one last day in Gozo.

There are several very pleasant hikes to do. Discovering the island on foot and walking along the sea is amazing! The short hikes are easy, but don’t forget to wear hiking shoes or sneakers. It would be a very bad idea to do them in flip flops!

You can choose one hike to do in the morning. Paths are not marked, so you should check this website to plan your itinerary. You’ll find a dozen of detailed hiking paths with things to see on the way.

And if you would like to take advantage of these trips to learn more about the island, the local flora and fauna, I advise you to book a trip with a Gozo based guide.

You have the choice of a 2-hour or a full day hike:

Spend one last night Gozo.

If you want more information about Gozo island, you can read my article: The 10 best places to visit in Gozo.

Voyage Tips - Advice

If you don’t feel like taking your car or if you don’t have a car, there are of course other ways to discover Gozo.

Personally, I have opted for the quad bike tour during my trip to Gozo and I really loved it!

It will allow you to discover the best places to visit in Gozo in a fun way with a local guide.

You will have the choice between 2 types of excursions: simply click on the orange links below to book them (do it as soon as possible, as the quad bike tours are the most popular of the island!)

Actually, these guided quad tours are so good, I’ve contacted the provider to offer you a discount code.

Only voyagetips readers are entitled to it, and it’s only available for the first 50 bookings made in 2024.

So don’t wait, and when you book, try entering the coupon code “tips5” for an instant 5% discount! 😎

If want to ride a quad bike in Gozo, but don’t want a guided tour, you can also rent a quad by clicking here. A GPS map is provided, so you’ll know exactly what to visit!

And if there’s no more availability for the guided tour and quad rental, you can see if the other provider who organizes guided tours of Gozo has any availability (click here)

Here are other great tours options, if you don’t want to drive:

The discount code “tips5” is also available for the 2 tuktuk tours below, which are offered by the same provider as the quad bikes.

And last solution, you can take the Hop-on Hop-off tourist bus to visit Gozo.

quad bikes hire Gozo
quad bikes hire Gozo

Where to stay in Gozo

  • Guesthouse Bambina: Guesthouse located in Xaghra, 10min walking from the beach. Modern with a zen vibe double room starting from 75€/night. Best features: amazing house with a swimming pool and a great view over Gozo, friendly staff, direct access to the beach, very good value. A great choice in Gozo for its excellent value for money.
  • Casa Gemelli Boutique Guesthouse: Charming hotel located in Victoria, the capital of Gozo. Fully renovated double room starting from 90€/night, breakfast included. Decoration is a mix of modern and traditional. Best features: central location, close to all the bus stops, homemade breakfast, friendly and helpful staff.
  • The Duke Boutique Hostel: Located in the center of Victoria. Very spacious and comfortable double room starting from 100€/night, breakfast included. Best features: location, great bedding, rooftop terrace view, great breakfast with many options, great staff, some rooms have a hot tub on the balcony.
  • Kempiski Hôtel San Lawrenz: Luxury hotel located in San Lawrenz, close to Inland Sea ad Ta’Pinu Basilica. Spacious and modern double room with balcony starting from 116€/night. Breakfast for an additional 25€. Best features: amazing view, huge swimming pools, indoor pool, free parking lot, outstanding breakfast, nice spa. It’s simply the best hotel in Gozo.

And if you prefer to stay in an apartment during trip to Gozo, you should book at The Holiday Hub Gozo.

Located in a typical Maltese building, this modern fully equipped penthouse features 3 bedrooms + 2 bathrooms and can comfortably host up to 6 people.

It’s the perfect accommodation for a trip with your friends or your family!

It also features 2 large terraces (75m²), ideal to enjoy a breakfast outside or an aperitif.

Last but not least: you will also have access to the 150m² rooftop featuring a Jacuzzi (hot tub), plunge pool and BBQ.

A great way to relax after a good day of sightseeing!

Strong points: the calm, the perfect location to visit Gozo, the rooftop and its superb view + the really friendly owners.

Our favorite in Gozo, you should book it really in advance!

To book your stay at The Holiday Hub, simply click the button below:

Things to see Gozo
A walking path in Gozo

4) Marsaxlokk (1 day)

For the last part of your 9, 10 or 11 days itinerary in Malta, you will go to the South of the island.

First, take the ferry back to Malta. You’ll have to pay for your roundtrip, about 20€ for 2 people and one car.

On that day, I recommend going to Marsaxlokk. It’s a very practical location for a last day in Malta because the city is only 15min away from the airport. 

There are a few places worth stopping by on your way from North to South. I recommend you to visit the following:

  • Popeye Village where the movie “Popeye” (with Robin Williams) was shot. The set was kept and turned into a small amusement park. It’s not really worth paying to get into the park, but the view of all the colored houses from the cliff nearby is worth it. It’s a very photogenic spot.
  • Dingli cliffs, the highest point in Malta, with a nice scenic view.
  • The Blue Grotto, famous for the color of the water there. You can see it from a belvedere located right at the exit of Zurrieq village, or you can also go on a 30min boat tour. Departures take place at 2 min drive from the belvedere, in a small port.
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The Blue Grotto, from the viewpoint

Once you arrive in Marsaxlokk and if it’s a Sunday, there will be a big market next to the port. You’ll find all kind of products there, including souvenirs.

Have a nice lunch next to the sea in one of the many fish restaurants. 

After your meal, go visit one of your last tourist attraction: St Peter’s Pool. It’s not really far away, only 10min driving from Marsaxlokk and it’s easy to find, there are signs along the road.

Park your car at one of the 2 free parking lots and continue on foot. You’ll reach a wide natural pool where people jump into the water.

If jumping is too adventurous for your taste, go on the path to the right and you’ll find a few natural hot tubs next to the sea.

If you still have time, you can finish your day at Marsaskala’s lovely beachfront.

Sleep around Marsaxlokk.

On the next day, it will sadly be the end of your 10 days trip to Malta and time to fly back home.

Voyage Tips Advice

If you’re in Malta for 9 days only, don’t do the beach day in Mellieha, or do only 2 days in Gozo.

On the other hand, if you’re lucky enough to spend 11 days in Malta, you can add an extra day in Gozo. Do another hike, enjoy the beach or go scuba diving. There are many companies in Gozo offering scuba diving initiations.

Where to stay in Marsaxlokk

  • Port View Guesthouse: Guesthouse located in Marsaxlokk, a lovely fishermen village with a popular Sunday market. Modern and comfortable double room starting from 70€/night, breakfast included. Best features: next to the sea, good breakfast and excellent service.
  • Harbour Lodge: Located right next to the fishing port. Quiet and comfortable double room starting from 85€/night, breakfast included. Best features: quiet location, free parking lot, free shuttle to the airport.

Other ideas of activities for your 10 day trip to Malta

You want to enjoy more activities during your 10 day trip to Malta?

Great idea!

Here is the complete list of all the best activities to do in Malta. Enjoy!

For more information about these activities and to book them, simply click on the following links:

Just click on the links to access the details and make your reservations:

The 4 best activities to do in Malta

It’s your first trip to Malta and you want to focus on the best activities and excursions?

In that case, I have selected for you the 4 activities and excursions you can’t miss during your trip to Malta.

So, here are my 4 favorites!

1) Going on a boat trip to Comino Blue Lagoon

2) Visiting Gozo by Quad bike or Jeep

  • Full day Quad bike tour in Gozo, with departure from Malta (transport included). Return by boat via Comino and the Blue Lagoon! Definitely one of the best activities in Malta!
  • Renting quad bikes in  Gozo: To visit Gozo, you can also rent quad bikes! You can get the best quad bikes (brand new, 450cc) by clicking here and booking them directly on Quad Bikes Gozo website. The rental include helmets, free 2nd driver and a GPS map of Gozo’s best places to visit.
  • Gozo: Jeep tour – Pick up at your hotel in Malta included. A great way to discover Gozo if you don’t want to drive!

3) Diving in Malta and Gozo

4) Jet-ski-tour around Comino (Blue Lagoon)

In addition to the 4 amazing activities mentioned above, here is the complete list, with all other activities you can do in Malta:

1) The best activities in Malta (and from Malta)

Boat trips to the Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon Catamaran
Blue Lagoon – Catamaran

Visiting Gozo from Malta

Guided visits and excursions in Malta

Other activities to enjoy in Malta

Partying in Malta

If you want to take advantage of your stay in Malta to party (on your last evening or maybe even on several evenings during your stay !), you should:

  • Go on a pub crawl and make friends from all other the world – Click here!
  • Dance all night long in one of Paceville nightclubs
  • Opt for a boat party with an open bar.

Hiking tour in Malta
Hiking tour in Malta

2) The best activities in Gozo

Boat trips

Other activities / Guided tours

Nautical activities

Gozo from above
Gozo from above! 

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Renting a boat in Malta

If you want to rent a boat for a nice day at sea during your itinerary in Malta, you should book it with Samboat.

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You’re going to visit Malta in 10 days and have questions? Don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments section of this article.

2 weeks in Malta: the best Itinerary

You want to visit Malta in 2 weeks? You’re wondering if it’s too long?

Well, it’s not! You can do the 10 days itinerary I suggest in this article and add a lot of awesome activities.

During a 14-15 days trip to Malta, you can take your time to visit everything, and even go off the beaten track.

In addition to the visits, you can enjoy the beaches and do a bit of hiking! Gozo island is the best place for this.

There is a walking trail offering amazing viewpoints going around the island. If you can’t do the full loop in a day, it’s very convenient as you can split it in a few short 1-2 hours strolls.

Spending 2 weeks in Malta will also allow you to enjoy water sports such as:

  • Jet ski
  • Paddle
  • Water Skiing
  • Parasailing
  • Tubing

Kayaking trips are also very popular, especially around Comino. It’s perfect to enjoy the crystal clear water!

Another great way to discover Malta or Gozo is to rent a boat for a day.

Malta is also recognized for having some of the best Mediterranean diving sites. Numerous diving schools offer diving sessions for all levels, from beginner to experienced divers. During your 2 weeks itinerary, you can even take a 3 days diving course to get a certification.

Now you know more about the best things to do in Malta in 2 weeks. If you need help to plan your 14, 15 or 16 days trip to Malta, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments.

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Discussion18 Comments

  1. Andreas liberos

    Can you do all the above that you’ve mentioned for a 10 day trip but just stay in one hotel for the whole 10 days, maybe a hotel quite central so it’s easier to get to everywhere?

    And if we do it this way would it better to use transport or rent a car?

    Kind regards,
    Andreas Liberos

    • Vincent

      Hello Andreas,

      The most optimized way is for sure to do this itinerary with the 4 stops like in the article, however it’s possible to do this itinerary with only 1 or 2 different hotels:

      1. 2 Hotels: You can stay in Mellieha for most of your stay, then spend 2-3 nights in Gozo and come back to your hotel in Mellieha.

      2. 1 Hotel: It’s also doable with only 1 hotel only (in Mellieha), but you would have to take the ferry to Gozo several times if you want to spend a few days on the island. It’s doable, just not very convenient.

      If you want to see everything I talk about in this 10 days itinerary in Malta, you will have to rent a car. It’s even more true if you want to stay in only 1 or 2 hotels.

      You would waste too much time with the bus + won’t be able to go everywhere. A car is also needed to make the most of your visit to Gozo. You can take Gozo ferry with your car rented in Malta, no problem!

      If you have any other question to plan your stay in Malta, about things to do, hotels or anything else don’t hesitate.

      Have a great day,


  2. Ava

    Vincent – I just wanted to say thank you for pulling together this excellent itinerary. You really made our holiday! Thank you

    • Vincent

      Hi Ava,

      Thanks to you for taking the time to post your feedback! I am really glad you enjoyed your 10 days trip to Malta.

      Maybe see you soon on the blog for another itinerary 🙂

  3. belinda madden

    Thank you Vincent for your great information for a 10 day stay in Malta.

    Well researched and will be most helpful for my stay in November.

    Best Regards

    • Vincent

      Hi Belinda,

      Thank you, I am really glad my 10 days Itinerary in Malta is helping you to plan your trip!

      If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me.

      Enjoy your trip to Malta!

  4. zahra

    Thanks so much for this detailed itinerary!

    What would you suggest is the best time to visit Malta?
    Hoping to plan a trip in early April of this year.

    • Vincent

      Hello Zahra,

      April is a great month to visit Malta if you don’t want to swim (water is too cold at this period). You will avoid the tourists crowds and will enjoy a greener island than during the summer months.
      At that time of the year, it’s especially beautiful in Gozo if you want to do a bit of (easy) hiking next to the sea!

      Enjoy your 10 days trip to Malta, and if you have other questions, don’t hesitate 🙂

  5. Shane

    Hi there, great article!

    We are thinking of 3 nights in Gozo as part of our trip – what area would you recommend to stay in, so we would have access to restaurants/bars at night time?

    • Vincent

      Hello Shane,

      For your 3 nights in Gozo, if you are looking for the busiest place, you should stay in Victoria, the main city of the island.

      However, don’t expect a crazy nightlife, as Gozo is rather quiet!

      You also have 2 nice restaurants in Nadur: the fat rabbit (Maltese cusine) and the Osteria (Italian).

      And in Qala town, you should go to the Xerri il bukket for lunch: the view is breathtaking!

      All needs to be booked in advance as they are very popular.

      Enjoy your stay!

  6. Harriet Adrian

    Thank you Vincent for sharing your wealth of travel knowledge. I have been talking about wanting to go to Malta and your detailed suggestions were just what I needed/wanted. When is the best time to go to Malta? I prefer to avoid tourist season, but would like water warm enough for enjoyable beach/swim time. Thank you!

    • Vincent

      Hi Adrian,

      I am glad my 10 days itinerary in Malta is helping you to plan your stay!

      The best time to go to Malta if you want to avoid most tourists and still enjoy warm water is the end of September / beginning of October. The sea temperature is still around 25°, so it’s perfect!

      Enjoy your trip to Malta, and if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate.

  7. sita

    Hallo Vincent, wat een goede tips. Zijn ze nu nog actueel? Heb je toevoegingen? We gaan de laatste 3 weken van september (2021 dus)

    • Vincent

      Hello Sita,

      Thank you very much!
      As I live in Malta, I can assure you that everything is up to date. The guide features all the latest tours and activities to do in the country.

      As you are staying 3 weeks in Malta, I would just advise you to plan to spend more time in Gozo (a whole week or even 10 days).

      Don’t hesitate if you have any questions to prepare your itinerary in Malta.

  8. Vanessa

    Hi Vincent,
    Thanks so much for this in depth post.
    Can you tell me if instead of staying in Mellieha for 3 nights and do a blue lagoon boat tour from there, is it possible to go to Gozo and do a jet ski or boat tour leaving from Gozo to tour the island’s coast and Comino’s blue lagoon?
    If so can you recommend any operators please.
    Planning our trip for late July 2022 and will only have 8/9 nights.

    • Vincent

      Hello Vanessa,

      Thank you very much!
      Yes, you can do the jet ski or boat trip to Comino from Gozo.
      You can call me on +356 7920 1451 one month before your arrival and I will take care of the booking.

      Don’t hesitate if you have any other question to organize your trip in Malta and Gozo.

      You can also have a look on my other articles here: Destination Malta

      Have a good day,

  9. Raj

    Hi Vincent
    We plan our visit in Dec to Jan time frame for 10-11 days (2021).
    Since it is winter, I assume the water is too cold for snorkeling etc. Is that a correct assumption? If yes, then do we spend fewer days in one place such as in Mellieha or Gozo?

    Our ideal is 2 hotels for the entire trip. Additional, third hotel for the night before return trip is fine. Of course, we will rent a car, but only after finishing Valletta unless you advise us to rent as soon as we arrive.

    I would appreciate your thoughts


    • Vincent

      Hello Raj,

      Yes, you are right: in December and January, the water will be too cold for snorkeling and swimming.
      However, if you wish, you can still do a first dive (you will get a wetsuit) and the boat trips still take place (provided the weather is good).

      You can spend less time in Mellieha if you want.

      For the 2 hotels for your 10 days itinerary in Malta, it depends:

      – You can book accommodation in Mellieha and then in Gozo. In this case, it’s better to take the car for the whole stay, directly from the airport. It will be much more convenient to get around.
      – You can take a hotel around Valletta and another one in Gozo. Do some sightseeing without a car for 2 or 3 days and then book the car. But you will have to park your car in a paying car park in Valletta at night because access to Valletta by car is forbidden for non-residents.

      That’s why in my itinerary, I rather recommend to choose 3 hotels (Valletta, Mellieha and Gozo) to avoid going back and forth from one end of the island to the other.

      If your return flight is in the afternoon or evening, you don’t necessarily need to spend the night near the airport. You can go straight there (even from Gozo).

      I hope you will enjoy your stay in Malta!

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