Visit Malta: Top 27 things to do and best places to visit

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The 27 Best Things to Do in Malta (+ Activities)

You want to visit Malta for your next trip?

Great choice!

In order to help you plan your stay, I have create this guide of the best things to do in Malta, but also in Gozo and Comino, the 2 smaller islands of the country.

In this guide, you will discover all the activities, must see attractions and points of interest of this beautiful small Mediterranean country.

To make everything even easier for you, you can book all the best activities to do in Malta, Gozo and Comino directly in this guide. It’s very easy, you just have to click on the green buttons and orange links you will find throughout the article.

So, what are the best places to visit in Malta? Where to stay?

Let’s find out!

Visit Malta: The 27 Best Places to Visit and Must-See Attractions

1. Valletta

Let’s start this list of the best things to do in Malta with Valletta, the capital. Walk around this lovely city and look at the beautiful architecture, historical museums and amazing views over the sea and neighbor cities.

Here are the best places to visit in Valletta:

The Saint John’s Co-Cathedral might not look very interesting from the outside, but wait until you see what’s inside! It’s full of gold and magnificent paintings from Caravaggio.

Below the marbled floor lay the tombs of the Grand Masters of the Order of Malta and other nobles. Close to 400 of them are buried there, it’s a must see for history lovers in Malta!

Grandmaster’s Palace was once their home. While the Supreme Council Hall and the Ambassador’s Room are worth the visit, the most impressive room is for sure the armory.

It houses a collection of more than 5,000 armors and weapons, once belonging to the knights and grand masters.

Republic Street and Merchant Street are the main commercial streets in Valletta, with numerous stores and restaurants.

The Manoel Theatre, one of the oldest in Europe.

The Fort Saint Elmo, also housing the National War Museum.

At the National Museum of Fine Arts, you will find a collection of objects, sculptures and paintings which belonged to the Order of Malta.

The Barraka Gardens, also called Upper Barraka Garden and Lower Barraka Garden. The lower garden is quite small but has a very photogenic temple.

The upper one is bigger, with nice colonnades and a wonderful view over the 3 cities. Below you can see the Saluting Battery: an artillery battery used in the past to salute foreign vessels. It’s still functioning nowadays and fires everyday at noon.

Voyage Tips Advice
If you’re going to Valletta, park your car in the MCP parking lot, right next to the old town entrance. It’s affordable (we have paid 6€ for 7 hours) and very well located (only 5min walking distance from the city center).

If you want to learn everything about Valletta, you should really opt for a guided visit on foot. The guides are really amazing, you will have a great time!

This guided visit needs to be booked here:

This guided visit also exists in “private” version (only for your group – book it here) and as an historical version “Valletta during World War 2”, which needs to be booked there (also a private tour).

And if you want to discover Valletta from the sea, there is another great activity: The “2 harbours tour” on board a “Luzzu”, a traditional Maltese boat.

Simply click the button below to book it:

Looking for more information about what to do in Valletta? Check out our article and suggested itineraries to visit the city in 1, 2 or 3 days: The 10 best places to visit in Valletta.

Valletta
The bell of Valletta

2. The Three Cities

From Valletta, you can easily reach the Three Cities. Go to Upper Barrakka Garden and take the panoramic elevator (Barrakka Lift) to go downstairs. Then, cross the street and continue to the left to reach the boat departure point.

Tickets are sold inside the boat. Round trip tickets are 2.80€ per person and it’s a 10min trip.

It will drop you off in the city of Birgu, the biggest of the 3 cities (the 2 others are Senglea and Cospicua). They all have their unique features but they do have one thing in common; the views over Valletta. The best way to explore the 3 cities is just to wander around on foot!

  • Birgu points of interest include Fort St. Angelo, the Inquisitor’s Palace and the Malta Maritime Museum
  • In Senglea, go to the Safe Haven Gardens at the edge of the city; it has one of the best view over Valletta.

To visit the 3 Cities, you can also opt for a guided visit. The best one also includes a part about Maltese wine history and free wine tasting!

Voyage Tips Advice

Keep your 3 Cities boat ticket!

The Barrakka Lift is always free when going down. However, you usually have to pay a small fee when going up, except in one case: when you come from the 3 Cities.
So just show your boat ticket at the ticket office to get a free ride.

Three cities Malta
The three cities from Valletta

3. Mdina

Mdina is the former capital of Malta. During the Middle-Ages (before the Order of Malta), the government and other administrations were located there.

It was called “Citta Notabile”, the noble city. When the Order arrived, knights decided that they needed to be close to their ships and Valletta became the new capital.

Also called “the Silent City”, Mdina is a fortified city loved by tourists for its charm and quiet streets. The city is home to many historical monuments:

  • St. Paul’s Cathedral (the oldest cathedral in Malta) and its museum
  • the 18th century Vilhena Palace
  • other palaces on Villegaignon Street, such as the Palazzo Falson.

After exploring the city, you can go down to see the old moat which have been turned into a garden. From there you’ll be able to see the impressive ramparts from the bottom.

Voyage Tips Advice
We went to Mdina early in the morning and it was a good idea! Starting from 10am, buses loaded with tourist started to flow in the city. Try to come before 9:30am if you want to avoid all the tourists.

To learn everything about Mdina history, a guided visit is your best option!

Mdina
Mdina fortified city

4. Rabat

Rabat is another place to visit during your holidays in Malta. It’s located right next to Mdina: once you exit the fortified city you are already in Rabat!

The best things to see in Rabat:

  • St. Paul’s Church and Grotto, where Paul the Apostle sought refuge after their boat sank on the island
  • St. Paul’s Catacombs, the city’s necropolis for 500 years
  • Sy. Agatha’s Catacombs, where Saint Agatha hid during her exile from Sicily
  • Domvs Romana, a Roman-era house turned into a museum.
Rabat Malta
A nice alley in Rabat

5. Sliema and St Julian’s

Sliema and St Julian’s are the main touristic cities in Malta.

You’ll find there plenty of hotels, restaurants, clubs, casinos and shopping malls. They are perfect destinations if you like busy cities and to party. If you enjoy quiet places however, that might not be the best places for you to go.

In Sliema, you can enjoy a good meal in the numerous seafront restaurants offering unique views over Valletta.

There is also a nice promenade going from St Julian’s to Sliema and even Valletta along the sea. It’s probably the most crowded area of the island, especially during summer nights.

Sliema Malta
Sliema bay

6. Gozo

Gozo is the second largest island in Malta. It’s more rural and quiet with wonderful landscapes and nice beaches and coves. There are really many things to do in Gozo.

To get there, take the Gozo Channel Line ferry, from Cirkewwa on Malta island. The trip lasts about 20min and you can board with a vehicle. Boarding is fast and well organized.

In the ferry, you can find a cafetaria and a convenience store selling food, magazines and souvenirs.

  • Ticket Fare: we paid 25€ for 3 people and one vehicle.
  • Useful tip: you only have to pay on your way back.

From June 1, 2021, you can also take the fast ferry from Valletta to Gozo.

The ferry departs from Valletta Grand Harbor and will take you to Gozo in 45 minutes.

This boat only takes passengers and no cars. You will disembark at the same place as the other ferry, at Gozo Mgarr harbor.

For prices and schedules, you can find all the information on the official website.

Once you arrive in Gozo, these are the best places to visit:

  • Victoria, also called Rabat by the locals, is the main city in Gozo. It’s a great place for shopping and food, but the main attraction is for sure the Cittadella, the fortified part of the city. Located on a hill, it’s home to the Cathedral, the old prison, archaeological sites and of course, amazing views over Gozo from the ramparts.
  • Djewra region in the North-West, famous for the Azur Window (unfortunately it collapsed in 2017), Fungus Rock, the Inland Sea and the Deep Blue Hole
  • Marsalforn is a popular beach town during summertime, the main attraction being the 3km long salt pans on the edge of the city.
  • Ta’Pinu shrine is a dazzling church. Built on a small hill, you can see it from far away.
  • Ta’Cenc cliffs, 130m high, offer a lovely scenic view. If you have a drone, this is the place to use it!
  • Ggantija temples, among the most impressive and best preserved temples on the island
  • Ramla Bay beach, the biggest sand beach in Gozo. A perfect beach for families with plenty of space for kids to play.

If you want to visit Gozo as a day trip or with a guided visit, you will have the choice between the following tours: (you can click on the links for more info and to book the one that suits you the best!)

Here is the list of guided visits of Gozo from Malta:

And here are the guided visits of Gozo starting in Gozo (you will need to go to Gozo by yourself, by ferry boat)

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

You can find more details about all the best places to visit in Gozo in my article: The 10 best things to do in Gozo.

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

7. Blue Lagoon and Comino island

Comino is a tiny island located between Malta and Gozo island. Tiny in terms of size, but not in terms of reputation! That’s where the Blue Lagoon is, a stunning lagoon with turquoise water.

Every day, shuttle boats come and go from Malta/Gozo to Comino to bring tourists to swim in the lagoon.

Fore sure, unless you go off season, don’t go there if you’re looking for a peaceful and quiet beach!

As a lot of tourists are visiting Comino each day, I strongly recommend you to buy your boat tickets in advance.

There are several ways to go to Comino, simply click on the orange links to book the one that suits you the best.

From Malta

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 (3h30): 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 (7h).

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:

5) Private boat trip to the Blue Lagoon from Valletta: You can also do a private boat trip to Comino Blue Lagoon from Valletta! It’s a great was to discover the capital and Malta’s coast line from the sea.

6) Private sailboat trip to Comino Blue Lagoon: Same as above, but on a sailboat with skipper! As it’s also a privat tour, you will decide of the day’s program. Enjoy!😎

And if you don’t want to do a boat trip, you can also take the boat shuttle from Marfa or Cirkewwa (in the North of Malta) to Comino.

From Gozo

7) Josef’s private boat trip to the Blue Lagoon can also start from Gozo.

You will have the choice between 2 boat trips (simply click on the links to book them)

8) Take the boat from Mgarr harbour.

9) Take the speed boat from Hondoq Ir Rummien (high season only). You will discover the magnificent Hondoq bay and its small beach. From there you can also enjoy amazing nautical activities! Book your ticket now here.

From Hondoq, in addition to the direct Comino transfer, you can also opt for a “Comino shuttle + Santa Maria caves” visit. It’s the perfect way to discover these beautiful sea caves and the coast of Comino! Simply click here to book it.

Besides the lagoon, you should also walk around the island, enjoy the beautiful landscape and the quieter areas of Comino. A nice thing to do is to go on top of Saint Mary’s Tower for a unique scenic view.

A quick tip: you can only go up the tower if the flag is raised. Entrance fee is donation based.

There is another beach on Comino island: Santa Maria Bay, with a hotel, restaurants and public bathroom. It’s a lot less crowded than the Blue Lagoon.

Voyage Tips Advice

All the ways to go Comino I have just mentioned are detailed in my other article: How to visit Comino and the Blue Lagoon?

For a more peaceful Comino experience, it’s best to go before 10am or after 4pm.

Voyage Tips - The Culture Spot
Comino island got its name from a plant found everywhere there during spring: cumin. Now you can amaze your guests at the next dinner party with this fact 😋
Comino blue lagoon
Comino blue lagoon

8. Enjoy a quad bike ride in Malta

Quad bike is for sure a must-do activity during your trip to Malta!

You may not know it, but quad bike tours in fact take place on Gozo island.

There is no previous quad biking experience needed, your instructor/guide will teach you the basics and will adapt to your driving pace.

You will have the choice between 2 types of excursions:

  • Quad bike tour from Malta

During your quad bike guided visit of Gozo, you will discover some of the best places to visit of the island such as Ramla bay, Dwejra (where the famous Azure Window used to stand), the Inland Sea, the Blue Hole or Marsalforn Salt Pans.

And you know the best? This day trip also includes the return from Gozo with a private boat! You will pass by the Blue Lagoon and Comino caves.

Your 1 day quad bike guided visit of Gozo from Malta needs to be booked here:

If you don’t have a lot of time, this tour also exists as an half day trip: book it there.

  • VIP Quad bike tour

In addition to the best places to visit on the island, the VIP quad bike tour will also allow you to discover the most beautiful secret spots of the island!

You will for sure come back home with gorgeous pictures 😎.

For this tour, Sam, your guide, has created an itinerary passing by many small countryside roads known only by locals. The complete itinerary of the tour is kept secret (to ensure that you won’t meet too many other tourists!), but I can tell you that it’s absolutely fantastic!

For lunch, Sam will take you to a good restaurant (local cuisine) featuring an amazing view over Gozo countryside. The lunch is at your own expense, so you can order what you please.

As Sam is a local guide, he will indeed tell you everything you need to know about the island, with some very interesting anecdotes!

Ready to have an amazing day in Gozo?

Then book your VIP quad bike tour as soon as possible (it’s a small group tour, so seats are very limited!) by clicking on the button below:

Don’t forget to say hi to Sam from me (Vincent) when you will meet him 😄!

Voyage Tips - Advice
If you have the time, you should really opt for the full day tour or the VIP full day tour. It’s such an amazing experience that you will regret it if you only book for half a day!

You will find more info about the quad bike tours in Malta in my detailed article: Quad bikes in Malta/Gozo: the definitive guide.

Best quad tour Gozo
Want to go there? Take the VIP quad tour!

9. Scuba diving in Malta

Scuba divers will love Malta as it’s one of the best diving spot in the Mediterranean region.

Scuba diving in Malta is a unique experience, you will go on an underwater adventure and discover marine wildlife, wrecks and caves! On the plus side: water is warm and it’s always sunny (Malta has the most days of sunshine in Europe).

Prices are pretty affordable, the sites are beautiful and there are options for both beginners and experienced divers.

The best dive sites Malta:

  • Blue Grotto and its diverse wildlife
  • In Valletta, under Fort Saint Elmo, to see the wreck of the HMS Maori, a destroyer which sank in 1942
  • The wreck of the Um El Faroud oil tanker
  • The wreck of MV Rozi in Cirkewwa
  • The blue hole in Gozo
  • Santa Maria Caves in Comino

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).

The other best diving center in Malta is located on Gozo island. You can do your first dive there too, they are very friendly!

To book it, you just have to click the button below:

And if you’re motivated to learn diving, you can opt for a 4 days PADI Open Water course. You can book it by clicking here.

If you already have some diving experience and want to discover Gozo’s best diving sites, the 2 following options are the perfect choices you: “day – 2 dives” (click here) and “2 days – 4 dives” (click there).

During your dives, you will discover amazing sites such as the famous “Blue Hole” or Mv Karwela ferry shipwreck with a professional instructor.

And if you want more info about diving in Malta, you can read my detailed article: Diving in Malta – The Definitive Guide.

Voyage Tips - Advice

If you’re looking for a VIP experience, you should opt for the VIP try dive, with a private instructor!

It’s similar to the adventure try dive (1 hour of diving / max depth of 12 meters – same diving center), but the instructor will only take care of you and your group (up to 4 people).

The VIP try dive is definitely a great choice if you want to be only with your family and friends, or want to offer a dive in Malta to your partner!

You should book your VIP diving experience in Malta now by calling me at +356 7920 1451 (Tel or WhatsApp).

Scuba diving Malta
Scuba diving in Malta

10. Marsaxlokk

The best thing to do in Malta on a Sunday is, without a doubt, going to the fish market in Marsaxlokk.

Marsaxlokk is an authentic fishing port, with colored fishing boats called luzzu. Every Sunday takes place a traditional fish market. Don’t be fooled by the name though, you will find more things than just fish at that market, like souvenirs for example.

This market is huge and usually crowded, probably because souvenirs are cheaper there than in Valletta.

You’ll find many bars and restaurants along the port, perfect for lunch break. Most of them serve fish but you can also find pizzas and sandwiches. As always in Malta, the price is very decent.

Voyage Tips Advice
If you’re coming to Marsaxlokk on market day by car, don’t get too close to the port: streets are very narrow and it’s virtually impossible to find parking. It’s better to park further away and walk a bit.

If you don’t have a car, you can also go on an organized day trip to Marsaxlokk. It includes transportation from your hotel, a guide and a visit to the Blue Grotto (If you want to go inside, you will need to purchase an additionnal boat trip to enter the cave)

You need to book this tour here:

Marsaxlokk
Colorful boats in Marsaxlokk harbor

11. St Peter’s Pool

Close to Marsaxlokk, St Peter’s Pool is another must-see attraction in Malta.

Dug by erosion, this natural pool is a great swimming spot.

Kids in particular love this beach, they challenge themselves to jump from the small cliff rather than actually swim. In fact, the only ways to get in the water is by jumping or using ladders.

Please also note that there is very limited shaded areas, so it might not be a good place to go with young children.

If you keep walking past St Peter’s Pool to the right, you’ll get to a flatter area with more natural pools carved into the rocks. Another great spot to take a dip.

St Peter’s Pool is 10min driving away from Marsaxlokk. It’s easy to find and there are 2 free parking lots.

St Peter's Pool
St Peter’s Pool

12. Mosta

Mosta is famous for its monumental church, whose design was inspired by the Pantheon of Rome.

It was built in 1833 thanks to funds raised by the residents, and is one of the most beautiful church in Malta.

It’s said that the dome is one of the biggest in Europe, whether it’s the 3rd or the 4th biggest dome is still a matter of debate. It’s so big that you can see it from many places on the island.

The church is also famous for what happened there in 1942: a German bomb was dropped over it, pierced the dome and fell in the church during the mass, without detonating. Some even says it was a miracle!

As i told you in the paragraph about Mdina, the visit to the monumental church of Mosta is included in this night tour of Malta.

Mosta church
Mosta monumental church

13. Blue Grotto

Blue Grotto is located 2km away from Zurrieq town.

It got its name and reputation from the intense blue color of the water in the cave.

You can see it from above at a sightseeing location just outside the city. You can also go to the small Wied Iz Zurrieq port, 2min further away by car, and take a 30 min boat tour.

Remember to check the weather conditions beforehand, there won’t be any tour if the sea is too stormy.

Wied Iz Zurrieq also has bars and restaurants, as well as a spot to go swimming.

Voyage Tips Advice
To get the best light, you should go to Blue Grotto in the morning: that’s when the sun shines into it.

If you don’t have a car and don’t want to bother with the public transports, don’t forget that the visit to the Blue Grotto is included in this day trip to Marsaxlokk.

Blue Grotto Malta
The Blue Grotto, from the viewpoint

14. Dingli cliffs

North off Blue Grotto, the Dingli cliffs are worth stopping by.

Located 250m above sea level, Dingli is the highest point in Malta. It’s a nice place to walk around (be careful not to get to close to the cliff) and enjoy the views. Sunsets there are a photographer’s dream!

Voyage Tips - Advice
If you don’t have a lot of time and want to discover the best of Malta in a day, you should opt for a private tour around the island!

There are 2 kinds of tours, and you can personnalize them in order to organize the excursion that suits you!

First, there is the Malta private guided tour. You can book it here:

The 2nd possibility is to do a private day trip around Malta with a driver, but without a guide (thus more affordable):

In both cases, the team in charge of the organization will help you to organize an unforgettable day!

Dingli cliffs
The Dingli cliffs

15. The Red Tower

The Red Tower, or Saint Agatha’s Tower is located in Marfa, 5min driving from Mellieha.

Built in 1649 among other towers between Valletta and Gozo, it was used to watch the coasts and protect merchants from pirates’ attacks. It could host up to fifty soldiers and had 5 cannons. It’s named after the color of its walls.

You can visit the Red Tower for 2€. It’s small, but the tour is worth it thanks to the amazing view from the top of the tower. From there, you can see the White Tower, Saint Mary’s Tower (on Comino island) and Lippija Tower.

Voyage Tips Advice
When you exit the tower, go to the right for a nice stroll along the cliffs.
Malta Red Tower
Malta Red Tower

16. The Megalithic Temples of Malta

Several megalithic temples can be found in Malta and Gozo, some of them even being UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They were all built between the 4th and 3th century BCE.

Here is a list of temples to visit:

  • Tarxien temples located in the city of Tarxien
  • Hagar Qim temples, next to the city of Qrendi, in South Malta
  • Mnajdra temples, only 500m away from Hagar Qim
  • Ggantija temples on Gozo island

If you plan to visit Malta’s Megalithic Temples and want to learn more about their history, you can opt for the guided visit!

It includes transportation from your hotel as well as the visit of 3 sites: Ghar Dalam Cave and its museum, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples.

Ggantija temple in Gozo
Ggantija temple in Gozo

17. Doing sports and fun activities in Malta

Here are the best activities to do in Malta

  • Quad bike: you can find all the details just below, #14 of this guide
  • Cross country Segway: the best Segway tours are organized by Sam, on Gozo island. You need to book them here.
  • Horse riding
  • Hiking: I tell you more about it at the #19 of this guide
  • Climbing: There are 300+ spots spread over 12 breathtaking sites on Gozo island

18. Malta, Gozo and Comino best beaches

No Malta holidays can be complete without a good beach day! Malta, Gozo or Comino islands all features some nice beaches and coves:

  • Mellieha Bay: shallow water and wide stretch of sand, great for families
  • Pretty Bay: a real kids’ paradise with its shallow water and playgrounds
  • Paradise Bay: close to the Gozo ferry, it’s a nice beach but quite touristy
  • Golden Bay: a vast beach, very touristy, lots of water sports options there
  • Ghajn Tuffieha Bay: Go down the stairs to reach this very beautiful spot. Don’t miss the surprising rock formations on the left side of the beach
  • Gejna Bay: a decent size sand beach, it’s especially nice to walk along the sea there
  • Ramla Bay in Gozo, a vast beach with ocher sand, the ultimate family beach
  • San Blas Bay in Gozo, a lovely sandy cove, though only reachable on foot. Going back will be your little workout of the day!
  • Blue Lagoon and Santa Maria Bay in Comino, more details about it below.

Voyage Tips - Advice

If you enjoy swimming, you can go on a snorkeling session in Gozo with Sam during your stay.

He will show you one of the best spots of the island, hidden from the usual tourist spots!

He offers 2 snorkeling tours. You will need to book it by clicking here.

Malta Beach

19. Water sports and activities in Malta

Malta is the perfect place to enjoy water sports and activities at reasonable prices.

Here are the best ones:

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

Voyage Tips - Advice
In my opinion, the best is to enjoy all these activities in Gozo. It’s where the scenery is the most beautiful!

You can read more about it in my Gozo travel guide(click here)

Stand up paddle tour Gozo
Stand up paddle tour Gozo

20. Renting a boat in Malta

A boat rental in Malta is a great way to discover the Maltese coast from another point of view!

The best is to rent it in Gozo (where the coast is the most beautifl!). You can then easily go explore around Gozo and Comino islands.

In Malta, the great thing is that you can rent a boat up to 90HP without boat license.

For those who have a boat licence, there are also boats with over 90HP.

To hire a boat in Gozo, you just need to call me at +356 7920 1451 (phone or WhatsApp).

21. Hiking in Malta

To discover best secret spots of Malta, you should go hiking!

In the North of Malta, I recommend you the walk that starts from Selmun Palace (towards Mellieha) and goes down to several coves before going along the seafront to Mistra Bay.

In the south of Malta, you can also start from Delimara / St Peter’s Pool and walk along the coast to St Thomas Bay. The views of the cliffs are magnificent.

Hiking tour in Malta
Hiking tour in Malta

22. Do a Game of Thrones tour!

You may no know it, but Malta was the filming location for several key events of the Game of Thrones TV show!

So if you like this TV show, you should definitely book the Game of Thrones filming locations guided tour.

Your guides for the day will be Malcolm and his team: they all have been participating to the filming and will be able to tell you many anecdotes about your favorite show!

You can book it right here:

23. The best of Malta’s Nightlife

You’re going on a trip to Malta and you like to party?

Perfect!

Between the famous “Boat Parties” (I’ll tell you more about them below) and the great bars and clubs, you will for sure find great places to party in Malta.

As I want you to make the most of the Maltese nightlife, here is the list of the best bars and nightclubs on the island.

Best bars in Malta:

You want to have a drink? You should head there!

  • The Thirsty Barber: to drink excellent cocktails to the sound of live music and in a great 1920s decor
  • The Dubliner Irish Pub: for a relaxed atmosphere and beer lovers
  • Hugo’s Terrace: you will find large bay windows with sea view and a good atmosphere in this bar located in Paceville. It also features a nice rooftop!

Best nightclubs in Malta

The most famous nightclubs of Malta are all located in Paceville, one of St Julian’s district.

  • The Havana Club, one of the biggest Nightclubs in Malta. Free entrance!
  • The Footloose, located close to the Havana
  • The Bar Native a very popular place, you should go there if you enjoy latino music.

Another place I would recommend you is the Café del Mar. This outdoor club is located in Qawra, by the sea, close to Malta Aquarium.

During the day, you can rent a sunbed and enjoy the swimming pool, café and restaurant. In the evening, their pool parties are amazing!

Voyage Tips - Advice
To discover the best of Malta’s nightlife with people from around the world who love to party, you should really do a Pub Crawl!

The best one is organized by Lucca, and you will see, you will have a crazy night!

You need to book it right here:

Malta pub crawl
Malta pub crawl

24. Go to a “Boat Party”!

In Malta, you will have the opportunity to party on a boat at a “Boat Party”

The concept is simple:

You leave the port of Sliema at 7pm towards the north of the island for the sunset, then enjoy an open bar evening (whisky, vodka, rum, tequila, gin, beer and soft drinks) with 200 other party lovers from all over the world!

You need to book this epic party here:

The 3 best things to do in Malta with children

Are you visiting Malta with children and they’re getting tired of museums and city strolls? Here are 3 kids-friendly alternative activities:

25. Popeye village

Popeye Village is located in the North-Western part of Malta, close to Mellieha.

This village was entirely built to serve as a set for the movie “Popeye”, shot in 1980 with Robin Williams as the lead actor.

To built this gigantic set, trees were imported from Canada to build the houses, a road to the bay was created, along with a breakwater to protect the set. Once the shooting was over, they decided to keep everything intact.

Nowadays, it’s an amusement park. Kids will be able to discover characters from the movie and even act in a custom made one! The park also features boat rides, stores, trampolines and restaurants.

For more information about Popeye Village, you can visit the Official website.

Popeye Village Malta
The Popeye Village movie set

26. Visit Malta National Aquarium

While you’re on the island, why not show your children what’s around them by going to the Malta National Aquarium?

Built in 2013, it’s located right next to Saint Paul’s Bay, in the city of Qawra.

The visit is great and very lively. You will discover all kind of sea animals from the Mediterranean and Malta region, as well as fish from the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The best part is probably the underwater tunnel with sharks and rays swimming above you. There is also an area with reptiles and amphibians.

More details are available on the Aquarium official website.

Voyage Tips Advice
Many places (hotels, gift shops, tourism offices) offer 3€ discount coupons for the Aquarium. It would be a shame not to use them!
Malta National Aquarium
Malta National Aquarium

27. Playmobil Fun Park

It’s a very unknown fact, but one of the first Playmobil manufacturing factory was actually in Malta, and it’s still running today.

The Playmobil Fun Park features a vast outdoor playground with Playmobil statutes, and an indoor area with all the Playmobil you can imagine to play with. Thousands of these tiny figurines are available for your kids.

You can also visit the factory and see the manufacturing process, but check the visiting hours beforehand because it’s fairly limited. The place is open to all children aged 5 years old and up.

There is also, of course, a Playmobile shop. If you’re a collector, the “Maltese Knight” Playmobil is only sold in this store!

For more information about tickets and how to get there, click here.

Where to stay in Malta: My best tips + Itineraries

When going to Malta, it’s essential to carefully choose your accommodation to avoid driving around too much.

I have made for you this simple guide of the best hotels in my favorite cities. You will see, it will be easy to find the best places to stay during your trip to Malta!

The list is specifically arranged so you can easily draft a nice itinerary from it. If you want detailed itineraries depending on the duration of your stay, you should have a look at my articles:

Valletta

It’s always a good idea to start your trip by visiting Valletta, because the city is close to the airport. 1 or 2 days are enough to visit the city. That way you can also save money on you car rental by renting a car only after you’ve been 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.

Mellieha

The city of Mellieha, located on top of a hill, is a great place to stay at when you’re visiting the Northern part of the island (Mdina, Rabat, Gneja beaches, Ghajn Tuffieha and Golden Bay, the Red Tower, Popeye Village, Comino etc.). It’s best to stay there for 2-3 nights to explore the region.

That’s also where the Ferry to Gozo island leave from, and it’s the next stage of our itinerary!

  • 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.
Mellieha
Mellieha

Gozo island

Gozo island is rather small: getting a bed and breakfast in Victoria, Qala or Nadur is a good idea (especially if you don’t have a car). Avoid Xlendi and Marsalform: these half modern beach towns aren’t really nice. Gozo island is full of stunning spots, so I recommend you to stay for 2 or 3 nights.

  • Bambina guesthouse: 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. My favorite in Gozo!
  • 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 130€/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.

Zurrieq

Zurrieq is a great place for accommodation for two reasons; the city is close to the airport, and it’s a great starting point to go explore the South-West of Malta (Blue Grotto, Dingli cliffs, Marsaxlokk, St Peter’s pool etc.)

An ideal location to stay for 1-2 nights before flying back home!

  • Luxury Room in the South Malta: Bed and Breakfast located in Zurrieq, 3km away from the airport. Big and modern double room starting from 60€/night. Best features: spacious room, very helpful owners, next to the airport et Blue Grotto.

Marsaxlokk

Marsaxlokk is also a good place to end your trip before flying back:

  • 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.

Sliema and Saint Julian’s

This tourist destination North of Valletta is perfect for you if you’re looking for brand hotels, bars, casinos and clubs.

Here are the best hotels there:

  • Sliema Marina Hotel: ideally located on the waterfront, only a few meters away from the ferry to Valletta. Nicely decorated and spacious double room starting from 60€/night, breakfast for an additional 7€. Best features: great value, rooftop terrace, hot tub.
  • Palazzo Violetta: located in Sliema, within walking distance of the beach. Studio apartment with kitchen amenities, modern, spacious and comfortable, starting from 100€/night, breakfast for an additional 10€. Best features: swimming pool, good location, comfortable rooms. My favorite for its amazing value for money!
  • The Victoria Hotel: located in Sliema, 5min walking from the beachfront. Comfortable double room starting from 130€/night, breakfast included. Best features: rooftop swimming with sceniv view, very good breakfast, high quality restaurant for dinner.

Other activities to do in Malta

Are you up for more activities during your stay in Malta?

No problem: Here you will find the complete list, with many ideas that you will certainly enjoy. There is definitely something for you!

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

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

  • VIP full day quad bike tour in Gozo (top!) – Visit the island of Gozo with the best local guide and take a lunch in an amazing restaurant with countryside view. Small groups + discover more than 2 times more places than with other quad tours (including a few hidden gems!)
  • 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 calling me (Vincent) at +356 7920 1451 (Phone or WhatsApp).
  • 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)

  • Jet Ski Tour (From Gozo) – Follow your instructor on an epic 1h tour around Comino and discover the sea caves! – Call me at +356 7920 1451 (phone or whatsapp) and I will book the activity for you!

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! 

Malta tourist map

Below is the most complete tourist map of Malta. I recommend you to download it on your phone and keep it with you at all time. You can also get a paper version at the tourist information offices.

Malta tourist map
Malta tourist map

So, what do you plan to visit during your trip to Malta?

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Malta travel Guides

You’re traveling in Malta? These articles will help you!

Discover all my articles about Malta: All my articles to help you plan your trip to Malta are listed there.

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Visit Malta: the 20 best places to see

 

Vincent

Creator of the Voyage Tips blog, travel and photography lover. I give you all my best tips to plan your next trip.

Discussion10 Comments

  1. Vincent

    Hi
    There are three of us ladies that want to come and explore during the day, relax at the beach and participate in some activities. We only coming through for 10 days (trying to push for 14 days).

    22 September 2019 depart and arrive in Malta 23 September and depart again on the 4th October 2019.

    We would like to have beach parties (if possible) and good nightlife for us older ladies in our late thirties and middle forties.

    • Vincent
      Vincent

      Hi Lisa,

      For the activities and places to visit, you can have a look at the 10 days itinerary i have written. It will give you a good idea of how you can organize your days!

      You can find it here: How to spend 10 days in Malta

      About the beaches, the best ones are:

      Sandy beaches:

      – Ghajn Tuffieha Bay
      – Gnejna Bay
      – Ramla Bay in Gozo
      – Santa Marijia beach in Comino

      Coves:

      – Delimara BayBajia ta’ Mgiebah, near Mellieha
      – Hondoq Bay in Gozo
      – Blue Lagoon in Comino

      For the night life, it’s all around St Julian, Paceville and Sliema.

      In Malta, there are also boat parties, but not many beach parties i think.

      Enjoy your trip!

  2. Vincent

    This was so helpful!! I only had a short time in Malta and am a solo traveler, and the very specific descriptions for the 2 and 3-day tours were extremely helpful! Thank you for this page!

    • Vincent
      Vincent

      Hi Nina,

      Thanks a lot for your kind message, I am very glad my 2-3 days itinerary in Malta helped you to plan your stay.

      Have a great day, and maybe see you soon on the blog for another destination 🙂

  3. Vincent

    Hello!

    Your detailed guide for Malta has helped me organize my 5 day trip to Malta so easily! Thank you!

    I have only one question. We’re staying in Tal-Pieta and we’d like to scuba dive.
    Do you have any suggestions on how to book it? Should we book it online or can we find something when we arrive?
    We might not rent a car for more than a day so we might also need transport to the scuba diving sites.

    • Vincent
      Vincent

      Hello Stella,

      I am glad my guide of Malta is helping you to plan your trip!

      Unfortunately, I have no scuba diving school to recommend in Malta, as I did scuba diving in Gozo. The underwater is a lot nicer there in my opinion, so in case you want to do it in Gozo too, you should contact Franco from Blue Waters Dive cove: +356 795 368 74
      For me, it’s the best diving center of the island! And if you are in Gozo, you can take the bus to get there, and they will then take you to the diving spot in Jeep.

      Enjoy your trip to Malta!

  4. Vincent

    Hi Vincent,

    Your blog site has been a treasure trove full of information in planning my month in Sicily.

    I’ve decided to add a side trip to Malta for 4-5 nights.
    I’m a bit challenged locating ferry website . I have read ferry accessible from Catania or Pozzallo( with additional bus transport, since turning in my car before depart) .

    2 questions do I need any covid testing to go onto island, already vaccinated? Does the ferry only run on certain days ?
    I wanted to be back in Sicily by sat 18,of September for tues 21/9 departure to USA .

    ThankYou again for all you do,
    Peace,
    JoAnn

    • Vincent
      Vincent

      Hi JoAnn,

      Thanks again!

      Here are the 2 websites for the ferries:
      – From Pozzallo: Virtu Ferries
      – From Augusta: Ponte Ferries
      You have the timetables, the fares and you can book online.

      To come to Malta (at the moment), you need a PCR test or a valid vaccination certificate, and to fill in some documents.
      The only accepted vaccination certificates are:
      – Malta Vaccine Certificate
      – United Kingdom Vaccination Confirmation of Two Doses Received: NHS Vaccine Certificate (Digital app version or paper certificate)
      – EU Digital Covid Certificate (Vaccination Certificate – Two Doses Received).

      So if you have been vaccinated in the US, Malta doesn’t yet accept this certificate and you will need to have a PCR test.

      As everything is changing very often at the moment, the best thing to do is to look at this official website quite often: Malta Airport.
      Here are all the information you need to come to Malta.
      This is for arrivals by plane but it is exactly the same for the ferry.
      You also have all the links to the documents to be filled in before coming.

      If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask me.
      Have a great day!

  5. Vincent

    Very informative site
    My question is the USA CDC has Malta at a level 4 Do not visit right now 8/26/2021
    What is happening in Malta ?
    Can tourist visit
    Are sites open ?
    Do you know of the USA CDC will lift the do not travel ban soon?

    • Vincent
      Vincent

      Thank you!
      I’m glad that my article about the best things to do in Malta is helping you to prepare your trip.

      Malta is the first country in the world for the vaccination, with rate at over 90%. There are very few Covid cases per day.
      Tourists from the USA can come provided they have the United States CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with an EMA-approved vaccine, verified digitally through the VeriFLY app.
      You can find the info here: Travelling to Malta.

      In Malta, everything is open. You can visit all the places I am talking about and do all the activities (boat trip, diving etc…).
      You just have to wear the mask indoors.

      No one can know when the US will lift the travel ban unfortunately (😅)

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