Planning a trip to Malta may leave you a bit confused about what to expect from the small Mediterranean island country. While most travelers are intrigued by pictures of the blue lagoon, endless sunshine, and the fascinating blue hue of the sea—most people don’t realize the fabulous history and culture that is abundant throughout the country.
Malta is by far one of the most underrated countries to visit in Europe. The tiny archipelago of Malta is made up of the three islands of Malta, Comino, and Gozo.
There’s no shortage of history and culture in this small country, as humans have inhabited the islands for at least the last 6,000 years. The country’s history easily dates back to the Neolithic period—there are numerous megalithic temples scattered around the island that many visitors seek out and tour.
The island has been described as an open-air museum. Numerous ancient civilizations have dominated the island and each has left its mark on the land. Nowadays, you’re more likely to notice the architecture built during the occupation of the Knights of St. John, much of it from the 15th to 17th centuries. The small cities and towns of the country are like medieval time capsules, each offering the curious visitor a spectacular treasure.
Modern History of Malta
During the turn of the 18th century, Napoleon and the French occupied Malta for a few years. Napoleon slept for six nights at the Palazzo Parisio, which still stands today. The British occupation lasting from the early 19th century to 1964 has left a lasting impression on the island, including:
- Using the three-pin rectangular electric plug, same as in Britain.
- Notable British overtones in business, laws, and education.
- English is the official joint language, along with Maltese, so basically, everyone speaks English.
- Many cafes and bars have English names.
- Old-fashioned, red-painted, British phone booths and letterboxes are scattered throughout the country.
- Driving on the left side of the road—antique British vehicles are everywhere.
- You may come across restaurants serving English and Scottish breakfasts.
- Beers served as pints rather than in liters.
However, the contemporary pulse of the country feels more like Italy than anywhere else. You’ll see this in their cuisine, cafe culture, lifestyle, and religious holidays. After touring the country, there’s little doubt that Roman Catholicism in Malta still dominates daily life.
Where to Stay
These are the best places to stay in Malta near the capital of Valletta, sorted by price.
Budget: Luciano Al Porto Boutique (amazing location)
Mid-Range: Ursulino Valletta (lovely B&B with fab terrace)
Luxury: The Phoenicia Malta (Malta’s ultimate hotel ♦♦♦♦♦)
Apartment: Pebbles Boutique Aparthotel (rooftop terrace with hot tub!)
10 Most Popular Excursions & Day Trips
Below are the 10 most popular excursions and day trips to take while visiting Malta. Click on the one that seems the most interesting to learn more and check availability!
- 🚶 The Original Valletta Walking Tour
- 🚙 Gozo Full-Day Jeep Tour w/ Private Boat
- 🔌 Explore Malta in a Self-drive Electric Car Tour
- 📜 Archaeological Sites & Fishing Villages
- 🛴 Valletta Segway Tour and The Malta Experience
- 💎 The Malta Experience – Hidden Gems Private Tour
- 😋 The Valletta Street Food and Culture Walking Tour
- ⛵ Comino, Blue Lagoon, and Caves Boat Cruise
- 🍫 Adults Chocolate Making Activity
- 🛥️ Private Boat, Blue Lagoon, Crystal Lagoon Comino, Gozo Malta Ultimate Highlights
94 Cheap Things to Do in Malta
If you’re looking for the best things to do in Malta, this list is a great place to start, we hand-picked these top 94 attractions and local gems. It can be overwhelming to research the best things to do in Malta so use these suggestions and pictures to help you decide how to spend your vacation or holiday. They are in no specific order.
1. Swim in the Blue Grotto
Considered to be one of the best attractions in Malta, the Blue Grotto can be viewed from the nearby cliff or by hiring a boat cruise. The cost of the cruise is about USD 5 and depending on the weather you may be able to go for a swim. The color of the blue water is mesmerizing and best explored by boat.
2. Swim and Cliff Dive at St. Peter’s Pool
This unique swimming hole is located in Marsaxlokk, about a 30-minute walk from the city center. St Peter’s Pool provides visitors with the most brilliant turquoise waters and there are flat sandstone rocks that make for the perfect place to sunbathe and relax.
3. Become a Part of History at Fort Rinella
The staff at Fort Rinella dress in military uniform and interactively guide you through the premises. Known for being extremely friendly, the guides interact with visitors by showing them how to load rifles and hold swords. The highlight of the visit was seeing the Armstrong 100-ton gun.
4. Become Overwhelmed at St. John’s Co-Cathedral
Every inch of St. John’s Co-Cathedral is decorated with marble, gold, and paintings, and I’m not exaggerating. This might be the most impressive church on the planet. The prized possession of the church includes two masterpieces by Caravaggio. Don’t forget to arrive early in the day to avoid the long lines.
5. Malta Filming Location at Popeye Village
Popeye Village is famous for being the filming location for the 1980 Musical Production “Popeye.” Many people consider Popeye Village to be one of the prettiest places on the island. And what’s not to like—there are creative shows, water trampolines, and boat rides, all on a magical movie set.
6. Relax at Ramla Bay
This might just be the best beach in Malta. Ramla Bay is also known by the name Red Sand Beach and is located on the island of Gozo. There’s a walkway on the sand that guides you to the beach. Sunbeds and umbrellas can be rented and there are kiosks to purchase pretty much everything you’ll need for a great day at the beach.
7. Get Historic at Ggantija Megalithic Temples
Located on the island of Gozo, the UNESCO-listed Ggantija Megalithic Temples were built before Stonehenge and are estimated to be about 5,600 years old. Its unique location on top of a hill makes for a magnificent view of the south part of the island.
8. Look Upon the Beauty of the Crystal Lagoon
The Crystal Lagoon is located on the island of Comino. It’s a popular spot for swimming, snorkeling, and boat cruises. You can walk from Blue Lagoon to Crystal Lagoon in about 10 minutes.
9. Malta Filming Location at Comino Tower
The Comino Tower is also known by the name Saint Mary’s Tower. Constructed in 1618, it sits at the highest point on the island of Comino. It was featured as the prison Château d’If in the “The Count of Monte Cristo” starring Jim Caviezel.
10. Watch Everday Life in Victoria Gozo
In Victoria on the island of Gozo, sits the massive medieval citadel. It overlooks the entire island and allows visitors to watch everyday Maltese life occurring on the streets below.
11. Gasp at the Beauty of the Cathedral of the Assumption
The Cathedral of the Assumption in Gozo is built from limestone. The Baroque building was built between 1697 and 1711. If you’re lucky enough to visit during August make sure to see the annual fest of the Gozo Cathedral.
12. Hike on Comino Island
The small island of Comino makes for the perfect location to stretch your legs and partake in some easy hiking. The trails are vast and cover all areas of the island.
13. Ferry Over to the Island of Comino
In the Mgarr Harbor, many little boats ferry passengers to Comino for about $7-$10 per person. Just go down to the harbor and you’ll be greeted by many eager sea captains looking to escort you to the island.
14. Revel in the Blue Lagoon
For many people, visiting the Blue Lagoon is the highlight of their trip to Malta, and for good reason. The turquoise waters are magical and will immediately lift your spirits.
15. Measure the Cliffs of Chateau d’If
We’re slightly obsessed with “The Count of Monte Cristo,” as you can probably see. However, this cliff, the blue waters, and the Tower of Comino are just a pleasure to admire.
16. Discover the Old Red Telephone Booths
Under British occupation, the famous red telephone booths began popping up all over Malta. Today, these booths make for spectacular Instagram spots!
17. Tour Mdina at Night
The medieval fortified city of Mdina empties of crowds at night and makes for the ideal time to enjoy the quiet atmosphere.
18. Admire the Three Crosses Monument
The origin of the Three Crosses monument is a mystery. There are many guesses as to why it’s here, the most common are:
- A man who died from the plague was buried here.
- Three monks who were killed by monks were buried here.
- A hermit who rose from the dead three times was buried here.
- May have identified a boundary between villages, built around 1615.
Regardless of the reason for its existence, the monument leaves quite the impression. Notice the two smaller crosses on either side of the larger cross? These represent the two thieves who were crucified beside Jesus. Pay close attention to the items on the cross:
- Whip: represents the 39 lashes Jesus received.
- Scepter: presented to mock Jesus as the son of God.
- Spear: used to inflict wounds on Jesus.
- Column: represents the whipping during the Flagellation of Christ.
- Pincers: used to remove the nails from the cross and Jesus’ body.
- Crown of thorns: again, to mock Jesus as the son of God.
- Hammer: used to drive the nails into Jesus’ body.
- Rooster: the rooster that crowed after Peter’s third denial of Jesus.
- Ladder: used to remove Jesus’ body from the cross.
- Whip: represents dying of torture on the cross.
19. Pray in the Cave of St. Paul the Apostle
Tradition states the Apostle Paul brought Christianity to Malta in about A.D. 60 and that he took refuge in this cave, known as St. Paul’s Grotto in Rabat, Malta.
20. Find the Jesus Tree of Malta
Sitting about 1-mile outside of the city of Mdina is the Jesus tree. Folklore states that the tree was struck by lightning and an obvious likeness of Jesus Christ being crucified appeared. If you look closely, his head is hanging down and his arms go up each of the two main branches. Many devout followers still visit and leave flowers at the base of the tree.
21. Take Funny Selfies Along the Way
Life’s too short and travel doesn’t have to be taken overly seriously. Make sure to have a good time while touring Malta! This man is known to hang out just inside the Mdina gate.
22. Tour St. Agatha’s Crypt, Catacombs & Museum
This is the best catacomb to visit in Malta because it is the best preserved. You may only go inside St. Agatha’s Crypt, Catacombs & Museum on a guided tour. This is a must-do! Sorry, no pictures are allowed once inside.
23. Hear the Siege Bell War Memorial Ring at Noon
This impressive monument located in Valetta commemorates the heroes of World War II and sits along the Grand Harbour. It rings every day at noon and is the largest bell in the country, so try not to unknowingly be directly underneath it when it goes off.
24. View Fort St. Angelo From the Water
This extraordinary fort was built by the Order of the Knights of St John during the mid-15th century over the ruins of a Norman castle. It sits on the tip of Birgu (Vittoriosa), which is considered the oldest of the ‘Three Cities.’
25. Get Creative Photos of the Fortified City of Valletta
This is a view of the most western watchtower along the fortified wall surrounding the city of Valletta. This is by far the most impressive fortified city we’ve ever seen. This section, in the picture below, is one of the more minuscule segments of the fortification.
26. Walk Down Republic Street at Night
Republic Street is only about a half-mile long, but it connects Fort St. Elmo and the City Gate, making it the most popular street in Malta. During the day the street is buzzing with people at cafes, shopping, and eating at restaurants. At night, however, things wind down and you can enjoy the magic of the city.
27. Listen to the Sound of Water at the Tritons’ Fountain
Relatively new, the Tritons’ Fountain was built in 1959. The fountain sits directly in front of Valletta’s City Gate, so most likely you’ll pass it going in and out of the city. Take a moment to take a picture here or just rest and listen to the sound of the water.
28. Take a Picture With Valletta in the Background
Sea-level views of Valletta make the city look magical, don’t you think? We captured this shot in front of Fort St. Angelo, with the Grand Harbor and Valletta in the background.
29. Take a Coffee at Victory Square
Victory Square is located in the center of Birgu. It features the Statue of Victory and makes for a great place to soak in the sun, people-watch, or take a rest while sightseeing.
30. Snap a Picture of a Door
Take a picture of a door in Malta and I guarantee you someone out there will think you’re a creative genius. Look for a door with a bit of color and one that’s adorned with some special features and you’re sure to impress your friends. This one stood out to us because of the two Maltese crosses sitting behind the front entry lights.
31. Walk the Promenade in Marsaskala
A beautiful palm tree-lined boardwalk exists in the small seaside village of Marsaskala. While many tourists will visit the nearby town of Marsaxlokk, very few tourists ever tour Marsaskala. Walk along the harbor and check out the local cafes, restaurants, and bars. The large Catholic church and salt pans will most likely be the highlight of the walk.
32. Find Your Reflection in One of Zonqor Point’s Salt Pans
Salt pans are quite common all along the coast of Marsaskala. Head north to Żonqor Point or south towards St. Thomas Bay to see some of the most impressive on the island. The ideal time to visit is near sunset when the salt pans reflect all the colors in the sky.
33. Walk the Drawbridge at St. Thomas Tower
The original drawbridge was replaced by a stone bridge years ago. However, the allure of St. Thomas Tower, an old impressive fort still prevails. Constructed in 1614, the watchtower is one of the few remaining Wigancourt towers in Malta.
34. Descend Into the Old WWII Shelters
Visit the Wignacourt Museum in Mdina to descend into the old WWII shelters. During air raids, up to about 350 people would take refuge in a little over 50 rooms.
35. Find Your Favorite Maltese Flag and Take a Picture
Different variations of the Maltese flag appear throughout the island. Find your favorite and take a picture with it!
36. Visit the Beautiful Parish Church of the Assumption in Mgarr
Completed in 1946, this impressive Parish Church of the Assumption in Mgarr is worth a stop. Head inside to see the massive oval dome, one of the largest in the world!
37. Stand on the Ancient Mgarr Cart Ruts
Although no one is exactly quite sure how these lines were formed—many people assume that it was from sleds or carts carrying heavy cargo across the island, around B.C. 2,000.
38. View Megalithic Temples For Free
You’ll have to pay to view most of the megalithic temples on the island. However, the Ta’ Ħaġrat Temples in Mgarr are visible through a fence and are only about 20 feet away. We arrived after it was closed, but we were still able to appreciate it. You may enter the small complex during visitor hours for about EUR 3.50.
Buġibba temple is another free temple to visit. It’s located at the Dolmen Resort Hotel in Saint Paul Bay. The megalithic temple is situated in the garden, next to the swimming pool!
39. Go Half-and-Half on Gozo
This wonderfully painted building on the island of Gozo in Marsalforn makes for a great photo opportunity. The exact location: is 36 Triq Il-Wied, Iż-Żebbuġ, Malta.
40. Walk Around in Circles on the Island of Gozo
We came across this unique piece of art during a seaside walk. It’s quite interesting and makes for a cool photo. We can’t seem to find any reason behind its creation. Its exact location is 36°04’48.9″N 14°14’10.7″E, just to the east of the Billinghurst Cavern.
41. Bathe in the Narrow Bay of Wied il-Għasri
The narrow and tiny bay of Wied il-Għasri on the island of Gozo is a haven for those looking for a unique swimming opportunity.
42. Listen to the Sounds of the Billinghurst Sea Cave
There’s a staircase that will take you down near the sea cave where you can look inside. The most unique aspect of this attraction is the blowholes and the deep howling sound that resonates from them. Also, some extremely unique salt pans directly above the cave makes for an interesting walk.
43. Ponder Upon World Record Rock
Way off in the distance (somewhere) is the island of Sicily. Back in 1985, Nicky Farrugia swam from Sicily and landed at this point in a record-breaking time, about 30 hours! The exact location is 36.080018, 14.242645.
44. Enjoy Views from the Citadel Walkway
The Citadel can be seen from just about everywhere on Gozo, making it the ideal place to enjoy 360-degree views of the island.
45. Go Snorkeling at the Blue Lagoon
Almost everyone’s first picture of seeing Malta stems from the Blue Lagoon. Take an afternoon to swim and snorkel and enjoy the crystal clear turquoise waters.
46. Smell the Wildflowers
The easiest way to enjoy the wildflowers in Malta is to find a trail and go for a hike. We came across these beautiful flowers during a short hike up to Tas-Salvatur Hill.
47. Notice the Australian Influence
As a former British colony, Malta has a unique history of influence from Australians. It’s kind of neat to see something related to Australia while touring Malta.
48. Marvel at Xwejni Bay on Gozo
Xwejni Bay features a lovely little beach, salt pans, and this amazing rock formation. Stop for a coffee or go for a swim and marvel at the views.
49. Taste the Maltese White Wine
Sorry Italy, Malta’s white wine has it going on! Find a romantic spot and taste the white Maltese wine. We enjoyed many, but the wine featured in the picture is a 2017 Donato chardonnay.
50. Ferry From the Island of Malta to Gozo
Much of Malta is loud and chaotic. In fact, Malta has more vehicles per square mile than anywhere else in Europe, making it feel at times a bit overwhelming. Gozo, on the other hand, feels like an escape. There are fewer people and vehicles, and the landscape might be more enticing. Gozo was our favorite stop during our tour of Malta!
51. Tour Paola Square
The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is located in Paola and just a couple of blocks away is Paola Square. It features restaurants, cafes, and a large parish church in the Maltese Islands. If you’re nearby it’s worth taking a stroll.
52. Adore the Door Art
Each door in Malta is somehow unique and wonderful. Adore the colors and hardware associated with each door, it may surprise you!
53. Stroll Through the La Guardiola Gardens in Senglea
Sitting at the top of a bastion, the La Guardiola Gardens overlook the Gand Harbor, Valletta, and Fort St. Angelo. The most awe-inspiring feature of the gardens is the La Guardiola Tower, make sure to step inside and take some pictures from the small windows.
54. Stroll Under the Party Lights in Marsaskala
Even though it’s a small seaside village, the atmosphere in Marsaskala comes alive at night. Take a stroll down the promenade at night and check out the Maltese nightlife.
55. Find a Wheat Field at Sunset
There’s something magical about the wheat fields in Malta, especially at sunset, making it a great place for a stunning photo. We came across this one near the church of Kappella San Niklaw, you can see it in the background.
56. Take a Picture on a Maltese Balcony
Find a hotel, guesthouse, or apartment with a Maltese balcony to get this highly sought-after picture. We got this shot at the Maleth Inn in Rabat, right across the street from Mdina!
57. Get New Perspectives at Tigné Point Beach
Tigné Point Beach lies at the end of Sliema and offers visitors a great little swimming hole and a new perspective of Valletta. This unique view may get you the perfect picture of the dome of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
58. Take a Stroll Along the Fort St. Angelo Rocky Beach
This is a great opportunity to see the front of Fort St. Angelo and to get a sea level of the city of Valletta, located right across the Grand Harbour.
59. Get Off the Tourist Beaten Path
Just outside the small seaside village of Marsaskala is St. Nicholas Chapel. To get here, we walked from the center of Marsaskala. Along the way, we encountered Maltese farmers, wheat fields, and of course, beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea.
60. Hike the East Coast Where Blue Meets Green
Marsaskala is one of the least visited areas of Malta. If you’re looking to get away from the crowds, go for a hike along this dirt road from Zonqor Point and head northwest. You’re guaranteed to be in awe, as you observe the power of the Mediterranean Sea.
61. Walk Through the Maze at Zonqor Point Salt Pans
The Zonqor Point Salt Pans were some of the most impressive that we came across on the island. Enjoy a walk through them (or around them). However, be careful. You shouldn’t walk through them during certain months of the year (I believe, May through September), as many locals to this day still retrieve the salt that is produced.
62. Get High With Jesus at Tas-Salvatur Hill
A short walk from the seaside village of Marsalforn is Tas-Salvatur Hill. On top of the hill sits a massive statue of the Risen Christ. This site is a beautiful place to reflect on your time in Malta and pray for safe travels.
63. Enjoy Views of Gozo From Your Balcony
We stayed in Marsalforn for a week on the island of Gozo. The views from our balcony of the sea and the countryside were brilliant and memorable.
64. Get Lost in the Silent City of Mdina
The fortified city of Mdina was once the capital of Malta and is now a tourist hotspot, for good reason. The history of Mdina easily goes back more than 4,000 years!
Considered by many to be one of Europe’s finest examples of an ancient walled city, and combines baroque and medieval architecture. Although small, the small streets and alleyways can be confusing, luckily there are guided tours available.
65. Head to Marsaxlokk for Vibrant Pictures of Boats
Tourists and locals from all over the island head to Marsaxlokk on Sundays to partake in the outdoor market and to take pictures of the Maltese boats.
66. Don’t Forget About the Garages
There are more than colorful doors in Malta. Let’s not forget about the garages, they just might impress you!
67. Find a Fisherman and Take a Picture
There are opportunities throughout the island to take great pictures of fishermen at work. This snap was captured in Marsaxlokk
68. Tour the Hal Saflieni Prehistoric Hypogeum
The Hal Saflieni Prrehistoic Hypogeum is the most prized megalith structure on the island. At about 6,000 years old this underground chamber consists of a cemetery, temple, and funeral hall. The hypogeum tour is limited to 80 persons per day so planning for a few weeks or even months is highly recommended.
69. Catch a Land Rover Defender in Action
There is a great desire for Land Rover Defenders on the island, which means that there’s also a great deal of variety.
70. Malta Filming Location at Birgu Bridge
“The Count of Monte Cristo” was filmed in this area. There’s a significant scene in which the main character, Edmond Dantes, is trying to escape on a horse and crosses this bridge in Birgu. It happens as Edmond is being sent to Château d’If.
71. Malta Filming Locations
A great number of Hollywood movies have been filmed in Malta. Due to its unique look, Hollywood can convince audience members that they’re looking at ancient Troy or Greece, France, Italy, Alexandria in Egypt, Israel, Palestine, or even Warsaw. For example, the buildings below were used to represent Marseille in “The Count of Monte Cristo.”
72. Ascend to the Top of Senglea to View the Senglea Basilica
The beautiful church sitting at the top of the hill in Seglea is the Senglea Basilica. The most valuable work of art is a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary. It is encased in silver and stored in the last chapel on the left side of the nave.
73. Take in the La Guardiola Tower From the Water
The La Guardiola is best viewed from a distance, especially from down by the water.
74. Embark on a Three Cities Harbor Cruise
The easiest way to quickly tour the Three Cities is with a cruise. In about one hour you’ll see the highlights of Valletta’s two natural harbors and ten creeks.
75. See This Small Seaside Community
On the eastern coast of Valletta is a small seaside community of buildings with colorful doors. It seems so unique and pleasant to view from the water.
76. The Splendor of the St. Elmo Lighthouse
The bridge to the lighthouse is currently closed. However, you still can get very close to the St. Elmo Lighthouse during the Three Cities Harbors Cruise.
77. Just Have Fun, You’re in Malta!
No matter where you’re on the island or what the weather’s like, there’s always fun to be had on Malta!
78. Fabulous Views of Valletta From the Tigne Pedestrian Bridge
The Tigne Pedestrian Bridge provides tourists with the ultimate in backdrop photography. The elevated bridge provides visitors with the perfect view of Valletta.
79. Get Cross Eyed on Triq D’Argens
These dark crosses sitting above the Triq D’Argens street set an eery tone to any trip through Malta. The location is on Triq D’Argens near the Msida Police Station.
80. See the Courtyard at the MUŻA Heritage Malta Museum
Malta’s new Museum of Fine Art (MUŻA) just opened in December 2018. It’s located at Auberge d’Italie—a historic site in the World Heritage Site of Valletta. Also, it was once the seat of the Italian knights of the Order of St John. The central courtyard features a beautiful arch and a well sitting on a platform.
81. Get Romantic Over a Coffee
There are plenty of beautiful spots around Malta to enjoy a coffee. Find one and take an extra 15 minutes to get romantic or simply wind down to island time.
82. Lay in the Grass at the ‘Malta at War Museum’
Malta at War Museum in Birgu sits atop a hill with spectacular views of Senglea. It is possible to walk through the outdoor area of the museum for free, it’s quite impressive. Directly in front of the museum is a huge patch of lush green grass—it’s quite rare in this heavily populated area. It’s a great place to lie down and soak up the sun or even have a picnic!
83. Walk the Eastern Senglea Promenade
The eastern promenade in Senglea (on Xatt Juan B. Azopardo Street) is a great place to stroll. It features a ton of restaurants, cafes, and bars, many serving spectacularly smelling fish!
84. Malta Filming Location at the Entrance to Fort St. Angelo
The entrance to Fort St. Angelo is quite impressive to see. It may look familiar as the fort is featured in the Hollywood movie “Count of Monte Cristo.”
85. Stop at a Local Bakery
Stop by a local bakery and pick out anything that looks good. Popular traditional bakeries will usually serve hot cross buns, kwareżimal, ftajjar, qagħaq tal-ħmira, biskuttini, and of course, the Maltese cannoli.
86. Peek Inside the Marsaskala Parish Church
The churches throughout Malta are all unique. For example, many of them contain lifesize wax-like statues making up a scene. If you come across any church in Malta it’s worth taking a peek inside. You never know what you’ll find.
87. Gasp at the Glowing Narrow Ancient Stone Bridge Walkway
This narrow ancient stone bridge walkway is connected to Fort St. Angelo. If you’re crossing the small bridge (#54) and looking out into the marina you may miss viewing these beautiful arches.
88. Watch the Parish Church in Mgarr Shimmer at Night
The Parish Chuch in Mgarr is adorned with Christmas lights. The picture below is made up of only one small section of the church. This was the only area that was lit up when we visited. During major celebrations, the entire church is decorated with thousands of lights. If you’re in Malta during this time, it’s something you have to see.
89. Find the Best Locations to Stargaze
There’s an amazing night sky in Malta, especially if you can get out of the major cities to avoid light pollution. Some of the best locations to stargaze are on the islands Comino and Gozo, which are the furthest away from the lights of Valletta.
The picture below is from our balcony in Marsalforn on Gozo. Here are the best locations to stargaze:
- Wied il-Ghasri, Gozo
- Mnajdra Temples, Zurrieq
- Comino Tower
- Dingli Cliffs & Bahrija
- L-Ahrax tal-Mellieha
90. Dig Deeper into Mdina’s Moat
Mdina’s moat is quite impressive, especially at night when it’s lit up with blue lights.
91. Breeze By the Ta’ Kola Windmill
The Ta’ Kola Windmill in Gozo, is one of the few windmills remaining on the Maltese Islands. Constructed in 1725 by the Knights of St. John, it is now a museum.
92. Look up at the Domes
Some of the most spectacular domes in Europe are in Malta. For example, the Rotunda of Mosta is the third-largest dome in Europe. We took this picture at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Valletta.
93. Attend an English Service in a Maltese Church
The Parish Church of Jesus of Nazareth in Sliema provides church service in English on the following days:
Sundays and Feast Days: 11:30 A.M.
Public Holidays: 11:30 A.M.
94. Check Out the Calendar of Events
Make sure to check out Malta’s calendar of events during the days that you’ll be visiting. We were in Malta during Easter and came across many wonderful celebrations to enjoy!
Building Your Malta Itinerary
Our budget itinerary tried to encompass the best parts of the island while also making sure to limit the cost. We traversed the island using public transportation.
Warning! The traffic can be horrendous, and therefore, the bus routes are incredibly slow. Unless you’re fortunate enough to use the express routes, plan on journeys taking twice as long as you would expect. If you don’t have the time to wait for public transportation, we recommend booking private tours to navigate the islands as quickly as possible.
On the map above, Marsaskala is located in the inlet just above St. Thomas Bay—it’s a quiet seaside village. We stayed in a lovely apartment in Marsaskala. Also, the seaside village is the ideal pitstop for anyone looking for something a bit more remote with good hiking and walking opportunities.
One day, we took the bus to Senglea and spent the day touring Senglea, Cospicua, and Birgu. Senglea and Cospicua are known as two of the ‘three cities’ within the Grand Harbor.
We stayed three nights in an apartment in Msida, located just outside the main capital city of Valletta. It was much cheaper to stay in Msida as opposed to Valletta, and we could afford the time to walk (or take the bus) back and forth.
We couldn’t believe how much louder this area of Malta was, especially when coming from Marsaskala. During our time here we toured the cities of Sliema and Valletta. Also, we took the Three Harbor Cruise as it departed from Sliema.
We stayed two nights in Rabat at the Maleth Inn. Ideally, located, the Maleth Inn sits directly across the street from Mdina, the fortified city. The town is famous for both the fortified city and the catacombs.
We stayed seven nights in Marsalforn on the island of Gozo in this amazing apartment. We used Marsalforn as our home base to explore Gozo and Comino. If you’d like to be by the sea, rather than in busy Victoria, the capital, then this is a great option.
We stayed one night in Mġarr at this apartment. Mġarr is a popular destination for tourists looking to visit the Parish Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven, Ta’ Ħaġrat Temples, and the cart ruts.
During our last night, we stayed at Kristu re in Ħal Saflieni, famous for the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum. Moreover, the hypogeum is a short walk from the accommodation and provides easy access to the airport. We had a very early morning flight and Kristu re has a very cheap airport shuttle service.
There are countless things to do in Malta. As one of Europe’s most underrated countries, we highly recommend you give it a visit. Also, you will likely be surprised by how visually stunning it is and what a beautiful blend of Mediterranean cultures it radiates.
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