15 Things to Do in Malta
Malta may not be big, but there is a lot to see in this small country. Malta has a rich history that survived two world wars without much debris. We are happy to show you all the sights of Malta in this what to do in Malta.
1 Exploring Valletta
Valletta is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. This colourful, authentic city has a rich history that is spread all over the city. With the St. John’s Co-Cathedral as the absolute highlight. A visit to this gold-decorated church should not be missed when visiting this island. Another must-see are the Upper Barrakka Gardens where you have a view over beautiful Valletta and the harbor.
2 pcs. PETER'S POOL
A busy place that you have probably already seen on Instagram is St. Peters Pool. Here you can swim in the bright blue water of Malta. The only downside to this very famous tourist spot is the number of tourists. When nice photos is the goal, you will have to be there very early. If you don’t want to get up early, you can look for one of the “hidden” spots that you can find near St. Peters Pool.
3 FISHING VILLAGE MARSAXLOKK
Near St. Peters Pool you can find the fishing village of Marsaxlokk. Besides the colorful and traditional fishing boats, the lively market on Sunday is the absolute reason for a visit to this village. You can buy a lot of local products and fresh fish here. If you prefer to avoid the crowds on holiday, it might be better to skip this market and visit this town on another day.
4 Popeye Village
Popeye Village is undoubtedly one of the most famous sights in Malta. And that’s not very surprising, because this old film set from 1980 provides a fairytale place that is fascinating for both adults and children. Many beautiful photos have been taken here, which contribute to the popularity of this place. However, we do not recommend this place, and that is mainly due to the high cost of 10 euros per person. Which is a lot for an old film set where a few (small) shows are given.
The quiet city of Mdina, which owes its name to the depopulation of this former capital, is a very photogenic place where you go back in time to the Middle Ages. Mdina is completely free to visit but not that big. In an hour you have seen this charming city. Therefore, combine a visit with the adjacent city of Rabat, where there are some nice bars and restaurants.
6 WINE TASTING
Malta and wine tasting is a combination that you may not immediately expect. And yet this is one of the to do’s in Malta that we can recommend. The Maltese wine is of excellent quality and less sweet than you would expect for this region. This wine is not well known because little or almost no export is done. So whoever wants to taste the unique wine of Malta will also have to do so here. A nice place where they have excellent wines is the Delicata Winery , just 15 minutes from the Mdina. Book your visit in advance!
7 Day trip Gozo
The island of Gozo can easily be reached by ferry from Malta within half an hour. The tiny island is well worth a day trip. You can take a walk here along the impressive salt pans on the coastline. Or book an adventurous cycling, diving or climbing activity with Gozo Adventures . Those looking for a very nice panorama should also pass the Tal-Mixta cave. From the cave you have an amazingly beautiful panorama over Ramla Bay. If you want to lie on the beach, you can go to San Blas Beach.
8 THE THREE CITIES
The Three Cities: Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua are very easy to explore on foot or by bike. Although it is much more fun to do this with the Rolling Geeks . They offer golf carts with GPS and built-in guides. A very unique and fun way to explore these 3 small towns. These towns are easily reached from Valletta by car or traditional boat.
9 Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto is one of the most popular sights in Malta. And that may not be quite right in our opinion. This island has dozens of other beautiful places along the water that are at least as beautiful as this blue cave. If you still want to visit the Blue Grotto, you can take a short boat trip from the village of Wied-Iz-Zurrieq. What is highly recommended in this village is the restaurant Coast Cassarini . In addition to good food, you also get a beautiful panorama over the coast.
Not far from the capital Valletta you can find ancient temples that date from somewhere between 3600-3200 BC. These impressive Hagar Qim and Mnajdra temples are therefore older than the site of Stonehenge. The fact that these temples are only built on human power makes this place even more impressive.
A day trip to the small island of Comino is highly recommended. You can find the most beautiful beaches and clear blue ocean here. Absolute must on this island are Crystal Lagoon and Julia Caves. You can easily reach this island by ferry from Valletta . Attention! In the summer months it can be very busy here.
12 Dingli Cliffs
The perfect sunset with your loved one can be experienced at the Dingli Cliffs. A few benches, the silence and the view of the beautiful sea. It’s what you expect. Bring your own picnic and the picture is complete! The little church at the Dingli Cliffs is also a unique photo spot. A romantic evening guaranteed! Anyone who wants to fly a drone here will come home from a bare-bones journey. You are not allowed to fly higher than 20 meters here.
13 Game of Thrones locations
Many scenes from the famous Game of Thrones series were shot in Malta. So it will come as no surprise that these locations are very popular. You can visit all these locations with a 3-hour tour . You can also explore on your own. Some places we recommend are Fort Ricasoli in Valletta, the palace of San Anton in Balzan, Saint Dominic’s Priory and the Blue Window in Gozo.
14 Water sports
Of course you can also practice countless water activities on an island like Malta. For example, you can rent a jet ski in Malta for which you pay just under 40 euros. Or you can book a snorkeling or diving trip. Beautiful places to dive are the Blue Lagoon at Comino and the Santa Maria Caves.
15 Ghajn Tuffieha Bay
Malta has relatively few beaches if you compare this with other islands and countries in this region. But with this Ghajn Tuffieha Bay a lot is being made good. To reach this beach you have to take a small walk, but this ensures that this Bay is still quiet. Golden Bay, Gnejna Bay are two beautiful alternatives.
Sightseeing Malta in a Week
Most places of interest in Malta are all located close to each other. Malta is therefore a very small country. A week to visit all these sights seems more than enough to us. A weekend or 5 days seems a bit too short to us. If you have any questions or have a nice addition to this list, you can always contact us via our contact page . Curious about the costs for a trip to Malta? Then take a look at our blog post with the budget for Malta.