30 Amazing Things To See (& Best Places To Visit) In Malta

Imagine a small European archipelago nestled between Sicily and North Africa. A gem with a colourful history spanning over 7000 years, prehistoric sites, medieval cities and charming villages…surrounded by the most alluring shades of blue. Described as; the jewel of the Mediterranean, there is no end to all the amazing things to do in Malta.

Discover beaches with crystal clear waters, uncover secret coves and hidden gems.

Explore mythical caves overlooking sands with reddish hues.

Visit the world’s oldest temples, check out stunning architecture or get lost wandering the rollercoaster streets of Valletta.

Planning a visit to Malta? 

Then this is the perfect page for you. Here you will find the best things to do and the best places to visit in Malta, all guaranteed for an unforgettable trip.

Let’s go.

Outdoor swimming pool at Paradise Bay Resort

Sneak peek, this page packs a lot in the way of things to do and showcases that the best things in life are free. I have arranged the page in a way that takes you on a journey around the Maltese Islands doing what you love most. For instance: the best things to do for a unique experience or the best places to visit for wine lovers.

Best Things to Do in Malta: Stroll the RollerCoaster Streets of Valletta.

One of the best things to do in Malta is strolling the rollercoaster streets of the capital Valletta.

Measuring only 0.55m2 this glorious planned city dates back to the 16th century, and you will see notes of the eclectic cultures that have travelled through the ages. 

Like other places in Malta; Valletta (in its entirety) has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site…so expect to find many historical monuments here. 

Make sure you swing by St John’s Co-Cathedral and see its impressive interiors. Whether you are a believer or not; St John’s Cathedral is one of the best places to visit in Valletta, (if not the whole of Malta) and should not be missed. 

Best Places To Visit in Valletta are:

  • National Museum of Archaeology
  • GrandMasters Palace
  • The Siege Bell Memorial
  • Valletta Waterfront
  • City Gate
  • Grand Harbour
  • Teatru Manoel
  • National Museum of Fine Arts
  • The Fort of St Elmo & The National War Museum
  • Casa Rocca Piccola
  • Merchant Street
  • St Lucia Street

*Prices range from €0-€10.00. Check the full price list here

Take a stroll down Valletta’s infamous Strait Street which was once Maltas’ red-light district. 

And arguably one of the best places to visit for children (and big kids alike) – The Toy Museum!

Valletta is a thriving city and there are plenty of bars, exhibitions, festivals, restaurants and places to shop for every taste.

Even the baroque architecture in Valletta is a sight for sore eyes. 

The best places to visit to eat are Cafe Cordina, Oswaldo restaurant and the food market that offers a wide variety of food. 

The Best Things To Do in Malta Are Free

(Staying with Valletta), You can’t miss a visit to Upper Barrakka Gardens to enjoy the panoramic views over the city, The Three Cities and the Grand Harbour.

The Upper Barrakka Gardens also overlooks the saluting battery, which is “fired” daily at noon and 4pm. 

These gardens are beautifully maintained, and the best bit… completely free to visit. Find yourself a spot and have a picnic. Or if you’re an early riser.. catch a sunrise. 

Make sure you get a good walk around because the garden also houses various statues of people who have shaped Maltese history. 

Time Travel via Malta’s Three Cities 

Maltese balconies, overlooking Senglea, Three Cities, Malta

You will kick yourself if you miss a visit to Birgu, Bormla and Senglea – collectively known as the Three Cities 

Often overlooked in favour of Valletta or Mdina, (The) Three Cities is one of the best places to visit in Malta. This is where you will find many of Malta’s buried treasures…

Did you know Birgu was once Malta’s capital city?

The Three Cities are stunning gems and once there, you will feel like you have travelled back to the 16th century. Wander around and marvel at all the architectural delights and stroll around a place that existed before the Knights of Malta.

Best Things to Do in Malta’s Three Cities

Explore the narrow streets of the Three Cities

Drink in views of St Elmo Breakwater Bridge

Enjoy pasta at Enchante Restaurant (Senglea)

Visit Gardjola Gardens

Just in case you get confused, let me start off by telling you that each of Malta’s beautiful yet historical places is known by more than one name.

Birgu

Birgu aka ‘Vittoriosa’ – the full name ‘Cittá Vittoriosa’, was given by the Knights of Malta, following their triumphant battle in the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. It translates to “Victorious City”. You have to admire how they kept things simple back then.

Bormla

Bormla aka ‘Cospicua’ derived its name from the prominent fortifications built around the city. Also, in keeping with the simple theme, the full name is ‘Citta Cospicua’ means The Conspicuous City.

Senglea

Senglea is a little more special because it has three names.

  • Isla, meaning Island and its original name.
  • Isla was later renamed Senglea after Grand Master Claude de la Senglea who fortified the city before The Great Siege
  • Citta Invicta was given after 1565’s battle meaning “Invincible City” (and sticking to the simple theme).

Getting to Malta’s Three Cities

The three cities are easily accessible by Valletta. You can travel there by a short bus ride or a ferry ride. Costing €2.80 return/€1.50 single ticket.

Heighten your Maltese experience by heading there from Valletta on a traditional boat via traditional wooden dgħajsa.

A one-way ride costs €2.00 per person.

Out of the three cities, all have their beauty. However, Birgu tends to be the most popular.

So, it will be interesting to hear what you think. (it is not as if you have to travel far!)

Tip: If you want to see incredible views of Valletta from the waterfront, you will see better from Senglea. 

Best Things To Do In Malta For Kids & (Big Kids)

Easily one of the most instagrammable spots in Malta, Popeye Village has the original set of the Robin Williams 1980 film. Popeye Village is also one of the best things to do in Malta if travelling with kids. 

You can enjoy the rides in the Popeye themed park, visit the museum and even feature in a Popeye episode.  

Childless nature lovers and Instagrammers alike will also love Popeye Village.

If only for the imposing cliff views and mesmerising turquoise waters of Anchor Bay that serves as the backdrop of this major tourist attraction. 

Whatever you decide, do not miss a visit to this magical place.  

Best Place to Visit in Marsaxlokk

Located a 10-minute ride away from Marsaxlokk (or 20 minutes walk), St Peter’s Pool is a must-visit.

A natural swimming pool featuring honey-coloured cliffs and alluring azure crystal clear waters, head here for a swim or a splash to cool down from the heat of Malta. 

Choose whether to jump into the waters from the small cliffs near the natural pool or by ladders placed along the edge.

Even if you’re not much of a swimmer, a visit here is still highly recommended.

During the height of summer, you can watch adventure devils perform their swimming acrobatics or even take part yourself.

Tip: You can also ride up to St Peter’s Pool in a traditional Luzzu (boat) from Marsaxlokk. Also check out Kalanka Bay, a quieter and lesser-known bay on the way to St Peter’s Pool.

Best Things to Do in Malta For The Blues 

Malta’s Blue Grotto.

Blue Grotto (Malta) is in Zurrieq, (South-West of the island) and one of the most beautiful (and famous) places in Malta. Blue Grotto is an absolute must-see no matter the time of the day. However, get there early (sunrise to midday) to see hypnotic magical hues.

On clear and sunny days, the rays of the early morning sun reflect against the white sandy bottom of the sea bed. And it then that you are treated to natures screening of 50 shades of blue. Expect to also see shades of reds, purples, oranges and greens too from the iridescent light.

Blue Grotto is a cave system consisting of seven caves. You can explore the other caves by taking a boat trip. Each cave is known by a different name such, as Cat’s Cave, Honeymoon Cave and Reflection Cave. At 140 metres high, Blue Grotto is the largest of them all.

Fun fact for you: Blue Grotto is known in Maltese as Il-Hnejja and translates to “The Arch”. (another simple theme). However, Blue Grotto stuck after a British soldier compared the incredible blue hues seen here to Italy’s Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra).

Zurrieq Boat, Malta pier, with several colourful tour boats are moored
Boat rides are weather dependent and operate from 9am to 5pm in summer and 9-4 during winter months.

It’s free to see the main Blue Grotto (from the viewpoint), but a boat trip will cost you €8 (€4 for kids) for a tour.

Walk Through the Historical Silent City of Mdina. 

Mdina is a former medieval capital of Malta and another popular (and beautiful place to visit). It is also known as the ‘Silent City’ because of the quiet and narrow streets. 

For history buffs, a visit here is a great experience. Furthermore, it’s completely free! Visit historical monuments like St. Paul’s Cathedral – the oldest cathedral in Malta and the museum. Get lost exploring the ancient streets of Mdina.

Taste the Delicacies at Fontanella Tea Garden

Fontanella Tea Garden is one of the most popular cafes in Malta and therefore an absolute must after a great day exploring Mdina.

They serve a range of sweet and savoury dishes, but what they’re most renowned for is cake and not any old run of the mill cake.

No.

Fontanella Tea Garden is like Willy Wonka’s only for cake and serves every cake imaginable.

What could be nicer than sitting in an ancient silent city with a cup of coffee, tea (or even wine) and a slice of your favourite cake?

Well…

How about a view over the Eastern side of Malta!

Wander the Magnificient Palazzo Parisio. 

The Gardens of Palazzo Parisio are considered one of the most beautiful and is likened to a mini Versailles.  

So it’s hardly surprising that one of the best things to do in Malta is simply to wander the gardens. 

Housing an orangery, fountain, grand statues, flowers and shrubs in a rainbow of colours. 

Head inside to explore the palace too! Palazzo Parisio is privately owned by the Scicluna family and dates back to the 17th century. You will find this absolute gem in Naxxar, Malta.

There are two restaurants inside. One is as casual (well, as enjoying high-tea in a palace can be), with the other offering fine dining.

Best Places to Visit in Malta For Spectacular Sunsets 

Sunset at Dingli Cliffs, Malta

On the hunt for even more magical views? Time to head to Dingli Cliff.

At 253 metres above sea level, Dingli Cliffs are the highest point of all the Maltese Archipelago. 

Out in the distance, you’ll see an enigmatic-looking islet jutting out of the Mediterranean Sea.

That’s Filifla – a teeny uninhabited (and protected) islet. The islet is home to an endemic lizard as well as rare plants. 

You can walk along the edge of the cliffs and drinks in the panoramic views. Whilst here, also check out St. Mary Magdalene for another little slice of Malta history. This dreamy little chapel was built in 1646.

It may sound simple but, one of the best things to do in Malta is to watch the sunset. Fiery colours paired with the amazing scenery will make your jaw drop. What’s more, you will find many beautiful places to visit all over the island, to enjoy one.

But…

you need to catch one from Dingli Cliffs. Seeing the sun dip below the horizon from out over the Mediterranean Sea is truly special! Bring wine (or your favourite tipple) and enjoy. 

Other Top Places to Watch Sunset in Malta (& Gozo)

Watching Sunset from Riviera Martinique, Malta
Rabat, Malta

  • Mdina
  • Golden Bay (Riviera Martinique)
  • Għajn Tuffieħa
  • The Red Tower, Mellieha 
  • L-Aħrax, Mellieħa
  • Floriana, Malta
  • Wied iz-Zurrieq Tower (Blue Grotto)
  • Fomm ir-Riħ
  • Top Of The World, (Għargħur)
  • Qala, Gozo
  • Il-Qbajjar, Gozo
  • Xlendi Bay, Gozo
  • Xewkija, Gozo

Beat Places To Visit in Malta For a Boogie!  

If you are up to enjoy the nightlife of Malta, you should head to Paceville St. Julians. This part of Malta is highly touristy, mind. Their clubs and bars open until late most are free catering to all music tastes. Island favourites are:

  • Havana – RnB, Hip Hop, Afro Beats
  • Bar Native – Latino Music, Reggaeton
  • Hugo’s Bar – Commercial Music

Other Places to Visit for a Night Out 

  • Bridge Bar, Valletta 
  • Gianpula, Rabat
  • Uno, Ta’Qali

Best Things to Do In Malta… Island Hop

Travel to Gozo by Ferry from Ċirkewwa

Do you know the best thing about living on an archipelago? Island hopping! So if you want to explore another destination… take a trip to Gozo. 

Known as Malta’s (smaller) and greener sister island, you can easily reach Gozo in 20-minutes by a (scenic) ferry ride from Ċirkewwa Ferry Terminal.

There is so much to see and do in Gozo, from the reddish beaches of Ramla Bay to discovering Greek mythological spots such as Tal-Mixta Cave.  

Then there are biblical places, cultural festivals, beautiful scenic spots of the and the medieval streets of Gozo’s capital, Victoria. Oh, and you must try the mouthwatering local dishes. My absolute favourite place to eat in Gozo is Ta’ Karolina in Xlendi Bay.

Some of the best places to visit are: Ta’ Pinu Basilica Church, Dwejra Inland Sea, the Citadella and the Ggantija Temples.

Citadella, Victoria Gozo

Travelling to Gozo during the winter months? Read this post to make sure you have the best time.

Best Place to Visit For Pastizzi. 

Pastizzi is a local puff pastry, and let me say: if you try it once, you are going to fall in love with it forever. 

Pasitizzis’ are available at every street kiosk and most cafes in Malta due to their popularity. That said, the best place to have one is from Crystal Palace in Rabat.

It’s in the main square and can’t be missed… just look for the queues. Crystal Palace is open until the early hours of the morning. 

Team either a ricotta/ mushy pea stuffed pastizzi, with local drinks Kinnie or Cisk and thank me later!

Visit the Game of Thrones Locations

Girl in Malta standing outside Mdina walled city
“I am no ordinary woman. My dreams come true.” ~ Daenerys Targaryen, Games of Throne

Are you a fan of Game of Thrones? Then you might recognise the fortified gates of Mdina as the gates of Kings Landing.

With its baroque architecture and walled city transporting you into another world, it’s really not difficult to see why Mdina was chosen. But, you do know Mdina wasn’t the only location in Malta (& Gozo) to feature in Games of Thrones?

There are several places both in Malta and Gozo! You can arrange a guided tour to see the locations featured in it. 

If you prefer to visit yourself… 

Some of the best places to visit are Rabat St. Dominic Convent, San Lawrenz, Gozo, Fort Ricasoli in Valletta and Fort Manoel.

Award-Winning Zabbar is One of the Best Places to Visit 

Award-winning village Zabbar is small compared to the other places in Malta but is one of the best places to visit. Zabbar is the quirky village where you will find the coolest street in Malta.

Wondering what I mean?

Well…

In summer, Triq il-Kbira is lined with a thousand umbrellas in an array of bright, vibrant colours. A wander through what has been dubbed “Umbrella Street is one of the best things to do in Malta. Grab an ice cream in a nearby shop and enjoy. Honestly, you will find it impossible to feel unhappy here. 

Umbrella Street in Zabbar, Malta

Other places to visit in Zabbar are: Zabbar Parish Church, Fort Leonardo and Zabbar Sanctuary Museum.

Discover the Remains of the Fallen Azure Window

Azure Window, Gozo
The Azure Window, before it collapsed in 2017

Azure Window (also known as the Dwejra Window) was an iconic natural rock formation shaped like an arch. The small rocky part was a great place to watch the sunset from. Sadly after a storm in 2017, the arch collapsed.

But it isn’t all bad, you can still discover the remains by going for a dive from Dwerja inland sea or… a Luzzu Boat Ride

Best Places to Visit For Unique Things To Do

If you want to try something a little more unique whilst in Malta, I have just the thing for you…

horse riding at Golden Bay. Sunsets from this spot are awe-inspiring. 

You can ride on a horse for 90 minutes from Golden Bay, Mellieha. The course takes you through the coastal areas at sunset, overlooking Malta’s sister island Gozo and…

the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Sounds magical right?

Price: €35 per person

Best Places to Visit to Shop Local 

Does everyone back home expect you to bring back something when you go on a trip? So, if you still haven’t figured out what to buy, head to Ta’Qali Craft Village.

Not only can you support local businesses, but you can buy authentic souvenirs at Ta’Qali Crafts Village. Most of the things you will find here have been handcrafted by Maltese locals. You will find hand blown glass, ceramics, filigree jewellery lace, sculptors and much, much more.

Once you’ve shopped til you drop, cafes and eateries are also here for you to recharge your batteries.

Best Things to Do in Malta: See Prehistoric Sites at Megalithic Temples.

Ġgantija Temples

A trip to Malta is incomplete if you skip its Megalithic Temples. They were constructed between 3600 BC-700 BC. Therefore, it is considered to be the oldest free-standing structures in the world. The temples to see in Malta and Gozo, are Ggantija (which means giant in Maltese), Hagar Qim, Mnajdra, Skorba, Ta’ Hagrat and Tarxien.

Best Things to do in Malta on Sundays

Marsaxlokk is a vibrant fishing village in the south of Malta. And it becomes ever more vibrant on Sundays. 

Renowned for producing generations of fishermen,, Marsaxlokk is characterised by bright multicoloured Luzzu (traditional boats) painted with the eye of Horus. This is a tradition that can be traced back to Phoenician times and is said to ward off evil spirits.  

There are plenty of things to do here, St Peters Pools, Kalanka Bay, and Delimara (to name but a few). One of the best things to do in Malta on Sundays is to make a trip to visit Marsaxlokk market.

Here you will find everything from clothing to homemade honey and souvenirs (hint hint). The market is open every day from 08.30 to 4pm. 

Sundays, however, are when locals and tourists alike flock to Marsaxlokk market for a chance to buy fresh fish at rock bottom price!

Make sure you get there early! People travel from all corners of the island, so once it’s gone…

it’s gone! 

Once you’re done strolling the busy market, you can also try the fresh seafood dishes at Marsaxlokks’ restaurants. They do get busy, so better to book in advance. 

Visit Rotunda Mosta (& The War Shelters)

Rotunda, Mosta Malta
Rotunda Mosta,
Malta’s ‘miracle’ church has the 3rd largest unsupported dome in the world. On 9th April 1942, a 500lb bomb fell through the dome and landed on the floor where a 300 strong congregation was awaiting mass. Some people ran, whilst others stayed and prayed. Miraculously… the bomb didn’t go off.

Mosta Dome or Rotunda of Mosta is one of the best things to do in Malta. Note: you can either go on a tour or save money and do-it-yourself. Either way, you will learn more about the history of Malta during WW2. This tip doubles up as a 2 for 1. 

Mosta Dome or Rotunda of Mosta is a Roman Catholic Church built in neoclassical style in the 18th century. 

The architecture is quite impressive and looks much like the pantheon in Rome. Rotunda Mosta also has the third largest unsupported dome in the world.

Upon visiting the war shelter, you will see (and feel) how it was used during WWII. The war shelter is below the church’s parvis.

Stay in a Gozitan (or Maltese) Farmhouse.

Gozo Farmhouse, Gozo, Malta

A stay like this can be an entirely new experience for you. Most farmhouses have been refurbished with all the latest mods and cons; yet have retained their period features. 

Some farmhouses even have pools! 

Farmhouse with a pool, Gozo, Malta

So, it is an ideal way to spend some quality time in Malta. Read about our stay in the Loft, a farmhouse based in Zabbar. 

Best Thing To Do For Good Vibes Only

“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within” – Birgu Light Festival, Malta

One of the best things to do in Malta is to attend festivals. Many music festivals are held on the Maltese islands. Festivals such as Annie Mac’s Lost & Found. And also Isle of MTV and Tomorrowland.

However… If you want to immerse yourself in Maltas’ local culture, attend local village festas.

You will need to check dates; but for example, you can try visiting Malta when it is the time of L-Imnarja Summer Folk Festival, Feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck, Birgu Light Festival and Delicata Wine Festival.

Other popular Malta Festivals include:

  • Valletta Baroque Festival
    • Teaming classical music with notes of Vallettas’ historic baroque venues. Festival-goers are treated to magnificent musical performances. Listen to the sounds of Bach from the delights of St John’s Cathedral, the archaeological museum to the oldest working theatre in the world -Teatru Manoel
  • Earth Garden 
    • Annual local music festival with plenty of good vibes! Head to Ta Qali for a weekend of non-mainstream musical fun. Spread over five stages catering to different musical tastes from techno to reggae, this promises so much from (and lots of dancing)
  • Malta Arts Festival
    • Another best thing to do in Malta (especially for art lovers) is to appreciate art, music, opera etc. At the Malta Arts Festival, which takes place annually in June/July. Hundreds of local and international performers gather together to display their artistic skills.

Best Things to Do in Malta For Wine Lovers 

Though Malta may not be known for wine production like neighbouring countries, One of the best things to do in Malta is to go on a wine tasting tour. 

And..the best wine tasting tours are run by Marsovin Cellars. 

Their tours take you through the timeline of the business. As well as the production process while letting you explore the ageing cellars. You can also taste wine samples at the end of the tour and buy some to take back to your loved ones. Or… for you.

Best Places To Visit For Rooftop Cocktails (& Sunset Views)

Do you like rooftop restaurants or bars? Is there anything better than watching the world go by with a colourful cocktail in hand? If you are anything like me, head to the Maritim Antonine Al Fresco Thai Fusion Restaurant located in Mellieha. 

You can dine at the rooftop restaurant which serves delicious Thai food. (It’s not Maltese, but hey!) Have a dip in its pool area and drink cocktails with a stunning view, especially at sunset. 

Another great place for cocktails and fantastic views over Mellieha is Cafe with a View. Not only do they have a varied cocktail selection, but they also have an impressive gin selection. Since it is a cafe, they also serve food.

For more amazing places to see in Mellieha, read this post. 

Arrange a Memorable Traditional Luzzu Boat Trip

These traditional Luzzu boat trips are a great way to see all of the attractions in the Maltese Islands. They can hold up to 20 people at a time and offer half/full-day trips. The half-day trips go on for 4 hours while the full-day trips go on for 7 hours. You can decide the route to go, but it depends on the departure location and the package you choose.  

Best Things To in Malta Do Watersport

Wouldn’t it be strange if one of the best things to do in Malta didn’t include water sport? Malta is surrounded by the most beautiful coastline. And the waters here in Malta are famous for all kinds of watersports including, surfing, windsurfing, paragliding, water skiing, jet skiing, and swimming.

Furthermore, did you know Malta is famous for having the best diving spots in Europe?

Some of the best places to visit are:

  • Blue Hole, Gozo Ċirkewwa 
  • Ghar LapsiWied-Iz-Zurrieq (close to Blue Grotto)
  • Xlendi Bay Cave, Gozo
  • Wied-il-Ghasri, Gozo

Or Simply Become A Beach Bum

With its dramatic rugged coastlines and bath-like seawaters, is it any wonder Maltese beaches are among the best in Europe?

There are all types of beaches in Malta. From sandy ones (mainly in the North) to the natural pool like types of St Peters Pools. Whether you prefer rocky, (beaches) pebbly ones or the feel of sand between your toes…

you will find a beach here that you will come to love.

Here are some of my favourite beaches, perhaps they will become yours too.

  • Armier Bay and Little Armier (Sandy) Mellieha, Malta
  • Ġnejna Bay (Sandy) Mgarr, Malta
  • Mellieha Bay (Sandy) Mellieha, Malta
  • Ghar Lapsi, (Rocky) Zurrieq, Malta
  • Paradise Bay (Sandy) Mellieha, Malta
  • St Thomas Bay (Sandy) Marsascala,
  • Pretty Bay (Sandy) Birżebbuġa, Malta
  • Daħlet Qorrot, (Rocky) Nadur, Gozo
  •  Ħondoq ir-Rummien (Sandy) Qala, Gozo
  • St. George’s Bay (Sandy) St Julian, Gozo
  • San Niklaw Bay, (Sandy) Comino
Pretty Bay, Birżebbuġa, Malta
Paradise Bay, Mellieha, Malta

The Best Things to Do in Malta at Night May Scare You

Looking for something to do in Malta at night? If you are into all things creepy and spooky, take the ghost tour of Valletta. Over two hours, you will be taken to haunted places accompanied by ghost stories. During the tour, you will also learn about the gory deaths and executions in Valletta.

Cost: €15

Best Chill Places to Visit in Malta

Looking for a place to chill in Malta? You can head to the Café del Mar in Qawra / Bugibba to enjoy the evening with cocktails and music. Cafe Del Mar offers gorgeous views and an enviable swimming pool. 

This is also another amazing location to watch the sunset. During the summer months, Cafe Del Mar hosts some of the best pool parties in Malta. Definitely one of the best places to visit if you’re looking for an alternative spot to party. 

It’s Crystal Clear… Comino & Blue Lagoon are the Best Places to Visit 

A visit to Malta is incomplete without heading out to one of the best places to visit in Malta (well sort of) – the Blue lagoon. 

Just as the name suggests, sister island Comino’s Blue Lagoon has deep blue waters. 

And at first glance, you’ll be awed by the azure coloured water. Or at least that was the case for me. If all that isn’t enough the water is crystal clear, making boats appear they’re floating across the water and creating a mythical vibe. 

Many people associate Comino with swimming and/or diving. (To be fair, have you seen the colour of the water?)

But in the “colder” months, Comino is perfect for a day of picnicking and/or hiking. With the most magical backdrop from every point of the island. 

Getting to Comino

You can reach Comino in around 25 minutes by speedboat from Marfa, Mellieha (opposite Riviera Hotel Resort). A round trip costs €13.00 with departures running hourly from 9am.

Where to Stay in Malta (& Gozo)

The Loft, Zabbar, Malta

You are spoilt for choice with places to stay in Malta & Gozo and for every type of budget. Choose from large resorts to small boutiques hotels. Or if you’re looking for stunning, yet authentic airbnb stays in Malta & Gozo check out this post of handpicked properties in some of Malta’s prettiest villages.

Map of Malta & Gozo

Here is a map of Malta with all the amazing places marked for you (in blue).

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Getting Around Malta & Gozo

Over 80 bus routes currently serve Malta and Gozo which if you think about it, for 316 km2 is a-lot! What’s more at €1.50 (€2 during summer) you can get around cheaply too. (More on tickets in a moment.)

Popular areas such as Valletta, Sliema, Mellieha, and St Julians have several bus routes getting you there. However, smaller villages may have one serving route.

So, to save time, your best bet is to download the Tallinja App. Using the app will allow you to see when your bus is due – in real-time.

Should you head out for a night out – there are 8 (night) bus routes to get you back safely. (weekends only). Cost: €3

Bus Tickets

A single ticket (valid two hours) bought on the bus costs €2 from July to September (and €1.50 from October to June).

A block of 12 tickets will cost you €15 and is a great option when travelling with others. Each person must scan the ticket (also valid for 2 hours).

Seven-Day Explorer tickets cost €21 for adults (and €15 for kids). This ticket is valid for seven days of unlimited use, day and night. And this ticket type can be used in both Malta and Gozo. 

Explore plus Card costs €39 and is valid for seven days of unlimited use day and night. (in both Malta and Gozo). This ticket type also includes two ferry trips with Valletta Ferry Service, a days travel on Citysightseeing Malta or a boat trip to Comino.

Planning on staying in Malta for a while? Your best option is a Tallinja card. You will need to register for one either online or in-person at Valletta Bus Station. Your ID details will be required along with your address and a one-off €10 registration fee. With a Tallinja Card, your bus far is reduced to €0.75 and €2.50 on a night bus. Not bad right.

Download Bus Map of Malta & Gozo

Ferries

Being surrounded by endless crystal clears means you can travel to the best places to visit by sea.

 Valletta Ferry Services run between Marsamxett Harbour (Valletta) and Sliema. 

(They also run a service from Valletta Harbour to The Three Cities and a single costs €2 per person).

A trip to Maltas’ sister island Gozo by ferry costs from €4.65 on foot to €15.70 for a car and passenger fare. Click here for the full price list.

 Gozo Channel operates between 0.00 and 23.15 from Cirkewwa, Malta to Mgarr Harbour in Gozo.

 Find the ferry schedule here.

Best Time To Visit Malta?

Malta: Best to Know Before You Go

  • Malta is a (Southern) European that enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Temperatures during the long summer months can exceed 35+ with high UV rays (pack plenty of sunscreen)
  • English and Maltese are Malta’s official languages
  • Currency is the Euro (€)
  • Malta is part of the Schengen Area, (check to see if you require a Malta Tourist Visa + how to apply)
  • Driving is on the left

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