Top 10 Things To Do In Malta

10 Things To Do In Malta

Malta is an absolute gem of an island situated in the heart of the Mediterranean sea. The sunny island is an extraordinary destination to visit in Summer. From the crystal clear and heavenly turquoise water at Blue Lagoon to magnificent sunsets at Golden Bay, get ready to fall in love with the Maltese islands. Here are top 10 things to do in Malta.

I. Walk around the capital city, Valletta

In the first spot on my top 10 things to do in Malta list is Malta’s capital city, Valletta.

The capital is one of three UNESCO World Heritage sites found in Malta, and it’s an architectural gem that must be explored. Here you will find numerous charming coffee shops, green areas like the Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens, St. John’s Co-Cathedral, and plenty more! 

II. A Boat Trip To The Three Cities

Three Cities, Malta
Photo by Luke Tanis on Unsplash

Another one at the top of my list is exploring the The Three Cities. These consist of Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua – three historic cities on the eastern coast of the island. From small beaches, seafront restaurants, fortifications and more, you’ll find a bit of everything within the fortified cities.

How to get to the three cities? You can either catch a bus, but this is not your only option! Another option would be to make use of the Valletta Ferry Service which only costs around €2.80 (round-trip).

Another way to really enjoy the Three Cities is to book a guided tour which will take you on a journey around the charming streets of the cities and embark you on an included boat trip around the Grand Harbour. You can book this online here.

The Silent City, Mdina, Malta
Photo by David Alfons on Unsplash

III. Explore the ancient Silent City; Mdina

Mdina – nicknamed The Silent City, is Malta’s OG Capital City. It’s worth mentioning that this is one of the only places in Malta that remains unchanged and unharmed by today’s modernisation. It is also one of Europe’s finest examples of an ancient walled city. Mdina features a mix of medieval and baroque architecture and it is one of those picturesque places you enjoy wandering.

Whilst visiting the iconic city, there are plenty of things that one can do. From visiting St. Paul’s Cathedral located in the heart of the city and enjoying the gorgeous views from the bastions, to exploring the National Museum of Natural History as well as the Knights of Malta Experience, Mdina Dungeons

IV. Try Maltese Cuisine!

Pastry Food - shot by scott eckersley
Photo by Scott Eckersley on Unsplash

If there’s one thing us Maltese people enjoy doing, it’s eating! Aside from that, I cannot write about the top 10 things to do in Malta without mentioning our glorious Pastizzi and other local delicacies

You’ll encounter plenty of Pastizzeriji whilst walking around and exploring. Here you’ll find various scrumptious local pastries and pies that will leave you craving for more. The traditional Pastizzi are one of the most popular traditional food in Malta. These are a savoury pastry usually filled with either ricotta (cheese cake) or curried peas (pea cake).

If you would like to try out some more traditional food, look out for Rabbit Stew, beef olives (Bragioli), horse meat, the local favourite snails (Bebbux) and Kapunata – the Maltese version of ratatouille. The eateries that in my opinion serve the best and authentic Maltese traditional food are the likes of il-Barri and Tac-Canti Bar & Restaurant,  located around the area of Mgarr.

V. Visit Marsaxlokk & outdoor Fish Market

Marsaxlokk Fish Market
Photo by Christian Seebeck on Unsplash

Moving further to the south of Malta, you’ll find Marsaxlokk, Malta’s largest fishing village. Every Sunday, you’ll find the Fish Markets offering a delightful selection of fresh fish, Maltese bread, and traditional treats. Aside from the fish and other foods available, you’ll also find a load of other goods available – from clothes to home essentials.

Furthermore, Marsaxlokk has a lot more to offer apart from the outdoor markets. Here you will also find a church dedicated to the Madonna of Pompeii, Fort St Lucian, a 17th-century fortress protecting Marsaxlokk Bay, and the gorgeous harbor, where local fishermen mend nets and colorful Luzzu boats line the waterfront. You can also enjoy the scenic views at Xrobb l-Għaġin Nature Park.

VI. Take a dip at Golden Bay or Riviera

Golden Bay, Malta
Golden Bay, Malta | Photo by Mario Esposito on Unsplash
Ramla Bay in Gozo
Ramla Bay, Gozo | Photo by Przemyslaw Smit on Unsplash

If you’re visiting Malta during the summer months, make sure to pack your swimwear – cause what’s the point of visiting our Maltese islands and not taking a refreshing dip in the gorgeous blue sea?!

It’s true, we don’t have a crazy lot of sandy beaches, but the few we have scream tropical paradise! Two of my absolute favourite swimming spots are Golden Bay and Riviera Bay. This are located right next to each other. Another beautiful beach that is a must visit is the picturesque ‘Ramla’ in Gozo.

VII. Popeye's Village

Popeye's Village
Popeye's Village | Photo by Magdalena Smolnicka on Unsplash

Picture this: a charming seaside village that looks like it came straight out of a colorful cartoon. That’s Popeye’s Village!

This vibrant seaside village served as the film set for the iconic movie “Popeye” starring Robin Williams. Whilst visiting, you can participate in interactive activities, catch entertaining live shows, as well as indulge in delicious Maltese and Mediterranean cuisine while taking in the stunning surroundings. It’s definitely a one-of-a-kind experience that will leave you with joyful memories to cherish.

VIII. Go Diving!

Diving
Photo by Kiril Dobrev on Unsplash

Oh, you’re in for a treat when it comes to diving in Malta! The Maltese islands are an absolute delight for adventurers and nature lovers alike. With crystal-clear waters and diverse marine ecosystem, this Mediterranean gem offers a world of underwater wonders to explore. From magical caves and vibrant reefs to historic shipwrecks, there’s something for everyone.

Whether you’re a seasoned diver or a beginner, you’ll find dive sites for all skill levels. There are plenty of dive centers and instructors around the island who can guide you through your underwater adventures.

IX. Take a boat trip to Comino and Blue Grotto

Whatever you do, don’t leave Malta without taking a boat trip to Comino and Blue Grotto. Enter the mystical caves, adorned with stalactites and bathed in an otherworldly glow. Let the sheer beauty of this hidden gem and the crystal-clear waters of the Blue Lagoon leave you breathless.

On another note, if you are planning on visiting, I suggest you go as early as you can to get a nice spot! I will also be completely transparent with you as I do want all my reader to have a great experience whilst in Malta. Unfortunately, there are no restrictions in place in regards to the number of people who can go at one time and due to this it tends to get quite over-crowded. It’s a known fact that this puts off a lot of locals from visiting, and at times it makes the experience for tourists/visitors non-enjoyable as well. That said, I truly do believe that it deserves a place on this list as it’s indeed one of the most magical places I’ve been to.

X. Day Trip to Gozo

Ta Pinu
Church in Gozo
Canon in Citadella, Gozo
Sea View in Gozo
Scenic View in Gozo
Gozo

Photographed by Jas Rolyn

Last on my list is the beautiful island of Gozo. Although there are a lot of similarities between Malta and its sister island, it’s actually not as similar as you might think. Think of Gozo as a more laid-back and calmer version of Malta – without the excessive construction at every corner and modernisation.

From beautiful beaches, beautiful rugged caves, exquisite lunches by the gorgeous turquoise sea and historical churches and landmarks, Gozo has something for everyone. Some of the places that are a ‘must visit’ in Gozo include Citadella, the red sandy beach Ramla Bay, Tal-Mixta Cave, San Blas Bay and if you’re looking for a good spot for lunch by the sea, go to Xlendi! Additionally, if you enjoy visiting churches, then The Basilica of Ta’ Pinu is a most definitely a must visit!

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