Visit Malta: Top 25 Things To Do And Best Places To Visit

 Excellent decision to choose Malta as your next destination!

To assist you in organizing your trip, I have prepared a comprehensive guide featuring the top attractions and activities to experience in Malta, as well as its neighboring islands, Gozo and Comino.

This guide will unveil an array of captivating activities, must-see landmarks, and points of interest, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the charm of this enchanting Mediterranean nation.

The 27 Best Things to Do in Malta + Activities

Excellent decision to choose Malta as your next destination!  To assist you in organizing your trip, I have prepared a comprehensive guide featuring the top attractions and activities to experience in Malta, as well as its neighboring islands, Gozo and Comino.
Visit Malta: Top 25 Things To Do And Best Places To Visit

Visit Malta: The 25 Best Places to Visit and Must-See Attractions

1. The Three Cities

You can easily access the Three Cities from Valletta. Start by visiting Upper Barrakka Garden and using the panoramic elevator (Barrakka Lift) to descend. Then, cross the street and continue to the left until you reach the boat departure point.

Tickets for the boat can be purchased onboard. A round trip costs 2.80€ per person and the journey takes approximately 10 minutes.

The boat will take you to Birgu, the largest of the three cities, which also include Senglea and Cospicua. Each city has its own unique characteristics, but they all offer splendid views of Valletta. The best way to explore these three cities is by strolling around on foot.

Birgu boasts attractions such as Fort St. Angelo, the Inquisitor's Palace, and the Malta Maritime Museum. In Senglea, don't miss the Safe Haven Gardens located on the city's outskirts, as it provides one of the best views of Valletta.

2. Mdina

Mdina, formerly the capital of Malta, served as the administrative center during the Middle Ages, prior to the establishment of the Order of Malta.

Referred to as "Citta Notabile," meaning the noble city, it was later replaced as the capital when the Order of Malta arrived. The knights recognized the necessity of being close to their ships, leading to the emergence of Valletta as the new capital.

Often referred to as "the Silent City," Mdina is a fortified city that captivates tourists with its charm and serene streets. It houses numerous historical landmarks, including:
  • St. Paul's Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in Malta, along with its accompanying museum.
  • Vilhena Palace, an 18th-century structure.
  • Various palaces situated on Villegaignon Street, such as the Palazzo Falson.

3. Valletta

Let's begin our list of the top attractions in Malta with its capital, Valletta. Take a leisurely stroll through this charming city and marvel at its stunning architecture, historical museums, and breathtaking views of the sea and neighboring cities.

Here are the must-visit places in Valletta:

Saint John's Co-Cathedral may not appear particularly impressive from the outside, but once you step inside, you'll be amazed by its opulence. Adorned with gold and adorned with magnificent paintings by Caravaggio, it is truly a sight to behold.

Beneath the marble floors lie the tombs of the Grand Masters of the Order of Malta and other nobles. With close to 400 burials, it is an essential destination for history enthusiasts in Malta.

The Grandmaster's Palace, which once served as their residence, is another notable attraction. While the Supreme Council Hall and the Ambassador's Room are worth a visit, the most awe-inspiring room is undoubtedly the armory. It houses a vast collection of over 5,000 armors and weapons that once belonged to the knights and grand masters.

Republic Street and Merchant Street are the main commercial thoroughfares in Valletta, bustling with numerous shops and restaurants.

The Manoel Theatre, one of Europe's oldest theaters, is a cultural gem worth experiencing.

Fort Saint Elmo, which also houses the National War Museum, is a historic fortress that shouldn't be missed.

At the National Museum of Fine Arts, you'll discover a captivating collection of objects, sculptures, and paintings that once belonged to the Order of Malta.

The Barraka Gardens, known as the Upper Barraka Garden and Lower Barraka Garden, offer a delightful retreat. The lower garden may be small, but it features a picturesque temple that is perfect for photography. The upper garden is more expansive, boasting elegant colonnades and a magnificent view of the three cities. Below, you can witness the Saluting Battery, an artillery battery that was historically used to salute foreign vessels. It remains operational today and fires every day at noon.

4. Rabat

During your vacation in Malta, another destination worth visiting is Rabat, conveniently situated adjacent to Mdina. As you exit the fortified city, you'll find yourself already in Rabat!

Here are the top attractions in Rabat:

  • St. Paul's Church and Grotto, where the Apostle Paul sought shelter after his shipwreck on the island.
  • St. Paul's Catacombs, which served as the city's necropolis for 500 years.
  • St. Agatha's Catacombs, where Saint Agatha found refuge during her exile from Sicily.
  • Domvs Romana, a museum housed in a Roman-era dwelling that provides insights into the ancient way of life.

5. Sliema and St Julian’s

Sliema and St Julian's are the primary tourist cities in Malta, bustling with a wide range of accommodations, restaurants, clubs, casinos, and shopping malls. These destinations are perfect if you enjoy lively cities and a vibrant nightlife. However, if you prefer tranquil settings, they may not be the ideal places for you.

In Sliema, you can indulge in a delightful meal at one of the many seafront restaurants, offering picturesque views of Valletta.

There is a pleasant promenade that stretches from St Julian's to Sliema, and even further to Valletta, along the coast. This area tends to be the most crowded on the island, particularly during summer nights.

6. Gozo

Gozo, the second largest island in Malta, offers a more rural and tranquil experience with its stunning landscapes, beautiful beaches, and picturesque coves. There are numerous activities and attractions to enjoy on the island.

To reach Gozo, you can take the Gozo Channel Line ferry from Cirkewwa on the main island of Malta. The ferry ride takes approximately 20 minutes, and you have the option to bring a vehicle on board. The boarding process is efficient and well-organized. On the ferry, you'll find a cafeteria and a convenience store where you can purchase food, magazines, and souvenirs.

The ticket fare for the ferry ride is 25€ for three people and one vehicle. It's worth noting that you only need to pay for the return journey. Additionally, starting from June 1, 2021, there is a fast ferry option available from Valletta to Gozo. This passenger-only boat departs from Valletta Grand Harbor and takes approximately 45 minutes to reach Gozo, docking at the Mgarr harbor.

Once you arrive in Gozo, here are the top places to visit:

Victoria, also known as Rabat by the locals, is the main city in Gozo. It offers excellent shopping and dining opportunities, but the main highlight is the Cittadella, a fortified section of the city situated on a hill. Inside the Cittadella, you'll find the Cathedral, the old prison, archaeological sites, and breathtaking views of Gozo from the ramparts.

The Djewra region in the North-West is renowned for attractions like the Azur Window (which unfortunately collapsed in 2017), Fungus Rock, the Inland Sea, and the Deep Blue Hole.

Marsalforn is a popular beach town, particularly during the summer season. One of its main attractions is the 3km long salt pans located at the city's edge.

The Ta'Pinu shrine is an impressive church situated on a small hill, visible from a distance.

The Ta'Cenc cliffs, towering at a height of 130m, offer magnificent scenic views. If you have a drone, this location is ideal for capturing stunning aerial footage.

The Ggantija temples, among the most remarkable and well-preserved temples on the island, provide insight into Gozo's ancient history.

Ramla Bay beach is Gozo's largest sandy beach, perfect for families and offering plenty of space for children to play.

7. Blue Lagoon and Comino island

Comino, a small island situated between Malta and Gozo, may be tiny in size but it holds a significant reputation. It is renowned for being home to the Blue Lagoon, an exquisite lagoon with mesmerizing turquoise waters.

Each day, shuttle boats transport tourists from Malta or Gozo to Comino, allowing them to enjoy a swim in the lagoon. However, unless you visit during the off-season, it's important to note that the beach may not provide a tranquil and peaceful environment due to the high influx of visitors.

Given the considerable number of tourists visiting Comino daily, it is highly recommended to purchase your boat tickets in advance to ensure a smooth experience.

8. Enjoy a quad bike ride in Malta

Undoubtedly, quad biking is an activity that should not be missed during your visit to Malta!

Interestingly, quad bike tours are conducted on Gozo island, providing a unique experience. You don't need any prior quad biking experience, as your instructor or guide will teach you the basics and adjust the pace according to your comfort level.

If you opt for a quad bike tour from Malta, you'll embark on a guided adventure around Gozo, where you'll explore some of the island's most captivating attractions. These include Ramla Bay, Dwejra (where the renowned Azure Window used to be), the Inland Sea, the Blue Hole, and the Marsalforn Salt Pans.

What makes this day trip even more special is that it includes a return journey from Gozo on a private boat. As you make your way back, you'll have the opportunity to pass by the mesmerizing Blue Lagoon and explore the captivating Comino caves.

9. Scuba diving in Malta

Malta is renowned as one of the premier scuba diving destinations in the Mediterranean region, making it a paradise for scuba divers.

When you go scuba diving in Malta, you'll embark on an extraordinary underwater adventure, exploring marine wildlife, wrecks, and caves. The added advantage is that the water is warm, and Malta boasts the highest number of sunny days in Europe.

The prices for scuba diving in Malta are quite affordable, and the dive sites are stunning, catering to both beginners and experienced divers.

Here are some of the best dive sites in Malta:

  • The Blue Grotto, known for its diverse wildlife.
  • Under Fort Saint Elmo in Valletta, where you can discover the wreckage of the HMS Maori, a destroyer that sank in 1942.
  • The Um El Faroud oil tanker wreck.
  • The MV Rozi wreck in Cirkewwa.
  • The Blue Hole in Gozo.
  • The Santa Maria Caves in Comino.
  • To experience this incredible activity and try your first dive in Malta, 
I have carefully selected the best diving center on the island for you:

The diving instructors are highly experienced, having dived all around the world.
The diving equipment is new and well-maintained.
It is a small diving center, providing a more personalized experience and avoiding overcrowding. They only offer small group dives, with a maximum of four divers per instructor.
And the best part? The price is very reasonable! You can enjoy your first dive in Malta for only 69 euros per person.

Unlike some other diving centers, this center ensures that you have a genuine first dive experience. You will spend a full hour underwater and have the opportunity to dive to a maximum depth of 12 meters, if you feel comfortable doing so.

However, please note that as it is a small and popular diving center with a friendly atmosphere, it is essential to book your first dive as soon as possible, as spaces are limited.

10. Marsaxlokk

Undoubtedly, the ultimate Sunday activity in Malta is visiting the fish market in Marsaxlokk.

Marsaxlokk is an authentic fishing harbor characterized by its vibrant, colorful fishing boats known as luzzu. Every Sunday, a traditional fish market takes place there. However, don't be misled by the name, as the market offers more than just fish; you can also find various souvenirs and other items.

This bustling market is quite extensive and tends to attract a large crowd, likely because the prices of souvenirs are more affordable compared to those in Valletta.

Along the port, you'll discover numerous bars and restaurants, providing an ideal setting for a leisurely lunch break. While most establishments specialize in serving delicious fish dishes, you can also find options like pizzas and sandwiches. As is the norm in Malta, the prices at these establishments are very reasonable.

11. St Peter’s Pool

Located near Marsaxlokk, St Peter's Pool is a captivating attraction that should not be missed when visiting Malta.

Formed through natural erosion, this remarkable pool offers a fantastic swimming experience.

Children, in particular, are fond of this beach as they enjoy the thrill of jumping from the small cliffs rather than simply swimming. Jumping or using ladders are the only ways to enter the water.

It is important to note that shaded areas are scarce, so it may not be the most suitable place to visit with young children.

If you continue walking past St Peter's Pool to the right, you will come across a flatter area with additional natural pools carved into the rocks, providing another wonderful spot to take a refreshing dip.

St Peter's Pool is conveniently located just a 10-minute drive from Marsaxlokk. It is easy to find, and there are two free parking lots available.

12. Mosta

Mosta is renowned for its grandiose church, which draws inspiration from the architectural style of the Pantheon in Rome.

Constructed in 1833 through the contributions of the local residents, the church stands as one of the most exquisite in Malta.

The dome of the church is said to be one of the largest in Europe, although whether it ranks as the third or fourth largest dome remains a subject of debate. Its impressive size allows it to be visible from various locations across the island.

The church has gained additional notoriety for a remarkable event that occurred in 1942. During a mass, a German bomb was dropped onto the church, piercing the dome, but miraculously failing to detonate. This incident is often regarded as a testament to divine intervention.

13. Blue Grotto

Situated a mere 2km from the town of Zurrieq, the Blue Grotto is renowned for its strikingly blue-colored water within the cave.

One can admire this spectacle from an elevated vantage point located just outside the town. Alternatively, you can opt to visit the nearby Wied Iz Zurrieq port, a short 2-minute drive away, where you can embark on a 30-minute boat tour.

It is advisable to check the weather conditions in advance, as stormy seas will result in the suspension of boat tours.

Wied Iz Zurrieq also offers a selection of restaurants and a swimming area, providing additional attractions for visitors to enjoy.

14. Dingli cliffs

Just north of the Blue Grotto, you'll find the captivating Dingli cliffs that are certainly worth a visit.

Sitting at an impressive elevation of 250 meters above sea level, Dingli boasts the highest point in Malta. It's a delightful spot to take a leisurely stroll (taking caution to maintain a safe distance from the cliff edge) and relish in the breathtaking vistas. The sunsets at Dingli cliffs are particularly enchanting, making it a paradise for photographers.

15. The Red Tower

The Red Tower, also known as Saint Agatha's Tower, can be found in Marfa, just a 5-minute drive from Mellieha.

Constructed in 1649 as part of a series of towers spanning between Valletta and Gozo, its primary purpose was to serve as a coastal watchtower and protect merchants from pirate attacks. The tower had the capacity to accommodate up to fifty soldiers and housed five cannons. It derives its name from the color of its walls.

For a fee of 2€, you can explore the Red Tower. Although it may be small in size, the tour is worthwhile, particularly due to the stunning panoramic view from the tower's top. From this vantage point, you can catch sight of the White Tower, Saint Mary's Tower (located on Comino Island), and Lippija Tower.

16. The Megalithic Temples of Malta

Malta and Gozo are home to several megalithic temples, some of which have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These remarkable structures were constructed between the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE.

Below is a list of temples that are worth visiting:

Tarxien temples, situated in the city of Tarxien.
Hagar Qim temples, located near the city of Qrendi in southern Malta.
Mnajdra temples, a mere 500 meters away from Hagar Qim.
Ggantija temples, situated on the island of Gozo.
If you are planning to explore Malta's Megalithic Temples and wish to delve deeper into their history, you can opt for a guided tour, which provides valuable insights during your visit.

17. Doing sports and fun activities in Malta

Below are some of the top activities to experience in Malta:

Quad biking: Further details can be found in section 14 of this guide.
Cross country Segway tours: The best Segway tours are available on Gozo island.
Horse riding
Hiking: More information can be found in section 21 of this guide.
Climbing: Gozo island boasts over 300 climbing spots across 12 awe-inspiring locations.

18. Malta, Gozo and Comino best beaches

No trip to Malta would be complete without enjoying a day at the beach. Whether you're on Malta, Gozo, or Comino islands, you'll find a variety of beautiful beaches and coves to explore:

Mellieha Bay: This beach offers shallow waters and a wide expanse of sand, making it ideal for families.
Pretty Bay: A true haven for kids, this beach features shallow water and playgrounds.
Paradise Bay: Located near the Gozo ferry, this beach is pleasant but can be quite touristy.
Golden Bay: With its vast stretch of sand, this beach attracts many tourists and offers various water sports activities.
Ghajn Tuffieha Bay: To reach this stunning spot, you'll need to descend a staircase. Don't miss the intriguing rock formations on the left side of the beach.
Gejna Bay: This beach boasts a decent-sized sandy shoreline and provides a pleasant atmosphere for seaside walks.
Ramla Bay in Gozo: With its expansive beach and distinctive reddish sand, this is the ultimate family-friendly beach.
San Blas Bay in Gozo: A charming sandy cove, this beach is accessible only by foot. The journey back will provide a little workout for you.
Blue Lagoon and Santa Maria Bay in Comino: These picturesque locations offer inviting waters and scenic surroundings.
Make the most of your time in Malta by exploring these wonderful beach destinations.

19. Water sports and activities in Malta

Malta offers an ideal setting for engaging in various water sports and activities at affordable rates.

To make a reservation, simply click on the provided orange links:
  1. Jet ski
  2. Paddleboarding
  3. Water skiing
  4. Wakeboarding
  5. Parasailing
  6. Flyboarding
  7. Windsurfing course
  8. Tubing
Take advantage of the opportunity to partake in these thrilling water-based adventures during your time in Malta.

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.

21. Hiking in Malta

Embarking on a hiking adventure is the key to uncovering the hidden gems of Malta.

For an exceptional experience in the northern part of Malta, I suggest beginning your journey from Selmun Palace (heading towards Mellieha). This trail will lead you to numerous secluded coves before meandering along the picturesque coastline towards Mistra Bay.

In the southern region of Malta, you can commence your hike from Delimara or St. Peter's Pool and follow the coastline all the way to St. Thomas Bay. Along this route, you will be treated to breathtaking vistas of the majestic cliffs that adorn the landscape.

22. Do a Game of Thrones tour!

If you're a fan of the popular TV series Game of Thrones, you'll be delighted to discover that Malta served as the backdrop for significant events in the show!

To immerse yourself in the world of Westeros, I highly recommend booking the guided tour of Game of Thrones filming locations. Led by Malcolm and his experienced team, who were actively involved in the production, this tour promises an exciting journey filled with fascinating anecdotes about your beloved series.

23. Go to a “Boat Party”!

In Malta, you can indulge in the ultimate party experience aboard a "Boat Party."

The concept is straightforward:

Embark from the Sliema port at 7 pm and set sail towards the northern part of the island to witness a stunning sunset. Then, immerse yourself in an unforgettable evening of revelry with 200 fellow party enthusiasts from around the globe. Enjoy an open bar featuring a variety of beverages such as whisky, vodka, rum, tequila, gin, beer, and refreshing soft drinks.

24. Popeye village

Popeye Village can be found in the northwestern region of Malta, near Mellieha.
This unique village was constructed entirely as a film set for the 1980 movie "Popeye," starring Robin Williams. To create this expansive set, trees were imported from Canada to build the houses, a road leading to the bay was constructed, and a breakwater was built to safeguard the set. Following the completion of filming, the decision was made to preserve the entire village.

Today, Popeye Village has transformed into an amusement park. Children can explore the movie's characters and even participate in their own customized productions. The park also offers boat rides, stores, trampolines, and various dining options.

For further details about Popeye Village, please visit the official website.
25. Visit Malta National Aquarium
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