Malta is an incredible island and worth exploring. It is located in the Mediterranean region, with thousands of years of history, charming bays and the most incredible city that cannot be missed. Therefore, in order to help you make the most of your trip, we would like to share our wonderful itinerary to visit Malta on your next holiday.
Now, you may be wondering if Malta is right for you?
Well, let me give you some small snippets of why it should appear on every traveler’s hot list!
First, Malta (and neighboring countries Gozo) It’s great to be bathed in the incredible Mediterranean sun. Not only that, Malta is completely cold, and if you want to take a break during your trip, this is a good place to visit.
Having said that, if you like to wander around historic cities and ancient sights, Malta is also a jewel of the Mediterranean. This is an island that can (and is perfectly suited to) the type of travel you want. That’s why we go back over and over again!
Therefore, as the island begins to open safely, we want to share some of Malta’s places that you should not miss.
And, as always, travel safely. Check the Maltese government’s government guidelines on travel and official information for any restrictions that may be relaxed or implemented.
Take a look at our travel itinerary below and go to Malta for vacation. Oh, for all our itineraries, you can add, delete or follow the places we mentioned at will-after all, this is your vacation!
Have a great time.
Day 1: Valletta
As far as the Mediterranean city is concerned, Valletta is a gem worth visiting!
Unlike other big cities in Europe, Valletta is not too big to be overwhelming, nor too small to be boring. In fact, I would say that it is very suitable for a few days of exploration.
Upon arrival, be sure to take a stroll to visit the master’s palace and the magnificent upper (and lower) Baraka gardens. These are the first things to do in the morning and a great way to stretch your legs before the start of the day.
If you want something sweet, head to Amorino (Republic Street). Here, you will taste all the best ice cream in Malta. Trust me, you will go back in a few seconds.
In the afternoon, stroll around the centuries-old Casa Rocca Piccola in the center of Valletta. Throughout the day, you can visit a classic (and wealthy) palace that is magnificent and must not be missed with your guide.
Before sunset, head to St. John’s Co-Cathedral, which has been the pride of Valletta since the 1500s. It is so beautiful and a great way to watch some of Girolamo Cassar’s works. After all, he is one of the most famous architects on the island.
Feeling hungry? Walk into the gorgeous cobblestone streets, and then walk into Noni (located on Republic Street) that combines Maltese cuisine with modern flavors. Their tasting menu is perfect for evening enjoyment.
Day 2: Valletta
One thing I want to say is that you should give Valletta at least one full day to explore (however, we prefer a more calm two-day trip). Having said that, if you don’t have much time, you can easily pack the main attractions of Valletta in one day; especially if there are other Maltese attractions in our itinerary that you don’t want to miss.
For the Garavan in the morning, you can stroll around the Dagang District, where you can enjoy the magnificent view of the bay. In addition, you can easily go to the Fort San Angelo, which protected the city in history, as a companion. You need to consider about 2 hours to fully explore the fort; so plan ahead and arrive early.
For dinner, book a table at Rampila; you will not be disappointed, especially on their terrace. Our first dish was the traditional Maltese Aljotta broth, I loved it!
Day 3: Mdina
In Malta, no place is so far away, which means it is a great island that can be traversed and stayed among all the gems of Malta. Having said that, don’t feel the pressure of moving hotels or accommodations every night, you can easily go to all the attractions of Malta for a day trip and park in one hotel for the entire trip. It all depends on you.
Anyway, where am I… Mdina!
Okay, so Mdina is probably my favorite city in the whole of Malta, and it is also a place not to be missed on a day trip. It is about 25 minutes drive from Valletta, it is very convenient to drive, take a taxi or visit according to your preferences.
After passing through the iconic Mdina Gate, be sure to visit the iconic cathedral overlooking the entire city. It is amazing, and the Baroque architecture dates back to a few years ago!
Having said that, if you want to go deeper into history, head to Domus Romana; a Roman house built more than two thousand years ago! This is a relatively small museum, which means it is a perfect 30-minute visit.
Oh, don’t forget to get some world-famous Mdina glass. It is so beautiful, you will find it all over the city.
hungry? Go to the Grotto Tavern, their dumplings are very delicious, and the restaurant is also very unique in the grotto.
Day 4: Western coastline and beaches
After three days of city life, it’s time to admire the beautiful coastline of Malta. So, bring your swimming gear, apply sunscreen, and get ready to take a nap on the beach.
But first, head to the Blue Hole, which is about 25 minutes from Valletta (15 minutes from Mdina). After arriving here, you need to take one of the small boats to take you to the Blue Grotto. Having said that, if you don’t like boat trips, please go to the “panoramic” viewing area at sunset.
The view is amazing.
After that, stay in the surf for a while and head to the Golden Bay north of the Blue Hole. This is a very popular place for sun chasers, and it is also a very suitable place for morning swimming (or evening walks).
If you want to swim, you can head to St. Peter’s Pool on the coast near Marsaxlokk. Here, you can paddle in the beautiful Mediterranean waters and enjoy the beauty of southern Malta. Be sure to pay attention to the rough waters and go swimming only when it is safe to do so.
Now, we find that it is best to rent a car on a coastal day. However, if you don’t drive, don’t worry; you can book many different tour companies and include them in your itinerary to visit Malta.
Day 5: Hiking around Popeye Village
Not every day can be said that you have walked on an island, but it is completely possible in Malta, especially from Għadira Bay to Popeye Village.
After taking a dip in Għadira, put on your hiking shoes and go for a walk in the area.
The walk itself will not take you long at all (although, you can take some detours). We visited the Red Tower which is very close to the bay itself (about a 40-minute hike). Its history can be traced back to 1649 and it is very worth seeing, especially the scenery.
After heading to the west coast, head to the completely quaint and picturesque Popeye Village. This is a historic movie of the Popeye movie filmed in the 1980s.
An hour or so is well worth a visit, and it’s totally worth including in your itinerary to visit Malta; even if you haven’t watched the movie.
Finally, in order to enjoy the beauty of Popeye Village, please follow the coastline road across the bay. From here you can enjoy the view across the bay, and you can enjoy the beautiful view of Popeye Village itself.
Day 6: Gozo Island
Gozo is a small island not far from the north shore of Malta, and it is worth exploring by short ferry! In fact, this is the perfect day trip when visiting Malta.
Departing from Cirkewwa, you will soon arrive at Mgarr Port. From here, you will be able to explore the entire island of Gozo and visit some key attractions along the way.
One place you must visit is Il-Madonna ta’ Pinu, a cathedral and shrine as beautiful as they came. Although the cathedral is not as old as some other places in Malta and Gozo, it still has iconic significance.
After that, pull out your swimming gear and drive to the blue hole for a swim! This is a natural swimming pool, right next to the collapsed Azure Window. It is very worth seeing when you visit Malta according to our schedule.
Oh, don’t forget to have a bite to eat at The Boathouse in Xlendi Bay.
This is a place to satisfy any seafood craving; especially their mouth-watering fresh lobster.
Day 7: Mosta
Before leaving Malta, there is one last (and very cute) place to visit. Mosta!
Mosta is only about 20 minutes away from the center of Valletta and is perfect for viewing on the last day of your trip to Malta. Even if you are only a few hours away from the flight departure, be sure to check it out.
Now, one thing that makes this city so special is the Mosta Rotunda; a huge cathedral, actually based on the Italian Pantheon.
Once you arrive, you will quickly understand why it is such a special place, especially since it has one of the largest, unsupported domes in the world!
If you still have time, you can stroll to the catacombs of Ta’ Bistra, not far from the city center. You will see a bunch of very unique historical catacombs.
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