Where to go and what to do in Malta.
If Malta isn’t on your list of European countries to explore, make sure to add it. Warm weather all year long, tropical waters, historical places to explore — this tiny island in the Mediterranean has a lot to offer! Some people can cram a trip to Malta into as little as 3 days, but plan to spend 7 days if you want to thoroughly explore the island.
To make the most of your trip to Malta, make sure to do your research and plan your itinerary in advance. Below is a suggested way to tackle Malta in a week.
Day 1 – Travel and Settling
Malta is only accessible by flight and by ferry. Depending on where you’re flying from, your flight will take the better part of a day. For example, if you’re flying in from Los Angeles, CA, you should plan to spend at least 15 hours on a plane. There is also a ferry route that goes from Sicily to Malta that operates 12 times a week. The crossing takes 1 hour and 45 minutes, plus whatever travel time you need to get to Sicily.
After spending all day traveling, you’re going to be ready to settle into your hotel and grab some food. Remember to book your hotel in advance. Click here for a list of 9+ Malta All Inclusive Holiday hotels (with best prices) for any budget.
Day 2 – Hit the Beach
Don’t skip out on spending a day at the beach! Malta has some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean and some of the cleanest waters in Europe. Mellieha Bay is one of the most popular beaches in Malta, because it is one of the largest sandy beaches in Malta and because it has calm waters. The waters here are shallow, perfect for swimming, exploring, and water sports. If you’re not a fan of water, you can spend your day relaxing under an umbrella on the beach and enjoying food from nearby snack bars. The only downside to Mellieha Bay is it is a popular tourist destination and gets crowded quickly. If you’re looking for a more secluded location, make sure to research other beaches in the area.
Day 3 – Explore Sliema and Valletta
Now that you’ve had a chance to settle into your hotel and relax on the beach, it is time to explore! Sliema is a major commercial area that offers shopping, dining, and historical locations. After exploring Sliema, you can catch a ferry to Valletta, which is the capital city of Malta. Valletta is rich in history and offers a number of tourist attractions, including St. John’s Co-Cathedral.
Day 4 – Take a trip to Gozo
Gozo is a small, neighboring island of Malta. There, you can explore the Blue Lagoon (one of the most beautiful beaches in Malta), visit the remains of the Azure Window (a now collapsed natural arch that appeared in several media productions, including Game of Thrones), and view Ġgantija (a megalithic temple complex).
Day 5 – Head to The Three Cities
The Three Cities (Birgu, Senglea and Cospicua) are among the oldest areas in Malta. The buildings and forts here are older than what can be found in Valletta, however, the area tends to be less crowded because it is not a major tourist area. Make sure to check out Fort St. Angelo, which will give you an amazing view of the Grand Harbour.
Day 6 – Visit a smaller waterfront town
After you’ve visited all the major areas of the island, find a smaller town to explore. Msida, Gzira, and Manoel Island all have a certain charm to them. It can be easy to pass through these towns without giving a second thought, but taking the time to explore could lead to some amazing scenery and the chance to check out the local cuisine. These towns might not take as much time to explore as some of the larger areas around Malta, so you can always plan for another afternoon on the beach if needed.
Day 7 – Travel
Spend your last day preparing for another long travel. Pack up your belongings, grab breakfast from a local cafe, and catch your flight or ferry.
A week in Malta gives you plenty of time to explore some of the major locations around the island, as well as some of the smaller locations. If you’d like to spend more time exploring some of the rocky beaches of Malta (such as Anchor Bay), plan to add an additional day or two to your travel.