The island country of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea is a treasure trove of astounding history, spectacular natural sites, and loads of leisure activities. From sun-kissed beaches to buildings steeped in rich history Malta has something to offer to everyone who visits this Mediterranean gem. The archipelago of Malta comprises of two main islands of Malta and Gozo and third a tiny island of Comino. Are you looking to spend the holidays in Malta? Here we list 27 amazing things to do in Malta which are definitely unmissable.
Things to do in Malta Main Island
The Malta Experience
The ‘Malta Experience’ is one of the top things to do in Valletta, the Maltese Capital. The audio-visual show which takes place in the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Maltese Capital Valletta located next to Fort St Elmo. The 45 minutes show walks through the incredible 7000 years of history and turbulent past of Malta. A great way to know the people and places of Malta. End your visit at the souvenir shop which sells books on Malta’s history and a wide range of handicrafts like silver filigree jewelry, decorative glass items, and Gozo lace. You can find more details on open times and tickets here.
The Mediterranean Conference Centre was previously known as the Sacra Infermeria was built in the 16th century as a hospital and could accommodate over 2000 patients at a time. The important part of the hospital is the ‘Great Ward’ with a length of 155 m which was once the largest in Europe. The hall has also served as the police headquarters, an entertainment hall, Examination Hall and even as Children’s Theatre. Today the center is a popular venue and hosts exhibitions, theatrical shows and numerous events. Visitors can take a guided tour of the Sacra Infermeria and learn about its intriguing history.
Fort Saint Elmo and the National War Museum
Take a walk along the St Elmo Bay which offers a wonderful view of the expanse of blue sea. Visit the National War Museum in Fort St Elmo which exhibits a remarkable collection of artifacts from as early as the Bronze Age to World War I and II.
Opening Hours – Monday to Sunday: 9.00-18.00
Explore the Historic Valletta
The UNESCO World Heritage site of Valletta is a wonderful legion of more than 300 historic monuments and remarkable historic buildings. The Grand Master’s Palace has an amazing collection of paintings, tapestries, and armories. Valletta is home to some of the magnificent churches like St John’s Co-Cathedral and Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and grandeur buildings in Castille Square.
Boat Ride to the Three Cities of Malta
Take a stroll through the winding alleys of the fortified cities of Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua that will transport you back to the Phoenician times. The Three Cities can be reached by a ferry from Valletta ferry point near Upper Barrakka gardens.
Mediterraneo Marine Park
A visit to the Mediterraneo Marine Park offers its visitors an insight into marine life through interaction and education. Swim with dolphins or watch and learn more about marine animals like sea lions, turtles, reptiles and a variety of exotic birds. Book tickets here.
Malta National Aquarium
The Malta National Aquarium with its 26 tanks and over 175 different species will be a wonderful experience for the folks interested in the underwater world. The aquarium is divided into zones featuring species from the Mediterranean and tropical oceans, ancient shipwreck and a zone dedicated to Malta’s sister islands Gozo and Comino. Plan your visit here.
A visit to this colorful village of Popeye will walk one into the world of fantasy land. The Colorful Popeye Village in Malta is a popular Malta attraction which was built as a film set of the 1980 Musical feature film ‘Popeye’ was abandoned and later converted into an amusement park hosting several shows and rides.
Opening Hours – Monday to Sunday: 9.30-17.30
Explore the Mdina – The Silent City of Malta
The cobblestone streets of the fortified city of Mdina is lined with well-preserved medieval buildings and palaces exemplary of Norman and Baroque architecture. The entry into the former Maltese capital Mdina is through a monumental gate with restricted traffic which gives the city its name the ‘Silent City of Malta’. Do not miss a visit to the Mdina Dungeons located beneath the Vilhena Palace where a maze of underground alleys and cells recreate the historical events. One can also shop for the famous Mdina Glass.
Visit the Catacombs of Rabat
Rabat is the neighboring city of Mdina popular for the St. Paul’s Catacombs and St Agatha Catacombs. The extensive underground complex of catacombs of St. Paul’s and St Agatha house a variety of tombs in hundreds dating from the 3rd and 4th century. Also worth exploring in the catacombs are the 12th-century frescoes.
Opening Hours – Monday to Sunday: 9.00-17.00
Soak up the Breathtaking views at Dingli Cliffs
Walk along the cliff edge taking in the splendid views of the deep blue Mediterranean sea from the highest point of the Maltese Islands especially during the sunset. There is a small chapel perched on the cliff top which can be visited.
Blue Grotto is a group of sea caverns which are known for reflecting the brilliant luminescent colors of the underwater flora which is a wonderful sight to behold. Several tour companies offer boat tours to the picturesque caves of Blue Grotto cruising past the towering Dingli cliffs.
Opening Hours – Boat operates all days weather permitting
Visit a Fishing Village
There are two interesting fishing villages close to the Blue Grotto, the villages of Marsaxlokk and Zurrieq. Marsaxlokk is the most popular and is mostly included in the boat tour to the Blue Grotto. Experience a quintessential fishing village with the rows of rainbow-colored boats and savor on some delicious seafood with the fresh catch of the day.
Ghar Dalam Cave
The Ghar Dalam Cave is a prehistoric site which exhibits the fossil bones and remains of extinct animals like dwarf elephants, hippopotami, bears and wolves unearthed during excavation.
Opening Hours – Monday to Sunday: 9.00-17.00
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum is a unique prehistoric burial site underground which holds the remains of 7,000 people. The archaeological site comprises of stone chambers carved out at three levels. The mid-level has some interesting carvings and wall paintings in ochre.
Opening Hours – Monday to Sunday: 9.00-16.00
Things to do in Gozo Malta
A visit to the Citadel of Gozo perched on a hill with a commanding view over the city of Victoria and the Gozo countryside is one of the top things to do in Gozo. The prominent landmark in Cittadella is the Cathedral of the Assumption, other points of interest are, an old prison dating back to 16th century, Natural Science Museum, Gozo Museum of Archaeology and the Gran Castello Historic House.
Boat Ride in Inland Sea
Dwejra Bay in San Lawrenz is one of the popular Malta attractions and top Gozo points of interest known for the iconic Azure window, Fungus Rock, Dwejra Tower, and the Inland Sea. The boats from the Inland Sea near the Dwejra Bay will cruise through a 100-meter long tunnel opening up into the vast expanse of the Mediterranean sea. The boat ride offers a close-up view of the Fungus Rock Island and the surrounding cliffs and sea caverns.
The natural arch of Azure window was an iconic landmark of Gozo which collapsed early this year (2017) which was a great disappointment for the tourists and the travelers. But there is a lesser-known limestone natural arch known as Wied il-Mielaħ Window located near the village of Gharb which can be visited.
Calypso Cave is a unique cave located on a cliff overlooking the gorgeous Ramla Bay. The cave is been closed to the public but it is still possible to have a wonderful view over the Ramla Bay from the cliff.
Ninu’s Cave is an interesting underground limestone cave in the Xaghra village. Take up a guided tour of the cave to understand the history and formation of the cave and the plethora of natural stalactites and stalagmites found in the cave.
Opening Hours – Monday to Sunday: 8.30-18.00
Things to do in Comino Malta
Swim in Comino Blue Lagoon
Comino is the smallest of the Maltese archipelago and is mostly uninhabited. The most popular attraction of Comino is the Blue Lagoon a natural swimming pool nestled amidst the surrounding rocky cliffs. The shimmering crystal clear azure waters of the pool and the tranquility makes for a perfect getaway for relaxing or to some fun activities of snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming.
Other Tips for Making the Best of your Malta Holidays
Go Hunting for the Game of Thrones Filming Locations
Several of the scenes of the popular Game of Thrones series has been shot in the picturesque landscapes and medieval buildings of Malta. Hop onto a Game of Thrones tour or explore on your own the different filming locations in Malta from fortified city of Mdina to historical forts in Valletta and scenic Gozo.
Explore the Magnificent Churches around Malta
Though Valletta has some great historical buildings one can find several magnificent churches spread across the island. Make sure not to miss the Rotunda of Mosta on the way to Mdina, the colossal church with its third largest unsupported dome is built in neoclassical style. It is interesting to know that the church was bombed thrice during the WW but was left unharmed. The Rotunda of Xewkija is the largest church in the island of Gozo is an architectural masterpiece. The interior is embellished with marble and rich collection of sculptures and paintings.
There is a Sculpture Museum which holds the important remains of the old church. The Basilica of Ta’ Pinu is yet another wonderful example of architectural wonder and sits in the beautiful countryside of Gozo. Also, visit the series of marble statues depicting Way of the Cross on the hill opposite to the church.
Visit the Incredible Megalithic Temples of Malta
Malta is home to some of the incredible prehistoric temples which are listed as the UNESCO heritage sites. The temples of Ggantija in Gozo, the Hagar Qim, Mnajdra and Tarxien in Malta offer an insight into the culture, civilization and construction techniques applied during the ancient times.
Go Snorkelling and Scuba diving
The gorgeous coastline of Malta rich with marine life and crystal clear shimmering waters offers visitors with snorkeling and scuba diving sites in Malta and Gozo. Comino’s Blue Lagoon, Paradise Bay and Golden Sands Bay in Malta, Blue Hole Dwejra Bay and Hondoq ir-Rummien in Gozo are some of the top spots.
Relax at one of the Gorgeous Malta Beaches
The island of Malta surrounded by the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the gorgeous beaches in the world. Malta beaches host a range of water sports activities and are an ideal location to soak up the sun bathed sandy beaches and make the best of your Malta vacation. Some of the top beaches in Malta are Golden Bay and Għajn Tuffieħa with its clear waters are family friendly beaches well connected by public transport. Mellieha Bay close to the Popeye Village and the Ramla Bay are amongst the largest beaches of Malta but are crowded on holidays and weekends.
The secluded beaches of Paradise Bay and Ġnejna Bay nestled in the natural setting are usually less crowded and great to spend some time away from the touristy crowd.
Unveil Secrets in Ghost Tours
The Maltese capital Valletta and the Silent City of Malta offer intriguing ghost tours where one can dig into the past secrets of the city history. The guided tour will walk through the dark alleys and backstreets of the city with a visit to the haunted buildings and burial sites. Read More on tours here.
The wine tasting tours are amongst the popular tours in Malta where the organizers walk through the production and aging process of the wine followed by the tasting session. More Info here.
Best Time to Visit Malta
The summer months are generally the best months to visit Malta which is also the peak season when the weather is warm and pleasant. July and August are considered to be the hottest months with an average temperature of 27 deg. Malta is also one of the top warm destinations to visit in Europe in winters but November and December months have a higher probability of rains.
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