What to do in Malta?

What to do in Malta?

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15 Amazing places to visit in Malta

Historical cities, beaches, natural wonders, and much more

On this page, you will learn all you need to know about what to do in Malta. I am presenting you below 15 best sites you should visit during your trip in Malta.

For each number you have seen on my video of Malta, you will find here:

  • ^ Description of the site,
  • ^ Photos,
  • ^ Tips and advice,
  • ^ Useful website links and excursions,
  • ^ Personal evaluation:
Evaluation 1 stars

Interesting

Evaluation 2 stars

Definitely worth the time

Evaluation 3 stars

Not to be missed

More of that, you will see where are exactly located all these places on my interactive map of Malta.

As a result, these information will guide you to prepare your visits and decide easily what to do in Malta during your trip.

Number 1  Valletta

Evaluation 2,5 stars what to do in Malta

Description & advice

Valletta, Malta’s capital city was built by the Knights of St John on a peninsula that is only about 1km by 600 meters. It is indeed small but concentrates some important historical sites and is classified UNESCO World Heritage.

Walking in the streets of Valletta gives the impression of walking through an open-air museum with, in addition, its pretty typical colorful balconies. One of the top things to visit are the Upper Barakka Gardens perched above the harbour. In addition, don’t miss the beautiful Saint John Co-Cathedral and Fort St Elmo which is great to visit for its National War Museum as well as for its view on the Harbour.

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Useful links

To have information about National War Museum entry fee, opening hours, services and more: https://heritagemalta.org/national-war-museum/

If you are looking for excursions in Valletta, here are some good solutions:

Number 2  Three Cities

Evaluation 2 stars what to do in Malta

Description & advice

The Three Cities offer a great insight into Malta’s history. Vittoriosa or II-Birgu (coordinates : 35.888320, 14.522595) is considered the oldest fortification on the islands. The strategic position of both fort and city over the millennia has led some to call this area « the cradle of Maltese history ». Vittoriosa was the first home of the Knights when they arrived in 1530. As such, it contains many important architectural riches. Highlights include the Church of St. Lawrence, the Inquisitor’s Palace, the imposing Fort St. Angelo and the Maritime Museum.

Part of the Three Cities, Cospiuca (coordinates : 35.881114, 14.521736), also known as Bormla, is the largest of three and lies just opposite Valletta. The old dockyard stretches alongside the shore of Cospiuca that is now restorated to become a marina. I advise you to see in particular St Helen’s gate, Cottoner’s line of fortifications and Notre Dame Gate.

Also, part of the Three Cities, Senglea (coordinates : 35.887641, 14.516754) also known as L-Isla was fortified in 1551 by Grand Master Claude de la Sengle. The city is noted for its superb harbour views of Valletta from Safe Haven Gardens at Senglea Point. The stone vedette, known as Il-Gardjola, on the bastion-point served as a look-out post to guard the harbour entrance.

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Useful links

If you want to visit this important historical part of Malta, you can find many propositions below:

Number 3  Marsaxlokk

Evaluation 2 stars What to do in Malta

Description & advice

Marsaxlokk is a small fishing village famous for its harbour filled with colorful boats. These wooden fishing boats are called “luzzu” in maltese. The painted eye on each side of the boat is an old Phoenician custom believed to protect the boats from evil. The harbour runs a fish market every Sunday. On the other days of the week, it is more a tourist market. Finally, on the main square of the village, there is a small church not to miss: Parish Church of our Lady of Pompei from the 19th century.

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Number 4  St. Peter’s Pool

Evaluation 2 stars What to do in Malta

Description & advice

Situated 10 min from Marsaxlokk harbour at the tip of Delimara point, St. Peter’s pool is natural pool with azure water. It is surrounded with rocky beach. The rocky coast around the pool is also worth discovering.

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St Peter's pool in Malta

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Number 5  Blue Grotto

Evaluation 2,5 stars What to do in Malta

Description & advice

The blue grotto is a 43 meters long and about 40 meters deep sea cave, accompanied by six other successive caves. Located near the village of Wied iz-Zurrieq, boat trips are organized to visit these caves, its massive 30 meters high arch and to contemplate its azure water on sunny days.

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Useful links

If you’re looking for an excursion combining Blue grotto and Marsaxlokk visits, here is a good solutions:

Number 6  Hagar Qim

Evaluation 1,5 stars What to do in Malta

Description & advice

Hagar Qim (Ħaġar Qim) is probably the most famous Neolithic site in Malta, and it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This site not to be missed for History lovers, includes the ruins of 4 temples built between 3600 and 3200 BC. J.-C, and whose excavations began in 1839.

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Hagar Qim temples in Malta

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Useful links

To have information about Hagar Quim temples prices, opening hours, services and more: https://heritagemalta.org/hagar-qim-temples/

Number 7  Mdina

Evaluation 2 stars What to do in Malta

Description & advice

Ancient capital of Malta, Mdina is a fortified medieval town surrounded by bastions and strategically located on a hill in the center of Malta. Mdina is also called the “silent city” because of its calm and peaceful atmosphere. When the capital of Malta was moved from Mdina to Valletta, it became an almost deserted city. Mdina today has around 300 inhabitants. The main sites to visit are: the Natural History Museum, the Vilhena Palace, the Carmelite Church and Priory, the Falzon Palace which is a well-preserved medieval building from 1495 and the spectacular Santa Sophia Palace.

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Useful links

If you don’t have your own car and still want to visit Mdina, you can go with:

Number 8  Ghajn Tuffieha Bay

Evaluation 2 stars What to do in Malta

Description & advice

Ghajn Tuffieha Bay along with Golden Bay are considered among the most beautiful beaches in Malta. The coppery colors of the sand and their high chiseled cliffs make them magnificent raw beaches. More of that, The Ghajn Tuffieha tower built in 1637 offers a beautiful view from the top.

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