7 best places to visit in Malta

Curious about the best places to visit in Malta? With the area of 316 square km, Malta is the 10th smallest country in the world by landmass.

The Maltese archipelago consists of a number of islands. 3 of them, including the island of Malta, are the main islands of the archipelago. These are the only inhabited islands in the archipelago. Though small, Malta has a lot to offer to its visitors. Historic towns, beautiful harbours, gorgeous sea views and stunning lagoons and sea caverns with crystal clear turquoise blue waters. 

Malta is a perfect place for a week-long getaway. 

As it is in the heart of the Mediterranean, it doesn’t take long to get there. There are direct flights from the largest European airports. And the flights are cheap. Thanks to all that, Malta has become a popular destination for holidaymakers.

But what to see in Malta?

To help you with the task of planning we’ve created this list of some of the best places to visit in Malta.

Check out our article and plan the perfect Malta vacation!

7 best places to visit in Malta

Valletta, the island of Malta

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With a population of just about 6000 people, Valletta is the tiny capital of Malta. At just 0.61 square kilometres, it is the smallest national capital in the European Union.

Valletta is a unique town whose buildings are made of golden stone. The architecture ranges from the mid-16th century Baroque to Modernism. The town is surrounded by fortifications that date back to the 16th century. Fortifications of Valletta are the most important of the fortifications of Malta.

As it is considered an ideal creation of the late Renaissance, Valletta has been listed a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1980. It was also the European City of Culture for 2018.

Valletta is one of the best places to stay in Malta. It’s central, and from there you can catch a bus to just about anywhere.

The Three Cities, the island of Malta

The Three Cities are the fortified neighbourhoods of Birgu, Senglea and Cospicua. Located across the harbour from Valletta, they’re time-worn and far more authentic than the busy and noisy neighbourhoods of Sliema and St Julien’s which boast luxury hotels and shopping malls.

The oldest of the neighbourhoods is Birgu which dates back to the times prior to the Middle Ages. Senglea and Cospicua are younger — they were founded in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The Three Cities are an important historic urban area and one of the best places to visit in Malta.

One of the best things to do in The Three Cities is to simply walk along its residential streets and admire the historical buildings. 

Sitting atop a fortification, Gardjola Gardens boast fantastic views over Valletta, Grand Harbour and Fort St. Angelo.

Vittoriosa Yacht Marina in Cospicua is really picturesque and is worth a visit. In fact, it is one of the most photographed marinas in Malta.

The immense Saint Angelo fortress is another place you shouldn’t miss.

The Blue Grotto, the island of Malta

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The Blue Grotto is a group of sea caverns and a very popular tourist destination on the island of Malta.

The Blue Grotto is at its best in the bright morning sunshine when it turns the pools stunning shades of blue.

Enjoy the views of the sea caverns below from the top of the cliff. 

Another beautiful place not too far away we would recommend you to visit is Dingli Cliffs. These are scenic, towering cliffs featuring panoramic views of the sea.

Marsaxlokk & St Peter’s Pool, the island of Malta

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Marsaxlokk is a small, traditional fishing village. Its authentic fish market and the beautiful harbour are among the best places to visit in Malta.

The Marsaxlokk is known for the traditional Maltese fishing boats (luzzus). You’ll see large numbers of them bobbing in the charming bay of Marsaxlokk.

St Peter’s Pool, a well-known natural pool for swimming, and a popular tourist destination is located not too far away from Marsaxlokk.

Beaches in Malta

While beaches are not the best asset of Malta, you can find some pretty cute beaches on the main 3 islands of the Maltese archipelago.

Here is a list of the most popular and most beautiful ones:

  • Paradise Bay Beach, the island of Malta;
  • Golden Bay Beach, the island of Malta;
  • Riviera Beach in Ghajn Tuffieha, the island of Malta;
  • Mellieha Beach, the island of Malta;
  • Ġnejna Bay, the island of Malta;
  • Buġibba Perched Beach, the island of Malta (not the most scenic, but it has a convenient location);
  • Ramla Beach, the island of Gozo;
  • The “Inland Sea”, the island of Gozo;
  • Blue Lagoon Beach, the island of Comino.

Yes, some of the most scenic beaches on the island of Malta are located in the north of the island.

Ramla Beach is considered the prettiest beach on the island of Gozo.

Dwejra Bay, the island of Gozo

Dwejra Bay is known for its rocky coastline and the now-gone and once famous arch of the Azure Window which collapsed in 2017.

Yes, sadly, the Azure Window is gone, but Fungus rock remains, and it is still one of the best places to visit in Malta.

Not far from the rock you’ll find the “Inland Sea” which is a shallow inland lagoon with a small pebbled beach.

The Blue Hole, which is a popular diving site, is situated nearby too.

Blue Lagoon & Crystal Lagoon, the island of Comino

Last but not least on this list is the famous Blue Lagoon and the less-famous Crystal lagoon. 

Both of the lagoons are located on the island of Comino, the smallest of the archipelago’s main islands. And both of them are stunningly beautiful inlets with the most beautiful waters to swim in!

There is a tiny white sand beach near the Blue Lagoon, but the rest of the bay is rocky.

Malta travel tips

  1. Malta is a country in the European Union. If you are a citizen of the EU, you don’t need a visa to travel to Malta. If you are a citizen of a country that is privileged with entering the Schengen zone visa-free for short stays, you can visit Malta visa-free, too.
  2. The currency in Malta is Euro. If you are travelling to Malta from Europe, you don’t have to exchange the money.
  3. The best way to see Malta is by public transport. Malta is very small and has a good public bus network. The bus is an inexpensive and efficient way to travel in Malta, however, the punctuality is a challenge.
  4. In fact, driving a car is not recommended for tourists, as the roads are bad. And the drivers are terrible there.
  5. Buy the 7-day Explore / ExplorePlus Card for unlimited use of buses on Malta and Gozo islands.
  6. Numerous amazing boat trips are available in Malta. The most popular ones are the trips to Comino island & its Blue Lagoon, and around the harbours on the main island of Malta.
  7. To get from the island of Malta to Gozo, you’ll need to take a ferry. The ferry runs almost every hour of the day, all year round; and every 30 minutes during peak times.
  8. Malta is not really a beach destination. Its shores are mostly rocky, and there are only a few sandy beaches. Remember that when planning a trip to Malta, and you won’t be disappointed.