Highlights from Malta & Gozo

  • Walking around Valletta and the Three Cities
  • Taking a day trip to Mdina
  • Seeing the incredible cliffs in Marsaskala
  • Taking a tour of Fort St. Elmo
  • Seeing beautiful sunsets over the cliffs in Xlendi on the island of Gozo

Things to Do in Malta

Explore Valletta & The Three Cities

The city streets of Valletta are truly beautiful, and there is tons to do in the capital city of Malta. Around every corner you will find something beautiful, from churches to balconies to ocean views and more.

Plus from Valletta, you can take a ferry or boat ride over to The Three Cities - Birgu, Senglea, and Cospicua.

I would recommend spending at least 2-3 days to see all of these places, and more if you plan to visit any museums or forts.

Take a day trip to Mdina & Rabat

By taking a short bus ride or going for a short drive, you can go to the city of Mdina for a day. This beautiful fortified city was used in many films and tv shows (like Game of Thrones). Walking these streets will make you feel like you've transported back in time.

Mdina is pretty central on the island, so from some of the higher points, you can see out to the coast and get some nice panoramic views of the island.

Spend a day in Marsaskala

If you're looking for a bit less touristy of an area in Malta, take a drive or bus ride over to the coastal city of Marsaskala. There are lots of things to do here, especially within a short walking distance. You can walk around at the salt flats. You can take a walk over to Munxar Window to see the massive cliffs and find places to swim where you're practically alone. If you walk along the more northwestern edge, you'll see the port where cute small boats will be anchored.

Go to the smaller island of Gozo

If time in your trip allows, make sure you add in time to go over to the smaller island of Gozo. You can book day trips that coordinate everything for you, or you could plan everything out on your own. I recommend the latter, especially if you want to stay a few days in Gozo to explore more of the island. I spent a week in Xlendi and loved every minute of it.

There is plenty to do in Malta that I didn't have time in a week to do. Some other popular places to visit and activities to do are going to the Blue Lagoon, going to the Blue Grotto (yes, they are two different things), visiting St. Paul's Bay, going to the Dingli Cliffs (or really any cliffs along the western border), visiting St. Julian's Bay, and so much more.

You can find all kinds of activities, day trips, and more here 👇

Where to Stay in Malta

When I visited Malta, I stayed in Hamrun, which is just outside of Valletta because it was a little friendlier for my budget for the trip. Staying outside of Valletta made me feel like getting out and exploring the rest of the island was easier to do. It could be very easy to spend all or more of your time in Valletta if you stay in the city.

However, if your budget allows, you may want to stay in Valletta so you can be walkable to the many things to do.

Use the map below to search for options in Valletta (or change it to another city), choose your dates, and set how many guests will be staying, then look around the map to find your perfect place to stay (and don't forget to book it).

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