Here's how to spend the perfect week in Malta

Day 1: Arrival Day

Depending on when you arrive and how tired your are from jet lag, this day can be used for resting with minimal exploration, or you can plan to explore like a normal day.

If you're feeling up to exploring, I recommend moving up the Valletta day to your arrival day and swapping that day out with one of the bonus days.

Day 2: Spend 1 Day visiting Mdina & Rabat

The fortified city of Mdina used to be the capital of Malta. This small city will transport you back in time with its many ancient sites.

Days 3-4: Spend 2 Days visiting the Three Cities

From Valletta, you can either take the bus or water taxi over to the Three Cities.

Day 5: Spend 1 Day visiting Marsaskala

A much less touristy area and significantly less crowded but with all the same charm as other parts of Malta is Marsaskala. This seaside town has a lot less to see but makes for a great hiking and swimming day.

For hiking, you can walk to the Munxar Window to see some incredible cliffs.

For swimming, you can go to St. Thomas Bay Sandy Beach.

Plus you can walk around this cute town to see salt pans and tons of anchored fishing boats near the Marsaskala Bridge.

Day 6: Spend 1 Day visiting Valletta

You can't go to Malta without visiting the capital city of Valletta.

I recommend saving this for your next-to-last day so that you know you are near the airport to fly home or wherever you're headed next.

There is so much to do in Valletta, so I've recapped the top things to do in this blog post.

Day 7: Final Day & Travel Home

What you do on this day depends on how much free time you have before leaving town. If you have a lot of time, I recommend a second day in Valletta exploring areas you didn't see on the full day in Valletta. You could ride the tourist train around the city to get a quick glimpse of the city while learning a bit of history.

Bonus Activities:

If you have extra days or extra time, check out these places too:

  • Sliema
  • St. Julian's
  • St. Paul's Bay
  • Blue Grotto
  • Birzebbuga

Where to stay in Malta

I recommend staying in Valletta if your budget allows so that you will be near the main bus station that takes you all over the island.

If your budget doesn't allow or you're looking to stay in a less touristy area, I recommend looking at places to stay in Hamrun. This area is along many of the bus routes, or up to a 10 minute walk to others, so it makes it easy to use public transportation to get around Malta.