Welcome to Malta… the tiny island that you can drive around the extent of within 3 hours, with a host of beautiful bays and neighbouring islands Gozo & Comino. As a country that used to be part of the British Empire, there are a large amount of British links, when you stumble across them, you’ll find it difficult to refrain from saying “We have that at home!” acting super shocked. Setting that aside, here’s some of the best must-see places and must-do things I’ve taken away from my trip to the beautiful heart of Malta.
Valetta is the capital city of tiny Malta, rich with both history and landmarks. This is a large sociable area of Malta with some great commercial streets and panoramic views. Perfect location to stay or visit, with cheap boat trips taking you between Valetta and Sliema, daily.
Things to do/ see include:
- Upper Barakka Gardens – Offers stunning panoramic views of The Grande Harbour and the Mediterranean. Also home to The Saluting Battery, at noon every day you can watch cannons be fired.
- Lower Barakka Gardens
- Saint John’s Co-Cathedral
- Grand Master’s Palace
- Republic Street & Merchant Street – Commercial Streets if you are looking for a bit of retail therapy, stock up on sun lotion or Maltese gifts.
- Triton Fountain
Sliema is known for the Promenade Walk, consisting of a range of local and chain restaurants/ bars offering delicious traditional dishes and happy hour cocktails. Alongside convenience stores, gift stores and large stores that you’d find on a British high street! Perfect pace to stay or visit for an evening of bar hopping.
- Roman Baths – Located beneath Surfside Restaurant.
- The Promenade Walk
- Stella Maris Church
Mdina reserves the name of ‘Silent City’ and was once the capital of Malta, positioned on top of a hill providing views over neighbouring towns. This is a beautiful pace to visit and lives up to its name of being the Silent City, despite the tourists it is extremely quiet and almost like a maze with plenty of hidden gems. 100% worth the visit while in Malta.
St. Julians hosts a beautiful beach by day and the entertainment district by night. Most of the lively nightlife takes place at Paceville, near St. George’s Bay. This seems like the area young tourists flock to at night for the lively bars and night clubs. Although I found this place to be a bit more commercialised than other areas of Malta, St. Julian’s Bay is the perfect place for dinner by the harbour watching the beautiful sunset.
- St. George’s Bay (Paceville)
- Bay Street Shopping Centre
Gozo & Comino
Gozo & Comino are small islands just off of Malta, a visit to these two islands are perfect for a full-day trip, just hop on a ferry at the port (typically leaving from Bugibba, St. Paul’s Bay).
Comino is most popular for being a ‘slice of paradise’ offering a dreamy blue lagoon. Crystal clear water and an incredible tropical vibe with beach stalls serving cocktails in pineapples and plenty of space to sunbathe and enjoy a splash in the clear waters.
Gozo is rich in history and has a lot of geological value, it’s a great stop off on a boat trip between the islands. Slightly larger and more to to than on Comino.
Hopefully this highlights what each area of Malta has to offer, but ultimately I would suggest visiting them all! Whether you are spending 5 days or 14 days in Malta, you will have plenty of time to explore all these areas. Take a hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus around the island or simply take advantage of the regular public busses.
But most of all, enjoy your time on the land of Malta!
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