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It’s easy to see why people are falling in love with Malta. Just a short hop from mainland Europe, the Mediterranean island nation is awash with rugged coastal scenery. Its sandstone citadels and crumbling temples reveal a history as rich and complex as any civilisation in the world. We have compiled the perfect 3-day Malta itinerary, jam-packed with sightseeing highlights and local cultural discovery, to help plan your trip.

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3-day Malta itinerary: at-a-glance

A summary of our itinerary for 3 days in Malta is as follows (read on below for the finer details):

  • Day 1: Valletta. Self-guided walking tour of the city (or guided street food walking tour), National War Museum, audiovisual show, traditional Maltese dinner.
  • Day 2: Blue Grotto and Mdina. Ancient temples at Qrendi, short hike to the Blue Grotto, seaside lunch, walking tour of Mdina, dinner and evening drinks in St Julian’s.
  • Day 3: Gozo. Morning ferry, La Cittadella discovery, lunch in Victoria, Ggantija Temples, sunset at Azure Window ruins, seaside dinner, return ferry.

Where to stay for this Malta itinerary

It’s best to stay quite close to Valletta for our suggested 3-day Malta itinerary, as the capital is a hub for getting around the islands. We stayed in Gzira, a fairly quiet neighbourhood right next to Sliema, just across the harbour from Valletta. The backstreets are nice and chill here, and there are rows of bars, restaurants and shops on the waterfront. It’s just a 15-minute bus ride or short scenic ferry crossing to Valletta.

Here are some quick recommended options for places to stay around Sliema:

  • Two Pillows Boutique Hostel – beautiful budget accommodation with a range of options from dorm rooms to luxury studios
  • Mr Todd Hotel – a comfy chic urban hotel, mid-range in price, a stone’s throw away from the ferry port and main bus route
  • AX The Victoria Hotel – stunning 4-star hotel with swimming pool and rooftop terrace in the middle of Sliema
  • Duplex Sliema apartment – one-bedroom self-catered flat within walking distance of Sliema ferry port and St Julian’s Bay

Check out our guide to where to stay in Malta for detailed insights into the best areas and neighbourhoods, along with our accommodation recommendations in each.

Want a real treat for your Malta trip? I had an incredible experience taking a workation at Hilton Malta, Malta’s premier five-star hotel and resort, with a private space on Portomaso Marina and looking out onto the Mediterranean Sea. If you want to go the extra mile for a short stay, this is an amazing option – you can book here.

Who is this Malta itinerary for?

We have based this itinerary on our own experiences in Malta, and so it reflects our active travel style. It is especially suited to the curious traveller who loves to learn about the culture and history, eat plenty of local cuisine, and spend time outdoors.

The itinerary combines some of Malta’s famous natural landmarks with exploration of the country’s fascinating history and distinctive architecture. We also give our recommendations on our favourite places to eat and drink.

If you’re planning to stay for longer, we’ve thrown in some extra ideas to add to your itinerary. We’ve included a sample trip costing too to help you manage your budget.

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3-day Malta itinerary: the details

Day 1: Valletta

Malta’s capital city occupies the tip of the Sciberras Peninsula, protruding into the sea and surrounded by harbours, bays and creeks. Its sandstone walls and towers cast a striking image that can be seen from all around this section of coastline.

With a population of only 6,000, Valletta is one of the smallest capital cities in the world, but inside its fortified walls there is no shortage of things to see and do.

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Morning: self-guided walking tour

Hop on a bus to Valletta for an early start after breakfast. It’s a good idea to aim to arrive around 9–10am, so you can find your feet and tour some of the attractions before lunch.

There are direct bus services to Valletta from all over Malta island. From Sliema and Gzira, take the 13, 14, 15 or 16. An alternative, more scenic option is to take the ferry from Sliema, which costs €2.80 for a day return.

All buses to Valletta drop off right next to the famous City Gate, the main entrance to the city. It’s an unmistakable sight, fashioned in the shape of a V, flanked by high sandstone walls either side, with two 25-metre metal spikes rising into the sky.

This is the ideal pivot point to explore Valletta’s sightseeing highlights and it’s where our self-guided walking tour begins. If you would prefer to build your own tour, thenLonely Planet’s suggested route is a useful resource.

Within close proximity to the gate you will find the Parliament Building, the Royal Opera House open-air theatre, Pjazze Jean de Valletta and Palazzo Parisio.

Continue walking straight down Republic Street and you will pass St Francis of Assisi Church before reaching the National Museum of Archeology (€5 entry) on your left. This gives an interesting introduction to Malta’s ancient history before you have the chance to witness some of the surviving ruins over the next couple of days.

Alternatively, a little further along on the right, you can visit St John’s Co-Cathedral Museum (€15 entry).

To round off the morning’s sightseeing, turn left down Old Theatre Street to find two more of the city’s icons: Manoel Theatre and St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral.

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Fun alternative: Valletta street food and cultural tour

If you begin your 3 days in Malta on a Monday, Thursday or Saturday, you have the option to take the fantastic Valletta street food and culture walking tour. Or you could just switch up the days to fit it in if this tour sounds up your street.

We tried this new tour on a return trip to Malta and it’s one of the most fun walking tours we’ve done before. It combines a historical and cultural exploration of the city with various stops along the way to enjoy many different delicacies and meals. And they get the balance just right!

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We had a local guide for Marisa for our tour, and she was great. She told legendary stories and personal anecdotes from Valletta’s past and present to give us a sense of a local lifestyle, the true cultural roots of Valletta.

The tour is about three hours long and begins at 9:30am, so it slots perfectly into the day’s sightseeing itinerary. See our full review of the tour for more.

Lunch: famous Maltese sandwich at Grano

Did someone say lunch? If you did the street food walking tour in the morning, you will be already full by this point and so you can crack straight ahead with the afternoon’s activities. Or, maybe, stop for a coffee break at one of Valletta’s fabulous coffee shops such as Kuncett (which does amazing cakes if you still have some room).

But if you need a midday fill, you can satiate your hunger in classic Maltese style at Grano. This little eatery is on St Lucia’s Street, one of Valletta’s charming side alleys, as it slopes down towards the sea.

Grano is famous for its classic sandwiches in Maltese ftira bread, a classic food you must try in Malta. There are a few fillings to choose from. We tried the delicious pulled chicken, washed down with a bottle of ‘Kinnie’, a Maltese soft drink made with bitter orange.

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Afternoon: National War Museum, Upper Barrakka Gardens and 5D movie show

From Grano it’s about a ten-minute walk to St Elmo Fort on the tip of the peninsula. Just right for walking off all that food! For a more scenic (but slightly longer) route, walk across St Lucia’s Street to reach the waterfront, turn right, and then you can enjoy the views of Marsamxett Harbour all the way around to St Elmo.

The National War Museum is housed inside the fort, and showcases Maltese history from the Bronze Age through to the 20th century world wars. The €10 entry fee gives you access to all the exhibitions and the beautiful grounds.

It’s well worth taking some time to explore the outside of the complex and the views over Grand Harbour before perusing the displays and artefacts inside. You can easily while away a couple of educational hours here.

Once you’re done in the museum, take a leisurely walk along Mediterranean Street and Quarry Wharf, taking in more Grand Harbour views, to complete the circuit of Valletta. At the end of Quarry Wharf you will reach Upper Barrakka Gardens, an immaculately cultivated public space of fountains and archways, with a row of black cannons facing out into the harbour. If you get the timing right, you can see a cannon fired at 4pm.

To round off the afternoon, walk across South Street to Malta 5D and catch the last show of the day at 4:30pm. For €10 a ticket, this 18-minute show brings Maltese history to life with a simulated experience incorporating moving seats, sprays of water and blasts of air.

To mix up your itinerary, as an alternative you can try The Malta Experience en route from the National War Museum to the Upper Barrakka Gardens. This is a 45-minute audiovisual show depicting Maltese history. Note that the last show of the day is at 4pm on weekdays and 2pm at weekends. Tickets are €16.

Dinner: Maltese favourites at Café Jubilee

Our favourite spot for traditional Maltese food at very reasonable prices was Café Jubilee. We ate twice at their restaurant in Gzira, which is now closed, but there’s another one in Valletta, so you can stick around in the capital. We tried this one too and it’s just as good!

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The house speciality at Café Jubilee is Maltese ravioli, which is a wholesome local favourite, and great value. They also do rabbit stew (the national dish), various other Maltese staples, and particularly excellent salmon.

Check out our guide to the best things to do in Valletta for more ideas on exploring the capital.

Day 2: Blue Grotto and Mdina

The second day of our itinerary combines one of Malta’s most famous natural landmarks with some of its most important historic sites.

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Morning: visit megalithic temples in Qrendi

The village of Qrendi on the south side of Malta is our base for the morning of day 2. Just a couple of kilometres inland from the famous Blue Grotto on the coast, it’s also within close proximity of some of Malta’s most impressive megalithic ruins.

From Valletta, you can take bus 72 or 74 directly to Qrendi, and from elsewhere you can connect onto these routes. From Valletta it’s about a 30-minute ride; if you arrive in Qrendi for 10am it allows plenty of time for the morning’s sightseeing.

After arriving in Qrendi, walk out of the village south-west on Triq Hagar Qim towards the coast. It’s a lovely area of green countryside, farming fields and bricked walls. After about a kilometre and a half you will reach the site of Hagar Qim, a temple complex built some time between 3,700 and 3,200 BC.

Continue another half-kilometre and you will reach Mnajdra, another temple complex from the same period. These are some of the most ancient sacred sites on earth, and both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Midday: Blue Grotto and a seaside lunch

From Mnajdra, walk back up past Hagar Qim and then east along the main coastal road. After about 20 minutes at a steady pace you will reach the viewpoint for the Blue Grotto. This network of caverns inside the coastal cliffs is one of Malta’s most photographed images. When the sea is calm, you can also take a boat right into it.

After enjoying the view and taking your photos, walk down the hill to the small village of Wied iż-Żurrieq. It should be about lunchtime if you’ve timed it right, and there are a handful of restaurants and cafés to choose from along the waterfront.

We had lunch here with a seafront view and tried local food such as snails, roasted rabbit, and a Maltese sharing platter of platter of cheese, stuffed olives, water crackers and sundried tomato.

The restaurant we ate in (Kingfisher Bar & Grill) has since closed, but there are lots of other options along the seafront. For a real treat you can dine at Alka, one of Malta’s top-rated restaurants. There are cheaper places too, and many of the restaurants offer lunchtime discount (we got 10% off all food and wine!).

In the village you can walk down to the sea inlet where boats to the Blue Grotto depart. Even if you don’t take a boat, it’s a nice spot to enjoy the coastal scenery.

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Afternoon: the fortified medieval city of Mdina

From Wied iż-Żurrieq you can take the 201 bus directly to Rabat (about a 45-minute journey) and alight just a stone’s throw from the walls of Mdina.

This historic citadel was once the capital of Malta, but today is home to less than 300 people. It covers just one square kilometre and is confined within the town of Rabat.

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Entering at the front by the main Mdina Gate over a sandstone bridge, you will immediately come to a courtyard where you will see the National Museum of Natural History and the Dungeons Museum on the right (€5 entry each). Time depending, you can consider dropping into these for insights into Mdina’s history.

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On the left, you will walk past Mdina Glass, where you can shop for the colourful crafted glasswork that is one of Mdina’s trademarks. Continuing into the citadel, there is plenty more to explore around its narrow cobbled streets and quaint old buildings. The most impressive structure is St Paul’s Cathedral, which towers over the buildings around it. The cathedral has a museum as well (entry fee €10).

When you’re done exploring Mdina, there’s one last thing to do before you leave the area. Back outside in Rabat, walk around the corner to Il-Serkin Crystal Palace Bar. This little café, recommended to us by our Maltese host, is an institution among locals and is renowned for making the best pastizzi in Malta. These filled puff-pastry snacks are astonishingly cheap and very tasty – we recommend the peas variety.

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Evening: dinner and drinks in St Julian’s

Luckily, there are a row of bus stops just across the road from Il-Serkin Crystal Palace Bar for the final leg of the day’s journey. Take the 202 bus to St Julian’s; it’s an hour-long ride, but waiting at the end of it, right next to a bus stop, is the welcoming sight of a pub.

It’s not any old pub, either – the City of London Pub is reputedly the oldest in Malta, opened in 1914. It’s a comfy place to have a couple of pints of local Cisk beer before dinner, with a homely atmosphere and uber-friendly bar staff.

There is a huge choice of places to eat dinner around St Julian’s, albeit mostly on the pricey side. We took a liking to a cute little pizzeria called Zeppi’s, but we have since heard that it sadly closed permanently in December 2021.

If you want to keep the evening fun going, you’re in the right place; St Julian’s is the nightlife capital of Malta. There are scores of bars all along the waterfront. On our walk back to Gzira we found a cool little place called Step Down Bar; chilled vibe, cheap wine, beer sold in cans! Our kind of ending to another busy day.

Day 3: day trip to Gozo

The final day of our itinerary focuses on Gozo, the second-largest island in the Maltese archipelago, with its own turbulent history to explore.

It’s possible to find your own way to Gozo, and I explain below how you can do self-guided sightseeing. Alternatively, if you prefer to have the practicalities taken care of, you can book a full day of sightseeing at Gozo, Comino, Blue Lagoon and Sea Caves with GetYourGuide. This tour is excellent value for a whole day’s activities and you can cancel for free up to 24 hours before.

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Morning: ferry transfer and La Cittadella

The journey to Gozo can take quite a while, and so you need to make an early start if you want some quality time on the island. As an example, from Sliema it’s a one-hour bus ride to the Cirkewwa ferry terminal; then a wait of up to 45 minutes to make the 20-minute crossing (€4.65 for a return ticket); once on the other side, there’s another 15-minute bus ride into Gozo’s main city, Victoria.

The timing depends on how much you want to pack into your day, and what you want to see in Gozo. In this suggested itinerary, we recommend aiming to reach La Cittadella in Gozo for around 11am.

The hilltop castle of La Cittadella is a beautiful structure that has been at the fulcrum of Gozitan history for centuries. Serving as a refuge and defence for the island’s people since the medieval period, it has witnessed countless sackings, invasions and uprisings over the years.

In the Visitors’ Centre you can buy a €5 ticket that gives you access to all the museums inside the grounds. In this building you can also see a brilliant 360° audiovisual show depicting the history of the complex.

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Take some time to explore the impressive grounds of the complex. For us, the highlight was the outstanding panoramic view around Gozo island from the top level of the castle.

Within the grounds there is a lot to explore; your ticket gives you access to the Gozo Museum of Archaeology, Gran Castello Historic House, the Old Prison, and the Natural Science Museum.

Lunch in Victoria

Victoria caters heavily for tourists and so there are many places to eat and drink close to La Cittadella. We recommend Tepie’s Coffee Bar, a lovely café and restaurant in a secluded courtyard just a few minutes’ walk away.

Tepie’s has a sheltered outdoor seating area and serves daily specials as well as a standard menu of local food. This was where I tried a hearty Maltese lampuki pie – it’s easy to see why this fish dish is so popular in Malta…

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Afternoon: Ggantija Temples / Salt Pans

The afternoon’s activities are time-dependent; you need to be back in Victoria in good time to make it to the Azure Window ruins for sunset.

One excellent option nearby is the Ggantija Temple complex. This is the most impressive in-tact megalithic ruin site on the Maltese Islands, and is just a 12-minute bus ride away from Victoria. The entry fee is €10.

If you have a little more time, you could instead choose to head out to the Xwejni Salt Pans on the north coast, just past Marsalforn. This journey is about 25 minutes from Victoria by a combination of bus and foot. These rock-cut salt pans, stretching three kilometres along the coast, are intrinsic to the historic tradition of Gozitan sea-salt production, and a pretty awesome sight as well.

Sunset at the Azure Window ruins

The giant rock arch of the Azure Window was Malta’s most recognisable image until it sadly collapsed during storms in 2017. The ruin site remains a place of stunning coastal scenery; and facing west into the sea, it’s tailor-made for sunsets.

The 311 bus from Victoria runs directly to the Azure Window ruins site in just 15 minutes. Check the sunset time beforehand, and aim to arrive at least 20 minutes beforehand. Keep an eye out for the stunning Basilica of the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu on the right-hand side about half-way along the journey.

The rocky area by the ruin site can get quite busy for sunset, so take some time to pick your spot. Then, all that’s left to do is relax and watch.

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Dinner at Country Terrace

It’s time for one last Maltese meal before taking the ferry back to Malta island. Just up the hill from the ferry terminal at Mgarr is Country Terrace, a restaurant with great elevated ocean views and cracking food. This place was recommended to us by two different residents of Malta when we asked for ideas.

At €12–16 for main dishes it’s a bit more expensive than usual for our style, but why not end your trip with a special treat?

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How much does this Malta itinerary cost?

The following sample costing for two people covers all domestic transport, accommodation, food, drink and activities in this itinerary:

  • Accommodation: three nights in a self-catered apartment in Sliemafor two people: €210
  • Transport: two unlimited journeys bus passes plus return ferry tickets: €51
  • Food and drink: all meals and evening drinks: €213
  • Activities / entry fees (including Valletta street food tour): €176
  • Total: €650

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For backpackers on a tighter budget, there are many ways you could bring these costs down. For example, cooking your own food would make a significant saving on the biggest cost area, or you can stay in one of the many excellent hostels around Paceville.

More ideas for your Malta itinerary

Looking to spend more time in Malta? This itinerary covers many of the highlights, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg. There’s a lot more to see and do.

Sunset cruise to Comino and the Blue Lagoon

With 3 days in Malta there is a lot of opportunity to explore the amazing azure waters around the islands, and the quirky features of the coastline. We took a sunset cruise to the Blue Lagoon, beaches and bays from St Paul’s Bay on a return trip to Malta, as we wanted to see more of the islands from this perspective.

The great thing about doing the sunset catamaran cruise is that you get to experience the Mediterranean waters by both daylight and night. It’s roughly a five-hour trip, so you get a lot of bang for your buck.

The cruise stops at interesting spots such as Popeye Village, the purpose-built filming location for the movie Popeye starring Robin Williams. When you reach the Blue Lagoon you can jump in for a swim and go snorkelling. The jump from the boat is lots of fun!

Just before sunset there’s an island stop-off where you can take a short hike inland for some great views. BBQ dinner is optional, and definitely worth it! After dark there is music and a flowing bar as you cruise back to St Paul’s Bay, seeing the lit-up coastline gradually approaching. Perfect.

This cruise could fit neatly into our suggested 3-day Malta itinerary at the end of a day in Gozo instead of sunset at the Azure Window ruins.

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Game of Thrones tourism

In recent years, Malta has gained fame as a filming location for Game of Thrones. Many of the old sets are now tourist attractions. Want to see a whole bunch of them? You can take a tour of the various iconic sites with Malta Film Tours.

Wine tours

Wine has been produced in Malta for over 2,000 years. Although dwarfed by the nearby giants of Italy, France and Spain, Malta is gaining increasing recognition internationally for its wines.

Check out Visit Malta for details of vineyards around the islands where you can take tours and tasting sessions. If your visit is in August, you may just be lucky enough to coincide with the Valletta Wine Festival.

Scuba diving

If you’re up for getting in the ocean, Malta is one of the best places in Europe to try scuba diving. Its warm Mediterranean climate is conducive to diving, and there is a multitude of beautiful rock formations and marine life to discover under the water.

Furthermore, Malta’s history of maritime conflict has left the surrounding seas littered with fascinating real-life shipwrecks to discover.

We went scuba diving in Malta with Watercolours Dive Centre, and it was a great day out with a friendly and attentive team. You can read all about our experience here.

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Segway tour to Dingli Cliffs

To experience the historical rural villages and picturesque coastline of Malta in an alternative way, you can take a tour by segway and see the beautiful sheer faces of the Dingli Cliffs. The village of Dingli itself dates back over 2,800 years, and nearby you can also see the 16th-century Verdala Palace.

When is the best time to visit Malta?

Malta’s warm Mediterranean climate makes it a great place to travel all-year round, with 300 days of sunshine on average per year. Summer (from June to August) is the high tourist season, with temperatures soaring over 30°C and the sea at its most calm.

We loved visiting in winter (December to March – our trip was in January). The temperature is mild, around 10–16°C, perfect for getting about on foot. It’s also much quieter and pleasant to explore with far fewer tourists around! Did I mention that everything is cheaper too? Check out our article on visiting Malta in winter for more.

The shoulder seasons of April–May and September–October are a good option for warm weather without peak tourist crowds. The rainiest months are November and December.

How to get around Malta

When you first arrive in Malta, the first thing you will need to do is get from the airport to your accommodation. You can book an airport transfer with GetYourGuide, which is particularly good value when you are travelling in a group. We arranged our airport transfer in advance of our trip, and it was great not to have to worry about transport after we landed.

Our preferred mode of transport for exploring Malta is the excellent public bus service. It’s efficient, easy to use, and there are routes that cover all of the main sites around Malta and Gozo.

As such, this itinerary is based on using bus transport, and we’ve included information on the services you can take for each journey. You can find full information on schedules and prices on the Malta Public Transport website.

We would recommend buying a travel card rather than paying for individual journeys. The best option will depend on your exact itinerary; we used the seven-day unlimited journeys travel card. Take a look on the website above to assess the options and decide which will work best for you.

To visit Gozo island, you can take ferries from the port at Cirkewwa in Malta for a standard return fare of €4.65.

Note that the frequency of services is seasonal. During the winter, bus and ferry services are scaled back due to lower demand. Visiting in the low season ourselves, we didn’t find this to be too much of a problem.

Another option for getting around Malta is to hire a car. Daily rental prices are cheap, and the road network is very well developed (driving is on the left-hand side). To find the best price, you can search car hire options on

Find out more in detail in our complete guide to getting around Malta.

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Are 3 days enough for Malta? ›

Is 3 days enough in Malta? 3 days in Malta is an ideal amount of time to see the major sites, such as Game of Thrones and Gladiator's filming locations, the Ġgantija Temples in Gozo, St. John's Cathedral in Valletta, and the country's capital city.

How many days do you need to explore Malta? ›

Many people wonder for Malta how many days are actually needed and the perfect answer can be 4 days. You can dedicate a day to each of the major places/cities and learn about Malta's culture, history, and of course, food!

How to spend 3 days in Valletta? ›

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Where not to stay in Malta? ›

The only real areas of concern are Paceville (the centre of nightlife in Malta, which is part of St. Julian's), the localities of Gżira and Sliema (in the same area) and the outskirts of the harbour-side village of Marsa.

How much money do I need for 3 days in Malta? ›

Budget-Friendly Travel Planning. How much money will you need for your trip to Malta? You should plan to spend around €288 ($318) per day on your vacation in Malta, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

What months are best for Malta? ›

Spring and early summer, April, May and June is the best time to visit Malta. The weather is not hot (sunny days and the nights are cool) and there are fewer tourists. You'll able to swim if you don't mind the slightly cooler waters.

Can you walk between the 3 cities in Malta? ›

Exploring the Three Cities can be done in a single day via a combination of walking and Grand Harbour taxi boat transfers. If you read on, I'll detail my itinerary and include some highlights you'll want to add to yours.

What is the best way to tour Malta? ›

The public bus service on Malta and Gozo is a good way to get around as buses serve the major tourist areas, go practically everywhere and are inexpensive and efficient. You can downlaod a Route Map from here. Renting a car is a good option if you want to get to the farther reaches of the island.

Which is better Malta or Sicily? ›

Malta is much smaller and more modern, but it has a lot of unique attractions and things to do such as the UNESCO megalithic temples – some of the oldest in the world. So the difference between these two islands is that Sicily is bigger, greener and offers visitors a chance to explore its vast history and culture.

Can you get around in Malta without a car? ›

Unlike most countries, the Islands of Malta do not require a car to get around because of their small size. There are many different efficient ways of exploring the Island, which all prove to be an experience in themselves.

How do you explore the Three Cities in Malta? ›

How to get there – Bus, tours car and ferry
  1. Buses to The Three Cities. By bus, the trip to the Three Cities takes about 15 minutes from Valletta. ...
  2. Hop-on-hop-off.
  3. Take a tour around the Three Cities. ...
  4. Cross the Grand Harbour by Water Taxi. ...
  5. Visiting by car. ...
  6. A trip by traditional dgħajsa boat from Birgu to Isla.

Is Malta friendly to American tourists? ›

Malta is generally a very safe place to visit, but like anywhere with visitors, bag-snatching, pickpocketing and other petty crime can occur particularly in nightclubs, on the beach and at markets and transport hubs. Thieves might also target ATMs and parked cars. Thieves target people using ATMs.

What is the downside of Malta? ›

Cons: Malta is small and densely populated, so if you like a lot of space and natural diversity, it may not be your cup of tea. And you'll need to be prepared for the annual influx of summer tourists if you decide to live in a popular, historic area.

What is the most beautiful part of Malta? ›

9 Most Beautiful Places in Malta
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  • Mdina. ...
  • San Anton Gardens. ...
  • Popeye Village. ...
  • Dingli Cliffs. ...
  • Marsaxlokk. ...
  • The Three Cities. ...
  • Comino/The Blue Lagoon. No round-up of Malta's most beautiful places would be complete without mentioning the island of Comino and its Blue Lagoon.

What food is Malta known for? ›

Traditional Maltese food is rustic and based on the seasons. Look out for Lampuki Pie (fish pie), Rabbit Stew, Bragioli (beef olives), Kapunata, (Maltese version of ratatouille), and widow's soup, which includes a small round of Gbejniet (sheep or goat's cheese).

How long can an American stay in Malta? ›

Malta is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Malta for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.

Do I need to take cash to Malta? ›

Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in Malta, although American Express will sometimes be refused because of the relatively high fees they impose on retailers. It's worth carrying some local cash, just in case you run into a problem.

Which month is the coldest in Malta? ›

In the coldest month – January – the typical maximum temperature ranges from 12 to 20 °C (54 to 68 °F) during the day and the minimum from 6 to 12 °C (43 to 54 °F) at night.

What are the cheapest months to go to Malta? ›

When is the cheapest time to go to Malta? Typically, Malta is at its most expensive during Easter and the school holidays between July and August. You'll find a good compromise on price and weather in June and September when the kids are back at school and the weather is still warm and sunny.

Does Malta get cold at night? ›

Does it get cold in Malta? During the colder months of the year (Nov-Mar) it can get cold at night. Wind and humidity can cause otherwise warm-sounding temperatures to feel significantly colder.

What is the cheapest way to get around in Malta? ›

The bus is the cheapest way to get around the island.

Maltese buses are also the only means of public transport in Malta, there is no metro or tramway on the island. A standard bus ticket costs 1.5 euros, 2 euros in summer and 3 euros for the night bus.

How do I get to the 3 cities from Valletta? ›

The Ferry service between Valletta, the Three Cities and Sliema is an excellent way to explore the areas around Malta's capital during your stay in Valletta. The ferry runs from early morning till late evening, and in the busier summer, it even runs till midnight. A day-return adult ticket is just €2.80 per person.

What are the top 3 cities in Malta? ›

The Three Cities can rightly claim to be the cradle of Maltese history, as Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua have provided a home and fortress to almost every people who settled on the Islands.

What you should know before going to Malta? ›

11 Things To Know Before Visiting Malta
  • Cover up.
  • The Maltese speak English, too.
  • Everybody knows everybody.
  • Drivers drive in the shade.
  • Leave plenty of time to go shopping.
  • Free hospital care for the British.
  • The tap water is safe.
  • What goes up, must come down.

Is Uber available in Malta? ›

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What country is Malta most similar to? ›

As a Mediterranean island that is completely independent from any other country, Malta is a pleasant mix of cultures, drawing strong influences from Italy and Great Britain.

Why is Malta so popular? ›

Malta is famous for its beautiful architecture, scenic cliffs, breathtaking coastline and dive sites. The island nation has a long and fascinating cultural heritage reflected in its UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the ancient city of Valletta, the Megalithic Temples of Malta, and the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum.

How long is ferry from Malta to Sicily? ›

Ferry duration from Malta to Sicily ranges from 1 hour and 45 minutes to 4 hours 15 minutes depending on the ferry route. The fastest ferry from Malta to Sicily is on the Valletta to Pozzallo ferry in approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. The distance from Valletta to Pozzallo is 52 nautical miles.

Is Malta a walkable city? ›

Walks generally range from 3 to 17km, and include Valetta, heritage trails, coastal walks and explorations inland, including the 30km 'Victoria Lines' route between Mgarr and Bahar ic-Caghaq. Malta offers year-round walking.

Which area of Malta is the best to stay? ›

If you're wondering which is better, Valletta or Sliema, know that both locations are fantastic places to stay in Malta. Valletta is Malta's stunning, baroque capital, ideal for luxury and cosmopolitan travellers. Sliema is ideal for all round travellers for accessing bars, restaurants, and shopping.

Can you walk around all of Malta? ›

You are able to walk the entirety of the Maltese coastline and the variety that can be found from the rural countryside, to historical fortifications through to beautiful bays and sheer cliff-faces. The entirety of the coast should probably be broken down into smaller chunks of around 4-6 hours each.

Can I drive in Malta with a US license? ›

Driving in Malta with your US driving licence is perfectly fine and legal, but only if you drive in Malta for less than 12 months. After that, you'll have to get a Maltese licence.

Can US citizens drive in Malta? ›

Can I drive my car in Malta? Yes, although most foreign drivers hire a car on the island as it's easier.

Is it safe to take a taxi in Malta? ›

The white taxis are official cabs that must undergo strict regulations and have set licenses from the government. On the other hand, black cabs are unregulated and privately owned. We suggest only taking the white taxis in Malta as these are much safer and monitored.

Can you walk the whole island of Malta? ›

You are able to walk the entirety of the Maltese coastline and the variety that can be found from the rural countryside, to historical fortifications through to beautiful bays and sheer cliff-faces. The entirety of the coast should probably be broken down into smaller chunks of around 4-6 hours each.

What is the most visited city in Malta? ›

1. Valletta. Valletta dates back to the 1500s, one of Malta's points of interest and the island's capital. No trip to the best cities in Malta to visit is complete without a visit to Valletta, as it stands out to be one of the most authentic capital cities of Europe.

Is Valletta Malta walkable? ›

Valletta is a compact, pleasant, and charming city to walk in, with little vehicle traffic and lots of history and stories.

Is 4 days in Malta too long? ›

Malta is one of the most beautiful destinations in southern Europe, enjoying a fantastic climate all year long. Spending 4 days in Malta will give you a good impression of the small island-state, and you'll have enough time to relax and enjoy.

Is it worth going to Malta for 2 days? ›

Is 2 days in Malta enough? We usually spend a weekend in Malta. We have been there several times, and we think that two days in Malta is a minimum to feel the atmosphere of the island. If you want to explore Gozo island, the Blue Lagoon and relax on the beach, we recommend going to Malta for a week.

Is it worth visiting the Three Cities in Malta? ›

The Three Cities is an important historic urban area, making a visit one of the best things to do in Malta. To be clear they aren't the only three cities of Malta. It's just the name for these close neighbourhoods, and there are far more than three on Malta.

What is the best way to see Malta? ›

The best way to travel in Malta is by boat and you really should not spend any time there without setting foot on a boat! There are loads of Malta boat trips to choose from too. Just don't do the one that takes you all the way around the island.

Can you walk around Malta in a day? ›

You are able to walk the entirety of the Maltese coastline and the variety that can be found from the rural countryside, to historical fortifications through to beautiful bays and sheer cliff-faces. The entirety of the coast should probably be broken down into smaller chunks of around 4-6 hours each.

What is so special about Malta? ›

Malta offers many diverse types of activities to suit the entire family. From walking around Valletta, the walled capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the famous beaches, boating, and historic sites, there's a great deal to see and do on the islands.

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