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If any country knows how to do romance, it’s Malta. With sunset views over the Dingli Cliffs, evening saunters through the lamp-lit Mdina, and the archipelago’s many secluded beaches and bays, it’s incredibly difficult not to be swept away by Malta’s charms. Whether you’re planning a couple’s minibreak, a honeymoon, or a memorable proposal, take a look at our guide to Malta’s most romantic locations for the ultimate dreamy escape.
Kick-start a romantic day out with a private tour in a traditional brightly painted fishing boat known as a luzzu. A key spot to look out for is the Blue Grotto, a spectacular 30m high natural limestone cave formation. According to mythology, it was here that sea nymphs captivated sailors with their charms—perfect if you’re planning to do some wooing yourself.
Set on the coastline of the historic town of Valletta, Barrakka Gardens is a slice of peace and quiet in the capital city. With Roman-style arches and captivating views over the Grand Harbour, the upper section of the gardens is particularly picturesque, while the lower part makes for a charming walk through lush vegetation. As you explore, make sure to stop by the garden’s many classical statues for a window into Maltese history.
The Inland Sea
Hidden away on the serene island of Gozo, a quick ferry from Malta, is the breathtakingly beautiful Inland Sea. Once you’ve had a dip in the crystal-clear salt-water lagoon, a luzzu will take you on a cool glide through a natural arch in the limestone cliff-face into the open Mediterranean Sea. Steal a romantic moment in the shadowy ambiance of the cave before continuing on to take in ocean views of Gozo’s pretty coastline and the dramatic 60m Fungus Rock.
A romantic trip just isn’t complete without a sunset viewing. For the ultimate vistas, hike to the highest point in the Maltese islands, the Dingli Cliffs. Take a perch near the tiny chapel dedicated to St Mary Magdalene and watch as the setting sun transforms the sky into a whole spectrum of colours. If that’s not enough to make you fall in love with the place (and each other), then just wait for Malta’s romantic trump card—a full blanket of stars.
A slow evening saunter along Valletta’s picturesque promenade—with its gracious Baroque warehouses lit up on one side and a sparkling view across the harbour on the other—offers one of Malta’s most romantic settings. Take it all in from a scenic table at one of the waterfront’s many bars and restaurants, or treat yourselves to a gelato to go.
By day, the narrow streets, ornate arches and imposing Baroque architecture within the fortified walls of Mdina are a delight to explore. Head here after sunset, however, and you’ll find it’s even more charming. Lamp-lit streets lend a distinctly romantic vibe, and if you follow the softly lit lanes to Mdina’s medieval bastions, you’ll discover dramatic panoramic views across Malta’s twinkling landscapes. Take a bottle of something special for the perfect al-fresco celebration.