A guide to the most essential experiences to enjoy on the island.
Nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is an idyllic island that has captured the hearts of travellers for centuries. From its rich history and stunning architecture to its pristine beaches and world-class dining, this charming destination offers something for everyone.
Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned holidaymaker, there’s no shortage of experiences that are worth adding to your Malta bucket list. Here, we’ll guide you through some of the most essential things to see and do on this sun-kissed island.
Dive into Blue Lagoon
One of Malta’s most popular tourist spots, the Blue Lagoon is a sight to behold. This crystal-clear lagoon is surrounded by a pristine white sandy beach and otherworldly rocky formations, making it an ideal spot for swimming and snorkelling. Take a boat trip from Malta to Comino and spend a day in paradise, immersing yourself in the warm turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon. While in Comino, be sure to also explore the charming Santa Marija Watchtower, built by the Knights, and the abandoned Isolation Hospital, a fascinating relic of British rule in the 1890s.
Relax on Golden Bay
Golden Bay is one of Malta’s most picturesque Blue Flag beaches, and it’s a must-visit for anyone looking to soak up the sun and unwind. With its cinnamon sands and clear blue waters, this sandy beach is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and soaking up the island’s relaxed vibe. As one of Malta’s busiest beaches during the summer months, Golden Bay is also a hub of activity, with restaurants and bars in the area for a quick bite or drink.
Explore the Silent City of Mdina
A fortified medieval town, Mdina is a fascinating destination for history and architecture buffs. Nicknamed the “silent city,” Mdina is home to an array of ancient buildings and monuments, including the impressive Palazzo Falson and Palazzo Vilhena, and the breathtaking St. Paul’s Cathedral, which is home to many Baroque masterpieces. Fans of Game of Thrones will want to pay a visit to Mdina Gate, St. Dominic’s Priory, and Mesquita Square, which served as the backdrop for some of the show’s most iconic scenes.
Indulge in a day of luxury at a private lido
For a more exclusive swimming experience in Malta, why not enjoy a day at a private lido? At the 5-star Corinthia St George’s Bay, guests are treated to an exclusive escape with unparalleled access to the open-air pools and breathtaking views of the sea. Relax and soak up the sun on a poolside lounger or take a dip in the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean for a more authentic experience. And for those seeking even more adventure, the lido’s watersports centre and diving school offer a range of exciting activities. After a day of sun and sea, indulge in the exquisite dining experiences at White Olive Restaurant & Lounge. With its menu of delicious Mediterranean cuisine, it’s the perfect place to cap off a day of luxury at the lido.
Escape to sister island Gozo
Gozo is Malta’s sister island, and it’s the perfect place to get away from the crowds and immerse yourself in the island’s rugged landscapes and charming villages. Spend a day exploring Gozo’s rich history, or simply relax on one of its many beaches. If you’re visiting the island for the first time, be sure to visit the ancient Citadella and the sleepy village of Nadur. You may also wish to check out some of Gozo’s best swimming spots, including Ramla l-Hamra, Daħlet Qorrot, and the Dwejra (Inland Sea) which is home to the fallen Azure Window and is one of Malta’s best diving sites.
Dine al fresco in Valletta
Malta’s capital, Valletta, is a vibrant cultural hub that, in recent years, has become a definite foodie haven. With its abundance of historic sites and monuments, Valletta is a great place to visit for a bit of culture, and its home to plenty of fabulous restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy a meal al fresco. Some of the best places to dine outdoors in Valletta include Merchants Street and Strait Street, where you’ll find a wide range of Mediterranean and Maltese cuisine to savour.
Experience the sights and sounds of Marsaxlokk market
Marsaxlokk is a small fishing village on the south coast of Malta, which is home to one of the island’s most popular markets. The Sunday market, which overlooks a colourful flotilla of luzzu boats bobbing in the pretty marins, is a great place to buy souvenirs and artisanal crafts, such as bizzilla (Maltese lace), and you can also find a wide variety of fresh seafood, traditional biscuits and bakes, and other local specialties. The promenade just beyond the market is lined with restaurants, making it a great place to try some of Malta’s finest traditional seafood dishes, such as lampuki and octopus stew.