Rich in history, with beautiful beaches and memorable attractions, Malta makes a perfect holiday destination. Whether you're looking for a bit of history and culture or some well-needed relaxation, there's plenty to see and do on this island. Discover the best ways to explore Malta below.
Stroll The Streets
The capital of Malta, the City of Valetta, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its narrow streets are perfect to explore on foot. Many of the charming buildings date back hundreds of years, and mix with minimal modern architecture. A walk around Valetta will take allow you to take in Malta attractions like historical forts, baroque buildings, the Grand Harbour, and the Palace of the Grand Masters.
On the other side of the Grand Harbour from Valetta are 'The Three Cities' of Cospicua, Vittoriosa and Senglea, also worth exploring on foot. It's easy to spend an afternoon strolling around the medieval streets among fortifications, baroque gateways, churches, museums and docks.
Once you've explored Malta's towns there are lots of bars and restaurants to recharge in. The cuisine in Malta takes influence from many cultures, giving way to some succulent Mediterranean dishes. Try locally caught seafood, tasty Ħobż tal-Malti (filled Maltese bread), or sweet kannoli.
Discover The Past
Malta has an incredibly rich history for visitors to explore. Start your journey at the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta. Inside you’ll see sculptures and artifacts dating back 7,000 years, learn about Malta's history, and discover the best sites to visit.
A memorable Malta attraction is the extraordinary Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. An underground necropolis dating back at least 5,000 years, Hal Saflieni Hypogeum is a labyrinth of halls, chambers and passages carved into rock. Another one of a kind glimpse into Malta’s history can be found at the atmospheric underground Roman cemeteries of St. Paul’s Catacombs, located near Mdina.
Other unique Malta attractions which evoke the past are the megalithic temples on the island. The most well-known are the amazing temples of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra, which also have a great visitor centre.
Psst! Check out the city's top historic festivals.
Enjoy The Golden Sun
Malta is renowned for its sunny days, pleasant temperature and blue seas. Visitors to the island will find themselves spoiled for choice when it comes to relaxing on a beach or having fun in the water. One of the most beautiful beaches in Malta is Ghadira Bay near Mellieha, a large sandy beach with great facilities for sunbathers. Popular Golden Bay is another beautiful Malta beach to head if you want to relax on a sunbed with a good book.
Near the picturesque town of St. Julian's is Balluta Bay, whose deep blue water makes a particularly good place to head to if you want to try some snorkelling. St. Julian's promenade is also a lovely place for a stroll, and the town is home to some fantastic restaurants.