Malta has fast become one of my favourite countries in the world. From it’s beautiful cliff edges, to stunning architecture, and friendly locals to clear waters, it is an island with many sides. I spent a week in Malta in July with the family, and we explored the whole island from top to bottom. Here are my favourite thing to do and see in Malta…
1. Comino Island and the Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is famous in Comino for its mesmerising waters and jaw-dropping scenery. It’s well worth a trip as you can go snorkelling and swim in the cool clear waters and the take in the area’s dazzling beauty. Only 3.5 square kilometres, Comino is car-free and apart from one hotel, is virtually uninhabited but it does have the stunning Blue Lagoon. And other beaches on the island include Santa Marija Bay and San Niklaw Bay. Read my full post on visiting the Blue Lagoon here.
2. Popeye Village
After a couple of days exploring Malta we decided to jump on a bus from Mellieha and go visit the famous local attraction, Popeye Village. Located in Anchor bay and just a short journey from Mellieha by bus, the village includes the original film set from the 1980’s film which starred the legendary actor Robin Williams, and the new addition to the village is the inflatable obstacle course which was a big hit with both children and adults! This beautiful cove is one of Malta’s biggest tourist attractions with most of the film set still intact. Read my full post on visiting here.
3. Valletta and the Three Cities
If you are visiting Malta, you’ve got to visit the countries capital Valletta at least once. This stunning, yet small city is memorable and exceptional, from the cafes dotted along it’s white stone streets, to the views from the Upper Barrakka Gardens, everything about this city is stunning and it’s a must visit if you are in Malta. Read my full post on visiting Valletta here.
4. Mdina and Rabat
On our third day in Malta we jumped on a bus from Mellieha and headed over to The Silent City, Mdina. Sitting on top of a hill overlooking large parts of Malta, Mdina is a small town, rich in history and surrounded by tall bastion fortifications. Today Mdina is a major tourist attraction recognised internationally as an important UNESCO World Heritage Site (currently on its tentative list). Read my full post on visiting here.
5. Sliema and St Julian’s
Sliema and St. Julian’s area are where things are happening right now. They are Malta’s capital for entertainment, shopping, nightlife, dining, upmarket property and accommodation and living the good life in general. In fact, a large percentage of businesses listed on this online travel guide are actually situated in or around this area. Connected by a lovely seafront promenade, with shimmering Mediterranean views, this collection of districts merge into one another, and are packed with shops, restaurants and bars.
6. Mellieha and Mellieha Bay
This is where we based ourselves during our week long trip to Malta, staying at the Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa. Mellieħa is a large village or small town in the Northern Region of Malta and has a population of 10,087. Mellieħa is a tourist resort, popular for its sandy beaches and natural environment, and is split into three areas; Mellieha (old town), Mellieha Heights (on the hill overlooking the Bay) and Mellieha Bay (where you will find most hotels and restaurants).
7. Ħaġar Qim
Ħaġar Qim is a megalithic temple complex found on the Mediterranean island of Malta, dating from the Ġgantija phase (3600-3200 BC). The Megalithic Temples of Malta are among the most ancient religious sites on Earth, described by the World Heritage Sites committee as “unique architectural masterpieces.” In 1992 UNESCO recognized Ħaġar Qim and four other Maltese megalithic structures as World Heritage Sites. A visit to Ħaġar Qim is just magical and a must-visit when visiting the island of Malta.
8. Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto is one of Malta’s most visited sites and is a number of sea caverns on the south east coast of Malta, a short distance off the fishermen’s harbour of Wied iż-Żurrieq of Qrendi, Malta. The location of the caves, combined with the rays of sunlight, lead to the seawater mirroring and showing numerous shades of blue on the cave walls and ceilings. The several caverns inside the grotto mirror the brilliant phosphorescent colours of the underwater flora and fauna, whilst other caverns show a deep dark shade of blue. Underwater, different colors of red, mauve, green, orange and yellow give an impressive and most welcoming picture to its visitors and are a sight to see!
9. Gozo and The Citadel
In case you’re confused, Gozo isn’t in Malta, it’s next door. Because the two islands are so close to each other they are often referred to as Malta & Gozo. The Republic of Malta is an archipelago, and it consists of 3 inhabited islands and more less significant uninhabited islands (about 11). The three important islands are Malta, Gozo and Comino, where you can find the Blue Lagoon. Gozo has a population of over 30,000 people, and despite being much smaller than Malta is well worth a day exploring the island. Victoria Citadel is the most visited point on the island, just after the Tal Mixta cave. I would definitely recommend you to visit Victoria Citadel during sunset, as you might see some of the most beautiful views in Europe! The sunset was really impressive, and you can also have dinner inside the Citadella for that real Gozo experience.
10. Dingli Cliffs
Dingli is a village in the Northern Region of Malta, with a population of 3,608 as of March 2014. The village lies on a plateau some 250 metres above sea level, which is one of the highest points of Malta and thus has become a great tourist attraction due to the amazing views it offers from the cliffs. The area provides not only open sea views over the tiny, uninhabited isle of Filfla, but is also a good vantage point over Malta. From the cliffs there are also views of the nearby Buskett Gardens and Verdala Palace.
I flew to Malta with the wonderful team at Jet2 Holidays on a package holiday, including flights, accommodation and transfers. We stayed at the lovely Maritim Antonine Hotel in Mellieha Bay. For more information and to book your own trip to Malta visit Jet2 Holidays.