Looking for a travel guide to Malta? Reading to visit an English-speaking country with great beaches, amazing food, and a favorable exchange rate? Me, too!
Today Afef, a Malta native, is sharing her best Malta travel tips – what to do, where to go, and how to do it all safely, cheaply, and respectfully!
Malta may be one of the smallest countries, but it’s the seventh most densely populated country in the world, so prepare yourself to meet and greet people! The Maltese archipelago is actually made up of 3 islands – Malta (the largest), Gozo and Comino.
Maltese and English are both official languages in Malta and the vast majority of the population can speak English and are always willing to help you with directions if you’re lost!
Being such a small country Malta unfortunately doesn’t vary much geographically (there are no mountains apart from some low rolling hills) – but it offers some of the best and cleanest beaches and great nightlife with lots to do around. On the bright side of this – you can easily travel from one tip to the other of the island in under 45 minutes!
Must Do in Malta
Go to a beach
Grab your sunscreen and a hat as it can get really hot in the summer season – temperatures nearing 40 degrees Celsius are not a rarity! Fortunately, Malta has plenty of beaches where you can cool down.
Whether you want to try a sandy beach, a rocky beach, a shallow beach or deep sea water – you’re set! You can choose to visit all the types of beaches in a day if you like!
Gozo and Comino also offer a variety of amazing beaches – most popular is the Blue Lagoon
in Comino where the water is a clear, aquamarine shade found nowhere else in the islands.
Grab a bargain at the street markets
These markets are a great way to score a bargain. There are various markets around the island on various days, the most famous is the Sunday market at Marsaxlokk
. If you love fish I suggest you visit this market to purchase the freshest catch of the day (and if you love bingo – there’s a huge open air game organized each Sunday afternoon!).
If you prefer traditional shopping, don’t worry – we Maltese love shopping. The capital of Valletta
, the towns of Sliema
, and many other towns all have a prominent shopping centre containing everything from luxury brands to even cheapo ones – your wallet is not safe!
Enjoy the Maltese Nightlife
Maltese people love love love to go out – you can barely find anyone at home on a Saturday night! There are also a lot of bars and discos strewn around the island – but the leader is Paceville
which is the country’s number one nightlife spot.
Imagine – a whole little town made up of nothing but bars, discos and nightclubs and no matter what you’re into (rock music, commercial music, rap and hip hop, karaoke, salsa bars or even gentlemens’ clubs) you’re bound to find it here.
There are also huge parties and gigs happening all year long. Just make sure you’re over 17 years old and have an ID card on you before trying to get into clubs – you don’t want to get into any trouble, right?
Fiesta Malta Style
If you’re in the country in summer then you must visit a traditional Maltese Festa
A Festa is held to celebrate the patron saint of a town/village. Even if you’re not religious, you can still enjoy yourself watching colourful fireworks (both in the sky and on land) and eating at traditional food stalls.
You can attend the traditional “Sunday Morning Marc” where people gather, slather themselves in their patron saint’s colours, get drunk on beer, and run around the streets in a group accompanied by a traditional marching band. Sometimes they pick fights with the competitor groups!