The Maltese Islands

The Archipelago of Malta and Gozo are a small group of islands bubbling with sunny weather, historical buildings and Architectures, ancient Ruins, beautiful sandy beaches, picturesque country side and friendly Maltese people.  These islands are considered one of the safest countries in Europe .

Different itineraries are suggested, depending on the individual’s interests. Malta also has the most  vibrant venues for fabulous nightlife especially during summer time.

Must see

  • Mdina – The old capital
  • Valletta – Capital City
  • Marsaxlokk – Typical Fishing Village
  • The three Cities – Bormla, Birgu, Isla
  • Dingli Cliffs
  • Golden Bay / Ghadira Bay
  • Dwejra – Gozo
  • Ggantija Temple – Gozo
  • Mnajdra Temples – Malta
  • Comino Island

Top Tourist Attractions

  • Dingli Cliffs
  • Dwejra – Gozo
  • Ghajn Tuffieha/ Ghadira Bay
  • Marsaxlokk – Typical Fishing Village
  • Mdina – The old capital
  • The Three Cities
  • Valletta – Capital City

Top Things to See in Malta

There are lots of things to see and do in Malta, one of the best destinations on the European continent. Here are the top tourist attractions in Malta.


The old capital Mdina, a medieval town situated in the centre of the island is the old capital of Malta. Punic remains discovered beyond the city’s walls indicate the importance of this region to Malta’s Phoenician settlers. Mdina is also known as the silent city by Maltese and tourists alike.

Valletta – Capital City

Valletta is Malta’s capital city and is located in the central-eastern portion of the island. This city is popular with tourist and historians for the fact that it is surrounded by bastions and gardens built by the Knights of Saint John. Valletta’s main attractions include many museums, palaces, beautiful old churches, art galleries, restaurants, bars and various shops.

The City of Valletta is recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Marsaxlokk – Typical Fishing Village

Marsaxlokk is a typical mediterranean fishing village located in the south eastern part of Malta and its name comes from marsa, which means “port” and xlokk, which is the local name for south east.

With it’s picturesque seaside location, Marsaxlokk is the main fishing village. It is common to see  fishing nets spread on the quay to dry in the sun and, quite often, fishermen can be seen mending these nets using traditional methods. This place has charm and gives a feeling of peace and serenity. One can notice  many decorative “eyed” boats, called luzzu, these eyes are believed to protect the boats, and its owners, from the evil eye.

On Sundays an open air market is set to sell various species of fish freshly caught , souvenirs, clothing, home decorations, plants and some delicious typical maltese food. Marsaxlokk also offers some great walks through country side, cliffs  and rocky bays .

It takes about 35 minutes from Valletta by public bus to reach Marsaxlokk.

The Three Cities

The Three Cities consist of the three fortified port cities of Cospicua, Vittoriosa, and Senglea, which are surrounded by the mighty fortifications built by the Knights of St John. These cities are very similar to the capital city of Valletta and have unique features such as old palaces, war and maritime museums, charming alleyways and remarkable architectural buildings.


Dingli Cliffs

Dingli Cliffs are situated on the west coast of Malta. These majestic cliffs rise up to 250 metres above sea level, which is the highest point of Malta. The area provides open sea views over the tiny, uninhabited isle of Filfla .

These cliffs offer views of nearby Buskett Gardens and Verdala Palace and this area is ideal for walking and relaxing.


Ghajn Tuffieha/ Ghadira Bay

Għajn Tuffieħa bay is very popular with tourists and locals alike because of its natural beauty and crystal clear sea. This area provides great hiking tracks leading to Gnejna bay, another amazing sandy beach.

Ghadira Bay is the largest sandy beach in the northwestern part of Malta and is especially popular with tourist and locals during the summer months. This beach offers all commodities and entertainment that one could need for a relaxing day at the beach.

Dwejra – Gozo

The Azure Window is the most spectacular natural landmark in the Maltese archipelago. It features a table-like rock over the sea and is one of the most photographed rock formations of the Maltese Islands. It is better viewed in the winter months when waves crash high inside the arch. The Blue Hole and inland sea, which are situated a few meters away from the Azure Window are very popular with divers. During the summer months one can opt to take a 20 minute boat trip from the inland sea out to the Azure Window.

Malta Tours

Looking to touring Malta? Here are sample tours to Malta.

Day 1 – Mdina and Valletta

Day 2 – The Three Cities

Day 3 – Take a trip to Comino Island

Day 4 – Marsaxlokk , Dingli Cliffs and Mnajdra Temples (take the hop-on-hop-off bus)

Day 5 – Take the ferry for a whole day in Gozo and visit Dwejra, Citadella and the Ggantija Temple

Day 6 – Go for a swim at Ghadira or Golden bay – Weather permitting

Day 7 – Sliema Waterfront. Take flight back home


One can find all types of accommodations in Malta and Gozo, with most of the Hotels, Guest houses and Hostels offering good standard of service with all amenities necessary.

Considering that Malta and Gozo are small islands it is convenient to stay at one location. You can choose from the most urban towns such as Sliema, Bugibba or Valletta ; or stay in a more relaxed rural areas such as the villages of Mellieha, Marfa or the sister island of Gozo.

Getting Around

Most major International Car Hire Companies are well established on the islands of Malta and Gozo. Their information desks can be found at the Malta International Airport and they also have various other offices all around the islands.

Maltese roads are challenging for people who are used to drive on highly maintained roads so be prepared for a few potholes along the way. Tourist can also choose to use Public transport which offers quiet good routes with some modern buses and others that are around 30years old with very original features which can offer an unforgettable ride, in a funny way, sit down and enjoy the ride.