Visit Malta, the 10 must-sees !
Malta is full of treasures to discover and breathtaking sights to see. Whether you come to visit Malta for 2 days, a week or a month, whether you are a history buff, looking for a break from the daily grind or simply a fan of idleness, visiting Malta is full of surprises. Discover the unmissable visits of the archipelago to put on your travel diary.
#1 The Blue Lagoon of Comino
The blue lagoon of Comino is undoubtedly a must-see for any traveller wishing to visit Malta and discover the archipelago.
Comino is a small, almost uninhabited island, with only a hotel remaining in the north of the island. The Lagoon, whose real name is Fliegu Strait, separates Comino from Kemmunnette Rock. It is famous for its translucent waters which give it a Caribbean feel. The Blue Lagoon also has a small white sandy beach, one of the best beaches in Malta due to its exceptional setting, but beware that places are rare.
For the more adventurous, it is possible to walk around the island (about two hours on foot). You can then discover the Crystal Lagoon ( which is much less touristy), the Sainte-Marie Tower, the Santa Marija battery and an abandoned hospital from the Napoleonic era. A picturesque walk that will give you a feeling of change of scenery.
Comino is accessible from the Ċirkewwa or Gozo Ferries terminal. It is also possible to get there with the help of cruise shuttles from Sliema Ferry.
#2 Valletta (capital of Malta)
Discovering Valletta is a must if you are visiting the island of Malta. The European Capital of Culture in 2018 is a unique place, classified as a Unesco heritage site and is full of historical treasures.
Visiting Valletta is like visiting an open-air museum as history has left its mark on every building in the walled city. Strolling along the ramparts, getting lost in its narrow streets or discovering the mysteries of the inns, whatever your travel desires, a visit to Valletta never leaves you indifferent.
During your visit to Valletta, don’t forget to pass by the doors of 3 must-see places:
St. John’s Co-Cathedral
St John’s Co-Cathedral, built by the Knights of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, is a breathtaking cathedral steeped in history.
Upper Barrakka Gardens
The gardens of Upper Barrakka overlooking the ‘Three Cities’ offer a stunning view and a glimpse into the great siege of 1565.
The Grandmaster’s Palace
The Grand Master’s Palace and its armoury where it is possible to admire a collection of more than 7,000 military items (armour, swords, cannons, etc.) from the time of the knights of the order.
#3 Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto is a geological curiosity and one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island. The site located in is-Zurrieq is somewhat a victim of its own success with a flood of daily visitors, but is a must-see on a first trip to Malta.
Embark in a small traditional boat, then sail along the limestone cliffs to discover a 43 m long sea cave and its turquoise water. The translucent water allows you to see the seabed several dozen metres below.
#4 The Three Cities
The Three Cities are the Maltese towns of SSenglea, Cospicua et Vittoriosa and opposite Valletta. The three cities will make you discover an authentic Malta.
They were built as a small fortress during the time of the Order of Malta and the great sea battles, the ramparts and fortifications have in them the memory of the great siege that took place on the Grand Harbour.
The three towns also offer superb views, with bucolic landscapes awaiting you at the end of the day as the sun sets.
If you plan to visit the three cities of Malta from the capital, you can easily access them by taking the jetty across the Grand Harbour.
#5 Hagar Qim Temples
Did you know that Malta is famous for its megalithic temples? An aspect often overlooked by travellers discovering Malta for the first time. Malta has sites that are thousands of years old, as famous as the sites at Carnac (France) and Stonehenge (UK).
The most famous site in Malta is Ħaġar Qim, a Neolithic World Heritage temple dating back to 3600 BC. Like many megalithic sites, the origin of the temple remains uncertain and is therefore subject to many hypotheses. A fascinating stop in many ways to include in your visit to the Maltese archipelago.
#6 Saint Peter’s Pool
Saint Peter’s Pool is a classic that appeals to all travellers on holiday in Malta. A small natural pool in the middle of the rocks, where it is possible to jump into a clear sea.
The site is located in Delimara (Marsaxlokk), not far from the famous fishing village. It is a 500 metre walk up a steep road, but it is well worth it. The site is sometimes overrun by hordes of tourists during the summer. About 100 metres towards the Remarkable Stones, a small cove offers a little more peace and quiet for swimming away from the crowds.
#7 Marsalforn Salt Marshes
The Marsalforn salt marshes are a curiosity rooted in the local tradition of the people of Gozo. They are located on the north coast of Gozo, on the site of Qbajjar Bay. Marshes carved out of the rock over 350 years ago.
During the excursion, you can also visit the bay of Qbajjar Bay, which is an extension of the marshes. A great place for swimming and snorkelling.
#8 Mdina (L-Imdina)
Visiting Malta is a definite must with a visit to L-Imdina, nicknamed the silent city. Mdina is the former capital of Malta, a walled city that now has only 300 resident inhabitants and where time seems to have stood still.
Mdina is an invitation to slow down, so take the time for a change of scenery by walking through the narrow streets of the ancient city. Take the opportunity to visit St Paul’s Cathedral and if you feel a little peckish, why not try one of the island’s best desserts at the Fontanella Tea Garden, which offers a panoramic view of the island’s interior.
Nearby Mdina you can also extend your stopover by visiting the neighbouring town of Rabat, which is home to the catacombs of St Paul and St Agatha.
#9 Wied il-Mielaħ Window
Malta has long proudly displayed the famous Azure Window as one of the symbols of the island. The Azure Window was featured in many cinematic works including the hit series Game of Thrones. The natural arch unfortunately collapsed in 2017, following a severe storm and the consequences of natural erosion. As a result, the original site is no longer of any real interest.
Fortunately, there is another natural setting still standing: the Wied il-Mielaħ Window. An arch located in Gharb (Gozo), a geological curiosity that offers a breathtaking view.
#10 The cliffs of Ta’cenc
The last stop to include in your Malta travel diary is the Ta’cenc Cliffs or Ta’ Ċenċ Cliffs. They are located on the southern part of the island of Gozo, so you have to take the ferry to come and discover them.
The view from the top of the cliffs is breathtaking and the setting is ideal for nature trekkers. Allow half a day to enjoy the surroundings.
Visit Malta, frequently asked questions (FAQ)
What places to visit in Valletta?
Valletta is full of interesting places to visit. The St. John’s Co-Cathedral, the Grand Master’s Palace and the Museum of Archaeology are among the most popular visits in Valletta.
How to visit the Blue Lagoon?
A visit to the Blue Lagoon is a must when visiting Malta. The easiest and cheapest way to get to the Blue Lagoon in Comino is to take a shuttle bus from Comino Ferries located below the Cirkewwa Marine Terminal.
What to visit on a weekend in Malta?
During a weekend in Malta or a short stay, you will have to select your visits. For short stays there are two visits not to be missed: The visit to Valletta and the discovery of the Blue Lagoon (Comino).
Is it possible to visit Malta in winter?
Visiting Malta in winter is quite feasible. The island’s Mediterranean climate is mild even during the coldest months of December to February. The main tourist and cultural sites also remain open or accessible. Winter is a quieter time on the island which allows you to enjoy cultural visits, but reduces swimming activities.
Can we visit Malta with children?
Although some activities, such as historical tours, may seem long for young children, there are many activities suitable for young and old. The Blue Grotto and the Blue Lagoon are very popular with children, and the Popeye Village with its tourist park area is also popular with younger children.