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What to see in Malta – Destination Guide

WHY VISIT Malta

When friends and family learned that my upcoming destination was Malta, I typically received 2 responses; “Where is Malta?” or ” Why Malta?”.

My responses to these questions:

The time finally came, my overdue visit to Malta became a reality and I can personally share my stories and images of why Malta is a holiday destination that should be included on everyone’s bucket list.

Despite Malta’s size, the Malta landscape is like no other. With its mixture of European and Mediterranean vibes, it is no surprise why so many films use Malta as a location. Given its history and that it has been ruled by various countries, you will find many remnants of Italian, British, Greek, etc. in its architecture, traditions and cuisine.

This archipelago is filled with UNESCO sights, vast amount of churches showing how religious this country is, temples older than Stonehenge and beaches galore.

Book your Malta holiday flight and use this Malta tourist information guide below with local insider recommendations and tourist tested options, to help you visit Malta for yourself.

Malta TRip ITINERARY

9 Day Trip

5 days in Malta & 4 days in Gozo

Malta TRAVEL TIPS

Most establishments do accept credit cards. 
Euro is the currency used in Malta.
Outside of restaurants, things tend to close early outside of Valleta which closes a little bit later. Be sure to check times on google maps and make a booking in advance at restaurants, if possible. 
Electrical plug sockets used in Malta are UK plug sockets while appliances are European. This means many accommodations still use converters.

Malta TRAVEL QUESTIONS

QuestionAnswer
How many days in Malta is enough?To thoroughly visit Malta and Gozo, I would recommend a week trip broken down to;
– 3 days in Malta
– 1 day in Comino
– 3 days in Gozo
(Add more days if you want to slow down your visit or if traveling with little ones.)
Is Malta cheap?Malta does not fall in the category of cheap destinations to visit. Malta costs about the same as visiting Italy and Spain. As always, ways to keep costs down can be on the eateries you visit and accommodation you stay in.
Is Malta a good place to visit?Malta is absolutely a good place to visit and it’s no surprise that historically, Malta has had over 11 foreign rulers wanting to call it their own.
What language do they speak in Malta?Maltese is the main language spoken in Malta, with English coming in close second.

the best way to travel IN Malta

Given recommendations from other visitors and locals, we opted to rent a car using Qeeq, it’s the most convenient way to travel around Malta and Gozo. 

Super easy to book, collect, use and drop off directly from the airport. 

Driving TIPS

Rent a car! – It’s highly recommended to rent a car as there is only a few bus routes in the island and timetables are not accurate, meaning buses arrive before or later and take forever to get you to your destination.

Bonus: You can see a lot more with a car as most places take about 20-30 min from Valletta in Malta and around 10-15 min in Gozo.
Rent a small car – With narrow roads, small parking spots and single lanes, renting a large vehicle is not advisable. 
Drivers are seated on the right side similar to driving in the UK. 
Rent a car that is automatic or be really good at manual for parking and driving on hills.
You can drive across Malta in an hour. 
You shouldn’t have any issue driving with Maltese. 
Public transportation and buses to get you to other cities in the country are available but as mentioned, it will take far longer to get to places and they do get packed, which means they will not pick up passengers if the bus is full. 

BEST Activity TO Book IN Malta

St Julian’s: Full- or Half-Day Boat Rental

A Must Do in Malta!!! Renting a boat for either a 1/2 or full day is a great water activity to add to your vacation. The super attentive and informative Shirley, Jopee and Ryan helped my party feel safe and ready to make the most of our day on the boat, giving us a wonderful experience and memory in Malta.

For boat newbies – I recommend the 1/2 day option to ease you into boat life.

For boat regulars – The full day option is the one for you, as this gives you plenty of time to explore various areas in Malta and make longer stops throughout the day.

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What is there to see in Malta

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Gozo

How To Get To Gozo From Malta

Gozo Channel Ferry offers a fast ferry from Malta. It departs from either Malta or Gozo twice every hour. Cost is paid when you return from Gozo. €11 Euro ($10.95 USD) round trip for car and €4.65 Euro ($4.63 USD) round trip for adult.

Don’t have a car? Use Gozo Fast Ferry from Valletta as this is the passenger only ferry.

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What To Eat IN Malta


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