MALTA TRAVEL GUIDE
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One of the most unique places I’ve ever traveled to is for sure Malta and I’m so excited to finally be sharing a travel guide with anyone planning a trip soon (or inspired to visit in the future!).
After hearing such great things about Malta, we decided to meet our friends here after both exploring Italy the week before and I’m so glad we did. Visiting a new to us country can be overwhelming at first but using Expedia was a great resource to book our flight and hotel all in one spot. Instant stress relief and made traveling so much easier knowing all our details were saved in one spot.
A quick 40 minute flight from Sicily and we arrived to a whole other world! If you’re not familiar, Malta is an island in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast. This island has about every architectural and natural element you can imagine, from rocky hillsides to crystal blue waters. It’s small size allowed us to explore so many different cities and sights and I’m breaking them all down for you in my guide here today!
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT MALTA?
We visited Malta in mid-September and the weather was extremely pleasant. During the day for walking around was warm but not too hot and when we went swimming, the water was refreshing but not cold. Nothing better than September in Europe!
HOW TO GET AROUND MALTA
Malta was extremely easy to get around place to place which was a relief in a country neither of us had traveled to before. We used the app Bolt (similar to Uber) to order rides with and rarely waited too long. The rides were also extremely cheap (even with ordering a van for our group) so that was refreshing for us NYC and Chicago girls!
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN MALTA
For our visit, we went the hotel route and after reading reviews on Hotels.com, we chose 1926 Le Soleil Hotel & Spa in Sliema. I’ve always believed trips should end in a hotel (always end on a high note!) and this hotel was a great spot for our group of six. Our favorite part was the incredible spa, where we each got an incredible massage and then relaxed in the hot tub and saunas.
Location wise, Sliema is right along the water but about a 20 minute drive to Valletta where most of our meals were. So while we loved the hotel, I think I would choose a hotel in Valletta for easier walking and exploring!
BEST THINGS TO DO IN MALTA
Have A Boat Day
Our favorite day in Malta was for sure our boat day. We used Malta Charters and our captain was so helpful and fun as he showed us all around the islands. We did a 8 hour catamaran ride, which also included lunch and drinks on the boat. It truly was magical to see places like the Blue Lagoon and other caves and islands. We anchored a few times too so we could jump on and off and swim in the warm and bright blue waters. An absolute must!
Explore Historical Sites
Malta is known for historic sites related to a succession of rulers including the Romans, Moors, French and British. It has numerous fortresses and temples and the architecture instantly makes you feel like you’re in another time period.
One of the areas we explored is a must for any history buff in the town Mdina. Known as the “Silent City” this town was used as a filming location for “Game Of Thrones” and it’s easy to see why when you’re within its medieval walls. Surrounded by cathedrals, gardens and historic sites, it was such a unique place to visit for the morning.
Shop For Maltese Pottery
My favorite souvenirs from our time in Malta came from Villa Bologna Pottery. The most gorgeous pottery shop in the town of Attard, they make all the pottery on site here and ship all across the world, including their other store location in London. They also have a chic restaurant next door that was eye candy all around.
Go Cliff Jumping At St. Peter’s Pool
Our last day we ventured over to St. Peter’s Pool, which was about a 30 min drive from our hotel, and I’m so glad we didn’t skip! This natural pool features a large flat slab where you can sunbathe, or you can jump off the cliffs to swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters below. The water was so bright blue and it was so fun to see people jumping off the cliffs around us. We then ventured over to the fishing town of Marsaxlokk nearby for lunch and exploring, which was a charming spot to visit!
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK IN MALTA
The most special meal of our time in Malta was at Noni for sure. This Michelin starred restaurant is tucked away in a gorgeous intimate space in Valletta. We did the tasting menu for my friend Gabi’s birthday and it was an incredible and delicious experience that blends traditional dishes and techniques with the influences of their mercantile culture.
Our other favorite meal was at Rubino, which felt like we were in someone’s home and served their families dishes. The staff was so warm and friendly and the food was so delicious, serving a mix of Maltese and Italian dishes with a focus on seafood.
Bridge Bar is a Malta must and we had so much fun coming here before dinner and sitting on the famous steps with cocktails in hand.
I love a hotel bar whenever I visit a new city and this gorgeous hotel was the perfect place to rest our feet with afternoon Negroni’s and snacks.
We only had drinks and apps at this waterfront spot but loved the entire experience! Located right on the Grand Harbour in Valletta, the menu is focused on seasonal and local ingredients and a gorgeous place to watch the sunset.
A fun spot for pre or post dinner drinks thanks to their extensive gin cocktail list, especially unique gin and tonic’s!
Il-Horza was the first restaurant we dined at during our visit to Malta and it was such a great kickoff to a week of delicious dining. This tiny spot felt like you were at someone’s home with the owner cooking and serving authentic Maltese dishes to you.
Our last meal of the trip took us to this very tiny tapas bar that was the perfect meal to change things up with! We had lots of Spanish tapas and sangria and loved the staff here as well.
Kamy Cocktail Bar is such a fun spot for over the top cocktails at this quaint mixology bar. The extensive cocktail list are all named after famous paintings so get ready for the prettiest and most unique looking cocktails.
We stumbled upon this seafood restaurant while exploring the fishing town of Marsaxlokk and it became one of our favorite meals of the trip. The freshest seafood dishes like calamari, oysters and more, it’s an absolute must when visiting this area!