Malta has become a popular destination thanks to its paradisiacal sites. From interesting architecture to white sandy beaches bathed by turquoise waters, this small country of just over 316 square kilometers will dazzle you. During your trip, a visit between its charming cities and its relaxed atmosphere will plunge you into the history of the archipelago. Not only is it a tourist destination, but its history also makes it a cultural destination. If visiting Malta is one of your next projects, you are in luck. There are a few activities you should not miss to fully enjoy your trip.
1. Discover the capital, Valletta
A stroll through the narrow streets, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in Valletta, is one of the must-sees in Malta. This fortified city built in the 16th century was proclaimed European Capital of Culture in 2018 and it’s no wonder. The city abounds with museums and impressive Baroque buildings, such as the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The latter contains Caravaggio’s greatest work: the Decapitation of St. John the Baptist, which is part of the city’s history. Discover Valletta on foot and, when you start to get tired, choose a terrace facing the sea and enjoy the soft Mediterranean breeze while having a drink. You don’t necessarily need a guide for your excursion, just stroll through the city.
2. Visit the three cities of Cottonera
Right next to Valletta are the three fortified towns of Cottonera : Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua. These are three must-see places to visit in Malta. Famous for their elegant churches, grand palaces and limestone fortifications, these three jewels have been used as maritime cities since Phoenician times. Today they are filled with luxurious yachts, which you can watch during the day, and surrounded by picturesque houses.
3. Explore the rock formations
These spectacular rock formations have been lovingly sculpted by wind and sea over the years and served as the backdrop for the famous Game of Thrones series. In March 2017, this area of Gozo suffered a major loss. The Azure Window Rock was the main attraction of Dwejra and attracted thousands of visitors every year, but unfortunately it was washed away by a heavy storm. Finally, you shouldn’t miss swimming in the “inland sea”, also known as Qawra, on your next visit to Malta.
4. Walk through the village of Popeye
This particular “village” located on the island of Malta was built to serve as the setting for the musical film “Popeye” with Robin Williams in 1980. Therefore, stopping at the Popeye village and, why not, eating a good plate of spinach are certainly two essential experiences to make during your trip to Malta.
5. Swimming in the blue lagoon
This paradise for lovers of clear, turquoise water is located on the island of Comino, the smallest of Malta’s three main islands. With an area of less than four square kilometers, it is car-free and practically uninhabited. Its clear blue waters attract a large number of hikers every day. Therefore, it is recommended to arrive early to enjoy the place with more tranquility. You can take advantage of a sunny day to make an excursion and discover the sites in the surroundings.
6. Enjoy its gastronomy
For travelers who appreciate good food, one of the essential things to do in Malta will be to enjoy its gastronomy. It is one of the countries with the best food. Traditional Maltese cuisine is influenced by a mix of cultures that makes it delicious. Gastronomy is part of the history of Malta and its people, the Maltese. If you like meat, you will love the Bragioli: thin beef fillets rolled up and stuffed with chopped bacon, hard-boiled eggs and parsley. You can also taste the Fenek, the Maltese people’s favourite dish made from rabbit. Even fast food in Malta is really tasty. Try pastizzi, small flaky pastries filled with cottage cheese or peas, and if you’re a brewer, you can’t leave Malta without tasting the island’s most popular local beer, Ċisk (pronounced Chisk).
7. Stroll through Malta’s megalithic temples
It is a group of temples, most of which have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This site is a must if you want to discover the history behind the archipelago of Malta. A guide will offer you a personalized tour of the places that can last a whole day. If you want to spend more time discovering the places, local hotels often have interesting offers.
8. Visit Marsaxlokk: a typical fishing village
A visit to Marsaxlokk is highly recommended as the village contains authentic sites. This picturesque town is also known to be the birthplace of the famous “Luzzu” gondolas which are used to fish for lampuki, one of the most popular Mediterranean fish in traditional Maltese cuisine. After all these experiences during your trip to Malta, you will fall in love with the place.