Being half Maltese, Malta holds a very special place in my heart. It is the place where I learnt to swim, the place where I once had many family and friends and the place where as an adult, I continue to visit this beautiful European island destination again and again. I have been to Malta more than 15 times. So, I wanted to share this Malta summer travel guide with you. It features some of the many things you can do in Malta in a week or less. I know you’ll fall in love with Malta as I have.
The Ultimate Malta Summer Travel Guide
Malta’s Rich History
Dating back to about 5200 BC, Malta has a very colourful history.
Malta has been invaded and conquered by the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Carthaginians, the Byzantines, the Arabs and finally the British over the course of its 7000+ year history.
Each conqueror has left their mark on Malta’s language, food, history and most importantly its architecture.
Most people find it interesting to hear Maltese people speak because the language sounds part Arabic, part Italian and is another important nod to the island nation’s colourful cultural past.
How to Get to Malta
Malta International Airport is the country’s only airport.
Malta Air is the national airline, running flights from most of Europe’s big cities.
For cheap flights to Malta search Ryanair or Easy Jet who both operate flights from the UK.
If you are coming from Sicily to Malta a ferry from Catania is also a more leisurely option.
There are express buses to and from Malta airport as well as many car hire companies (pre-book your rental car).
This is a good guide to how much Malta taxis cost.
Get the Malta Discount Card for savings on the Maltese islands during your holiday.
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Where to Stay in Malta
The best time to visit Malta is between June to August. However, this is the high season, so book your accommodation early so you don’t miss out.
Visiting Malta during the shoulder season is a better option than visiting Malta in Summer, if you don’t like crowds. Also, keep in mind that if you are visiting Malta with kids, it can get very hot in the summer months (mid-30C/ mid-80F).
There are several 5-star hotels in Malta if you are looking for a luxury stay;
There are a number of big chain hotels including the Hilton Malta, The Malta Marriot Hotel and Spa and The Westin Dragonara Resort in St Julian’s, a seaside town just 15 minutes drive from Valletta.
These hotels might be a good choice if you are visiting Malta with kids as they are some of the only hotels with kids’ clubs and activities.
St Julians is also a very central location for those wanting to go shopping with the Bay Street Shopping Complex and other shopping centres within walking distance. If you want to experience the Malta nightlife scene, the casinos and Paceville are also on your doorstep.
For luxury boutique hotels, try the Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux. Located in historic MDina, this unique Malta hotel gives you the chance to experience living in a converted 17th-century palace, even if only for a few days.
Located in Malta’s capital, Valetta, the very beautiful boutique Palazzo Consiglia has just 13 rooms and offers guests the chance to stay in a traditional Maltese townhouse. The quaint hotel is close to cafes, wine bars, and Valletta tourist attractions.
The Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz is another larger resort located in Gozo, overlooking the Maltese countryside. It has a large spa and wellness offering for those looking to settle in and unwind during their time on the island.
Another good option for those visiting Malta with children, the Kempinski Hotel has a kids club and features residences with more room to spread out.
For more hotels, apartments and budget accommodations in Malta, click here to search.
Things to Do in Malta for a Week
Comprising three islands (Malta, Gozo and Comino) and located between Sicily and the North of Africa, the beautiful archipelago has become a very popular spot for tourists, particularly in summer.
These are things to do in Malta for a week exploring this often underrated beautiful island country.
Malta’s Old Town M’Dina
Visiting the old town, M’Dinais a must-do in Malta and should be one of the first things you do when you arrive.
The Malta old town was once the capital of Malta and contains a number of beautiful mediaeval buildings and baroque and Norman architecture.
There is also a Malta tourist information office inside the Museum of Natural History should you need more help planning out your itinerary.
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Visit Malta’s Capital of Valletta
The capital city of Malta is Valletta, which is also known as the Il’ Belt. You can spend a fair amount of time exploring the great walls and The Cathedral of Saint John.
Make sure to visit the very cosmopolitan Valletta waterfront which is home to a number of beautiful, modern cafes. It is one of my favourite spots to eat in the evening and there are so many restaurant choices.
Malta’s Blue Grotto
One of the very well-known spots in Malta is the Blue Grotto. The Blue Grotto (cover image) is made up of a number of caves and once inside the water is crystal clear and blue and is a must-visit during your Malta Summer sojourn.
Visit the Blue Grotto first thing in the morning, that way you can avoid the crowds and the heat that you are sure to encounter later in the day.
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See the Traditional Luzzu Boats
You will find these colourful boats featured on the covers of a Malta guidebook or postcards. The traditional fishing boats are called Luzzu.
To see them in person head to the bay of Marsaxlokk.
The area also holds bric-a-brac markets on Sunday between 10 am and 4 pm and you can also find a number of fresh seafood markets and restaurants nearby.
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Take a Day Trip to Gozo
Take the time to visit the island of Gozo. I found Gozo to be much quieter with a very relaxed way of life. There is a lot to see in Gozo including the Ġgantija temples, The Cittadella and the main town.
You can reach Gozo from the mainland of Malta and the journey by boat is just under 40 minutes. You can arrange for tickets online or go directly to the Sliema promenade.
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Go Clubbing in Paceville
If you are into the party life and looking to explore the night scene then the place to be is Paceville.
There are a number of large clubs in the area, but be warned it’s pretty intense.
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Malta’s Best Bays, Beaches and Lidos
When it comes to Malta beaches, there are both sandy beaches and rocky beaches, both equally as gorgeous.
Here are my favourite lidos (beach clubs), bays and beaches in Malta.
Cafe Del Mar
If you are the type of person that likes to sit in a deck chair, be served cocktails by the pool, and listen to some relaxed tunes, then Cafe Del Mar is for you.
Cafe Del Mar is located at Saint Paul’s Bay and is a very funky location to visit.
Other Popular Lidos in Malta
Some of the other popular lidos around Malta include Ray’s Lido at Armier Bay, Playa Del Sol and Luzzu Lido.
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Ghajn Tuffieha is one of my all-time favourite spots to swim on a hot summer’s day.
You can park the car at the top of the location and walk 200 steps to the beach below. There is not only the beach but a beautiful beach bar which is perfect at sunset.
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Spending a day at Pretty Bay is one of the best things to do in Malta for families. It’s an area that my parents used to take me to when I was just a young girl. Pretty Bay has both Sandy and rocky areas.
The area is always bustling with activity and you’ll find a number of cafes nearby.
Found at the northern point of the mainland of Malta is Paradise Bay. It’s one of the smaller beaches of Malta, but it has stunning crystal blue water.
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The Blue Lagoon
Located on the island of Comino is the blue lagoon. The blue lagoon can be reached by a short boat ride, which can be done as a day trip or as part of a duel island package ie. Gozo and Comino.
The Blue Lagoon definitely attracts the crowds, but it’s worth a visit because the water is just so crystal clear.
We decided to go to both Gozo and Comino that day which was a little rushed, but if you only have limited time it’s a very good option.
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Rocky Beaches in Malta
There are a number of rocky beaches which are also very nice to visit.
Don’t be put off by the rocky beaches they are equally as beautiful. Just ensure you bring appropriate footwear so that you don’t hurt yourself on the rocks.
Some of these rocky beaches include St Julian‘s, Saint Georges Bay, Mistra Bay, Anchor Bay and Saint Peters Pool.
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Melanie loves to travels extensively around the world and has visited some amazing countries. She started travelling at an early age and was instantly drawn to the world abroad.
When she travels she loves to discover the world through food, fashion, and photography.
She’s a self-professed drone junkie and loves to explore the world from above, because of the the incredible perspective.