If you spent three whole months in Malta, you will find that there are still so many things to see and do. Malta is awash with attractions and the best thing about the island is that they are not seasonal. Here’s 10 things to do in Malta no matter what time of the year it is…
Go to a village feast
Maltese people are known to have any excuse to throw a party and while the solemnity of religious feasts is retained on the day celebrating the saint in question, there’s plenty of other fun things to do at festa time. With feasts held during every month of the year, you absolutely must watch a fireworks display, listen to the village bands and watch the saint’s statue being lifted into its pedestal by enthusiasts.
Malta is famous for pastizzi. These delicious flaky pastry snacks (actually they are almost a meal in themselves) are usually filled with ricotta or a mushy pea mix although you can also find chicken and sweet Nutella varieties. The best place to find them is in an ‘old man’s’ bar in any village, and they are best washed down with sweet strong tea in a see-through glass.
The capital city is known as the city built by gentlemen, for gentlemen. Some prefer it in the balmier summer days when you can meander round the streets and take in the rich history, while others prefer to hunker down in a cosy wine bar when the weather is cold. Either way, no trip to Malta is complete without a trip to Valletta. Parking is easy with GoTo’s reserved spots in and around the capital, so you can leave the stress (and cost) of finding a car park behind you. Make sure to visit St John’s Cathedral and its museum, The Grand Master’s Palace, The War Museum and the Barrakka Gardens for the noon cannon salute over the Grand Harbour.
Mdina is a walled city that dates back to Roman times, although it has earlier influences from the reign of the Arabs and the Knights of St John. The Silent City as it is known, only allows residents’ cars inside, but several GoTo reserved parking spots can be found just outside, a short walk away. Make sure you take a photo at the gates if you are a Game of Thrones fan!
Visit Golden Bay and stay for sunset
Golden Bay and Riviera Martinique on the west coast are arguably Malta’s most beautiful beaches. Whether it’s spring, summer, autumn or winter, the view is spectacular. If you are there in summer, you can enjoy a relaxing day in the sun. If it’s winter, it might be warm enough for a quick dip or at least to get your feet wet. Either way, you have to stay for sunset, which usually involves a flaming red ball sinking below the horizon.
Visit the megalithic temples
The pyramids of Egypt? Stonehenge? Modern additions by Malta’s standards. Malta and Gozo’s megalithic temples are regarded to be the oldest free-standing buildings in the world, dating back to 3,600 BC. They are to be seen to be believed. You should also try to fit in a visit to the pre-historic underground complex known as the hypogeum. Book up to three months in advance; access is very limited!
Visit the fish market in Marsaxlokk
Marsaxlokk is Malta’s main fishing hub in the south. If you love fresh fish and seafood, then this is one thing you must do. This quaint little village becomes a hive of activity on a Sunday morning as the restaurants purchase the freshest fish around to serve up as delicious meals when you finish touring the market. Definitely not to be missed!
Visit the three Cities
Valletta was built after the Great Siege of Malta, but the three Cities of Senglea, Vittoriosa and Cospicua were the original home to the Knights of St John. They are quaint, charming and full of hidden discoveries. Park your GoTo vehicle near the Cruise Liner Terminal in Valletta and take a traditional dghajsa crossing over the Grand Harbour.
Enjoy some Cisk
Cisk lager is one of Malta’s national treasures. The distinctive yellow packaging can be seen at practically any bar in Malta and Gozo. Delicious and the winner of various awards, the amber nectar is as crisp and refreshing as it can get. Be sure to not have one too many if you are driving. Malta’s drink driving laws are strict.
Go to Gozo!
We will feature a separate blog post about Gozo in the future, but we couldn’t leave the sister isle out of our top 10 list of things to do. You can get to Gozo by ferry, which runs several times a day and at night throughout the year. Although the Azure Window collapsed in 2017, there’s a plethora of attractions to visit in Gozo including the Citadel in Victoria, Xerri l-Bukket overlooking Comino from Qala, the Inland Sea, Fontana, Xlendi fishing village, Marsalforn, Ta’ Pinu Church, traditional lace factories and agri-tourism attractions.