The Best Places to Visit in Malta

By Dana Perkiss

Unsure where to go in Malta? Here are our top picks for the best places to visit in Malta!


As both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the sunniest city in Europe, Valletta is by far the best place to stay in Malta and one of the top Mediterranean destinations to visit. The city is most notable for its impressive fortifications, beautiful Baroque palaces, and cultural authenticity in regards to its Maltese roots. Valletta is one of the smallest capital cities in Europe, and as such feels like an open-air museum with historic golden architecture surrounded by the blue Mediterranean sea.

The Best Things to do in Valletta:

  • Stroll around the intricate Upper Barrakka Gardens while enjoying gorgeous views of the Grand Harbour.
  • Explore the Grand Harbour and eat authentic Maltese cuisine at a local restaurant.
  • Attend a performance at the historic Manoel Theater.
  • Soak up amazing sea views at the Valletta Waterfront.
  • Take pictures of the astonishing Grand Master’s Palace, otherwise known simply as “the Palace.”


Once just a quiet fishing village, Sliema is now considered one of the best places to go in Malta – particularly for those who like to shop. Sliema is a top commercial district in Malta and is home to some of the best designer shops, restaurants, and other establishments. Along with being a major shopping area, this seaside town is located just opposite of Valletta with an easy 15-minute ferry ride in-between.

The Best Things to do in Sliema:

  • Indulge in refreshing gelato while walking around Sliema’s seaside promenade.
  • Go for a swim in the Roman Baths, otherwise known as Fond Ghadir.
  • Enjoy shopping at The Plaza Shopping Centre or The Point complex.
  • Snap photos of the iconic 17th century St. Julian’s Tower.
  • Catch a show at the Salesian Theatre, which is the oldest theater in Sliema.


Gozo is one of the small islands that make up the Maltese archipelago. It’s a historic area that shows evidence of rule by the Romans, Arabs, Phoenicians, French, and more – meaning a lot of culture is packed into this small island. Well-known for its beautiful beaches with azure waters, scuba-diving, hiking, and Neolithic Ġgantija Temple ruins, Gozo is one of the best places to visit in Malta for those who appreciate scenic surroundings.

The Best Things to do in Gozo:

  • Wander the streets of Rabat, Gozo’s capital, and take pictures of the medieval Citadella.
  • Lounge on the famous red sand beach in Gozo, Ramla Beach, and explore its cliffside Tal-Mixta cave.
  • Go swimming or snorkeling in the Gozo Blue Hole.
  • Discover Gozo’s iconic dive sites like the Azure Window (which was a Game of Thrones filming location).
  • Visit Comino Island (under one mile away) and swim in the Blue Lagoon.


Measuring at 3.5 square kilometers, the tiny island of Comino is one of the smallest and most peaceful islands in Malta. Located right between the main island of Malta and Gozo, Comino is regarded as an absolute paradise for snorkelers, divers, and pretty much anyone who loves the outdoors. Interestingly, the island is mostly car-free and uninhabited, so it’s also classified as a wildlife sanctuary.

The Best Things to do in Comino:

  • Go swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Blue Lagoon (mentioned above).
  • Enjoy a picnic on Santa Marija Bay and go snorkeling in the Santa Marija Caves.
  • Visit the historic Santa Marija Watchtower on the southeast side of the island.
  • Explore Comino’s limestone coastline and check out Tunnel Cave.
  • Discover the small sandy beach inside Lover’s Cave.


Once the capital city of Malta from antiquity to the medieval times, Mdina is an ancient walled city with an irresistible mythical atmosphere. This relaxed fortified town allows very few cars and only has a limited number of residents, making it great for a tranquil environment. Mdina was also used for many Game of Thrones filming locations, so fans of the hit HBO show will love exploring its narrow streets and alleys.

The Best Things to do in Mdina:

  • Visit the Game of Thrones filming locations in Mdina including the city’s main gate and Mesquita Square.
  • Have a day of learning at the Natural History Museum.
  • Take pictures of the impressive Cathedral of Saint Paul and marvel at the icon of the Madonna.
  • Explore the splendid 13th-century Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum with its exquisite art collections, library, and more.
  • Marvel at stunning landscape views from Bastion Square.

Now that you know some of the best places to visit in Malta, are you ready to book your trip and start exploring?


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