Essential Travel Guide to Malta

Essential Travel Guide to Malta

08/11/2017 Off By tripsology
Breakwater Lighthouse | Malta Harbour

If you’re thinking of making Malta your next holiday destination, you’ll want to know everything you can about this gem of a country before you go. Malta seems to be one of those places that people have either been to again and again and can’t see past it or they’ve never been at all. Perhaps it’s been on your radar but you’ve simply overlooked it in favour of the usual Mediterranean hotspots. Malta is a delightful place to spend a week or two and you can be sure of a warm welcome from the locals.

Red Phone Box | Malta

Malta was part of the British Empire until 1964 and traces of British legacy are evident. They drive on the left and you might even spot a red post box or phone booth on your travels!

Rotunda of Mosta | Malta

Malta’s weather is arguably one of the island’s biggest pulls. Boasting over 300 days of sunshine per year, the climate certainly attracts sun worshippers, water sports fans and outdoor enthusiasts alike. It is also a magnet for culture and history buffs. This place is just brimming with character and atmosphere, as well as more historic sights than you can shake your selfie stick at. Culture and history aside, Malta holds an annual chocolate festival so there’s another good reason to go!

Mġarr | Gozo Malta

There are pretty beaches for sun-worshippers to enjoy lazy days under the Mediterranean skies, elegant harbour towns to visit and a vibrant nightlife.

Scuba Diving in Malta

Malta also has some of the best scuba diving in the Med and people visit in their droves year after year to experience the water sports here. It really is an island delight. Due to Malta’s proximity to Italy, it’s also possible to take a day trip over to Sicily…if you can bear to tear yourself away.

Here’s some tips on where to eat, where to stay and where to catch some sunshine during your holiday…

Where to Eat in Malta

Like most holiday destinations, Malta has a fabulous choice of eateries to cater for every palate. Here, we’ve chosen a few that might whet your appetite that have been listed on TripAdvisor too.

Where to eat in Malta

Brown’s Kitchen, Valletta Waterfront
Selection of nachos, burgers, seafood, pastas, poultry, game and meat dishes plus a kids’ menu.

Open Monday- Saturday 10:00-23:00

Rampila Restaurant & Wine Bar
Maltese food with a Mediterranean influence with freshly prepared daily specials. There’s also an exhibition within the restaurant.
Open Monday- Sunday 12:00-22:30

Adesso, Valletta
Quality seasonal menu available
Open Monday- Saturday (closed Sundays and only open for lunch on Tuesdays)
12:00-14:30 and 18:00-22:00

One80 Kitchen & Lounge, Mellieha
One80 enjoys beautiful views that might have inspired the restaurant’s name. Ideal for lunch, dinner and drinks.
Open 7 days.

Acqua Marina, Bugibba
Italian/Sicilian cuisine. Open daily except Tuesdays.

Lulu, St Julian’s
High end, fine Mediterranean dining within chic décor. Bookings advisable.
Open Monday- Saturday 19:00-23:30
Sunday lunch only

Malta’s Best Beaches

Golden Bay | Malta

Mellieha Bay
Also known as Ghadira Bay, this 800m stretch slopes into crystal clear waters and has impressive watersports facilities too.

Sliema Bay
The central point for summer days in Sliema, the beach runs along the waterfront promenade. It’s pretty rocky and water shoes might be a good idea. Plenty of bars and cafes along the front so you won’t need to venture too far for refreshments.

Golden Bay
A lovely stretch of sandy beach with good amenities – beach hut cafes, sunbeds and umbrellas available. This beach is popular with guests of the Radisson Golden Sands Hotel which is in close proximity. A flag system is in place during the summer months as well as lifeguards on patrol to advise on swimming conditions.

St George’s Bay
This beach is closest for St Julian’s and Valletta so expect it to be busy in the summer months. The ideal spot if you want to be in the heart of then action with planet of bars and restaurants nearby.

Ghajn Tuffieha
This blur flag beach is the next bay along from Golden Bay and usually less crowded.

Religious Life in Malta

Collegiate Church of St Paul | Rabat | Malta

Christian faith is an integral part of the Maltese way of life and religion is at the heart of their culture as well as being dominant in the country’s landscape. You could say there’s a church for every day. These magnificent holy sites provide shelter from the blistering sun if you’re out and about exploring and it gets too hot but as well as seeking refuge from the heat, do go in and perhaps light a candle or say a little prayer, regardless of your religious

Malta History and Culture

Valletta, Malta

Despite being one of the smallest countries in the world, Malta is packed with ancient treasures, fortresses, churches, cathedrals and archaeological artefacts, Malta is often described as an open-air museum!
Here are our top resorts and attractions in Malta as a starting point for discovering this wonderful place:

Best Places to Visit in Malta

St John’s Cathedral, Valletta

St John's Cathedral

National Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts

Malta At War Museum

Malta, Red Tower War Defense

Grand Harbour Boat Tours

Malta Harbour Boat Tours

Mdina Cathedral & Museum

Mdina Cathedral and Museum Malta

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum: 45437-Malta by xiquinhosilva (CC BY 2.0)

St Agatha’s Catacombs

Malta Catacombs: Catacombs*1 by Bs0u10e0 (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Malta Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum, Malta by passionfleur (CC BY 2.0)

Where to Stay in Malta

Hotels in Malta

Best hotels in Malta (4 and 5-star selection)

When to Go to Malta

Fishing Town Marsaxlokk | Malta

Malta enjoys fine weather for most of the year but July and August are the hottest months when temperatures can sometimes reach 30+
April, May and June sees more bearable temperatures and it’s also less crowded in these shoulder months.
September is an ideal time to visit as it’s still pretty warm but again, less crowded. December, January and February are traditionally cooler and possibly wetter.

Malta Weather Guide