What to do in Malta and Gozo: 101+ Ideas
Wondering what to do in Malta and Gozo?
Here are a “couple” of ideas to get you started on what to do in Malta when you choose to make it your next holiday destination!
What to do outdoors
2) Take a long walk around Buskett, (one of the few forested areas in Malta) or one of Malta’s nature reserves. Check out http://www.ramblersmalta.org/ for route suggestions.
3) Grab a pair of goggles and go snorkelling, for example at Anchor Bay, near Popeye Village
4) Chill out at Earth Garden (in June) with some good music, food/drink and usually great weather to be out and about.
5) Take a hop on/hop off bus and explore some of its routes in Malta. There’s one that goes around Gozo too!
6) Grab a cup of coffee and a newspaper at one of the terraces at Victoria (Gozo) main square or at Republic Square in Valletta and watch the peaceful activity around you on a lazy Sunday morning.
7) Tour the bastion, Medieval built city of Mdina to get a real taste for Malta of days gone by
8) When touring Mdina, rather than walk, take a ride through the narrow streets on the karozzin (horse-drawn carriages)
9) Try some of the delectable sweets at Fontanella Cafe, in Mdina, and enjoy the views over a big part of Malta from atop the hill
10) Around in April? Attend the Medieval Mdina event to enjoy re-enactments with the historical backdrop of the Silent City
11) Attend the Mdina Grand Prix to watch a variety of classic racing cars try to beat the clock around a street track, in October
12) Walk the candle lit streets of Birgu (Vittoriosa) and watch historical re-enactments at the annual Birgufest, also in October
13) Around the same time Notte Bianca is organised in Valletta, with several performances and most museums opening their doors on a Saturday evening.
14) Also in October, the Rolex Middle Sea Race is organised, so head over to Grand Harbour to watch the sailing action unfold.
15) Admire up close some of the beautiful species of fish that can be found around the Maltese islands, at the National Aquarium in Qawra
16) Is golf your thing? Play a few rounds at the Royal Malta Golf Club:
17) Into bowling? Rent a bowling alley at the Eden Superbowl in Paceville (St. Julian’s)
18) Go bird watching at the Għadira (Mellieha Bay) or is-Simar (Xemxija) bird sanctuaries run by Birdlife Malta
19) Take the kids to the Bugibba Waterpark in summer to cool off and splash around
20) Hang out by the pool with good music and food/drink at The Lido in Sliema or go to Baia Beach club (North of Malta) and lounge by the sea
21) Go open sea fishing and catch yourself a winner
22) Take a boat tour around Grand Harbour: Learn about its history and enjoy the views of the fortifications
23) Beat your friends behind the wheel of a kart around the Badger Karting kart track
24) Too slow? Take revenge by taking your friends down with paintball, around the corner from the kart track
25) Sit on a bench at the Upper Barakka to take in the view across Grand Harbour. Don’t get a fright from a firing gun (at noon or 4pm) from the Saluting Battery though!
27) Walk around the Three Cities, opposite Valletta to discover more parts of Grand Harbour. Don’t forget to check in at the Gardjola at the tip of Senglea with its keen eye
28) Take a stroll through Mdina at night, and enjoy the quiet and dimly lit atmosphere
29) Go paragliding, windsurfing, water skiing or jet skiing at one of the larger beaches, like Mellieha Bay or Golden Bay
30) Go for a swim at Ghajn Tuffieha, arguably Malta’s most beautiful beach!
31) Take a trip off the beaten path and swim at one of the secluded (rocky) bays around, like St. Peter’s Pool (near Marsascala) or Slugs Bay (in the far North of Malta).
32) Take a trip up to Gozo to explore the island
33) Considering Gozo? Do as the locals do: Stay at a renovated farmhouse! Seriously relaxing, usually with pool and everything.
34) Take in the panoramic views of the surroundings of Victoria in Gozo from the Citadel
35) Admire the naturally formed limestone arch, the Azure Window at Dwejra, Gozo, and re-enact some of your favourite Game of Thrones scenes
36) Go kayaking, climbing/abseiling or biking in and around Gozo.
37) Take a stroll around (not through!) the salt pans at Qbajjar, Gozo, at sunset
38) Walk up to the lighthouse (il-Fanal) near Għasri and take in the 360 degree views over Gozo
40) Camp out at Comino’s campsite and enjoy some of Malta’s few untouched natural surroundings.
41) Take a diving course and/or go for a dive at one of Malta’s highly rated dive sites
42) Into horse riding? Go for a ride at Golden Bay and its beautiful surroundings
43) Go swimming with dolphins at Marine Park Malta
44) Take a segway tour in Valletta or around Dingli (nature)
45) Travelling with a group? Take a jeep safari to tour the islands
46) Want to go around offroading on four wheels? Rent a quad bike in Gozo
47) Prefer something not motorised and looking for some good cardio? Rent a mountain bike to explore the islands
48) Speaking of cardio, why not go for a jog along the promenade at Buġibba or Sliema?
49) Cross Marsamxett Harbour by ferry to get from Sliema to Valletta (and vice versa)
50) Visit Birgu (Vittoriosa) by taking one of the Gondola-type boat ferries across Grand Harbour from Valletta
51) Admire the Blue Grotto (large caves at sea) and the surrounding area of Wied iż-Żurrieq, in the South of Malta
52) Buy a disposable BBQ from a supermarket, some fresh marinated meat, a couple of drinks and have a barbecue at a beach like Golden Bay.
Entertainment & relaxation
54) Watch flyover demonstrations and visit the exhibition of a variety of aircraft at the annual Malta International Airshow in September
55) Follow the traditional regatta (rowing boat races) in the Grand Harbour on Victory Day (8th September)
56) Get a spa treatment to kick off your holiday stress detox in style
57) Watch the horse races at Qormi on Sundays
58) Like birds of prey? Visit the Malta Falconry Centre in Siggiewi for one of their displays in the art of falconry
59) Try your luck at one of the island’s casinos in St. Julian’s (Dragonara Casino), Birgu (Casino di Venezia) or Bugibba (Oracle Casino)
60) Go on a pub crawl around Paceville, St. Julian’s and Sliema. Book a taxi in advance or have a phone number handy. 😉
61) Get a drink in one of the trendy little bars in Strait Street, Valletta, and learn about the area’s chequered (but fascinating) past
62) Enjoy a laid back evening with live jazz music at Django Jazz Bar in Valletta
63) Into jazz? Attend the annual Malta Jazz Festival
64) Be part of the fun at the annual Isle of MTV open air concert on the Granaries (square) in Floriana, right outside Valletta at the end of June
65) Join a boat party, like those organised by Lazy Pirate.
66) Up for watching a movie? You can find cinemas in St. Julian’s (Paceville), Bugibba and Valletta.
67) View a re-enactment from the time of the Knights at In Guardia, Fort St Elmo
68) Have a look at what’s on the agenda at Trackage Scheme and go to gigs to discover local musical talent.
Culture & History
69) Visit and access one of the historical watch towers, for example St Agatha’s Tower (the Red Tower) overlooking Mellieha Bay
70) Admire some of Malta’s beautiful churches, for example the Ta` Pinu Basilica in Gozo, the Mosta Dome, or St. Paul’s Cathedral in Mdina
71) Discover the jaw dropping interiors of La Sacra Infermeria (nowadays home to the Mediterranean Conference Centre) in Valletta
72) Follow one of the Good Friday processions (March/April) around the islands, perhaps in Mosta or Zebbug
73) Admire the colourful carnival floats going around Valletta during the Carnival celebrations (February)
74) Book tickets for a performance at the Manoel Theatre, Europe’s third-oldest working theatre
75) Watch the changing of the guards of the Presidential Palace in Valletta, every last Friday of the month at 10am.
76) Learn about Valletta’s rich history by watching the Valletta Living History documentary at Embassy cinemas in the capital city
77) Explore the darker side of Valletta by taking a Ghost Tour around the city in the evening.
78) Watch traditional glass blowers at work, at Mdina Glass in Ta` Qali
79) Take in some of the spectacular fireworks displays, either at the Fireworks Festival at the end of April, or by attending a traditional village feast or festa
80) View some of Caravaggio’s finest paintings and admire some of the amazing interiors at the St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta
81) Explore the underground heart of Malta’s defence during World War 2, at the Lascaris War Rooms
82) Pick up a few handcrafted Maltese souvenirs at the Ta` Qali Crafts Village
83) Visit the Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Temple complex to learn about some of the world’s oldest freestanding structures
84) If Malta’s Megalithic temples interest you, discover the Hal-Saflieni Hypogeum. It’s an underground temple, cut into the rock, built and expanded between 3600 and 2500 BC. You’ll need to book your visit in advance and may not be able to visit during conservation projects
85) Visit the Fortification Interpretation Centre to understand how Valletta and its surrounding areas were built and how it was designed.
86) Sample Maltese wine at one of the two Wine Festivals organised in mid-July and late-August by local wine producers
87) Take a wine tour of Marsovin’s wine cellars and taste some of the fine wine produced in Malta
88) Buy fresh local agricultural produce at the farmer’s market at Ta` Qali, on Tuesdays and Saturdays (mornings – the earlier, the better!)
89) Get a taste of a variety of Mediterranean food, combined with a good bottle of wine at a small restaurant called Legligin, in Valletta
90) Taste the freshest, sweetest strawberries you can find, right from the fields around Mġarr at the annual Strawberry Festival in April
91) Have a traditionally baked ftira with a rich mix of toppings at il-Forn in Birgu, in one of the old buildings that make this such a special place.
92) Try a few locally produced popular snacks and drinks: Twistees (savoury snack), Kinnie (local soft drink) or Cisk (locally brewed beer)
93) Enjoy a couple of glasses of wine and food platters at a wine bar with a nice sea view, like at The Fortress in Xemxija (near St. Paul’s Bay)
94) Have lunch at one of the good fish restaurants lining the seafront of Marsaxlokk and take a stroll to admire the colourful luzzu boats
95) Sample some Gozo-produced wine and get a taste of other local produce like olives, tomato paste and cheeselets at Ta` Mena (on the road from Victoria to Marsalforn)
96) Taste traditionally prepared rabbit or bragioli at a restaurant (tips!) serving genuine Maltese food.
97) Grab yourself some pastizzi (typical Maltese street food). You can find smaller shops selling these delicious pastries around every corner
98) Have dinner by the sea, for example at Xlendi, Gozo at The Boathouse or at one of the restaurants lining the Valletta Waterfront
99) Try locally brewed beers (as well as big international brands) at the annual Beer Festival (late July)
100) Try Ħobż biż-Żejt, a typically Maltese type of sandwich at a place like Olympic Bar in Mosta.
101) Go for afternoon tea at Palazzo Parisio in Naxxar
102) Do you like whisky? Sample a variety of whiskies at StrEat Whisky and Bistro in Valletta.
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