Top 10 Things To Do In Malta

Top Malta Attractions And Activities - Maltese Culture And Traditions To Be Enjoyed

What are the Top 10 things to do in Malta, culture, temples, the capital city, beaches and Grand

Harbour, and things to do that makes your holiday in Malta so special to visit such a wonderful Island.

For a first-timer travelling to Malta, The Malta Experience gives you a fast way to get a glimpse of the 7000 years of history through what this Island entails.

For the more frequent visitors you can plan your holiday and see the locations you might have missed from your last visit or else you can revisit once again the favourite places you enjoyed most and also understand our Maltese culture.  

You can easily visit all of these top Malta tourist attractions because they are interwoven into accessible areas beside main roads, public transport routes, nearby hotels and restaurants.

The sightseeing tours will take you round all these sights where we have also marked for each location which route covers these locations.

The Top 10 Things to do in Malta is a very good overview of what Malta can offer and gives you a good number of holiday attractions to enjoy.

Either scroll down the page or choose one from below:

The Malta Experience

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The Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta where the audio visual Malta Experience is shown

An audio visual show interpreted in sixteen languages showing the interesting story of the island of Malta 7000 years of history. The history of a small nation that was inhabited by different civilizations. Maltese culture and traditions are shown through this audio visual show showing all about the Islands. It has defeated incredibly unusual circumstances during a long period of time, progressed so much to become a nation and a member of the European Union.

Further Suggestions...

  • After this show you can walk along the bastions for a wonderful view of the Grand Harbour and its lovely surrounding areas. Along you can see the Siege Bell Memorial commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the presentation of the George Cross.
  • To enjoy a ride round the Capital city Valletta you can take a ‘Karozzin’ as we say in Maltese (it is a horse-drawn carriage where you can find it outside The Malta Experience, and you can see how Valletta looks during the day and stop for a drink on the way in one of the beautiful cafe’s.
  • The National War Museum at Fort St. Elmo just opposite the road.

Valletta & Grand Harbour

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Republic street in Valletta during a busy day

The capital city Valletta is full of interesting sites to see where each has its own unique story and character. Valletta started to be built in 1566 by the Knights of St. John after they won the invasion against the Turkish army who had invaded the islands of Malta. At the time Grand Master Jean Parisot de la Valette had felt that a new fortified city was needed to guard the two ports the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett harbour.

Our suggestions for things to do in Valletta...

  • You will enjoy seeing St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Caravaggio paintings and museum with its prestigious treasures.  Also you can go and visit the Grand Master’s Palace and the Armoury Museum within the same building.
  • Other museums can be visited, National Museum of Fine Arts, Casa Rocca Piccola, Lascaris War Rooms and Fortifications Interpretation Centre.
  • While you are at the Capital enjoy shopping and eating in one of the Valletta restaurants or cafe’s you find along.
  • Keep in mind the changing of the guards every last Friday of the month starting at 10.30am with the participation of the Armed Forces of Malta band marching through Republic Street up to the Palace Square.
  • Activities in Valletta are not few. A variety of holiday attractions tours are available. Also at your hotel or the tourist offices.

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Mdina - The Silent City

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The Mdina fortifications which was the old capital city of Malta. One of the main things to do in Malta.

Mdina called The Silent City an incredible mixture of Baroque and medieval architecture, with its’ narrow roads. The 17th century cathedral is visited every day by many tourists. Situated in the centre of the island on top of a hill 200 metres above sea level. It was the capital city of Malta until the arrival of the Knights of St. John in 1530.

Mdina gives you a peaceful and serene mood.

Further suggestions

  • The beautiful Mdina Cathedral and museum. The National History Museum, Palazzo Falzon, and Carmelite Museum.
  • You can visit the Mdina experience which is an audio visual show featuring the history of Mdina through the olden times to the present moment. Shows are held on Monday to Friday from 10.30 till 16.00.
  • The Mdina dungeons is another interesting place to see located just as you come in from the main entrance gate beside the playing field.
  • Once walking along Mdina you can go on the Bastions and get a beautiful panoramic view of all Malta. And a great must to have a delicious pieces of cakes at this famous place called ‘Fontanella.’

Malta Beaches

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The Riviera Martinique sandy beach during summer

Malta is surrounded by rocky and sandy beaches ideally to swim for many months during the year.  Popular beaches are Paradise Bay, Mellieha Bay, Golden sands, Armier Bay and Sliema front. Besides the beaches you can go to Lidos and private pools. Malta has more hours of sunshine than any other European country. It makes it perfect to enjoy the numerous beaches with different charming characters. From very shallow sandy beaches ideal for children to deep blue sea for snorkeling and diving.

Suggestions...

  • We suggest that you swim at various sandy and rocky beaches each with their own characteristics.
  • The most popular ones are reachable by public transport. Trips are more frequent during the peak summer months. All beaches are reachable by car.
  • Various lidos at the most popular beaches offer various facilities. We suggest Paradise Bay, Golden Bay, Ghadira Bay, Armier Bay and Sliema Sea front.  
  • Both Sightseeing tours for the north and south pass from locations ideal for swimming.

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Local Feasts

Evening Tours

The Mosta village in Malta decorated for the feast in August

An opportunity not to be missed when visiting Malta are the many village feasts in all towns and villages around the islands especially between May and September. The villagers celebrate the feast of their patron saint with great fanfare, colourful decorations, band marches, a unique for Malta.

Suggestions...

The village feast days highlight the actual feast day but every village have a program spread on various days before the feast day. If you intend to go we recommends to ask for further details.

Various Malta guided tours are organizes to local feasts.

Blue Grotto Wied iz-Zurrieq

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The Blue Grotto caves in Malta

The Blue Grotto is a picturesque location close to the inlet of Wied iz-Zurrieq a few kilometres from the village of Zurrieq. Located in the south of Malta, series of deep natural sea caverns attracting many tourists all year round. A 20 minute trip to a short distance. The caves mirror the underwater flora colours providing a spectacular sight for the visitor offering blues and greens colour reflections from the underneath deep sea. One of the top 10 places to visit in Malta.

Our suggestions

  • You can have a lovely meal of fresh fish at one of the restaurants at Wied iz-Zurrieq.
  • The area is very popular for divers and there is one of the best artificial wrecks of Um El Farouk artificial reef is very much visited. One of the best dive sites in Malta.
  • Visit the Hagar Qim and Mnajdra megalithic temple complex and interpretations centre.
  • Sightseeing tour North Blue Tour stops at this location including the megalithic temple  close by. A walking distance of around 25 minutes.

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Museums

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The Roman villa remains at Rabat Malta

Discover the 7000 years of history

There is various Museums to visit in Malta.  Valletta’s National Museums of which the Knights of St. John left a formidable heritage. The buildings themselves are museums of fine masterpieces of fine contemporary arts by well renouned international artists like Caravaggio. 

Further Suggestions...

The Fortress Builders Fortifications Interpretation Centre Valletta shows the technique how the fortifications were built and are still there today. Roman Villa, the Maritime Museum at Birgu and other Museums to visit.

The temples interpretation centre at Hagar Qim close to Wied Iz-Zurrieq, Tarxien Temples.

The Domus Romana at Rabat a Roman villa remains from the first quarter of the first century BC.

The Mdina Cathedral and its’ museum.   

Enjoy the Maritime Museum at Birgu giving a glimplse of the extensive maritime museum of our ancistors.

Malta’s mix of museums will give you an edge on Maltese culture.

Sightseeing tour for the north and south pass by various museums.

Temples

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Mnajdra temples in Malta

There are various Museums to visit in Malta. Valletta’s National Museums of which the Knights of St. John left a formidable heritage. The buildings themselves are museums of fine masterpieces of fine contemporary arts by well renouned international artists like Caravaggio.

Also The Fortress Builders - Fortifications Interpretation Centre Valletta shows the technique how the fortifications were built and are still there today.

Other Museums to visit are the Roman Villa and the Maritime Museum at Birgu. The temples interpretation centre at Hagar Qim close to Wied Iz-Zurrieq, Tarxien Temples and Ghar Dalam at Birzebbugia. The Domus Romana at Rabat a Roman villa remains from the first quarter of the first century BC. The Mdina Cathedral and its’ museum.   

Enjoy the Maritime Museum at Birgu giving a glimpse of the extensive maritime history of our islands.

Malta’s mix of museums will give you an edge on Maltese culture.

Sightseeing tour for the north and south pass by various museums.

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Sightseeing Tours

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Sightseeing bus tour

To plan your Malta sightseeing experience, use the North Blue and South Red routes to plan and locate the top attractions along the way and nearby places. In Malta getting around is easy due to its size and all important locations are within reach of each other.

For ease of reference we have marked the location as Top 10 Things to do in Malta. Due to Malta’s compact size sightseeing is easy and you can see most of the important sites within a sort time.

If you’ll be on the island for a short time, it is good to focus on the top 10 Things to do in your must see list. 

Marsaxlokk the Fishing Village

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Marsaxlokk open market at the main promenade beside the sea

A fishing village on the south coast of Malta very popular with locals and tourist. Tranquil village ideal for relaxation, walking around, shop from the many daily open market stalls including fresh fish. Eat in the many restaurants along the promenade from the fisherman’s  daily fresh catch. The area is a picturesque one with colourful boats and fisherman mending their nets.

Our suggestions

The location is ideal for walks.

Restaurants are rather plentiful and food is of good quality.

Open daily market where you can buy souvenirs.

Swimming locations nearby at Birzebbugia sandy beach and alonf the rocky coastline. Delimara Point and St. Peter’s Pool at Delimara.

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The top 10 things to do in Malta, places, activities, entertainment to enjoy your wonderful holiday in Malta are a feel of what you find and explore when visiting our beautiful gem of an island.  Combine these famous places in Malta with sightseeing tours to make most out of your holiday and have enought time for swimming and evening entertainment.

Find out more information when visiting the site about various important places to visit and enjoy.

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 - What to see in Malta - Marsaxlokk, Mellieha »

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 - Archaeology Tours - Mnajdra, Hagar Qim, Ggantija »

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