A Malta map can be your best friend to help you find your way around the islands.
Having a physical map is always handy to carry and find your way around until you get to the area where you will be living or visiting.
Today most maps are on personal mobile phones. Through Google Maps you find fast the locations you require; being historical locations, accommodation, restaurants, entertainment and shopping.
You can get free maps as soon as you arrive at Malta International Airport. At the arrivals lounge there is the tourist office where you find maps, brochures and all that is happening around the islands.
If you are unable to visit this office or it is closed at the time of your arrival you can visit the Valletta office or the various offices spread across the islands.
Barely visible on the world map. So where is Malta? The islands of Malta are in the very centre of the Mediterranean sea, between Sicily and Africa.
- It is the smallest member of the European Union 28 member states.
- Consists of three main islands: Malta the largest, Gozo and Comino are inhabitied.
- The Maltese archipelago the smallest in the world.
- Population 493,559 (end of 2018); most densely populated with an area of just 316sq km on both islands.
- Malta is a promising diverse culture, commercial and administrative centre.
- Malta is a Republic with its parliament, the cabinet and judicial system.
- Climate Mediterranean, hot summers and mild winters.
- Two main languages Maltese and English.
- Malta is more than just a small island. Keep yourself busy, sandy beaches, nightlife and 7,000 years of history with UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Using Google maps gives you many opportunities to discover the island before coming and whilst you are here.
- If you are renting a car, you can see current traffic congestions in various colours. They are marked in three different colours, green (light), orange (medium) and red (heavy).
- You can see Malta in 3D street view, by placing a dummy in a street and walk around.
- See what amenities there are near your current location for example coffee shops, gas stations, hotels, restaurants and more.
- You can see all Malta Public transport bus stops, route numbers and destination of route.
- Gozo the second largest island with abundant countryside with open spaces and peaceful.
- The capital city of Gozo is Rabat, also known as Victoria.
- The population is 31,000.
- The island can only be reached by ferry.
- The size of Gozo is 67 km square.
- Comino almost uninhabited is a popular destination for the popular Blue Lagoon day-trippers and hikers.
- There are only 3 people (2017) living on the island. They are all related.
- The island on has one hotel which is in operation during summer.
- Comino is a very popular destination during summer.
- Here you find the famous Blue Lagoon which is visited by thousands every year.
- There are boat tours that go to this island daily.
- The island size is of 3.5 km square.
- Malta public transport is the only public transport on the island. Any visitors will find these maps handy as they show the routes in various colours for all the island.
- If a tourist wishes to use the public transport during their holiday these maps are a very fast indicator of which bus routes to take. You can identify the location you wish to go, identify the route numbers and see from where you can board the bus.
- On the map you will find all the interchanges around the islands,all the routes in different colours together with the route numbers and also very important landmarks such as the airport, hospital, ferry, beaches and places of interest.
- You can download the maps for Malta and Gozo by clicking here
- Today due to the use of mobiles it is easy to download the Public Transport app to know of bus departures and arrival times at the different bus stops across the islands.
If you are visiting the islands there are various available maps with important locations on the island. You can download or print for personal use only since they are the property of the Malta Tourist Authority.
- These maps are in PDF format and you will require to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader to see the details and save a copy on your computer. You can also download them on your mobile phone for easy access when you come over for your holiday.
- To download a map click the downwards arrow with a line under which is located top left of the map
Map 1 and Map 3 - Malta and Gozo in A3 or in A4 sizes.
- The map shows a general view of the three main islands. All the town and village locations including their names and all the main roads connecting them.
The various symbols show all the tourist offices with their contact number, beaches, museums, hospital, prehistoric sites, blue flag beaches, free wi-fi locations, fortification towers and the Cruise Liner Terminal in Valletta.
Map 2 - Malta A3 size
- This map is split in three different sections offering a street map for the Sliema, St. Julian's and Paceville area. Right top Valletta the capital city and bottom right St. Paul's Bay, Bugibba and Qawra.
- Here you find a concentration of accommodation, attractions, shopping, restaurants and bars.
- In particular the map of Valletta although small shows the Knights of St John auberges, cathedrals, churches, audio visual shows, museums, squares, access for pedestrians, car routes, pedestrian areas, lift at the Upper Barrakka Gardens and interesting locations to visit.
Map 4 - Mdina A4 size Map
- The Mdina map has a of the places of interest and symbols showing the museums, cathedral, the recommended scenic views, tourist office location and ATM.
- It proposes a pedestrian walk around the old capital. Also showing the approach from outside the main gate from Rabat with the various requirements of public transport, petrol stations, ATM and toilet facilities.
Map 5 - Mellieha A4 size Map
- Mellieha village is located in the north of the island with hotels and many rental holiday apartments. It is very popular and attracts many people to the longest sandy beach Ghadira Bay. This map is two sided, one side shows the village area and the other the north tip of the island with all the bays, hotels and ferry terminal.
Map 6 - Marsaxlokk A4 size
- Marsaxlokk village with all its road names. If you intend going for some time it is good to keep a copy on your mobile where it shows the tourist office, the bank with an ATM, the sandy beach, pedestrian area where here you find the daily market and the numerous restaurants along the promenade. Toilets facilities and Wifi are located in the central area adjacent to the promenade.
Map 7 A4 Size - St. Paul's Bay - Bugibba and Qawra
- The map of Bugibba and Qawra as they are all interconnected. This area has a variety of 2 to 4 star hotels with many rental apartments. The map gives symbol indications of the main facilities which you might require to use while there.
- Important to visit the National Aquarium, The Oracle Casino, Classic Car museum, the perched sandy Beach, water park, various swimming areas and numerous restaurants and bars very popular with foreigners.
Map 8 - The Three Villages
- Attard, Lija and Balzan located in the central area all linked to each other. Accommodation in these areas are limited. The best in these areas are the gardens which form part of the official residence of Malta’s President which are open to the public. Numerous old houses with beautiful architecture line the old streets of the localities as they were inhabited by wealthy local families.
walks you can do yourself with the use of a map.
- It is the best time for walks in the countryside as after the first rains the green tapestry across the countryside take shape after the long hot summer. The best time for walks is from mid-November until mid-May.
- Here are a maps to the list of country walks map you can enjoy.
In the link above you will find the following country walks:
- Walk 1 - Dingli - Fawwara - Wied iż-Żurrieq Walk
- Walk 2 - Mdina Walk - Mdina and Dingli.
- Walk 3 - Bahrija walk - The area around Bahrija village
- Walk 4 - Watch Tower walk - Marfa.
- Walk 5 - Hal Milieri walk - Qrendi, Mqaba and Zurrieq.
- Walk 6 - Tas-Silg Walk - Marsaskala and Marsaxlokk.
- Walk 7 - Tal-Maqluba walk - Maqluba, Siggiewi and Grendi.
- Walk 8 - Girgenti walk - Buskett and Siggiewi
- Walk 9 - Windmill walk - Zurrieq and Safi
Important Locations around the islands
- The island of Gozo
- The island of Comino
- Malta International Airport
- Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal
- Mater Dei Hospital, Msida
- Boffa Hospital, Floriana
- Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Hospital
- Valletta main bus terminus
- Qormi Bus interchange
- Pembroke Park and Ride bus terminus
- Cruise Liner Terminal, Valletta
- Virtu Ferries Passenger Terminal
- Ferry boat from Sliema to Valletta
- Ferry boat from Valletta to 3 Cities
- Police Headquarters, Floriana
- Law Courts, Valletta
- Identity Malta (Non-EU Nationals only), Msida
- Identity Malta, Blata L'Bajda
- VAT Department, Msida
- Commissioner of Revenue, Floriana
- Passport Office, Valletta
- Transport Malta, Lija
- Pavi, Mosta | Pama, Mosta | Tigne Point, Sliema | The Plaza, Sliema | Baystreet, St. Julian's | The Dukes, Gozo | Arkadia Shopping Mall, Gozo
- Paradise Bay | Golden Bay | Ghajn Tuffieha (Riviera Martinique) | Mellieha Bay | St. George’s Bay | St. Peter’s Pool
- Ramla l-Hamra | Xlendi Bay | Marsalforn Bay | San Blas Bay
Pre Historic Sites - Malta
- Hypogeum | Hagar Qim | Ghar Dalam | Tarxien Temples
Pre Historic Sites - Gozo
Attractions around the island of Malta
- The Red Tower, Mellieha | Popeye Village, Mellieha | Blue Grotto | Blue Lagoon | Dingli Cliffs
Attractions around the island of Gozo
Historical Towns and Villages
- Mosta | Mdina | Il-Birgu - Vittoriosa | L-Isla – Senglea | Bormla – Cospicua | Marsaxlokk | Rabat
Towns and Villages - Accommodation
- Sliema | Gzira | St. Julian’s | Paceville | Rabat | Mellieha | St. Paul’s Bay | Bugibba | Qawra | Marsascala
Valletta The Capital city
- St. John’s Co-Cathedral | Auberge de Castile | The Grand Master’s Palace and The Armoury | Upper Barakka Gardens | The Siege Bell
- Fortifications Interpretation Centre | Parliament house | Lascaris war rooms | Casa Rocca Piccola | The Malta Experience | Fort St. Elmo & The War Museum
Mdina The Old Capital city
- St. Paul’s Cathedral | Vilhena Palace | Mdina Gate | Mdina Dungeons | The Mdina Experience
The political map of Malta shows the towns and villages spread across the island. They are mostly found towards the main harbour areas spreading inwards on the north eastern area.
The Grand harbour and Marsamxett harbour are the biggest and most protected natural inlets on the island. Valletta has been the capital city since 1566 where it is located between these harbours across the peninsula.
The second harbour is at Marsaxlokk where other villages are located around it. The old capital was Mdina until the arrival of the Knights of St. John. It is located more in the central area on a high hill surrounded with fortifications a good vintage point to observe any arriving ships over the horizon and a considerable view of the island sea shore.
Today in Valletta you find the main administration of the country with regards to parliament, law courts, government departments and many other institutions and private companies forming part of the backbone of the country’s administrative and business sectors.
The Maltese archipelago is well connected with the rest of Europe, Africa and all other continents with a very efficient Malta International airport. The natural harbours play another important link with Europe with continuous crossings to various countries across the Mediteranean Sea. With Malta Freeport located at Marsaxlokk harbour Malta’s connectivity as a transhipment hub has placed the island as the twelfth among the top European ports and is the third largest transhipment and logistics centre in the Mediterranean region.
The islands of Gozo and Comino are located on the north west side area.
Malta’s history is rich with maps that portray the development of the island but also an in depth understanding of how things were, the way of life so different than we live today. It is a fact that today it is considered as for granted fact. Books have been published on this subject. The pioneer for such research is Dr. Albert Ganado who started collecting old maps. Today his son has transformed his father’s collection into an incredible study in collaboration with Emeritus Chief Conservator Joseph Schirò. Maps reveal details that enlighten historians understand the way things developed.
The Knights of Malta and Maps
Prior to the arrival of the Knights of St. John in 1530 cartography was not that important. It’s various previous rulers were not keen to draw up maps portraying the local situation as they were mostly interested as to what they are gaining than planning and protecting the local population from the various attaches that used to occur.
But when the knights established their headquarters in Malta in 1530. They knew they had to improve the existing defences as an attach could come from the Ottoman Empire. So mapping the island for planning defences and as administrators of the all that was on the island.
The knights immediately realised that the defence of the island meant their readiness to protect their order from the Ottoman Empire that wanted to destroy them since they were Christians and subsequently have a free hand to attach European countries. Due to this the creation of maps gained importance for sea navigation of their own fleet and shipping and European countries …. for the planning of defences and natural harbours that gave shelter to the many ships that passed around the islands.
1. Government of Malta: 'The Maltese Islands'
2. Visit Malta: 'Maps of Malta & Gozo - Valletta Maps - Free Tourist Maps of Malta'
3. Visit Malta: 'Malta Countryside Walks - Hikes & Walks'