First, a few tips:
- If you only have one week, stay in one location. The main island is so small that you can’t really go wrong. We stayed in Sliema, because it is convenient to Valletta, but offers less expensive lodging and there is an easy round trip ferry ride that goes from Sliema to Valletta. If I got to do it again, however, I’d stay in Valletta so I could try a new restaurant every night.
- Public Transportation is very easy in Malta. As soon as you arrive get a 7 Day Explore Card (€21) so you can take unlimited bus rides around Malta and Gozo. You can get a two hour bus pass from the bus driver, but they get a little annoyed if you don’t have exact change.
- There are luggage storage locations at the airport and in Valletta. We had an 8:00 PM flight on our last day, so this allowed us to do a little more exploring after we checked out of our hotel.
- English is widely spoken in Malta, so you should have no problem communicating.
- Malta is part of the EU, so exchange for euros as soon as you arrive.
- Bring or buy a snorkel, useful at every single beach.
- If you are going in July or August, be prepared for extreme heat. Lather on the sunscreen and drink plenty of water.
- You can access free WiFi from every public bus and in many public spaces around Malta.
Day 1 – Arrive in Malta
We arrived by ferry from Sicily, but there are plenty of international flights if that’s more your speed.
Day 2 – Valletta
Day 3 – Marsaxlokk
Marsaxlokk is best known for its Sunday fish market, but it’s a charming spot every day of the week. Have some traditional Maltese cuisine at Ta’ Victor and hire a boat or walk to St. Peter’s Pool for a dip.
Day 4 – Mdina and Popeye’s Village
Head to Popeye’s Village early to beat the heat, then spend the second half of your day in Malta’s old capital, Mdina.
Day 5 – Comino
There are plenty of companies offering day trips to Comino and as far as I can tell, they are all pretty similar. The boats leave from Sliema and Buġibba/St. Paul’s Bay. The Blue Lagoon is a little crowded, but the water is oh so nice. Don’t forget to bring snorkel or make sure your boat has them on board!
Day 6 – Gozo
You need a few days to get experience all of Gozo, but you can still see plenty in a day trip. Take a bus to Cirkewwa then get on the 6:45 AM ferry to beat the crowds. If you have time, head to the top of Cittadella in Victoria for stunning sunset views.
Day 7 – Say Goodbye
Take the ferry from Valletta to Sicily or hop on a bus to the airport. If you’re flying, make a point to look out the window at take off, the aerial view is incredible.
If you’re planning a trip to Malta, feel free to reach out with questions or advice and check out my other Malta posts you might be interested in:
Packing for a Week in Malta