Language: Maltese people are linguistic pros! Most natives speak Maltese, and nearly 90% speak English, while another 50% also speak Italian.
Currency: Malta, along with 19 other European countries, use the euro so there’s no need to convert if you’re traveling the continent.
Credit Cards: Carry a mix of cash and cards. Most big retailers and restaurants accept cards, although not always American Express. You’ll also still want cash on hand for small purchases.
Climate: With a Mediterranean climate, it’s never too cold in Malta. In the winter, you’ll find temps between 50 to 60, while summer days range from the low 70s to 90.
High Season: June to August gets crazy in Malta. Hotels are booked solid and the beaches can get really crowed. Things also get busy again briefly from Christmas to New Years. Plan ahead if you’re coming for high season!
Holidays: You could write a book on the number of celebrations and holidays they have here! During the summer you’ll find festivals for art, jazz, beer, and wine along with the annual Isle of MTV event. Another big thing are the village celebrations which take place all over the islands. Their calendar is packed with events so do some checking around before you arrive.
The Three Islands: There are three different main islands that make up the country. There’s the main island of Malta, and the nearby Gozo and Comino Islands.
Island hopping and getting around between the attractions is cheap and easy in Malta. Here are a few ways to go about it.
Taxis: The islands are small so taxis are affordable and the most common means of getting around. Watch for an official white taxi car and make sure they turn on the meter.
Buses: Public transport is reliable and goes to most tourist destinations. If you think you’ll use it regularly, you can grab a 12-trip card for 15 euros.
You’ll leave for either island from the Cirkewwa port. You’ll have a few options but generally you can expect to pay 10 euro or less for round-trip travel.
There are a lot of great places in Malta to stay and it’s all about deciding what type of adventure you’re in the mood for.
Valetta is one of the most popular areas when it comes to history and culture. If you’re looking for nightlife and beaches though, this isn’t the best pick.
Sliema is a popular region for luxury-goers. It’s got a charming look and is full of hotels, restaurants, and rocky beaches. The lidos with pools around here are good for swimming.
Mellieħa is a beautiful part of the island that is close to the beaches. It’s very quiet so it’s good if you’re look for a chill escape.
Luxury Hotel Options
Mid-Range Hotel Options
There are SO many amazing restaurants that it’s really hard to narrow it down to the best of the best. There are lots of luxe seafood and steak restaurants, but go for Italian or Maltese cuisine when you can.
Explore Valetta: One of first cities to have been named a UNESCO Heritage Site, the small capital city of Malta has an incredibly high concentrated historic sites. It’s perfect for just wandering around and taking in the city.
Mosta Church: This spot survived a bombing and still looks stunning. Take a trip to Rotunda Square in Mosta and bring your camera.
Fisherman’s Village: In Marsaxlokk, you’ll find sidewalk café, a cool market, and good photo ops. Come on Sundays to check out the fish market.
Wander through Birgu: The old fortified city at the south of the Grand Harbour is ripe for exploration. Follow the winding alleyways to hidden treasures.
Scuba Diving: Sadly the azure window is gone, but I’ve heard you can scuba dive to see it now. There are also lots of good spots in Gozo too, which is just a short ferry ride away.
Beaches: Malta is famous for its turquoise blue Mediterranean water. Beaches like St. Peter’s Pool, Mellieħa Bay, Golden Bay and Għajn Tuffieħa are musts!
Popeye’s Village: While it’s a bit pricey to visit and it’s more geared toward families, I’d recommend recommend come out here to get one of Malta’s best photo viewpoints.
St Agatha’s Tower: Also known as Red Tower or Mellieħa Tower, these 17th century towers have an interesting history and you can get a great view if you climb to the top.
St Paul’s Bay: A quiet fishing village on the northern coast, there are a lot of Maltese people living in the old town of St. Paul’s Bay so it’s a good spot to visit to see what local life is like.