The Maltese islands encourages an eclectic variety of travelers and tourists alike to visit the beautiful country. It entices the explorer to climb it’s cliffs, while offering a luxurious and elegant stay for those looking for something more laid back. Both visually charming and historically intriguing there really is something for everyone. These qualities are what has shaped Malta into the amazing Mediterranean paradise we see today. With that in mind and with great difficulty, I have comprised a list of my top 8 places not to be missed that should keep you busy while visiting the islands. Of course there are plenty more but these were some of my favourite spots! 🙂
1. Blue Grotto
Made up of four caves that reflect the amazing colours of the corals and minerals found in the limestone, legends say that sirens bewitched seafarers with their songs, and lured them in. Take a boat trip through the caves to see the amazing light reflections and you might even be able to swim in them if you sweet talk the driver! It only costs €8 and it makes for such a memorable trip.
2. St. Peters Pool.
Staying south of Malta, St. Peters Pool situated near Marsaxlokk Bay is a beautifully rocky natural pool. With stunning azure and green colours in the water, it’s not only a brilliant spot for exploring it’s rocky terrain, jumping off the cliffs and having some fun, but it’s so dazzling in it’s beauty that you have to check it out.
3. Cafe Del Mar
Swaying from natural wonders for a bit, Cafe Del Mar at St. Pauls Bay is something I’d recommend for a taste of luxury for the day. Although you have to bring a full wallet with you, once you get a taste of that view it’s all worth it! Good music, cocktails and food to keep you there all day, it is a luxurious slice of heaven. Day or night, the atmosphere in this place keeps you at your ease and in that holiday mood! Splash out and go for the VIP section, it’s not something you would do everyday so why not make the most of it?
The capital of Malta, also known as “The Fortress City” holds such historical and cultural importance, you feel like you’re stepping into a movie set while walking the cobbled streets. With it’s timeless atmosphere, Valletta oozes style and sophistication. As the bus station is based here, and most stops go through the capital, you will no doubt pass through the city and I’d advise you to stop and smell the roses for sure – both metaphorically and literally! There are some beautiful gardens scattered around Valletta. 🙂
5. Blue Lagoon.
Heading out of Malta and onto Comino, the smallest of the three islands, the Blue Lagoon is a paradise. Although the main beach is generally packed with tourists, so bring a water proof bag and swim over to the quieter beach not half a mile away. There you can enjoy the crystal blue waters in pure serenity.
6. Azure Window.
Onto Gozo, the third island of Malta and the Azure Window situated near Dwejra Bay on the Inland Sea. This natural limestone arch holds spectacular views and amazing spots for divers and snorkelers. Beautiful rock pools and formations cover this land and again, plenty to jump off! This was one of my favourites, and really shouldn’t be missed.
7. Ramla Bay
Staying in Gozo, Ramla Bay is the island’s best beach with beautiful views from the neighbouring mountains. The beach has soft red sand which is why the locals call it “Ramla il-Ħamra” the Red Sandy Beach! Calypso’s cave is located on the left side, and a crystal cave perched on the right side of the bay, so you can almost feel the mystical sense in the air listening to the myth and legends of the place! There are some great water sports for a reasonable price, and awesome hiking trails not far off the beach, surrounded by unspoiled nature that is so rich and fertile. It really is an amazing spot.
8. Ggantija Temples.
These two magnificent prehistoric temples are situated in Xaghra, A UNESCO World Heritage Site, they are the oldest standing structures in the world, dating back to before the Pyramids of Egypt. This needs no convincing, get your ass over to Gozo and see these temples for yourself!
And that rounds up my top list of activities when visiting the islands of Malta. There are so much more things to do and places to see that I didn’t get to mention, but what ever it is you decide to do you won’t be disappointed. What are some of you’re favourite spots? I would love to hear them! Please comment below if you have any questions or would like to add to the list, and thanks for reading! 🙂