Did you know I lived in Malta for 6 months? Well, I did! During my time on the island, I got some visits from home. Out of that, I made a Malta 3 days itinerary with the best places to visit in Malta. On this list, you will find 11 fun things to do in Malta. Malta isn’t that big and to see most of the spots, 3 days in Malta is enough. Do you love a more relaxed stay including beach days? I suggest staying longer because Malta is amazing and there is a lot more to explore!
A lot of people think Malta is a part of Italy but that’s only half right. Malta is located between Sicily and the Northern African coast and it’s an official country. Malta is becoming one of the hotspots of South Europe so bring a visit before everyone else does!
What do you find on this island? Beautiful beaches including the blue lagoon, islandhopping, a laid back vibe, interesting architecture, old city of Valetta and amazing food! It’s definitely worth a visit!
Fun things to do in Malta
Day 1 – Malta 3 days itinerary
1. Visit the old town Valletta and the harbour
Visiting the beautiful old town of Valletta is one of the things you can’t miss in Malta. Did you know Valletta is one of the Europe’s smallest capital cities and a UNESCO world heritage site? This makes this town a really cute and interesting place with lots of historical baroque buildings.
At the Old Town Street you will find traditional Maltese houses with cute balconies. Just walk around the narrow streets and visiting the old breathtaking Grand Harbour which is one of the most majestic ports on the planet, are the best thing you can do in Valletta.
Tip: Visit the St. John’s Cathedral and the Upper Barrakka Gardens
BOOK A TOUR: Valletta City 2 hour walking tour
2. Have lunch in Valletta at Da Pippo
After strolling around in Valletta I can imagine it makes you a little bit hungry. Don’t worry, I found the perfect place to have lunch!
Did you know Da Pippo is the favourite restaurant of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt? It’s a real Italian restaurant in the heart of Valletta.
Tip: Go for the ravioli with lobster or the seafood pasta, which is chefs speciality!
Location: Melita St, Valletta, Malta
Opening hours: 11:30am – 3:30pm daily
3. Eat fresh fish at the Marsaxlokk fish market
The Marsaxlokk fish market is located in the south of Malta and opens only on Sundays, it’s an amazing place to visit. The market offers fresh fish and seafood from the Mediterranean Sea. At the market the fish is displayed openly with prices that are cheaper than that of the shops.
You can choose to buy your own fish at the market and cook it in the evening or you can make a stop at one of the many roadside restaurants with a huge selection of the finest fish. I chose the last option and ate a seafood pasta which was delicious!
At the market you will find these cute boats which are in use by the local people. Nearby the fish market you will find the Blue Grotto which is worth a visit. Check my next tip with more information about it!
4. Visit Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto is also located in the less-visited south–east part of Malta, just 15 minutes drive from the Marsaxlokk fish market. Don’t confuse this place with the famous Blue Lagoon which is at the Comino island. The Blue Grotto is less touristic which makes it in my opinion a more authentic place to visit.
There are still over 100.000 visitors per year to see the amazing Blue Grotto by boat trip. This place is also a popular scuba diving and snorkeling spot because of the clear, clean and deep waters.
The Blue Grotto is a complex of 7 caves and got his name because of the crystal blue water.
5. Have dinner at Il Corsaro near the Blue Grotto
This really small and cute Italian restaurant is located close to the Blue Grotto. The owner of this restaurant is Italian and makes all the food with a lot of love which you can taste! I can tell you it’s one of the best places to visit in Malta to have an Italian meal!
During your dinner you will have a lovely view of the ocean. I had the best gambas I ever had before! Our plan was to have a quick dinner but stayed for almost 4 hours at this place with amazing wines as well.
Day 2 – Malta 3 days itinerary
6. Islandhopping: Gozo and Comino
The islands of Comino and Gozo are two of the major parts of Malta. But what is the difference and what do you find on each island?
Comino is the smallest of these two islands and on this island you will find the popular Blue Lagoon. It’s located between Gozo and Malta.
The Island is really small and the permanent population of this island consist of only 3 residents, how funny is that! The island is just 3.5 square kilometres and you will find just toilets and some small shops.
From Malta you can take the regular Ċirkewwa ferry to Comino. It takes around 25 minutes and a return ticket costs €10.
Tip: during summer season this island is crowded. Do you want a sunbed? Go early in the morning otherwise you won’t get one and have to lie down on the rocks the full day.
After the Comino Island you will find the Gozo Island. After the island of Malta itself, it is the second–largest island of the three islands. On this island the population is bigger with 37.000 people and the size of the island is 67 km2.
Many people refer to Gozo as “what Malta used to be like”, a more rural place where time just seems to be passing slower than on Malta itself. On this island it’s more quiet, more relaxed, you can walk in the country side, visit beautiful unexplored beaches and of course the famous Azure Window.
To go to this island you need to take the regular Ċirkewwa ferry. Do you have a rental car? The ferry allows people to take a car with them. A rountrip ticket to this island costs €4,65 for foot passengers and €15,70 if you bring a car. The trip takes around 25 minutes.
BOOK A TOUR: 2 island boat cruise Blue Lagoon Comino & Gozo
7. Enjoy the nightlife at Paceville
Paceville is located in St. Julians and is the district of pubs and nightclubs. It’s one of Malta’s most exciting town when it comes to nightlife. You will find bars, clubs, discos, casinos, gentlemen’s clubs, cinemas an much more.
Paceville is basically one street where you will find all the pubs and nightclubs of Malta. This place is one of the best places to visit in Malta for young people who are looking for a place where they can party all night long. You will find a lot of happy hours, shotbars and loud music.
Most of the clubs have a free entrance and are open until the early hours in the morning.
Tip: Do you like cocktails? Go to Hugo’s Lounge!
BUY A TICKET: Pubcrawl Paceville
Day 3 – Malta 3 days itinerary
8. Explore Popeye village
Popeye Village was a filmset in 1980 of the Muscial production of Popeye and the oldest filmset of Popeye. Nowadays it’s one of the major tourist attractions of Malta filled with a number of activities. This place is one of the fun things to do in Malta especially for kids.
This small attraction fun park is located at Anchor Bay in Mellieha. The attractions in this park are:
- Some of the houses in this Popeye Village have been equipped with filming items.
- Every 15 minutes visitors can enjoy a 15 minute boattrip around Anchor Bay.
- You will find a cinema in the center of Popaye Village.
- There are different kind of shows: Puppet show, Jerry Sprinjer show, Popaye and his friends and doctor Graves.
It sounds like it’s one of the best places to visit in Malta for kids but also for people without kids it’s a fun place to explore!
Opening Hours : Nov to Mar: 9.30am – 4.30pm / Apr to Jun, Sep & Oct : 9.30am – 5.30pm / Jul & Aug : 9.30am- 7pm
9. Explore the Ghajn Thuja and Golden Bay Beach
The Ghajn Thuja Beach is located on the North West coast of Malta behind the small village Manikata. In the eyes of the Maltese people this is the most beautiful beach of Malta. This beach is smaller than the Golden Bay and less accessible. It almost looks untouched by man with a lot of nature around you.
The Golden Bay Beach is located just 4 minutes drive from the Ghajn Thuja Beach. The Golden Bay Beach is more crowded and you will find a few restaurants at this place. This beach is also very beautiful with clear water and yellow sand.
10. Visit the Malta National Aquarium and Bird Park at St. Paul’s Bay
Just 20 minutes drive from Popeye Village you will find the Malta National Aquarium and the Bird Park. It’s located at St. Paul’s Bay. This was one of the fun things to do in Malta which I liked the most.
At the bird park you will see over 200 species of birds and other exotic animals. I loved seeing the flamingos at this place! At the aquarium you will find sharks, mantra rays, fishes and many more!
Tip: It’s perfect to combine this with my next tip which is also at St. Paul’s Bay!
11. Watch the sunset at Cafe del Mar (St. Paul’s Bay)
Cafe Del Mar is located at St. Paul’s Bay and is the biggest beach club in Malta. It’s my favourite place to have drink, enjoy the view at the infinity pool, watch colour sunsets and relax after a busy day. From Cafe Del Mar you will have a view of the Mediterannean Sea and St. Paul’s Island.
You can chill by the infinity pool the whole day, you can even eat some lunch/dinner in the restaurant or enjoy amazing cocktails at the pool. There is a stylish open air bar and you can listen to some chilled out music and specialist DJs.
Are you looking for a relaxing afternoon. This is one of the best places to visit in Malta and you won’t regret adding it to your Malta 3 days itinerary!
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