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Plan Your Trip to Malta Guide and Itinerary

Malta is a tiny European country located in the central Mediterranean. It is a perfect place for you to visit if you are chasing the last summer rays before the winter without the crazy crowds.

In this blog post, you will find out everything you need to know to plan your perfect trip to Malta: Where is Malta, what is the best time to visit Malta, where to stay in Malta, how to travel around Malta, and 3 day Malta itinerary.

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Even though Malta is one of the smallest European countries, there is a lot to see there.

This guide gives you information and tips to plan your perfect holiday and also includes a three-day itinerary. The itinerary includes all the highlights without being over packed so you can enjoy Malta as a relaxing holiday and also get the most out of it.

I have spent 3 full days in Malta and I hope I can one day return to explore more of this beautiful island.

Table of content

  1. Where is Malta

  2. Best Time to Visit Malta

  3. Where to Stay in Malta

  4. How to Travel Around Malta

  5. 3 Day Malta Itinerary

1. Where is Malta

Malta is an archipelago (group of islands) in the central Mediterranean. The Maltese Archipelago is made up of three main islands: the largest Malta (also referred to as mainland), Comino (home of the famous Blue Lagoon) and Gozo. Whilst the archipelago consists of many other smaller islands as well, those three are the only inhabited ones.

Its geographical position between Sicily and the North African coast is a reason for the country’s long and hot summers, thus making it for the perfect summer escape when the rest of Europe is dealing with cold and rainy days.

2. Best Time to Visit Malta

High season: June to August

Average daily temperature: 29C - 32C / Average nightly temperature: 24C - 28C

Advantages: Almost guaranteed great weather

Disadvantages: Can be too hot to do much during the day, high humidity, high season is also the most touristy time, attracting the most crowds and high prices

Shoulder season: September to November - the best time to visit

Average daily temperature: 28C - 25C / Average nightly temperature: 25C - 22C

Advantages: great weather, not too hot, ideal temperatures of seawater for swimming, lower rates than in high season

Disadvantages: can still be quite busy, especially on the weekends, can get colder and rainier towards the end of the season

Low season: December to February

Average daily temperature: 18C - 16C / Average nightly temperature: 15C - 13C

Advantages: Low prices and no crowds

Disadvantages: A lot of rainy days, strong winds

Shoulder season: March to May

Average daily temperature: 20C - 24C / Average nightly temperature: 15C-20C

Advantages: less rainy days than in low season, temperatures on the rise, fewer tourists than in high season thus lower rates and not too crowded at main tourist attractions

Disadvantages: sea might still be too cold for swimming

3. Where to Stay in Malta

There are many places you can stay in Malta depending on what you are after.

Valletta is the capital city of Malta. The rates in high season can be quite high as there is limited accommodation available.

We found Sliema a perfect base for our travels as it is located 10-minute ferry ride away from Valletta, offers more affordable accommodation than Valetta, and is also very well connected with all the other points of interest.

St. Julian’s is perfect for you if you are looking for a place with the most active nightlife and plenty of hang out spots.

If you would prefer to stay away from the more popular and busy areas of the mainland, then staying in Gozo might be ideal for you.

I would advise you to think about how important are the following things to you when choosing your accommodation:

  • Price

  • Ease of travelling around (travel connections)

  • Nightlife

  • Do you prefer busy or quiet areas

You can get a discount if you book your room via this Airbnb link*.

4. How to Travel Around Malta

Public transport in Malta and Gozo is quite good and very affordable. The disadvantage of public transport is that it can be a bit slow or the buses can be very packed at peak times.

You can find public transportation routes map here.

Rent a car for maximum mobility. I would love to return to Malta and rent a car one day to visit all the numerous small villages that can otherwise be a bit hard to reach with public transport.

All the road signs are in English and they drive on the left side of the street. Keep in mind that the streets in Malta are very narrow and driving can be quite a hassle.

Taxis are the easiest and most hassle-free way of travelling around Malta. If you are based in Valletta or Sliema, it will take you 40 minutes to reach the most further away point on the island.

Me and my friend used eCabs app which is Malta’s version of Uber. You can preorder a cab and also see how much the ride will cost you. Your card is charged at the start of the journey so you always know how much you are going to pay. You can also pay with cash then you will be charged at the end of the journey.

A word of caution. We have prebooked our cab from the accommodation to the Airport and it looked like the request for the ride was only sent out at the time we have booked the pick up for the night before. We had to wait for 10 minutes before the driver arrived at the destination (10 minutes later than our original requested time).

It is not unusual for drivers who are more than 10 minutes away from you to accept the rides so be prepared to occasionally wait for your driver to arrive.

Overall, we had no major issues with the eCabs service and I would recommend you download the app and use their services.

Regular ferry services link Valletta and Sliema (10 minutes ride, 1.50 EUR one way, 3 EUR return) and Malta and Gozo (20 minutes ride), there are also regular boat services between each island and Comino (10 minute ride).

5. 3 Day Malta Itinerary

Day 1 - Boat day trip and Popeye Village

We have booked a Hornblower Cruises Gozo, Comino, Blue Lagoon and Caves Tour.

This day trip is a perfect choice for you if you want to explore all three islands but you are short on time.

The boat departed from Bugibba at 10:30 and we returned back at around 17:30.

Tip: Arrive early to get a good spot on the top deck for your beach towel.

The boat cruises alongside the Maltese coast and you get to see some caves from really up close as well as beautiful crystal blue water.

First stop is the famous Blue Lagoon. The boat will take around one hour and a half to two hour stop here and you can enjoy lounging on deck chairs provided, sliding or jumping from the top deck into the beautiful blue water, there is snorkelling equipment provided, or you can simply explore the island.

You have two options available to you. You can spend the rest of your trip at the Blue Lagoon or you can opt for a bus tour of Gozo for additional 5 EUR.

I would definitely advise you to take a bus tour as well. The bus takes you around the island and you get to see some really beautiful sites.

I have especially enjoyed Gozo’s capital Victoria which is full of cute little side streets and perfect for anyone who enjoys exploring.

If you are not that bothered about sightseeing and you prefer to just relax, then you can stay at the Blue Lagoon for the remaining of the afternoon.

Blue Lagoon can get quite busy in high season. However, I feel like our boat arrived at the lagoon earlier than most of the other ones and we also had a good location of where the boat was docked.

Everyone was too scared to slide down first so I volunteered - no people on a photo? A win :D