Everything you need to know for your first trip to Malta

Tucked away in the middle of the Mediterranean ocean between the North of Africa and South of Italy, Malta is the perfect destination for a sunshine filled, cultural island holiday. Just a 3 hour flight from London, Malta has become more and more popular with tourists in recent years and having just returned from my second trip there I wanted to share some of my favourite locations and useful tips!

Where to stay:

Typically the east side of the island is where you can expect to find the most tourist accommodation with popular locations being Valletta, St Julians Bay, Sliema and St Paul’s Bay but don’t worry, Malta is so tiny that you are never really further than an hour from anything and you won’t be far from a sea view anywhere on the island!

If you’re looking for a sophisticated stay…

The capital city of Malta is Valletta and is one of the nicest (and probably most expensive) places to stay on the island but it’s no wonder with its impressive city walls and gorgeous sea views. It boasts some of the best hotels on the island including Grand Hotel Excelsior (highly recommend) and The Phoenicia.

If you’re looking for nightlife…

Paceville is where you will find the nightlife of Malta with it’s strip of bars and clubs, you won’t be far away from some shots and a dance floor. There is also a huge shopping centre and plenty of high rise hotels with rooftop pools in this area of Malta. It’s very buzzy and still has fantastic views from the bays that wind around it.

For day trips…

Of course Valletta, the capital city should be at the top of your list of sights to see with its beautiful Upper and Lower Barraka Gardens and fantastic architecture (also look out for the British inspired red post boxes!) but closely followed should be Mdina, known as the silent city. It is an immaculate destination and was previously the island’s capital. You might even recognise its walled surroundings from Game of Thrones.

A boat tour is another beautiful way to discover Malta. The Blue Lagoon will probably be one of the first things that comes up when you research Malta and it is worth seeing but I wouldn’t spend too long there since it is an absolute tourist trap and so busy! I recommend getting your pictures and then spending time swimming and enjoying the blue ocean at the Crystal Lagoon or other coves around the area that your boat tour can stop by at. Gozo is also a lovely little island that is worth visiting as part of a boat tour. We were dropped off at the harbour and then driven to Xlendi Beach which was a beautiful lunch spot.

I haven’t actually been but Popeye’s village also looks like a great place to visit whilst visiting!

Useful things to know:

Getting around: There are plenty of bus services to use if you want to get around but we found it really useful to use the Bolt taxi app which was extremely reasonable and served us well during our time.

Plug sockets: Generally Malta has type G plug sockets (the same as British plug sockets) but it is worth bringing a European adapter just in case.

Drinking water: The tap water is also generally fine to use but again worth checking wherever you stay.

What are you waiting for? The gorgeous, friendly island of Malta is waiting for you.

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