Despite the small size, Malta and its sister island Gozo have many sights and activities for you and your travel companions to enjoy. With its rich past, the Maltese islands are a treasure trove for history and culture aficionados. The same can be said for those who are more outdoorsy or even interested in gastronomy. Whatever sparks your interest, you surely won’t be disappointed while on holiday in Malta.
Below, we have put together a few activities you may wish to experience whilst in Malta.
1. Spend a day in Valletta
Step out of The Phoenicia Malta hotel and walk into Valletta, the capital of Malta. Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage site, well known for its incredible churches, palaces, and museums. Enjoy the day visiting the new Parliament building, Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens, limestone streets, MUZA art museum, and then stop at one the many restaurants and cafés for lunch or coffee.
2. Day Trip to Gozo Island
Gozo, with its spectacular scenery, gorgeous beaches, and fascinating historical sites, is an island worth visiting. Walk through Citadel, a fortified city like Mdina in mainland Malta, or Marsalforn, the main resort town, with its excellent outdoor cafes and restaurants. Ir-Ramla il-Hamra (Ramla Bay) is the largest sandy beach on Gozo Island.
The Maltese islands offer some of the best diving in the Mediterranean and even in the world. With its numerous caves, reefs and wrecks, which can be reached from either the shore or by boat, diving in Malta is suitable for beginners, advanced and technical divers. Dive shops may be found across both main islands.
4. Day Trip to Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon, located on the island of Comino, the smallest of the Maltese archipelago, is one of Malta’s not-so-hidden gems. It is a must-visit spot known for its crystal-clear blue waters and jagged cliffs. The beach is very easily accessible via boat crossings located in the North, or even day trips departing from the Sliema area. Facilities are limited on the island, however one can find a number of food trucks which provide all you need for a day at the beach.
5. Visit the Best Beaches in Malta
Given that Malta is an island, beaches are expected. Across the coast, one can find numerous picturesque beaches, some of which are rocky whilst others are sandy. The most popular sandy beaches to visit in Malta include Ghar Tuffieha, Mellieha Bay, Golden Bay, and Paradise Bay. The best rocky beaches include Ghajn Lapsi, St Thomas Bay, St Paul’s Bay and Sliema seafront.
6. Taste History Experience
Taste History is an experience created by the Maritime Museum that engages the senses and allows you to taste ancient recipes enjoyed in Malta in an unconventional context, a museum. Following extensive research, a professional team of curators and chefs come together to recreate the paupers’ frugal snacks, the corsair’s celebratory dinner, the Grand Master’s wine list, the inquisitor’s lent dinner and the Merchant’s decadent dessert. The results are as surprising as the flavours which have been brought back to life. Book your private event here.