The Perfect Malta Itinerary: Everything You Need to Know

Nestled in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is a vibrant gem that blends history, culture, and natural beauty. With two main islands – Malta and Gozo, this archipelago offers striking cliffs, azure waters and warm hospitality while its cobblestone streets, ancient temples and fortresses showcase its rich heritage.

While the islands may be small in size they are certainly not lacking in things to do with a surprising number of sights and adventures to pack in! When thinking about how many days to spend in Malta we recommend 5 to 7 days, this allows you to explore the main sights of the archipelago. This 6 day Malta itinerary takes you along many of the countries highlights. 

Day 1: Arrival and Exploring Gozo

Welcome to Malta! As you arrive at the airport, we recommend hiring a car (arrange this in advance) and then make your way to the Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal for a ferry ride via the Gozo Channel to Gozo with your car. You will only have to pay for the ferry on your return journey. 

After settling in, begin exploring the island by visiting L-Għar tal-Mixta (Mixta Cave), keep your eye out for the adorable cats that call this cave home or unwind at the sandy beach of Ramla Bay (Ramla il-Ħamra) below. 

A Beautiful Girl Looking out over the ocean from inside Mixta cave in Malta
A sleepy cat lounges on a rock inside Mixta cave in Malta. a beautiful but cloudy Mediterranean ocean can be seen behind it through the cave opening .

Dinner recommendation: Try some delicious Maltese cuisine at Maldonado Bistro, and if you are there during the high season we recommend their wine tasting experience where you can sample local wines and accompanying dishes. 

Where to stay in Gozo: The Quaint Boutique Accommodation in Nadur for its central location.

Day 2: Coastal Hike and a Scenic Picnic in Gozo

Start your day with an invigorating coastal hike from Mgarr to Xlendi, guided by the local legends at Gozo Adventures, take in the dramatic cliffs and refreshing sea breeze along the way while learning about the fascinating history of the region. 

In the afternoon, head to the coast for a sunset picnic by Gozo Picnics, they set everything up for you in your chosen location with beautiful homemade Maltese food and drinks. 

A picnic is set up on the island of Gozo just off the coast of Malta. Malta can be seen in the background across a channel of water.
The travel couple Haz and Loz sitting down enjoying a picnic on the Island of Gozo. Haz is pointing across the ocean to the mainland of Malta

Day 3: Adventure-filled Day in Gozo

 Begin your morning at Mġarr ix-Xini for an exhilarating abseiling or rock climbing session with Gozo Adventures or if you have your scuba ticket we highly recommend booking a scuba dive at one of the 80 dive sites on the island, Gozo is known for its world class water visibility and huge limestone underwater caves and structures. 

In the afternoon head to Dwejra Bay, home to Gozo’s famous Blue Hole, Inland Sea and Fungus Rock. While the Blue Hole and the Inland Sea are both well known scuba diving sites you can also choose to relax by the beach, snorkel or take a boat tour through the cave system here. 

A Drone View of Dwerja Bay, on the island of Gozo off the coast of Malta. Rocky cliffs protect a sizeable blue swimming hole which is skirted by rustic boasts cafes and sheds
A Birds Eye View of Dwerja Bay also known as the Blue Hole on the island of Gozo off the coast of Malta. A turqoise blue water body is skirted by cliffs on one side and houses boats and cages on the other.

Day 4: Discovering Valletta in Malta Mainland

It’s time to bid farewell to Gozo. Check out from your accommodation and head back via the Gozo Channel to Malta. 

Make your way to Malta’s capital, Valletta, where cobbled paths wind through historic facades – you could spend hours just wandering the quaint streets here. We recommend checking out St. John’s Co-Cathedral and exploring the Grandmaster’s Palace and Upper Barrakka Gardens. 

A Ceremonial cannon is fired as a salute  in Malta's capital Valletta.
A modern boat can be seen cruising admits old fortifications in Maltas capital city of Valletta

Tip: Try to visit Valletta at either 12 PM or 4 PM to witness the Saluting Battery, an age-old tradition commemorating Malta’s military heritage with a ceremonial cannon firing.

In the afternoon head to Xaqqa Cliffs with MC Adventure for their sunset rock climbing and abseiling experience with breathtaking ocean views or stay in Valetta to soak in the atmosphere of the city at night. 

Loz Absailing off Xaqqa Cliffs in Malta
Haz rock climbing Xaqqa cliffs in Malta

Where to stay in Malta: We recommend Mulberries for it’s family run hospitality and beautifully restored rooms.

Day 5: Ancient Sites and Caves in Malta Mainland

Begin your day exploring the historical site of Għar Dalam. Għar Dalam, meaning “Cave of Darkness,” is a significant prehistoric site in Malta, with a vast cavern containing fossilized remains of animals from 180,000 years ago (think miniature elephant skeletons from the ice-age!). 

The ancient history continues if you make a short stop in at the megalithic temples of Ġgantija, among the oldest free-standing structures globally (predating Stonehenge!), thought to be constructed around 3600 BC.

A drone view of the Ggantija temple monolith in Malta
Travel couple Haz and Loz pose for a candid photo inside Ghar Dalam cave in Malt

Make your way to Wied iż-Żurrieq and the famous sea caves of the Blue Grotto. Hop on a short boat tour here where they take you through a number of the caves and the grotto. Be sure to bring cash with you as they do not accept cards.

Maltas famous blue grotto from a high vantage point. A small tour boat drives slowly through the vaulted archway
rope sits lazily coiled on the front of a boat as it passes under one of Maltas sea caves

Spend the afternoon at the popular sunset spot and swimming beaches of Golden Bay or if you’re feeling fancy visit Markus Divinus at his Boutique Winery for a tasting session of thoughtfully curated Maltese wines. 

Day 6: Mdina and Farewell to Malta

Spend the morning in Mdina, the old capital known as the Silent City of Malta where the historical buildings here are filled with artisanal shops. It’s the perfect spot for finding souvenirs and gifts for friends and family back home. We recommend having lunch upstairs at Fontanella Tea Garden, which has amazing views over the island.

And that’s a wrap on your action packed Malta Itinerary! Check out from your accommodation and head to Malta International Airport for your departure. 

Haz and Loz stand atop a rock waving out to the setting sun in Malta
A couple walks atop an ocean side ridge in Malta

Getting around Malta

Car – Hiring a car is definitely the most efficient way to make your way around Gozo and Malta’s main island, allowing you to see all of the sights on your own schedule. There is no shortage of car hire options both in Malta and in Gozo for you to choose from. 

Chauffeur – If you don’t want to drive yourself but still would like the flexibility of a car, there are several chauffeur services available in Malta that you can use for your trip. 

Taxis and Rideshare – Taxis and rideshare services are available on both Malta and Gozo but this can get expensive if you are visiting lots of different spots on the islands!

Bus – Public buses are an affordable way to visit the most popular tourist attractions however may limit you in visiting some of the more remote locations in this itinerary.

Want to read more about our time in Malta? Check out our personal reflections with Visit Europe here.

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