As a specialist to Malta for over 30 years, Chevron would like to share our inside knowledge on the Top 10 Things to See and Do during a Malta holiday. Whether you want to explore the marine life, experience Malta’s history or enjoy the bustling nightlife, this list should have something for everyone. Our personal favourite? Pastizzi! Read on to find out more and please share this page on Facebook and Twitter to promote Malta’s fabulous attractions.Valletta
First and foremost Valletta offers up unique historic sights; Bastion walls that rise from the sea and romantic architecture. All this is set against blue sea and skies and as you traverse the city, find hidden restaurants serving delicious Mediterranean delicacies. Dotted with quaint cafés and wine bars, the city, as it has been through its history, is one of Malta’s main tourist attractions. Valletta provides a stunning snapshot of Malta’s Grand Harbour, often described as the most beautiful in the Mediterranean.
Mdina – The Silent City
A stroll through the narrow medieval streets of charming, sleepy Mdina, which has barely changed in a thousand years, should be at the top of things to do for any first time visitor to Malta! Mdina is Malta’s medieval jewel. There are a number of historic attractions that are a must see and you also get some of the most incredible views of Malta from here. You could say Mdina is a magical ‘Step back in time!’.
Drinking & Eating
The choicest ingredients; fresh seafood and herbs allows Malta puts its own twist on Mediterranean cuisine. In Valletta, you can ‘people-watch’ over coffee and flaky pastizzi (pastries filled with ricotta or peas). Tuck into seasonal Maltese and Italian dishes like fenek, rabbit slow-cooked in garlic and wine. A well-dressed crowd gathers for aperitivo and cocktails at bougainvillea-laced restaurants by the water's edge.
Go for a scuba dive!
The Maltese Islands' clear blue Mediterranean Sea is ideal for scuba diving! All three Islands offer some unique diving experiences with an abundance of reefs, caves and wrecks that make diving in Malta some of the most interesting in the Mediterranean. Diving in Malta is renowned for being a fantastic experience due to its crystal clear and temperate waters providing you unforgettable memories from your holiday.
The Azure Window
- The Azure Window is undoubtedly one of Malta’s unique highlights. It is a beautiful, natural rock arch, carved over time by the seas’ perpetual waves crashing against Gozo’s dramatic cliffs. It’s easy to get to, just hop on a short ferry ride over to Gozo and then head over to Dwerja Point which offers the best vista of the Azure Window. Unfortunately the Azure Window collapsed in March 2017 but still makes for a great place to visit and fantastic dive location.
- A BIG must do whilst in Malta, is to bask in wonder at the oldest free-standing stone structure on Earth; the Megalithic Temples. Around 1000 years older even than the Pyramids, these are sure to take you back in time!
- Although the Marsaxlokk Sunday Market was originally a fish market, it has continued to grow and evolve its charm, and now also selling locally produced honey, fruit jams, wine as well as vegetables, souvenirs and clothes. After shopping at the market, you can have lunch in one of the many seafood restaurants scattered in the picturesque bay of Marsaxlokk.
- The island's main attraction is the Blue Lagoon. In summer, this sheltered inlet of shimmering aquamarine water over white sand is very popular with day-trippers seeking something special.
Paceville, St. Julian’s
- Located west of St. Julian's, Malta, Paceville is the name given to an informal district generously populated with exciting nightclubs, bars, pubs and restaurants, and is a thriving nightlife hub on the island.
- The Maltese summer skies are lit up with spectacular fireworks during the festa season. Although there are festas in winter and spring, the festa season reaches its peak in the summer months. In July and August there are some weekends where up to eight villages celebrate their festa simultaneously. Brightly coloured floats and processions parade through the ancient streets creating an irresistible party atmosphere.