Sitting in-between Sicily and North Africa, Malta is the largest island in the central Mediterranean. Drenched in coastal charm, it’s famous for its stunning beaches, historic sights and laid-back lifestyle. The island is surrounded by the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, which means there are plenty of opportunities to swim, snorkel and soak up the sunshine.
Things to do in Malta Island
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Valletta is Malta’s cosmopolitan capital. It’s packed with historic sights and anchored by a bustling waterfront precinct. Enjoy fantastic dining, with some of the best restaurants housed in 16th-century mansions.
St. Paul's Bay is another popular town and includes the neighbouring villages of Buġibba and Qawra. Nearby St. Julian's has a wonderfully laid-back vibe and serves up some of Malta’s best nightlife.
Sitting on the west coast, Golden Bay is one of the island’s most popular stretches of sand. The calm waters of Mellieha Bay are perfect for families, while Paceville attracts hordes of partygoers.
If you can drag yourself off the beach, Malta is also dotted with a variety of historic sights. From ancient fortresses and Roman cathedrals to prehistoric temples and grand palaces, there’s plenty to keep culture buffs entertained.
Getting around Malta Island
Malta is made up of multiple towns, villages and resorts, with public buses linking most major destinations. If you want freedom and flexibility, renting a car is a great option. Scooters and motorbikes are also a popular way to explore the island at your own pace. Regular ferry services link Malta to its sister islands of Gozo and Comino, with water taxis running from Valletta, Vittoriosa and Senglea. Most holidaymakers arrive by plane, touching down at Malta International Airport. From here, it’s possible to reach most major points of interest in around 45 minutes.