Within just 316km², you would be surprised to discover just how much there is to see and do in the Maltese islands.
Archeological sites, historic cities, themed attractions, cultural events, nightlife, beach activities, watersports, adventure sports … these are just some of the things to do in Malta and Gozo for entertainment, education, adventure or relaxation.
It was no easy task picking out the top 101 things to do in Malta and Gozo, as we had to leave out so many wonderful things! But, if you have limited time, we would like you to experience the best of these islands, and we’ve selected something to suit everyone. Here is our list of the top 101 things to do in Malta and Gozo:
Localities – 101 things to do in Malta and Gozo
1. Discover Valletta, Malta’s 450 year old capital, which is a UNESCO world heritage site and regarded as an open-air museum.
2. Explore Mdina, the Silent City, with its magnificent architecture, stunning views, and incredible history.
3. Visit the Three Cities: Vittoriosa (Birgu), Senglea (Isla) and Cospicua (Bormla) to experience contemporary local lifestyle within a historic environment.
4. Delight your taste buds with the fresh catch of the day at Marsaxlokk, the fishing village renowned for its fish market and fish restaurants.
5. Wine, dine and party in the area of Sliema and St Julians. St Julians is Malta’s nightlife hot spot.
Beaches, the coast and the natural environment – 101 things to do in Malta and Gozo
6. Do the beach rounds by colour: red sand at Ramla (Gozo), golden sand at Għajn Tuffieha bay, and white sand at Paradise Bay.
7. Relish unspoiled beach pleasure at San Blas Bay in Gozo or Mġiebaħ Bay in Malta.
8. Indulge in a little bit of paradise at Comino’s Blue Lagoon and explore the almost uninhabited island and its caves.
9. Discover the southern coast of Malta, with its white cliffs and turquoise waters, around the area of St Peter’s Pool and St Thomas Bay.
10. Explore what lies beneath the surface snorkelling at Għar Lapsi. While in the area, take a boat trip from Wied iz-Zurrieq to the Blue Grotto.
11. Marvel at the geological wonders of the the Azure Window, Inland Sea, Fungus Rock and Blue Hole at Dwejra in Gozo.
12. Get awe-inspired at Dingli Cliffs which display a sheer 250 metre drop into the sea. Dingli is the highest point of Malta at 253 metres above sea level.
13. Immerse yourself in legend, but don’t get lost, at Għar Hasan cave.
Nature – 101 things to do in Malta and Gozo
14. Relish pristine nature at the Majjistral Nature and History Park.
15. Visit the Bahrija Oasis permaculture farm and education centre or go back to the basics at the Why Not? Creativity Vortex with its eco structures, community and educational setup.
16. Visit migrating birds’ favourite resting place at Malta’s only miniature lake at Għadira Nature Reserve.
17. Marvel at stalactites and stalagmites in the underground Ninu’s Cave and Xerri’s Grotto in Gozo.
18. Visit the largest and most recent troglodyte settlement at Għar il-Kbir and get puzzled by the mysterious cart ruts.
Archeology – 101 things to do in Malta and Gozo
19. Reconnect with Malta’s pagan roots at the Neolithic temples of Mnajdra and Hagar Qim, both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
20. Visit the underground tombs and chambers at the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Booking ahead is necessary.
21. Visit Għar Dalam, the cave of prehistoric troglodytes and dwarf elephants, and its museum.
22. Explore St Pauls Catacombs and St Agatha’s Crypt, Catacombs and Museum, the site of unsegregated Christian, Pagan and Jewish burials. St Paul’s Grotto is said to be where St Paul stayed in Malta.
23. Explore an old Roman Road and Apiary, a 1000 year old carob tree, punic tombs and Neolithic remains at the Xemxija Heritage Trail.
History – 101 things to do in Malta and Gozo
24. Peek into Malta’s oldest aristocratic home from 1BC, the Domus Romana – a Roman Villa of sorts.
25. Discover a different aspect of Christian history at the Inquisitor’s Palace.
26. Visit The Knights Hospitaliers in Valletta to capture one of Malta’s most significant pieces of history.
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27. Journey through time and relive the Middle Ages in Malta at Medieval Times at Palazzo Costanzo. Includes Audio Visual spectacular.
28. Thank heavens you are not living during Medieval times at the Mdina Dungeons.
29. Check with your local guide for various historic reenactments held regularly or as themed village festivals such as Medieval Mdina.
30. Discover what it was like to be a prisoner in Gozo during the 16th century at The Old Prison, located within in the Citadel walls.
31. Enjoy the view of the Grand Harbour at the Upper Barrakka Gardens. You can also enjoy the Saluting Battery reenactment at noon and 4pm daily.
32. Visit Fort Rinella, the only Maltese fortress that is open for public visits, and its 100-ton cannon.
33. Imagine strategic planning during World War II in Malta with a visit to the Lascaris War Rooms.
34. See what it was like to live during war times with a visit to the Mellieha Air Raid Shelter.
Museums – 101 things to do in Malta and Gozo
Explore, learn and be amused at museums in Malta and Gozo. These are some of our favourites, including some unusual ones, and there are many more:
35. Archeology Museum, Valletta
36. National Museum of Natural History, Mdina
37. Natural Science Museum, Gozo
38. Malta Maritime Museum, Senglea
39. Malta at War Museum, Vittoriosa
40. Folklore Museum, Gozo
41. Pomskizillious Museum of Toys, Gozo
42. Classic Car Museum, Qawra
Culture – 101 things to do in Malta and Gozo
43. Attend a local village religious festa to immerse yourself in traditional Maltese culture.
44. Stay tuned for the various themed village festivals held throughout the summer months, from strawberry and chocolate festivals to a traditional Maltese wedding.
45. Discover stone sculpting, folklore and more at the Limestone Heritage Park and Gardens.
46. See what a traditional windmill was like in its hey days at Ta’ Kola Windmill, Gozo.
47. Experience any cultural event at the Manoel Theatre, built in 1731 in Valletta.
48. Dine on traditional Maltese food while being entertained with folk music and dance at one of several folklore nights on offer.
49. Gain insight to Malta’s agricultural and culinary traditions at one of the eco and agri experiences available.
Historic Houses – 101 things to do in Malta and Gozo
Gain insight to how the historic elite lived in Malta. Among all the things to do in Malta and the places to visit, there are several historic private houses which belonged to the nobility and which have been restored and opened to the public. These are a few of our favourites:
50. Casa Rocca Piccola, Valletta
51. Palazzo Falson, Mdina
52. Palazzo Parisio and gardens, Naxxar
53. Villa Bologna and gardens, Attard
Gardens – 101 things to do in Malta and Gozo
54. Enjoy idle time at the San Anton Gardens of the President’s Palace in Attard.
55. Find your peace within the carefully landscaped Chinese Garden of Serenity in Santa Lucia.
56. Explore Sa Maison Garden, the historic garden set in the bastions of Floriana.
57. Take a long walk around the massive Buskett Gardens, near Rabat, which were the gardens of Verdala Palace and hunting grounds for the Grandmasters.
Churches – 101 things to do in Malta and Gozo
58. Visit the official cathedral of the Order of the Knights of Malta, St John’s Co Cathedral in Valletta, and marvel at the lavish interior in gilded gold, flooring of marble mosaic tombs, and a painting by Caravaggio among others.
59. See the other cathedral of the Knights, St Paul’s Cathedral in Mdina.
60. Wonder at the Rotunda, in Mosta, the third largest unsupported dome in the world that survived being hit by a bomb during WWII.
61. Visit Ta’ Pinu, in Gozo, the church of miracles.
Attractions – 101 things to do in Malta and Gozo
62. Experience Maltese history with all your senses at the Malta 5D show.
63. Understand what made Malta the way it is at The Malta Experience audio visual spectacular.
64. Become a child again at the Malta National Aquarium.
65. Discover one of Malta’s oldest traditions at the Malta Falconry Centre.
66. Visit the Wildlife Park, a private zoo complete with tigers and more.
67. Swim with the dolphins at the Mediterraneo Marine Park.
68. Enjoy water slides and more at the Splash and Fun Water Park.
69. Spend a day at the Popeye Village Fun Park, a theme park set on the original film set that offers a variety of fun things to do for all the family.
Sports and Activities – 101 things to do in Malta and Gozo
The list of activities and adventure sports could really be infinite, but we especially like these:
70. Discover diving in Malta and Gozo for a unique experience of clear warm waters while exploring underwater caves, dive wrecks and more.
71. Explore the coast and its fascinating caves by kayaking.
72. Harness the wind element and have a go at wind surfing and kite surfing.
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73. Beat the laws of gravity with flyboarding, a nifty little jetback that allows you to move through air and water.
74. Charter a boat or go sailing to experience life at sea.
75. Take one of several cruises to explore the harbours and caves or spend the day in Comino.
76. Try your hand at offshore fishing – trips are available.
77. Put yourself right there, climbing where cliffs meet water, and experience the exhilaration of deep water soloing.
78. Spend time truly “on the rock” – a common term used by locals when referring to Malta – while climbing and abseiling.
79. Feel the thrill of whizzing from a cliff to another on a zip line.
80. Get fit and get around by biking.
81. Take to trekking along the coast for solitary time and breath-taking views.
82. Experience the coolest way to explore your surroundings with a segway tour.
83. Enjoy the thrill and excitement of badger karting.
84. Try horse riding as an alternative way to spending time in the countryside.
85. Sharpen your senses and hone in your hunting skills with archery.
86. Get into the team spirit in a paintball war.
87. Get a different perspective of the Maltese islands with a flight tour.
Shopping – 101 things to do in Malta and Gozo
88. Buy local artisan crafts and souvenirs at the Ta’ Qali Crafts Village.
89. Enjoy retail therapy in Sliema and Valletta, the main shopping areas in Malta.
Lifestyle – 101 things to do in Malta and Gozo
90. Live the high life and enjoy a day at a beach clubs and lido.
91. Take a risk at the casino.
92. Enjoy the extraordinary atmosphere of a wine bar.
93. Enjoy a bottle of wine on the beach under the stars.
94. Explore a variety of different cuisines and experience fine dining; there are several exquisite restaurants on the islands.
95. Join the party and include the Malta clubbing experience in your holiday.
96. Let your hair down and dance at music festivals in Malta.
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97. Pamper yourself at one of the many spas available on the island.
98. Take the opportunity to benefit from medical tourism services in Malta.
99. Join other couples in the popular trend: get married in Malta.
100. Make your holiday a learning holiday: learn English!
101. Do nothing – just sit back and relax. “Doing nothing” is an underestimated pastime that allows you to fully become aware of and embrace whatever is going on around you.
We hope this helps you make the best of your holiday. Do let us know what are your favourite things to do in Malta and Gozo.
Content contributor: Melanie Drury