Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie and wine lover, or a beach enthusiast, you will find plenty to do during your stay in Malta. In fact, if you think you can see most of the country in just 3 or 5 days, you are wrong. Malta may be a small country, but its beautiful rugged coastline, ancient sites and delicious cuisine will blow you away.
OK, so if you’ve only booked a few days in Malta and you are now worried that you won’t have enough time to see the island (sorry about that!), I’ve got some good news for you. In this post, I have rounded up some of the best tours in Malta, so you wouldn’t have to worry about trying to fit everything into your itinerary.
Warning: Malta has a huge traffic problem – there are just too many cars on the island. If your booked tour includes transport, expect delays. If you’re travelling to your tour’s starting point by bus or car, try to get there a bit early.
1. Visit Malta’s prehistoric temples
Did you know that Malta’s megalithic temples are older than the pyramids? The island is home to some of the oldest standing structures in the world. Dating back 5, 500 years, these pre-historic temples are shrouded in mystery and continue to fascinate archaeologists from all over the world.
While there are various temples dotting the island, Hagar Qim and the neighbouring temple of Mnajdra are the largest and best-preserved of their kind. There is a museum at the entrance where you can learn more about the discovery of the temples and the relics that were found at the site.
If you’re interested in exploring this prehistoric site with an expert guide, you can book a tour of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra, which also includes a trip to Ghar Dalam, an ancient cave which contains bone remains of animals that became extinct thousands of years ago.
Tip: Make sure you wear a good pair of walking shoes as you’ll be walking on very uneven ground.
2. Go on a boat trip to Gozo and Comino
The rugged coastline of Malta and its sister islands, Gozo and Comino, is home to stunning caves and hidden bays. The small island of Comino is known for its pristine bay, the Blue Lagoon, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Malta.
Blue Lagoon tends to be a bit too crowded during the summer, so I highly recommend taking a full-day boat trip to Gozo and Comino (with a stop at Blue Lagoon), instead of spending the whole day on Comino. The boat trip also allows you to spend some time exploring Gozo – however I do recommend spending a full-day in Gozo rather than just stopping by for a few hours.
3. Delve into Valletta’s fascinating past
The capital city of Malta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Valletta was built in the 16th century by the Knights of Malta and boasts several beautiful Baroque buildings, including churches and palaces, and well-preserved traditional townhouses. Make sure you visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens for breathtaking views of the Grand Harbour.
Every street in the city has its own character and story, so taking a guided tour of Valletta is a must if you want to immerse yourself in its unique history.
Check out my top suggestions for things to do in Valletta.
4. Explore the Three Cities in a self-drive electric car
Malta’s port cities, Birgu (Vittoriosa), Senglea (Isla) and Bormla (Cospicua), are packed with interesting historic sites. There’s a lot to explore in these three cities, particularly Birgu, which is home to the beautiful Fort St. Angelo, the Inquisitor’s Palace, and some of the oldest churches in Malta. The Birgu waterfront is lined with beautiful restaurants and super yachts.
Touring all three cities in one day can be pretty tiring, which is why I recommend booking a guided tour in a self-drive electric car (with pre-programmed GPS). You get to explore various places of interest in the area, including the quaint seaside town of Kalkara and the sandy beach of Rinella.
5. Re-visit your favourite scenes from Game of Thrones
Many scenes in season one of Game of Thrones were filmed in various locations around Malta, including the old city of Mdina (which starred as King’s Landing) and the beautiful San Anton Gardens. Many of these places are open to the public, and you can re-visit some of the most iconic scenes from season one on a full-day tour of Game of Thrones filming locations.
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you’ll love this popular, GoT-themed tour of Malta.
6. Ride a quad bike around Gozo
Want to see most of Gozo in just one day? Take a quad bike tour and visit the island’s popular sites, including Ramla Bay, Xlendi Bay, Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary, and Dwejra.
Riding a quad bike around the island also gives you the opportunity to get off the beaten path and explore some of Gozo’s hidden gems.
This highly-rated quad bike tour of Gozo even includes a private boat transfer, so that you don’t have to queue to get on the ferry.
7. Visit Mdina, Mosta and Ta’ Qali Crafts Village
Mdina is simply magical. Known as ‘the Silent City’, this old fortified city has played a significant role in Malta’s history. Its quiet, winding streets are a joy to explore, while you also get to take in staggering views of Malta from the ramparts.
Pair your visit with a trip to the neighbouring town of Mosta. Pop into the Mosta church, which boasts one of the largest domes in the world, and enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the bustling town centre. You can also stop off at Ta’ Qali Crafts Village, where you can watch local artisans at work and buy handmade products as souvenirs, including filigree jewellery, hand-painted ceramics, and hand-blown glassware.
Take a full-day tour of Mdina, Mosta Dome and Ta’ Qali Crafts Village (lunch included!).
8. Explore rural Malta on a Segway tour
Want to experience Malta beyond the main tourist attractions? Take a trip through rural Malta by Segway. Starting from the town of Dingli, you get to enjoy stunning sea views from Dingli Cliffs.
You also get to visit ancient sites in Malta’s countryside, including Phoenician and Punic tombs, as well as the beautiful woodlands of Buskett. This is a great and fun way to learn about rural life in Malta.
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