Things to do while on holiday in Malta

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Despite its small size, Malta is packed full of things to do – activities which appeal to people of all budgets, tastes and lifestyles. The fact that everything is so close together means that you are never too far from your destination and can pack many things into your holiday. In no particular order, here is a list of fun things to do while on the Maltese Islands

  1. Go diving in the crystal clear waters around the islands. There are many different reefs, caves and wrecks to explore making for some of the best diving in the Mediterranean.
  2. Eat snails (bebbux) cooked in the local tradition.
  3. Charter a luzzu and spend the day at the Blue Lagoon in Comino.
  4. Visit the majestic Citadel in Gozo.
  5. Spend an evening at one of the many village feasts or ‘festa’ which are held throughout the summer. Here you will experience a night of merriment with a view of the fireworks that Malta is so famous for.
  6. Take a ride on a ‘karozzin’, a traditional horse drawn carriage
  7. Visit the serene inland sea in Dwejra (in Gozo) which is right next to the Azure window, one of the most recognisable natural features of the Islands.
  8. Go underground at St Paul’s Catacombs in Rabat
  9. Indulging in one (or five) of the traditional local pastizzi is a must. These savoury parcels of filo pastry filled with ricotta or peas are a favourite of locals and tourists alike.
  10. Visit the old capital of Mdina, otherwise known as the ‘silent city’. Whether walking through its charming streets or wandering around in the still night, Mdina is an essential addition to any itinerary.
  11. Re-live Malta’s rich history at the 5D cinema in Valletta.
  12. Take a dip in the magical blue waters of the Blue Grotto in Zurrieq
  13. Spend a morning at the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk, its bay full of luzzus (the traditional Maltese fishing boat). Here one can also see the open market.
  14. A visit to Popeye Village will feel like you are stepping into a movie…and that’s because you are! The bay is home to the set of 1980’s film Popeye, starring Robin Williams, and overlooks irresistible aquamarine waters.
  15. Walk through the old gardens of the Upper Barraka, which offers a breath-taking view of the Grand Harbour.
  16. Sunbathe on the distinct red sand of Ramla bay in Gozo.
  17. A meal of Lampuki (Dorado) must be enjoyed in the late months of the summer, when they pass through Maltese waters.
  18. Make your way to the Dingli cliffs and enjoy the stunning views of the ocean. From there one can see the enigmatic island of Filfla, on which people never set foot today.
  19. Visit St John’s Co Cathedral, considered to be the jewel in Valletta’s crown. Built by the Knights of St John, it houses paintings by some of the best artists of the time such as Caravaggio.
  20. Visitors to this baroque place of worship will surely leave with a sense of awe.
  21. Sip on a glass of world class Maltese wine
  22. Climb onto one of the world’s largest cannons at Fort Rinella
  23. Those who like to exercise may like to run the Malta Marathon in February
  24. Visit the quaint cove and fishing village at Ghar Lapsi
  25. Travel to the centre of the island and have a ‘fenkata’ a traditional Maltese dish of rabbit, for which the town of Mgarr is famous.
  26. Walk under one of the largest unsupported domes in the world, in the Mosta parish church.
  27. Younger party animals will relish the nightlife in Paceville.
  28. Chillout with a pint of Cisk, the local brew loved by many
  29. Eat a slice of the local bread and tomatoes known as ‘hobz biz-zejt’.
  30. Rent a speed boat or paddle boat
  31. Visit the Basilica at Ta’ Pinu, a sacred site where many go to pray to Our Lady for miracles.
  32. Visit Fort St Angelo, the first line of defence in the Middle Ages, this magnificent structure is strategically positioned in Birgu (also known as Vittoriosa), at the centre of the Grand Harbour
  33. View the islands from the air and go paragliding from one of the island’s beaches.
  34. Visit Mgarr ix-xini, a pretty cove in Gozo
  35. Discover Malta’s prehistoric history by exploring ‘Ghar Dalam’, a series of breathtaking caves filled with evidence of the first inhabitants.
  36. Have a drink of the local liqueur made from prickly pears.
  37. Cross over from Sliema to Valletta in the ferry
  38. A summer party at La Grotta in Gozo is sure to entice the youngsters
  39. Eat a seafood meal at Xlendi in Gozo, to the sound of waves lapping against the shores
  40. Go on a boat charter
  41. Take a stroll around the San Anton Gardens where the president’s palace is situated
  42. The traditional Maltese sausage is a treat for all meat lovers
  43. Visit the Roman Villa in Rabat where one can see intricate mosaics and carvings remaining from the Romans time on the island
  44. If you love the sea or not, a trip to the Maritime Museum in Vittoriosa won’t go amiss.
  45. The salt pans in Qbajjar, Gozo are carved right into the rock and nice to see if in the vicinity
  46. Those with a sweet tooth will not resist the date filled pastries called Imqaret, immediately noticeable by the irresistible smell wafting through the air
  47. Those military enthusiasts would do well to visit the ‘Malta at War’ Museum in Vittoriosa
  48. A trip to the Malta Archaeological Museum is an interesting way to learn more about the island
  49. See the ancient ‘Fat lady’ carvings at the Tarxien Temples, The Hagar Qim Temples or the Ggantijja temples in Gozo which are amongst the oldest freestanding structures in the world.
  50. Hire a boat to go out and visit some of the crystal clear bays in Malta, Comino and Gozo.

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