Malta in 3 days - a handcrafted itinerary

7 May 2018

Like many tourists, I visited Malta last month in the hope of stunning architecture, culture, good cuisine and sun (of course). Malta, an archipelago in the middle of the Mediterranean sea with a huge amount of history was on my 2018 Travel Wishlist. Having been invaded by the Romans, the Byzantines, the Spanish, the French and finally the British - there is a lot of culture in these little islands. 

So, if you're thinking of heading to Malta over the summer for a short break and are in need of things to do then look no further.

Day 1 - Valletta
The 2018 European Capital of culture is small and can be done in 1 day. 2 days if you really want to spend some time in the museums and churches. As Valletta is European Capital of Culture, there is lots going on over the next couple of months - so if you're planning a visit head over to Valletta 2018 for all the up-to-date events.

The Renzo Piano designed City Gate is the first point of call. Right next to the main point of entry to the city, at the city wall is the stunning Parliament Building, opened in 2014. When walking around Valletta, the city is full of art galleries, churches, boutique shops, coffee shops and restaurants.

If you're all about absorbing the history and culture in a place, the 45 minutes Malta experience show in Valletta travels through 7000 years of history and features all the scenic places to go throughout your stay. 


Getting to Valletta is pretty simple with buses travelling to the islands capital from just about anywhere. 

 When tickets are just 2 euros each way, there's no excuse for not exploring.

There are loads of places to eat in Valetta if you want to try authentic, cheap yet high quality Maltese cuisine. The key places to try out all the Lampuki Pie (fish pie), Rabbit Stew, Bragioli (beef olives) and Kapunata, (Maltese version of ratatouille), are the open air cafes in Republic square or Piazza Regina as it's more commonly known.

Outside of Valletta, there is the Blue Grotto (a must see). You’ll want to make the most of the blue seas whilst you're in Malta and taking a fisherman's boat into the Blue grotto does just that. 

Whilst we're on the topic of water, the quiet fishing village of St. Paul's Bay is full of local Maltese - so a great spot if you want to embrace the local life. 

Day 2 - Mdina
A trip to Malta wouldn't be complete without a visit to the old capital. 4000 years ago, before Valletta was built, Mdina (also known as the silent city) was the capital of Malta.

As you pass the city gate and walk around, you can climb up the cobbled streets to reach the other end of the city where you'll find impressive views overlooking the surrounding countryside. And there you'll find the Fontanella Tea Garden. This is a cute little tea room/ restaurant right at the top of city, with a beautiful view stretching as far as the sea. However, if you go on a windy day and want to sit outside, prepare to be cold! But the cakes are delicious, so every cloud has a sliver lining, right?

Mdina has a timeless collection of beautifully preserved buildings.

Day 3 - Gozo
Malta is made up of three islands - Malta, Gozo and Comino. 

As soon as our flight touched down at Malta International Airport, everyone I came across told me I had to visit Gozo before I left.

And they were right. There’s a lot to see and do in Gozo. 

Gozo is a fairly small island and reachable by a 25 minute ferry road from mainland Malta.

Gozo was also home to the Azure Window, where one of the most famous Game of Thrones scenes in which the Dothraki wedding feast between Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen took place. Unfortunately,the Azure Window - one of the most picturesque places in Gozo collapsed in heavy storms last year.

However, there are still plenty on picturesque places to visit in Gozo.

Victoria (also known as Rabat) is Gozo’s city centre. Think the tiny cobbled streets of Spain combined with the cafes of Italy. The people are friendly, the food is amazing, the vibe is chilled and the sun is shining - is there much more to ask for?


So there we have it - a whirlwind itinerary of my whirlwind trip to Malta.

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