Looking forward to a week full of your favourite activities in Malta? From architecture to museums, nature and history, the island has it all – and the only way to make sure you don’t miss out on any attraction is by planning a good itinerary beforehand. Here are our top suggestions for a holiday that ticks all the boxes.
Day 1 – Medieval Mdina & Quaint Rabat
Overlooking Malta and boasting one of the most Instagrammable views on the island lies the fortified city of Mdina, a magnet for history buffs, architecture lovers and foodies alike. The former capital of Malta has it all, and you can easily lose yourself for an entire day there. But it also happens to be within walking distance of Rabat, one of Malta most charming towns, so keeping a few hours aside to explore its winding streets and tiny shops would be a good idea.
Day 2 – Golden Sand and Ghajn Tuffieha
Pick a nice sunny day for this one, as these are two of Malta’s most spectacular beaches and deserve to be enjoyed in full glory. Having said that, these sandy coves are just as gorgeous when the weather’s a bit windy and you can enjoy watching the droves of surfers and kite-surfers riding the waves. The area around the beaches has numerous treks that you can enjoy at leisure, and you can also enjoy a spot of horse-riding at one of the schools in the area. Finish off with a drink just in time for the sunset, and call it a perfect day.
Day 3 – Valletta
The crowning glory of the island, the capital of Valletta is a UNESCO Heritage site, and with good reason. The Baroque architecture is photographed and admired by hundreds every day, with the museums holding masterpieces by the likes of Caravaggio, Rubens, Da Vinci and Vernet. A visit to St John’s Co-Cathedral and its wonderful tapestries is a must, just make sure to book your ticket beforehand to avoid the long queues. Finish off your day with dinner at a Michelin star restaurant, or hang out with the locals in the bohemian bars.
Day 4 – Dingli
After the majesty of Valletta, it’s time to experience a different kind of majesty – that of Dingli Cliffs, famous for being one of the most beautiful hiking areas in Malta. Enjoy miles upon miles of desolate cliff-side, with views extending past the small island of Filfa far into the Mediterranean. The village itself is also worth exploring, with the traditional way of life still being very much in evidence.
Day 5 – Birgu and The Three Cities
To the South of Malta lie the famed Three Cities of Birgu (Vittoriosa), Bormla (Cospicua) and Isla (Senglea) – knowing the names of these cities in Maltese will certainly earn you a smile from the locals. The fortified cities form Malta’s historic centre, leading right to Grand Harbour, considered one of the most picturesque natural harbours in the world. The cities are within walking distance of each other, so enjoying the museums, sites and restaurants is easy.
Day 6 – Zurrieq & Blu Grotto
Another southern gem, the village of Zurrieq is flanked by a natural creek that reveals crystalling, turquoise waters. Book one of the boat rides that will take you right up to a natural cave on the sea – the waters here are startlingly blue and have graced many a picture postcard. Don’t be shy of chatting with the boatswains as they have myriad fascinating anecdotes about this fishing village.
Day 7 – Mosta & Naxxar
A leisurely meander around these neighbouring towns is just what’s needed at the end of a packed week! Mosta and Naxxar are full of hidden gems in terms of history and architecture, with many houses still built in the traditional way.
So many things to do and to enjoy, a week in Malta flies by like nothing. Make sure you pick central accommodation like The Cumberland Boutique Hotel, where you’ll be staying in the heart of Valletta within walking distance of all major bus routes. And the bonus, of course, is that you will get to enjoy the unique vibes of Valletta by night.