Looking for beautiful places to visit in Malta? Malta is a country that has a lot to offer visitors with its various attractions and destinations.
In Malta, you’ll find everything from golden beaches and beautiful islands where you can go hiking, diving, biking and snorkling to historical places and incredible nature sites.
If you’re a first-time visitor and looking for places to visit in Malta, then you’ve come to the right place. Down below you have a list of 21 beautiful places to visit in Malta.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Malta is the Blue Lagoon on Comino Island. It’s a place that you need to visit at least once during your trip to go swimming and snorkling in the crystal clear and turquoise waters.
In addition to the famous Blue Lagoon, Comino Island is also very beautiful and worth exploring.
One of my favorite places in Malta is Marsaxlokk, which is a beautiful and cozy fishing village in the South Eastern part of the country. In Marsaxlokk you can eat delicious sea food in one of the many restaurants along the harbor, visit the open-air market, take walks, and much more.
It’s a village that’s especially famous for its traditional luzzu-boats and local market. The market is held every Sunday, and there you shop local products, handicrafts and fresh fish etc.
When it comes to beautiful places to visit in Malta, Marsaxlokk is a must!
Comino is Malta’s third biggest island. It’s most famous for the marvelous Blue Lagoon where people come from all over the world to swim, snorkel and admire the crystal clear and turquoise waters.
It’s also a popular island for both biking and hiking to enjoy the nature. The island is actually named after the cumin plant (Comino), which is a beautiful flowering plant that you can see all over the island.
Mdina is the old capital of the country and dates back to the 8th century. Back in time, the town was larger than what we can see today, but there are still many well-preserved medieval buildings and impressive architecture to check out.
An interesting fact about Mdina is that it was one of the places where the TV-series Game of Thrones was filmed.
If you’re a fan of Popeye, then this is definitely a place to add to your bucket list. This is the actual filming location for the Popeye movie in the 80s.
Today it’s an open-air museum where you can stroll around in the film set. They also have shows and other entertainment daily for the guests to enjoy.
In addition to the Popeye fans, kids also love this place!
Gozo is another island in Malta that’s worth visiting during your trip. It’s easy to reach with ferry from the main island and offers a relaxed vibe and several beautiful places to visit.
It’s an island that’s known for its old villages, Ġgantija Neolithic temples, the Ta’ Pinu Basilica, scenic beaches and Dwerja Bay – which is a popular spot for swimming and diving.
In addition to all the beautiful places and attractions on the island of Gozo, you must taste the local cheese Ġbejniet. It’s a cheese made from goat’s milk that’s white in color and round in shape. It’s really good and definitely worth tasting while visiting the island.
One of the most popular snorkelling and diving sites in Malta is Blue Grotto. It’s a famous cave complex with lots of cool sea caves to explore.
It’s one of the most visited places on the island, so if you want to visit I can recommend to go as early as possible. You can get there by bus, drive there with a rental car or join one of the daily boat tours.
If you want to visit to take photos of the Blue Grotto, the light is best in the morning until noon, or during sunset.
Close to Blue Grotto, you’ll find this incredible nature site. It’s one of the most beautiful places to visit in Malta where you can enjoy stunning views and go hiking along the trails.
Valletta is the capital of Malta and dates back to 1566. It was founded by Jean de Valette and is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It’s an interesting city that’s full of history, narrow alleys, old houses, impressive buildings, gardens, churches, and baroque palaces.
The Blue Hole
The Blue Hole, also known as Iż-Żerqa in Maltese, is one of the most popular diving sites in the country. However, it’s also popular among snorkelers, swimmers and freedivers.
Down in the waters you can discover a vibrant marine life with moray eels, lobsters, parrot fishes, octopuses, and much more.
The Three Cities
The three cities (Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua) are the oldest cities in Malta. These are medieval cities that were founded by the Knights Hospitaller, also known as “The Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem”.
In addition to visiting these cities, I can also recommend to head up to the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta to enjoy a view of the Three Cities.
Rabat is another beautiful city that’s worth visiting in Malta. It’s more rural and quiet comparing to the neighbouring city of Mdina, but it’s just as beautiful.
It’s an old city where you can learn more about Malta’s history and visit historical places. When in Rabat, it’s a must to visit the Catacombs of St. Paul and St. Agatha, as well as the beautiful Basilica of St. Paul.
Ghajn Tuffieha is one of the most popular beaches to visit in Malta among locals and tourists.
It’s a beautiful golden beach that is less accessible comparing to the nearby Golden Bay. However, it’s a beautiful and more untouched beach with lots of natural beauty around.
Ghajn Tuffieha is smaller than Golden Bay, so expect that it can get a little bit crowded during high season. If you’re planning to visit during that time of the year, make sure to go early.
St Peter’s Pool
St Peter’s Pool is a natural pool where you can go swimming and snorkelling in summer. It’s located at the tip of Delimara Point, close to the fishing village Marsaxlokk.
At this place you can expect crystal clear waters with a beautiful turquoise-green color and flat limestone rocks where you can relax in the sun.
Ħaġar Qim Temples
These temples dates back to 3600-3200 BC. It’s one of the world’s most ancient religious sites and is today listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site together with 6 other megalithic temples in Malta.
The Ħaġar Qim Temple complex features one main temple, ruins, old dwellings and other impressive structures.
If you’re interested in history, then this is one of the best places to visit in Malta for you!
Spinola Bay, St. Julians
Spinola Bay is a lovely place located in the heart of St. Julians – which is a city famous for its hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs.
Around Spinola Bay, you’ll find several nice cafés and restaurants that serve both Maltese and international food. In Spinola Bay you’ll also see the colorful luzzu-boats, which is something that Malta is famous for.
The Salt Pans in Marsalforn
West of Marsalforn on the island of Gozo, you’ll find these beautiful salt pans. They have been on the island for more than 300 years and are still producing salt.
It’s definitely one of the most beautiful places to visit in Malta that offers some really nice views.
One of my personal favorite beaches in Malta is Ramla Bay. It’s located on Gozo Island and is characterised by it’s golden sand and beautiful nature.
If you’re planning to visit the island of Gozo, Ramla Bay is a must to visit. Despite being easy to reach by car and public transportation, it’s somewhat a hidden gem with lots of natural beauty to discover.
Sliema – View of Valetta
Tigne’ Pedestrian Bridge, Tigné Point Beach, and Lido are some of my favorite places to enjoy the view of the capital Valletta. They’re all located close to the shopping mall “The Point“ in Sliema.
However, you have great views of Valletta from the entire waterfront of Sliema. These three are just some of my favorite places with a view of the capital.
Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary
Another famous attraction on the island of Gozo is Ta’ Pinu, also known as “The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu”.
It’s one of the most impressive churches in Malta and has been standing there since the 1500s. However, it was rebuilt in the 1920s.
If you enjoy taking photos, this is one of the places in Malta that you do not want to miss.
Dwejra Inland Sea
The Inland Sea, also known as Dwejra, is a beautiful lagoon on the island of Gozo. The lagoon is linked to the sea through a sea cave tunnel.
You can take a boat tour that goes through the tunnel and into the lagoon, and once you arrive, you can hop into the crystal clear waters.
It’s also a popular site for diving enthusiasts.
Have you visited any of these beautiful places in Malta? Leave a comment below!