What to see in Malta in one day

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Joel Fulleda

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Malta everyone knows it. Whether it's for its crystal clear sea or the musical events that attract thousands of young people every year, Malta is one of those places that must be seen at least once in a lifetime. It seems incredible to see so much wonder in such a small space. From megalithic temples to walks along the sea, we will guide you in the discovery of this magnificent island. Get ready, ours one day itinerary is about to begin.


  1. Malta day itinerary: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Malta: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Malta: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

Malta day itinerary: Morning

1- Temples of Mnajdra and Hagae Qim and Blu Grotto

The journey to Malta starts from the megalithic temples of Mnajdra. After having a breakfast that is around € 6 at Sandella's Flatbread Cafe, which you will find inside the Malta airport, you just need to take bus 201 for 13 stops to reach this very important historical site for Malta and beyond. It is a complex consisting of two temples megalithic, that of Mnajdra and that of Hagae Qim. These temples, which are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are even older than Stonehenge. It is an evocative place, especially in certain periods of the year such as the equinox, when the southernmost temple of Mnajdra is crossed by the sun's rays that precisely touch the altar. A short distance from here you will find the Blu Grotto, a suggestive marine cave that you can visit thanks to the fishermen's boats in charge.

2- Medina and Rabat

Having completed the visit to the temples of Mnajdra and Hagae Qim, it is time to move to Medina, the ancient capital of Malta. About 13 km from Valletta, can be reached by bus 201 to Inguanez. Inside the city you can admire the two historic city gates: the Main Gate and Greek's Gate. A short distance from here stands Rabat, reachable by bus 186. A tip: this place is rich in historical and archaeological sites such as Villa Romana and Catacombs of San Paolo, but most likely you won't have time to visit them, so let's move on.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 26,8 km / 43 min
  • places visited: Temples of Mnajdra and Hagae Qim (€ 10 approximately), Blu Grotto (€ 8 approximately), Medina (free), Rabat (free)
  • recommended tours and useful tickets: Blue Grotto and Marsaxlokk Sunday Market, Mdina: Island tour with lunch
  • where to have breakfast: Sandella's Flatbread Cafe, Malta Airport

One day itinerary in Malta: Afternoon

1- Paola Parish Church

At this point of the day, move to Paola, a city not far from Valletta, where you will find the Paola Parish Churc, the third largest church in Europe. Built between 1923 and 161, it is located in the central square of the city. Here, among other things, you will find the Traffic Lights cafe: here the prices for lunch are really low, we are talking about an average of € 5 for a meal.

2- St. John's Cathedral, Grandmaster's Palace and Lower Barraka Gardens

Now is the time to visit Vallette by taking one of the many buses that connect Paola to the capital of Malta (bus no, 1,2,3,4,91,92,93,94). The first thing to visit once you arrive in Malta is undoubtedly St John's Cathedral. Located on St. John Street, it is the place where the "Beheading of John Basttista" of Caravaggio. If this is not enough to convince you, the Cathedral of San Giovanni is a true masterpiece of Baroque art. Not far from here stands the Grandmaster's Palace. Inside you will relive the history of the island, surrounded by tapestries, marble floors and artistic collections of all kinds. Don't miss the armory, where the weapons that belonged to the Knights of Malta are kept.
Continuing on Zatt Il-Barriera you will find the Lower Barraka Gardens, characteristic gardens of Valletta which you will access via a panoramic lift. From here you can admire a splendid panorama of the so-called "3 cities" located beyond the Grand Harbor. You will also be able to see the Siege Bell Memorial, the civic tower of Malta: built in the shape of a neoclassical temple, it is the seat of a colossal bronze bell that rings at every noon.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 23,9 km / 45 min
  • places visited: Paola Parish Churc (free), St. John's Cathedral (€ 5 approximately), Grandmaster's Palace (€ 15 approximately), Lower Barraka Gardens (€ 1 for the lift)
  • walking tour in the medieval sites of Valletta
  • where to have lunch: Traffic Lights Cafè, Paola Square

One day itinerary in Malta: Evening

Evening has arrived and it is time for the final stop on our one day itinerary in Malta. from Lower Barraka Gardens take bus number 2 which will take you to Fort Saint Angelo. For dinner we recommend Don Berto, one of the many restaurants in the area that also has a terrace overlooking the sea. Price? around € 22 per person. Here a walk along the streets of Vittoriosa it will be the perfect end to such a busy day.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 9,2 km / 21 min
  • places visited: Fort Saint Angelo (free)
  • where to dine: Don Berto, Vittoriosa waterfront

Before leaving: useful tips

Are you curious to know what will make your trip perfect? Easy, ours useful tips. From skip-the-line to more practical advice, here's what you should know before visiting Malta.

  • The best way to get around the city is with your own transport. If you arrive by plane you can take advantage of the taxi service or car rental.
  • The current currency is the euro
  • The climate is very similar to the Italian one, but we advise you to visit it in the warmer months.
  • If you decide to extend your visit to Malta, we suggest you take a look at our hotel accommodation offers

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

A day to visit Malta is very little, but we managed to see at least some of the main attractions of the island. Are you wondering what else you could see with more time but which you will have to give up this time? Here you are satisfied.

  1. St. Julian Bay: recommended only if you visit Malta in the summer.
  2. Malta at War Museum: it is one of the major museums in Malta. If you haven't booked your entrance tickets in advance, avoid it, you risk queuing up and wasting too much time.
  3. Malta 5D: the idea of ​​having a sort of "Bignami" of the history of Malta in less than 30 minutes is certainly good, but it would be better to know the history of the island even before visiting it, in order to truly appreciate what you are going to to see.

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