Malta is a place where you will be transported to another dimension with its narrow streets and colorful traditional Maltese balconies.
Although it is best known for its 300-days of sunshine per year, there are many other things to this small island in the Mediterranean. It is small enough that you can easily explore Malta in 3-4 days.
If you are looking for the best Maltese cities to visit, this article will help you to assist which are the best cities to visit in Malta. Here are some tips and tricks to help you navigate Malta.
Malta’s Glamorous Capital Valletta
Valletta, a tiny capital city of the European Union, is just 1km long by 600 meters wide and was built on an island’s peninsula by the Knights of St John. It makes up for its small size with stylish sophistication and culture.
Valletta can be enjoyed simply by wandering the streets without a plan and allowing yourself time to get lost in its maze of streets. There are some must-sees and must-dos.
To capture an iconic shot of Madonna tal Karmel in Valletta, take the perfect photo Head inland to the west (towards Triton Fountain), of the Zekka Street (Triq Zekka).
Take a look at the unique architecture. Go to any Maltese neighborhood and count the traditional wooden, colorful, enclosed Maltese balcony. Triq San Gwann is the place to go for a memorable shot of you walking towards Valletta, surrounded by the most colorful balconies in Valletta.
Enjoy spectacular views: Visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens to enjoy a 360-degree view of the Grand Harbour, the Three Cities, and beyond. The cannons were originally used to defend the harbor from naval attack, but they later became a means to indicate the exact time to shipmasters, which allowed them to calibrate their chronographs aboard.
The ‘Silent City” Of Mdina
One of Malta’s most fascinating cities is its mysterious old capital. Medieval Mdina dates back to 4000 years. It is so well preserved that it has been used as a backdrop for many movies and TV shows, including Game of Thrones.
Mdina’s honey-colored, sandstone streets, like Valletta, are best explored on their own. However, if you’re a GoT fan, you’ll recognize the city gate (pictured above) as the entrance into King’s Landing. You can also visit Mesquita Square and see Petyr Baelish’s balcony, where Jaime Lannister and Ned Stark fought.
Enjoy A Peaceful Day In Gozo
It would not be a trip to Malta complete without taking a ferry and visiting the islands of Gozo or Comino.
You can visit Gozo’s capital Victoria, also known as Rabat. Here you can see its Citadel (fortified center), which dates back to 1500 BC. The citadel is strategically located on top of a hill and offers breathtaking views over the island.
Spend Time In Sliema
Sliema is a former fishing village that was once quiet but has been transformed into one of the largest commercial hubs of Malta. It’s located across the water from Valletta. Sliema isn’t very pretty, but it’s an excellent place to base you. It’s easily accessible by transport and accommodation is much cheaper than in Valletta or St. Julian’s. Even if you don’t plan to stay there, Sliema, Malta is a great place to visit while you’re there.
View the best of Valletta’s skyline from Turn left at the Sliema ferry terminus and walk along the water to see Valletta’s skyline grow closer.
St. Julian’s And Spinola Bay
St Julian’s is a popular spot for tourists to visit while in Malta. For stunning views, even if you don’t plan to stay there, visit Spinola Bay at sunset for some amazing views. This is only a 25-minute walk if you are staying in Sliema.