Malta travel

Malta Itinerary for One Week

January 26, 2020

We spent one week in Malta, which was enough to fit in the highlights but not so much time that we got bored. While one week isn’t enough to see every single great thing to do in Malta, there’s plenty of time to see some of its most incredible places. It’s also small enough that you can see a different town/city and take a new day trip every day. Here’s our Malta itinerary for one week:

Valletta

A street in Valletta Malta lined with plants and colourful balconies
One of Valletta’s many pretty streets

Our Malta itinerary started with one of my favourite places. I recommend spending 1-2 days in Malta’s beautiful capital, Valletta. We had a much needed lie-in on our first morning in Malta at our B&B in Il-Hamrun after Matt had booked a flight landing at 1:50 AM. We caught the bus into Valletta not far away and were dropped off outside the Triton Fountain. From there, we set off exploring its gardens, grabbing some lunch at a cafe/craft beer bar, and exploring its walls and around the harbours. To end a perfect day, we went up to watch the sunset towards Sliema from Valletta’s walls followed by dinner near the Upper Barrakka Gardens.

The next morning, we continued exploring Valletta, including some brunch on one of its beautiful streets, stopped by St John co-Cathedral, and took in views of the beautiful Grand Harbour before heading on a day trip to Mdina.

Read my guide to 24 hours in Valletta to find out more of how we spent our time in Valletta.

Mdina

posing next to blue door framed by large flowing purple tree in Mdina, Malta

You only really need a day, perhaps even a half day, to see the ancient city of Mdina. But it is well worth seeing.

Mdina’s well-preserved streets have unsurprisingly attracted filming crews and it was used in the first series of Game of Thrones as King’s Landing including its main gate, some of its side streets and  Mesquita Square.

Plus Mdina is just pretty. We walked down quiet, beautifully old-world streets passing brightly coloured doors flanked by flowing plants and olive trees, opening onto medieval squares. One particular door seems to draw every instagrammer that wanders through Mdina’s streets. But I just couldn’t help seeking it out myself, and want a house with a blue door/purple tree just like it.

Nearby, you can reach Rabat in just five minutes, providing even more spots to explore on a day trip.

Read my day trip guide to Mdina.

Gozo

Mgarr Harbour at sunset in Gozo
The citadel of Victoria/Rabat is visible on a hill over Mgarr Harbour

Most people choose to visit Gozo on a day trip. But as I’ve recently written, I think this gorgeous island deserves a little longer, perhaps 2-3 days. Start day one with Ramla Bay, probably Malta’s prettiest beach, covered in reddish gold sand.

The island’s capital, Victoria (also known as Rabat) is worth exploring for its citadel and fortified wall along with its old-world streets begging you to get lost in them.

Gozo is also full of pretty bays and stunning coastline to explore. Little villages like Xaghra are dotted throughout the island and many accommodation take the form of farmhouses, with a large selection featuring pools. We spent our second day in Gozo just lounging by the pool before going on a stand-up paddle boarding tour across the channel to Comino, snorkelling around the crystal clear waters and exploring nearby caves.

St Paul’s Bay

Perhaps, like many visitors to Malta, you came in search of its endless sunshine. The area around St. Paul’s is great for swimming, lounging, walks around the bay, and nearby beaches. Although we based ourselves for roughly half the trip in St Paul’s Bay, we spent most of it on day trips to the surrounding areas and only spend our last day before the airport hanging around in St. Paul’s, and you probably don’t need more than that to see the area.

Sliema

Swimming spot in Sliema Malta

Across the harbour from Valletta is the cosmopolitan city of Sliema. You can see Sliema easily in a day. Sliema is great for swimming, shopping, and bars and restaurants. We headed down to Sliema from St Paul’s Bay and spent the majority of the day walking along the seaside promenade, stopping off at various spots to go swimming. After, we headed to the Point to browse some shops and watched the sunset at a restaurant on the water. Read more about the best things to do in Sliema.

Marsaxlokk

Luzzas, Malta's traditional fishing boats, in Marsaxlokk

Complete your Malta itinerary with a day trip to Marsaxlokk. We chose to visit Marsaxlokk on our last full day in Malta. The charming fishing village is located on the southern part of Malta. The village has gained fame for vibrantly painted fishing boats, fresh seafood, and ancient history. Spend the day wandering the harbour, sampling seafood fresh off the boat, enjoying the views and if you can, seeking out nearby swimming spots. Check out my guide to Marsaxlokk.

It can be a good spot to visit on your last day as direct buses run from the airport to Marsaxlokk. Coming back from Marsaxlokk, we stopped back off in Valletta to see the capital one last time and watch the sunset from the walls again, ending what was my absolute favourite day on this holiday.

There’s plenty more to add to your Malta itinerary if you have more than one week in this beautiful country. Find more ideas here.

Looking for more tips on getting around Malta, what you should budget for Malta, and what to see? Check out my complete guide to Malta.

  • Reply
    ourcrossings
    January 26, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    I’ve always been fascinated by Malta and its architecture yet somehow never quite made to it. It would be a perfect place for a sunny holiday as we don’t really get to see the sun that often in Ireland. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 😀 Aiva

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    markstraveljournal
    January 30, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    A really nice tour of Malta with great tips for travel!

    Mark/ Mark’s Travel Journal
    https://www.markstraveljournal.me

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    meaghanbethany
    February 2, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    Amazing! I would really love to visit St Pauls Bay, it looks so much like Croatia!

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    aimsysantics
    February 2, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Oh Malta just looks beautiful! It is definitely a place on my list to visit now. I will be referring back to this post when and if I get the chance to visit this beautiful place.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

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    Jessica Kokoszki
    February 2, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    This looks absolutely beautiful. Adding this to my list!

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    Nicola
    February 2, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks for this itinerary. I’m off to Malta for a week in April so it’s useful to read some information on things to do and nice places to go!

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    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes
    February 4, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Looks lovely, have not been to Malta since I was a child, thanks for sharing your holiday 🙂

    Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes

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