4 Days in Malta Itinerary: Complete Guide for First Timers

4 Days in Malta Itinerary: Complete Guide for First Timers

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Mdina gate

Foto: James Bianchi

Malta is a treasured tourist destination with a perfect Mediterreanen climate and pictureseque scenery that has been used as a backdrop for big-budget movies for decades. There is so much to explore and if you’re only staying for a few days, that can be seen as daunting. That is why OhMyMalta has compiled a full fledged four day itinerary to ascertain that you get the most out of the Maltese archipelago and what it has to offer!

Day 1: Valletta and Cottonera

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valletta

Photo: Joseph Buhagiar

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the three cities

photo: James bianchi

We highly suggest that you make your way to the Maltese capital of Valletta on your first full day. You would want to explore every nook and cranny of the fortified city without feeling rushed by your plans. Chosen as the 2018 European Capital of Culture, Valletta is an instant fan-favouite by the tourists who have to opportunity to take a stroll through the city walls to the Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens to take in the breathtaking views of the Three Cities, the Mediterranean Sea, and the cathedral of St. John, which is known for its striking Caravaggio paintings and majestic façade. Other major attractions enclosed in the capital city are the grandmaster palace, St Elmo’s heritage building and the national museum of archeology.

In the early afternoon, you can then board a boat to the Three Cities for just a couple of euros to discover the adjacent cities of Vittoriosa, Cospicua, and Senglea. Malta’s authentic vibes can be found in the Three Cities’ winding alleyways and traditional architecture. Stay in Vittoriosa for dinner at the waterfront or catch the ferry back to Valletta and find a table at a restaurant in Strait Street or Merchant Street so you can unwind and finish off your day the best way possible!

Day 2: Mdina,Rabat & Dingli

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mdina

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rabat

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dingli

Your second day on the island should be all about the exploration of Malta’s historic aspect. This is where you can visit the lovely ancient walled city of Mdina and the nearby towns of Rabat and Dingli! Rabat is a rather tiny, walkable city with beautiful back alleyways and architecture. The catacombs of St. Paul’s Cathedral are also worth visiting. Take a stroll in Mdina’s winding streets to find out why it’s regarded as Malta’s ‘Silent City’.

Then, you can spend the late afternoon exploring Dingli. Instantly recognisable by its towering cliffs looking over the Mediterranean Sea, Dingli is not only sought-after by the thousands of tourists who flock to Malta every year but also with the locals around. This is due to the untamed nature, great food, and picturesque landscapes that encompass Dingli and its haunting surroundings. Being the highest point on the island, Dingli captivates visitors with its coastal views and vicious waves splashing against its cliffs. This western coast of the island offers tourists and locals an exclusive view of Filfa and the Mediterranean Sea. Dingli cliffs is also the perfect destination for a tranquil walk, a peaceful bike ride, or a venturesome hike. Oh, and while you’re in Rabat, don’t forget to try out Malta’s most sought-after traditional food, pastizzi from ‘Is-Serkin’.

Day 3: Gozo

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xwejni salt pans, gozo

photo: Andrew Slifkin

You cannot truly proclaim to your friends that you have visited Malta if you did not spend a day or two in Gozo. Taking the bus to Cirkewwa then the boat to Malta’s sister island is the most ideal and affordable way to travel. Gozo is relatively small in comparison to her big sister, so the best way to make your way through the island is setting your shop in Victoria, the capital. It offers the finest bus links to wherever else you would wish to go and is centrally located on the island. 

You can visit the Xwenji Salt Pans to learn how natural Gozitan sea salt is formed, or take advantage of the island’s stunning beaches . We know what you’re thinking, it’s November. But, you’ll be surprised at how many people are actually taking a dip into Malta’s shores. If this isn’t your thing, going on a trekking expedition exploring Gozo’s landscapes is also another viable option. 

You can end the day in Gozo at one of the many outstanding restaurants on the island, after spending the day relaxing in the warm Mediterranean seas or seeing more of the amazing island.

Day 4: Marsaxlokk & St Julians

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marsaxlokk

photo: calin stan

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st julian's promenade

anshar photography

If you happen to be in Malta on a Sonntag, aim to arrive early for Marsaxlokk’s renowned fish market, which is held every week in this little fishing village. The open market also has ice-cream vendors, souvenir vendors, and much more. It offers some of the island’s greatest seafood. There are several seafood places where you may experience the freshest catch of the day; offering great meals at reasonable prices. Once you’ve had your fill of delectable fish, proceed to the neighbouring St. Peter’s Pool.

If you’re in the mood to end your trip with a bit of a bang, make your way to St Julians. The meandering promenade that wraps along the edge of Spinola Bay is a sight to behold. It’s also recommended to find an eatery for a late-afternoon dinner while basking in st Julian’s lively environment.

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