10 fun FREE things to do in Malta

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When I had the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world this summer as SWISSGEAR’s Travel Ambassador, I chose to visit Malta! To hear all about my trip, head over to SWISSGEAR.com to read about my adventures in Malta!

My Malta Blog on SWISSGEAR.com

When I told people I was traveling to Malta, many people wondered where Malta was and why I would choose to go there over any other destination. I believe my photos and stories served as enough of an explanation after my trip, but I also compiled a blog on 10 reasons to visit Malta!

Once you are convinced you must head to Malta for a trip of your own, I’ve compiled a list of 10 recommended things to see and do during your stay! All of these locations can be reached by public transportation (bus) and the things to do are FREE, with the exception of the final recommendation.

1. Valletta

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Valletta, Malta

What to do: Wander the charming streets of the UNESCO heritage site capital of Malta, toss a coin in the Triton Fountain, eat lunch at No. 43. Visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens for a panoramic view of the Grand Harbour (where two cruise ships were docked) and the Three Cities across the water.

Triton Fountain, Valletta, Malta
Triton Fountain, Valletta, Malta

2. St. Peter’s Pool

St. Peter's Pool, Malta
St. Peter’s Pool, Malta

What to do: Jump in St. Peter’s Pool! Swim, snorkel, people watch! Watch the famous jumping dog dive into the pool and Pele’s artful dives. Don’t miss the little pools and salt pans past the pool.

St. Peter's Pool view from the sea
St. Peter’s Pool view from the sea

3. Mdina

Flower door in Mdina, Malta
Gorgeous flower door in Mdina, Malta

What to do: Wander around the “Silent City,” enjoy the charming little streets and beautiful flower door, eat cake and drink milkshakes at Fontanella Tea Garden while enjoying the view.

Mdina, Malta
Mdina, Malta

4. Rabat

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What to do: Enjoy the colorful doors and charming streets. Visit St. Dominic’s Convent.

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5. Bugibba

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What to do: Swim in the sea, watch the sunset and party at Cafe del Mar! Eat the “Taste of Malta” menu at Ta’Pawla (15.90 Euro for a three-course meal) and the best gelato in Malta at SottoZero.

6. Ramla Bay & Tal-Mixta Cave (Gozo)

Tal Mixta Cave overlooking Ramla Bay in Gozo, Malta
Tal Mixta Cave overlooking Ramla Bay in Gozo, Malta

What to do: Climb up to Tal-Mixta Cave and enjoy the views in the shade of the cave. Lay on the red sand beach and swim in the sea.

Ramla Bay, Gozo, Malta
Ramla Bay, Gozo, Malta

7. San Blas Bay (Gozo)

San Blas Bay, Gozo, Malta
San Blas Bay, Gozo, Malta

What to do: Lay on the red sand beach or rocks and swim in the sea. Be mindful there is a steep walk down to the beach, but you can also hop into a 4-wheeler for a small fee.

Walk down to San Blas Bay
Walk down to San Blas Bay

8. Nadur (Gozo)

Traditional home in Nadur, Gozo, Malta
Traditional home in Nadur, Gozo, Malta

What to do: Explore the charming town of Nadur and cathedral, eat at The Fat Rabbit.

Drone shot of Nadur, Gozo at sunset
Drone shot of the town of Nadur at sunset on the island of Gozo, Malta

9. Malsaforn Bay (Gozo)

Masalforn Bay, Gozo, Malta
Masalforn Bay, Gozo, Malta

What to do: Stroll along the bay, people watch, enjoy a drink or meal on the bay. Walk to the salt pans nearby to enjoy the view (especially at sunset).

Salt pans at sunset on the island of Gozo, Malta
Salt pans at sunset on the island of Gozo, Malta

10. Blue Lagoon (Comino)

Kayaking in the Blue Lagoon in Comino early before the crowds arrive
Kayaking in the Blue Lagoon in Comino early before the crowds arrive

What to do: Kayak to the Blue Lagoon, snorkel, cliff jump, explore caves and underwater archways!

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Blue Lagoon Arch, Comino, Malta

 

If I had more time in Malta (I only spent a week there), I would also visit the Blue Grotto, the Blue Hole, Dingli Ciffs (at sunset), the Megalithic Temples (oldest standing structures in the world), and Wied il-Għasri (Gozo). You always have to leave something to do for when you return, right? 😉
Is Malta on your bucket list? Let me know in the comments below!

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*In full transparency to my readers, as SWISSGEAR’s Travel Ambassador I received free SWISSGEAR travel gear, airfare, and accommodation for my trip to Malta. 

 

 

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