Looking for a Mediterranean getaway but only have a few days to explore? It can be overwhelming trying to fit in every ‘must see’ activity, landmark or neighbourhood, but 3 nights in Malta can be all you need to have a great experience!
…If you plan it right.
In September 2021, we decided to visit Malta. It was never on my list and I didn’t know much about it’s history, landscape or culture. We chose Malta simply because it was a) not too far from England b) hot AF and c) At the time, COVID19 entry requirements were relatively simple…
The island is small, the beaches are a mix of rocky & sandy and the water is a crystal clear. There are plenty of hotels and private accommodations to choose from, in several areas of the island. Popular destinations include; Valletta (the capital city), St Julians, St Pauls, Sliema, and Mellieha. Where you choose to stay is totally dependant on the vibe you’re looking for on your holiday.
Fun Fact: Malta is the tenth smallest country in area and fourth most densely populated sovereign country.
Popular Destinations in Malta
Full of historical buildings, monuments + landmarks, gardens and churches. The history here is rich and there is plenty of opportunity to learn about the country.
St. Julian’s is arguably Malta’s most famous sea side resort town. If you’re looking for lively restaurants, bars and nightclubs, St Julians is where you want to be.
St. Paul’s Bay a relatively lively place to stay – second to St Julians. Originally a small fisherman’s village, it has become more of a resort town for both tourists and locals.
Sliema is a great place to stay as it’s only about 7km away from the capital city of Valletta, making it close enough to travel to for a day trip, without the steep city prices. It’s also one of the busiest urban hubs in Malta. Here you will find plenty of hotels and restaurants.
A laid back town in Northern Malta, Mellieha has more of a local feel in comparison to the ones listed above. Here you will find Maltas longest white sand beach, Mellieħa Bay also known as Għadira Bay.
Our ‘3 Nights in Malta’ Itinerary
Saturday – Arrival Day
1030am: Arrive at Malta airport
1130am: Bolt (app similar to Uber) to hotel (approx. 13 Euro)
12pm: Check into hotel – 115 The Strand Hotel by NEU Collective
1pm: Walk around Sliema
2pm: Leave for Valetta
230pm – 630pm: Explore Valletta
630pm: Dinner at Il Ristoriantino Italiano
830am: Breakfast at hotel
10am: Day trip to Gozo + Comino via boat – booked through getyourguide
*There are many boat tour operators which offer more or less the same services. Prices vary based on what is offered on board. I definitely advise you opt for a boat with drinks.
8pm: Dinner in St Julians at Storie & Sapori
10pm: Night out in St Julians
10am: Breakfast at hotel
1130am: Visit Popeye Village
*the weirdest place on earth, we almost didnt go but we’re so glad we did. If you can, spend more time here. There is a bar, restaurant, amazing spaces to lounge around the water and a great on the water obstacle course.
130pm: Day hangs at Ghadira Beach in Mellieha (Best sandy beach in Malta)
5pm: Early dinner in Mellieha at Amami Sushi *THE BEST dinner we had
7pm: Sunset at Golden Bay Beach + grab drinks for the beach on the way down, there is a bar on the beach for when you finish what you brought.
Tuesday – Departure day
9am: Breakfast at the hotel
1015am: Leave for airport
1040am: Arrive at Malta airport
1240pm: Flight to UK
No matter what you choose to do in Malta, you will no doubt have a great time exploring, lounging, eating and drinking. Click and save the image below to reference the next time you’re looking to book a quick getaway!
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