We visited Malta in winter. Water activities are not possible in winter, so, this post will tell you what else there is to do in Malta.
If you have only one day then go to Mdina. If you have two days, then do Gozo as well. If you have three days, then do the old temples. And if you have four days then do Valetta as well.
- The island has excellent public transport that you can count on. 1.5 Euro one-way ticket valid for a 2-hours journey in any direction.
- I would recommend staying in Sliema or St. Julian’s for maximum comfort. If you want a Mediterranean-style stay then go to Valetta or Mdina instead.
- The Tallinja app gives better suggestions than Google Maps regarding intra-island public transport.
Day 1 – Mdina
Visit the old capital of Mdina. It has a classy Mediterranean look to it.
While you are here, do go to the Museum of Dungeon. The entrance ticket is 5 Euros. It is more of a gallery about medieval-era tortures than a museum. We enjoyed it.
Palazzo Falson is also pretty good. The entrance ticket is 10 Euros. Do take the 40-minute audio tour to understand the history.
The most unusual thing in all of Malta is St. Paul Catacombs. The entrance ticket is 6 Euros. There are about 20 catacombs, and only some of them have live bones. Some catacombs belong to Roman pagans, some to Christians, and some belong to the Jews.
Day 2 – Old temples
There are many old temples from ~2600 BC in Malta. Most of them have been reconstructed though. You can buy a 13 Euro ticket that covers multiple temples.
The first one that’s farthest and best is Ħaġar Qim Temple.
The next thing we visited was Għar Dalam Cave. They are a bit underwhelming, so, feel free to skip them.
Tarxien Temple is OK but it can be done in about 30 minutes.
Day 3 – Gozo
Gozo island is 20 minutes from the main Malta island. The ferry is cheap and runs throughout the day. I would recommend taking an early ferry in the morning. The ferry from Malta to Gozo is free and the return ferry costs 4.65 Euro.
We took a 15 Euro round-trip per-person boat from Gozo to Comino. It was an OK island. It might have been more fun during the summer. We spent about 2 hours on Comino island.
On returning to Gozo, we went to the Citadella. It was too late to visit museums that would close at 4:30 PM but even without seeing the museums, the visit was worth it. The island of Gozo seems to have a better standard of living than the main island.