Best Towns & Villages In Malta

If you’re planning a trip to this beautiful Southern European island country, you’re in for the vacation of a lifetime. 

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Situated on an archipelago in the Mediterranean, it has much to offer the discerning tourist. To help you plan your travel itinerary, we put together this list of the 7 best towns and villages to visit in Malta.  

Marsaskala

Marsaskala is a quaint seaside town and the ideal starting point where you can rent a boat in Malta and explore.

Although archaeologists have uncovered evidence of Roman occupation in Marsaskala, the town was largely unpopulated until modern times. But its location around a small harbor made it popular with fishermen, and the town’s relationship with fishing and sailing remains to this day.

St Thomas Bay and St Peter’s Pool are good choices for a swim, as they are not as crowded with tourists as other places in Malta. If you’re a keen diver, you should know that Malta’s coast offers many fantastic scuba diving opportunities. And you’ll also find the best diving instruction school in the country, in this town. 

Mdina

The ancient city of Mdina is a treasure to behold.

The oldest and first capital of Malta, this town attracts 1,5 million visitors annually. The origins of this fortified city go back 4000 years. An earthquake nearly destroyed this town, but many ancient marvels are still here to explore.

The town of Mdina is home to some of Malta’s most affluent and noble families. Although loved by tourists, the resident population is very low.  Fans of the Game Of Thrones will be keen to visit, as Mdina was used for location shoots during season one of the hit tv series.  

Valletta

During the Golden Age in Malta, Valletta was Malta’s capital city, and the entire town of Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The town got its name from the Grand Master of the Knights of Malta, Jean Parisot de Valette. A walking tour of the town will offer views of a staggering 320 monuments. And what a lovely place for a stroll, as Valetta is officially the sunniest town in Europe.

For two centuries, new forms of art and architecture flourished here. But if your tastes in art are more contemporary, head on over to the Valletta Contemporary Art gallery at 17 Triq Lvant (East Street) in the central region of Valletta.

Nadur

Looking for some epic selfie locations for your Instagram account? Located in the eastern part of the island of Gozo, Nadur is brimming with many spectacular scenes. 

From the colorful and intricate door decor to the beautiful parish church, there’s something to catch your eye at every turn. Every February, the streets come alive with the annual Nadur Carnival, bursting with exotic costumes and colors galore. If you’re visiting at that time of the year, be prepared for large crowds.

Sliema

Of course, part of the joy of travel is shopping for awesome keepsakes and feasting on the local cuisine. 

The name Sliema (Tas-Sliema in Maltese) means ‘peace’. Sliema is Malta’s most affluent area. Here you can go shopping for international brands, as well as dine in Malta’s finest eateries

Its seaside promenade connects with St. Julian’s to the West. Unfortunately, you won’t find any sandy beaches to work on your tan. You will find some good restaurants and bars along the way, though.

St. Julian’s

Looking for the best beaches and nightlife? The seaside town of St. Julians has what you’re looking for. 

Known as San Giljan in Maltese, this coastal town north of Valletta is famous for its buzzing nightlife. Some of the best hotels are situated here, as well as trendy cafes and lively nightclubs. You’ll find the best spots to rock the night away in Paceville.

Dingli

Last but not least, is the charming and historic town of Dingli. 

This is home to the highest point in Malta, the Dingli Cliffs, as well as the country’s sole woodland area, Buskett Gardens. Covering 47 hectares, this is the last surviving wooded area. Malta was once covered by trees, but sadly most were cut down to meet shipbuilders growing demand for timber.

Dingli is also home to the President of Malta’s official summer residence, Verdala Palace. This supposedly haunted Renaissance building was built in the year 1586 during the reign of Hugues Loubenx de Verdalle. The palace boasts great works of art, but as it is one of the president’s homes, it is not open to the public. 

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