Here is a travel itinerary for 3 days in Malta! Yes, it doesn't seem a lot to explore this tiny European country, but I can guarantee you: It's better than nothing and I visited quite many cool places in this short time. Apart from that, I finally saw some proper sun and listening to the sounds of the sea were just the best energy-filler! This island makes it such a great winter break destination!
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3 Days in Malta
My travel itinerary of 3 Days in Malta:
Day 1 - St. Julians
I stayed in St. Julians - a popular area with lots of restaurants, cafes, shops and hotels. If your hotel is also located here, take a walk along the promenade - from St. Julians to Sliema to get the first impression of the a bit more touristy area of Malta :)
Day 1 - Valetta
I took a bus then to the capital city of Malta called Valetta. Such a beautiful city, which I'd love to go back to one day! What I really like were those cute little parks, the surrounding views, the narrow streets, all those little cafes and restaurants and the stunning architecture. I absolutely adored Valetta! Have a look at the photos:
Day 1 - Marsaxklokk
Marsaxklokk is a laid-back fishing village with lots of charm! I drove from Valetta to Marsaxklokk by bus. Come here to stroll along the promenade, eat in one of the fish restaurants and take photos of the colourful boats! I was happy to get a glimpse of this cute village!
Day 2 - Popeye Village and It's Cliffs
On Day 2, I suggest to drive to the Popeye village - I mean, not to visit the village itself (which is basically an entertainment village for kids and there is also an entrance fee to pay). The area itself is really picturesque and the water colour of the sea is beautiful! At the entrance of this village, go left and walk all until you reach a point where you can take a great photo of the village - like the one below:
That was one of my personal highlights our there - take a 10 minute walk to the cliffs nearby and enjoy the stunning views! I was all alone there and I had those cliffs all to myself hehe.. beautiful!
Day 2 - Mdina
Mdina is also a gorgeous place to visit when 3 days in Malta. It is a very old city, which served as island's capital city from antiquity to the medieval period. Get lost in those narrow streets and observe this amazing architecture! Probably the most popular cafe & restaurant there is The Fontanella Tea Garden. I simply had to go there too in order to eat a delicious Maltese dish and soak up the views over the very greenish surroundings!
Day 2 - Dingli Cliffs
Can't forget those Dingli cliffs on day 2! I spent the whole afternoon sitting at the edge of this cliffs, relaxing and soaking up the sun rays! It's also a perfect place to observe the beautiful sunset over the cliffs! A place worth visiting when in Malta!
Day 3 - Chillin' & Enjoying the Beach in St. Julians
Good news! Day 3 is all about relaxing at the beach! Take it easy and enjoy! You will need: A towel, sunglasses, a cup and coffee and a good book to read! Alternative beaches to spend your last day in Malta: Mellieha Bay, Blue Lagoon or Ghajn Tuffieha - try the last one if possible - must be really a cool pretty beach!
When to Visit Malta
I wouldn't go in November or December where there is apparently the most rain on the island. I also wouldn't want to travel there in the summer months as it gets overcrowded and too hot! March was the month I visited Malta and I must say, that was a very good decision! While many other European countries fought with snow, rain and clouds, I was enjoying the warm and sunny days. Beside that, there were not as many tourists on the island as there are in the summer. So consider going between January - May or from September to October.
How to Travel Around the Island
By Local Bus
Since I was travelling solo, I usually took a local bus to come from A to B. The 1-ride ticket costs 1.5 EUR. I didn't have any problems during the week (in my case it was Friday), but on the weekend the buses were usually delayed or even too occupied to take any additional passengers. So keep that in mind and prepare a plan B if the bus transport fails.
My alternative to the bus was the taxi! Hint: Don't stop the taxi on the road and even not a white one since these are usually the most expensive ones. Ask the hotel, restaurant, cafe or wherever you are to call a taxi for you. The rate from a city A to B varied from 20 - 40 EUR.
If you are travelling as a couple or with more people, I suggest to rent a car in Malta. It's the easiest way to come around the island since one is flexible and the rental is not expensive. Check out the rental car providers such as sixt.com, rentalcars.com, europcar.com etc.
Where to Stay
I stayed in St. Julians in a hotel I would not recommend :) As far as the area is concerned, I would rather suggest to stay somewhere around Mellieha, Mdina or even Valetta. If you're like me and don't like touristy places with lots of hotels, stay away from St. Julians and book an accommodation somewhere else. But still a promenade from St. Julians to Sliema is worth it, as I stated above!
Have you been to Malta? Did you like it? Let us know in the comments below!