There is so much to see and do in Malta, but if you only have one day to tour the island, there are certain spots that you will definitely not want to miss. From the history of Valletta to the incredible natural beauty of the Blue Grotto, make sure that each of these places make it onto the itinerary for the day.
Valletta is the best place at which to begin your tour of Malta, because while it may be one of the smallest capital cities in the world, it is also the world’s densest historic and cultural area, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since you are short on time, you need to plan your hours here wisely, making sure to check out St. John’s Co-Cathedral, as well as the Upper Barakka Gardens, which is where you will find the best views in the city of the Grand Harbour. If you have some extra time, there are several museums here worth checking out, from the National Museum of Fine Arts Malta to the National Museum of Archaeology.
The Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto is just 14 kilometres away from Valletta, so it will not take you too much time to travel between the two locations. This is one of the island’s most famous natural attractions, and consists of an intricate cave system featuring surreal light reflections, as well as a natural swimming and diving hole with water that is the most striking shade of blue.
Hagar Qim Temples
The Hagar Qim Temples are another of Malta’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and can be found just nearby to the Blue Grotto, saving you some travelling time. This megalithic temple complex dates back to around 3600-3200 BC and give you the opportunity to see how early communities used to live their lives. Out of all of the temples in Malta, this one is the best preserved, making it a must-visit.
An Evening in Paceville
Out of all of the nightlife spots in Malta, Paceville is where you will find the largest concentration of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, all within walking distance of each other, making this the best location to spend the evening. Begin with a delicious evening meal, either at the Dolce Vita Restaurant or Il Pirata, before heading to Hugo’s Lounge for a couple of cocktails. Then, make your way to the top floor of the same building, where you will find the sleek and stylish Shadow, which plays predominantly house and techno music. For those who prefer chart toppers, Havana is a large nightclub just nearby, while Prestige Club, with its quality sound system and contemporary décor, is known for being one of the most exclusive clubs in the area.
While one day is not nearly enough to see all that Malta has to offer, these spots definitely showcase some of the island’s highlights. From the natural beauty of the Blue Grotto to the history surrounding the Hagar Qim Temples, these are the places that are going to have you soon wanting to return back for more.