Embark on a captivating journey through the sun-kissed Mediterranean jewels of Malta and Gozo, where ancient history, azure waters, and vibrant culture converge.

Explore the rich tapestry of Malta, a small archipelago steeped in millennia of history. Wander through the narrow streets of Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage site, adorned with Baroque architecture and grand palaces. Discover the mystique of the ancient temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra, testaments to Malta's prehistoric past.

Venture beyond to Gozo, Malta's serene sister island, where rolling hills and charming villages provide a tranquil escape. Uncover the secrets of the island's intriguing folklore in Victoria's Citadel and delight in vibrant local markets and idyllic sandy beaches.

Take a look at our stunning luxury villas in Malta & Gozo and jet off to the unique Mediterranean islands for a holiday unlike any other.

Why Visit Malta?

  • Explore the megalithic temples and some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world. The history is not confined to museums; it's embedded in the very rock of the archipelago, offering a fascinating journey through the centuries.
  • From the iconic Blue Lagoon to the golden sands of Golden Bay, the archipelago is home to a stunning coastline. Scenic cliffs, hidden coves, and charming fishing villages provide ample opportunities for relaxation, water activities, and picturesque exploration.
  • Malta's vibrant calendar is filled with lively festivals, adding a cultural dimension to your holiday. From the colourful Carnival celebrations in February to the grandeur of village festas throughout the summer, each event showcases the island's traditions, music, and vibrant spirit.


Why stay with us?

Style and character are everything at Oliver’s Travels, and our collection of handpicked villas in Malta have this in spades.

We have destination experts who know the ins and outs of all our regions, picking villas in Malta that aren’t only unique but are also in the best locations. What's more, our villas are 100% family-friendly and have the ‘wow’ factor.

Our helpful concierge team are on hand to make your stay extra special. Whether you want a fully-stocked fridge, a local in-house chef to cook your meals, housekeeping or any other extra service – consider them your holiday genie, who will happily grant your wishes.

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Malta & Gozo travel guide

Why visit Malta & Gozo

The allure lies in its UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as the ancient city of Valletta and the Megalithic Temples, offering a journey through time. Beyond historical wonders, Malta hosts a myriad of festivals that add a lively touch to the island's charm.

In February, the Malta Carnival fills the streets with colourful parades and revelry. Spring sees the Good Friday processions, a solemn and culturally significant event. The renowned Isle of MTV music festival attracts music enthusiasts in July, while August's Feast of St. Lawrence showcases Maltese religious traditions.

Not to be missed is the Malta International Fireworks Festival in April, igniting the night sky with dazzling displays. With a calendar brimming with diverse events, Malta offers a dynamic blend of cultural immersion and scenic beauty, making it an enticing destination for every traveller.

Food and drink in Malta & Gozo

The culinary scene on the islands is a delectable fusion of Mediterranean flavours with influences from Italy, North Africa, and the Middle East. A staple is "Fenek," rabbit stew, a national dish showcasing Maltese resourcefulness. "Pastizzi," flaky pastries filled with ricotta or mushy peas, are popular street snacks.

"Ġbejniet," small cheeselets often enjoyed with sundried tomatoes, showcase the island's dairy craftsmanship. The Maltese love their seafood, with "Lampuki" (dolphin fish) featuring in fisherman's pies and stews. "Bragioli" are beef olives, while "Timpana" is a baked pasta pie brimming with rich flavours.

"Kinnie," a local bitter-sweet soda, and "Cisk," Maltese beer, are the perfect complement to meals. Malta's culinary treasures invite a delightful exploration of tastes deeply rooted in the island's history and culture.

Lunch on the St. Lucia steps in Valletta

Why it's perfect for families

  • Great for babies: Malta enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers, making it comfortable for babies throughout the year.
  • Great for kids: The island boasts interactive museums like the Esplora Interactive Science Centre, offering hands-on exhibits that make learning fun for children.
  • Great for teens: The island is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. Teens can engage in activities like snorkelling, diving, and jet skiing in the clear Mediterranean waters.

Top tips

  • Malta's compact size makes it ideal for exploration on foot. Wander through the narrow streets of Valletta, explore hidden alleyways in Mdina, and stroll along the waterfront promenades. Additionally, consider taking a boat tour or ferry ride to appreciate Malta's coastline from a different perspective.
  • Malta's warm and welcoming locals contribute significantly to its charm. Learning a few Maltese phrases and engaging with the community provides insights into the island's contemporary life, and you might discover hidden spots or receive personalized recommendations that guidebooks might miss.

Best Beaches in Malta

Malta boasts an array of enchanting beaches, each with its own unique charm. For those seeking seclusion, the serene Għar Lapsi unfolds a hidden cove surrounded by rugged cliffs. Meanwhile, the vibrant energy of St. George's Bay, the natural beauty of Ghadira Bay, and the tranquillity of Pretty Bay mean that Malta's diverse beaches cater to every sun-seeker's taste, making the archipelago a sun-drenched haven for beach enthusiasts.

What Oliver Loves

Malta's most enchanting secret lies in its underwater world. The archipelago offers world-class diving sites with crystal-clear waters and a kaleidoscope of marine life. The Blue Hole in Gozo, a natural wonder with intricate rock formations, and the Um El Faroud wreck off the coast of Malta, teeming with marine diversity, beckon avid divers.

On the northwestern coast of Malta, Golden Bay is one of the most popular beaches on the island, known for its golden sands and clear blue waters. The surrounding cliffs provide a picturesque backdrop, and the beach is surrounded by countryside, creating a relatively unspoiled and natural environment.

A mesmerizing natural wonder situated between the islands of Comino and Cominotto in Malta. Renowned for its crystal-clear turquoise waters, the Blue Lagoon is a postcard-perfect destination. The shallow, azure sea provides an ideal setting for swimming, snorkelling, and mooring up your boat to bask in the sun.

Gozo’s Ramla Bay is renowned for its distinctive reddish-golden sand, making it a unique and visually striking destination. The bay is surrounded by lush countryside and has a relaxed atmosphere, making it a great escape from the busier parts of the islands.

Towns and villages in Malta & Gozo

Malta is dotted with charming towns, each with its own unique character, historical significance, and cultural attractions. The Three Cities—Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua—reveal maritime heritage and architectural elegance and  Mellieħa captivates with its sandy beaches, but here is our pick of the  three of the best towns to visit in Malta:

Oliver’s Hidden Gem

Popeye Village is an absolute must-see! This quirky and colourful settlement served as the film set built for the 1980 musical film "Popeye," starring Robin Williams. After the filming was complete, the set was left standing, and it has since been transformed into a theme park.

Malta's capital is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its Baroque architecture, historic fortifications, and rich cultural heritage. The city is home to numerous museums, including the Grand Master's Palace and the National Museum of Archaeology. St. John's Co-Cathedral, with its ornate interior, is a must-visit. The Upper Barrakka Gardens offer stunning views of the Grand Harbour. Valletta is a treasure trove of history, art, and architecture. Its compact size makes it easy to explore on foot, and every corner reveals another piece of Malta's fascinating past.

The "Silent City," is a fortified medieval town with narrow cobblestone streets, palaces, and churches. The Mdina Cathedral is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture, and the town's walls offer panoramic views of the island. The neighbouring Rabat has attractions like St. Paul's Catacombs and the Domus Romana. Mdina's timeless atmosphere, well-preserved architecture, and a sense of stepping back in time make it a must-visit for those seeking a taste of Malta's medieval history.

Marsaxlokk is a traditional fishing village known for its vibrant Sunday fish market where colourful boats, known as luzzus, dot the harbour. The village exudes a laid-back charm, and its seafood restaurants along the waterfront offer a delightful dining experience. The nearby St. Peter's Pool is a natural swimming spot with crystal-clear waters. The town provides a glimpse into Malta's maritime traditions and offers a peaceful retreat from the busier urban areas. The authentic atmosphere and fresh seafood make it a favourite among locals and visitors alike.

Malta travel: Getting there and around

You can take direct flights to Malta International Airport (MLA) from London Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted as well as Manchester. Flight time is generally 3 hours 15 minutes. Malta's compact size and diverse transportation options make it easy for visitors to choose the most suitable mode of travel based on their preferences and the locations they wish to explore.

By car

Renting a car is a popular and convenient way to explore Malta. The road network is well-developed, and driving is on the left side. Traffic can be congested in urban areas, but roads in the countryside are generally easy to navigate. Parking spaces are available in towns, but it's advisable to use public transport in crowded areas.

By public transport

Malta has a comprehensive public bus system that covers the entire island and the central bus terminal in Valletta makes it easy to transfer between different routes. Consider purchasing a Tallinja Card for discounted fares on buses. Plan your routes in advance, especially if you are relying on public transport to reach specific destinations, as the frequency of buses may vary.

By boat

Boat services connect Malta's main islands, offering a scenic and enjoyable mode of transportation. The ferry between Malta and Gozo, for example, provides a picturesque journey across the Gozo Channel. Additionally, boat tours and water taxis are available for exploring coastal areas and visiting attractions like the Blue Lagoon.

By bike

Cycling is a popular and eco-friendly way to explore the islands, especially in the quieter areas of Gozo and the countryside of Malta. Some towns have dedicated cycling lanes and bike rentals are available. The terrain can be hilly, so cyclists should be prepared for varying elevations.

By foot

Exploring on foot is a delightful way to experience Malta's cities, towns, and historical sites. Valletta, Mdina, and other urban centres offer charming pedestrian zones with narrow cobblestone streets. Walking is also a great way to explore coastal areas, parks, and nature reserves. For longer hikes, Gozo provides scenic trails with stunning views.

Top tips

  • Explore by foot in urban areas. Many of Malta's cities and towns, such as Valletta and Mdina, have compact and pedestrian-friendly centres. Wear comfortable shoes, especially in areas with uneven surfaces, and take the time to discover hidden gems that may not be accessible by other modes of transportation.
  • Consider boat excursions for coastal exploration. Given Malta's island geography, boat excursions offer a unique perspective and access to coastal attractions. Water taxis and ferries between Malta and Gozo are also scenic ways to travel.