You’re planning a visit to the beautiful Mediterranean islands and
want need to know all of the best places to visit and things to do in Malta and Gozo? You are also wondering where to find the best spots for the best travel photos on the island?
I’ve done the homework for you.
Read on to find out exactly where to go in Malta and Gozo to capture the most Instagrammable shots. Your Insta feed will never be the same again.
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Is Instagrammable even a word, you ask? Yes. It is officially part of the dictionary after being recently added.
I just came across an article stating that millennials are skipping out on travel destinations that aren’t Instagram-worthy and choosing those that are.
I also see that the number of visitors to Malta is on an upward trajectory.
Coincidence? I think not
I visited Malta, located in the middle of the Mediterranean, last year and in addition to it being a perfect summer destination choice, I captured some pretty good travel photos. For more wanderlust inspiration, not only of Malta, but also around the world, visit my Instagram account here.
26 Things to do in Malta and Gozo
Where to find the best travel shots in the best places to visit in Malta:
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1| Valetta city
The Mediterranean island nation’s capital and a World Heritage site, Valetta with its grand churches, museums and palaces could be considered an open-air museum.
The walled city was established by the Knights of St. John in the 1500s and is now Malta’s principal cultural, administrative and commercial centre. Throughout the years, Valletta has welcomed emperors, heads of state, artists and poets. And now you and I.
Wander the streets and piazzas of the European capital of culture 2018 marvelling at its interesting history and Baroque character as you hunt for the most Instagrammable spot.
2| The Three cities, in particular Birgu
The Three Cities is a collective description of the three fortified cities of Birgu, Senglea and Cospicua. A visit here offers an intriguing insight into the country’s history and is one of the best things to do in Malta.
Left largely unvisited relative to the rest of the island, these cities are a taste of real life as well as a glimpse into Malta’s maritime history. The oldest of the Three Cities is Birgu, which has existed since the Middle Ages. The other two cities, Senglea and Cospicua, were both founded by the Order of St. John in the 16th and 17th centuries.
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3| Tal-Mixta Cave
Overlooking the tranquil Ramla l-Hamra Bay, this cave, secluded and far off the beaten track can be reached by trekking north from the town of Nadur. By following a small rock-covered path and negotiating a few steps, you come across this cave.
Alternatively, you can hike from Ramla Bay beach and take an up-hill path from the shore, which will take you around 40 minutes. There is also the option of getting here by car.
Tal-Mixta Cave may be not that easy to find if you do not have an idea of the area but the difficulty can be reduced by having access to a local or to an online map. Once at the cave, expect spectacular views of Ramla Bay and the surrounding landscape – a hidden gem in Gozo and worth the trek!
4| Blue Hole Gozo
The former location of the now disintegrated Azure Window, the Blue Hole is a beautiful sight and one of the most popular dive sites on the Maltese Islands. The surrounding coast is spectacular even without the landmark; so don’t skip a trip to Dwejra.
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5| Marsaxlokk Fishing Village
You can’t go all the way to Malta and not visit Marsaxlokk — most picturesque fishing village of the island situated on the southeast side of the island.
The sight of the traditional luzzu’s or fishing boats and the restful surroundings make this a very pleasant place to walk around capturing the best moments on camera and enjoying a meal at one of the dockside restaurants.
Maybe try to visit on a Sunday, as this is when the fish market takes place said to have the best fish available; a particular local favourite is the Lampuki.
6| Sliema Malta
This coastal town is Malta’s centre for shopping and cafes. It is also known for its rocky beaches, water sports and hotels.
Lining the coastline is a promenade known as the Sliema Front. To the right, the promenade leads you all the way to Gzira, Ta’ Xbiex and Msida marina, while to the left, there’s a walkway towards St. Julians, Paceville and St. George’s Bay.
For the best Instagram shots, what I want you to do is walk or take a taxi to the left end of the promenade for spectacular views across to Valletta. There are also breathtaking open sea views from the other side.
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7| Dingli Cliffs
This is your place for rugged coastline, cliffs, wonderful sea views, and beautiful sunsets. The highest point on the Maltese Islands at around 253 meters above sea level, Dingli cliffs offers open ending views of the Mediterranean Sea and along with that some beautiful travel photos to add to your collection.
8| Intercontinental Hotel Malta
The infinity pool on the roof of the Intercontinental Malta is just incredible! Set in the heart of St Julians, the views from the top are just as special. The only one on this list that has limited access as unfortunately, this is only accessible for those staying in the executive suites of the hotel.
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9| Blue Grotto Malta
Maybe you’ve heard of the Blue Grotto because it is a must visit place in Malta. Even though this series of 7 caves carved out of the rocks are a wonderful sight in and of themselves, it is known for the extraordinary sea reflections within the cave area.
This amazingly clear, bright blue waters are the result of the location of the caves and the position of the sun with the blue sky reflecting off the white seabed beneath the caves. The result is a mirroring of vibrant shades of azure coloured water looking particularly attractive on your Instagram feed.
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10| Mġarr harbour Gozo
Your first view of Gozo as this harbour town in the Southeastern part of the island is your entryway onto the island. The location of the ferry terminal, marina and dominated by Fort Chambray, be sure to position yourself on the ferry both on arrival and departure for dramatic views and Instagram worthy shots of this beautiful harbour scene.
11| Wied il-Għasri
This natural beauty is another hidden treasure in Wied il-Ghasri, Gozo. A secluded inlet with a small crystal clear pebble beach lodged between high cliffs. The view of the valley from the top of the cliffs is striking. It’s a bit rough getting there with no asphalt road nor any bus going anywhere nearby, but it’s worth the effort. Be prepared for an amazing panoramic view of the valley from the top of the cliffs and the subsequent Instagram-worthy shots.
More of the Best Places to visit in Malta
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12| The Grand Harbour of Malta
The port of Valetta and Malta’s major port, the Grand Harbour has been described as Malta’s greatest geographic asset. It’s difficult to describe in words and something you need to see for yourself, particularly on a boat from the water.
Trust me on this one.
13| San Blas beach
Basic and back to nature, located on the North-East coast of the Island, San Blas Bay lies at the end of one of the most fertile valleys of Gozo, with no construction to spoil the view. With its distinct reddish coloured sand, San Blas beach is similar to Ramla beach but it’s much quieter. You have a steep fairly long walk down to get to the beach and back. So, if you don’t mind this effort, it a great spot for swimming and enjoying the views without the crowds of Ramla.
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14| Ta’ Ċenċ Cliffs
The highest cliffs in Gozo, Ta’ Ċenċ Cliffs consists of a long linear belt of cliffed coastline at the small Gozitan village of Ta’ Sannat, on the southern coast of the island of Gozo in Malta. Rising 120 metres above sea level of steep and rugged cliffs, this location offers amazing panoramic Mediterranean sea views. It is certainly incomparable to any other part of the Maltese islands.
15| Valetta Upper Barrakka Gardens
The origins of the Upper Barrakka Gardens go back to 1661, when it was a private garden of the Italian Knights. These days it is open to the public with paths and statues over various significant events in Maltese history and is said to be on of the most popular and best things to do while in Malta.
The Upper Barrakka Gardens are situated near Castille Place in Valetta. It is the highest point of the city walls, and the terrace offers unsurpassed views across the Grand Harbour over to the Three Cities as well as over the shipyard and the lower-lying parts the capital. It is also at this point where you will get the best Instagram shots.
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16| Comino Island – Blue lagoon Malta
The smallest of the three Maltese islands in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Comino island is car-free, surrounded by crystal clear waters and is a popular day getaway for many a visitor to Malta.
Its rugged coastline is defined by sheer limestone cliffs, and dotted with deep caves throughout. Lying between the island of Comino and the islet of Cominotto, the waters of the Blue Lagoon reflect the lovely blues of the sky especially on a sunny day.
This is dramatised over a pure white sandy seabed and is one of the best swimming spots and places to visit in Malta because the surroundings mimic that of a swimming pool.
Sounds good, right? The bad? The Blue Lagoon gets ridiculously crowded throughout the year, but especially so in the height of the European Summer. I suggest getting here early so that you can capture the beautiful surroundings for Instagram without the crowds.
17| Crystal Lagoon Malta
Also on Comino island, Crystal Lagoon is located just southeast of Blue Lagoon, in the direction of St. Mary’s Tower. It is a pretty bay that can only be accessed via boat due to it being enclosed by steep cliffs. This makes it is a beautiful dive and snorkel site with a depth of 5 to 6 meters in one of the finest sheltered lagoons Malta has to offer. It is no exaggeration to say that the water in this bay is crystal clear with beautiful turquoise colours that you may just forget to take out your camera.
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18| St. John’s Co-Cathedral
Located in the very centre of Valletta, St. John’s Co-Cathedral is a short walk away from the City Gate. Even if you’re not sure of its location, its imposing grandeur can be seen and felt from pretty much anywhere.
A long and interesting history and home to some opulent interiors and art works, including Caravaggio’s early produced magnificent masterpiece. I’d say it’s worth the visit. The main entrance is in St John’s Square, but the visitors’ entrance is from Great Siege Square in Republic Street.
19| Mdina Malta
Or the Silent City as it’s often referred to, is a joy to stroll around in with many of the maze-like alleys giving a sense that nothing has changed here for over hundreds of years. The place is so small that getting lost won’t have you wandering unknowingly for more than a few minutes.
The main attractions are the cathedral whose design inspired many of the other churches in Malta, the cathedral museum, and the views. Speaking of the views, you have to make it a point of seeing the view of the north of Malta from the top of the bastions, located in Bastions Square.
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20| Café del Mar
Looking for a fun thing to do in Malta? Stunning sea and unobstructed views, is what you’ll find at Café del Mar Malta. This restaurant is a good option to relax, have a swim and enjoy a drink. Note: not a place for those on a budget.
21| Popeye village
It was built as a film set for the musical production of the feature film Popeye. Now converted into a small fun park and open to the public with restaurants, two small swimming pools and sunbathing areas.
It is located at Anchor Bay, 3 kilometres from Mellieħa. I did not go inside this village, but the best photos are from the hill alongside providing a panoramic view overlooking this entire village.
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22| St. Peter’s pool
This is a natural swimming pool and is located close to Marsaxlokk at the tip of Delimara Point in the southwest of Malta. It used to be fairly unknown except to those in the know, but word has got out in recent years. St Peter’s Pool is a good swimming spot; a natural lido in the rocks for sunbathing between swims especially fit for those who enjoy a bit of cliff jumping into the refreshing water below.
23| Balluta Bay
One of the most easily accessible insta-worthy places on this list in Malta due to its location on the northeast coast within St. Julian’s. Located alongside the promenade that joins St. Julians to Sliema, the area is popular for swimming and long walks, amongst other activities all year round. The neo-gothic-styled Carmelite Parish church that is hard to miss dominates the vista.
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24| Mellieħa Malta
A relatively small seaside town and a tourist resort that is a popular choice for sandy beaches and bays around Malta. A 15-minute walk from the centre of the town down the hill and you will arrive at Mellieħa Bay, better known as Għadira Bay. This is the longest and most popular sandy beach in the Maltese Islands. Expect a natural environment with white sands, clear water, sun-beds and water sports.
A small tourist resort in the Southwest of Gozo in the Maltese islands, known for its beach and high cliffs.
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26| Ta’ Pinu Gharb Gozo
On a remote site on the island of Gozo between the villages of Gharb and Ghammar lies the massive Basilica of the National Shrine dedicated to Lady of Ta’ Pinu.
Further reading: Which countries can you visit on a Schengen visa
I hope you’ve enjoyed this guide on where to go and the best things to do in Malta and Gozo.