Malta Travel Tips: What to Know About Malta Before Visiting

Planning a trip to Malta? As one of Europe’s smallest countries, this beautiful Mediterranean archipelago is full of charm, history, and stunning scenery. It’s one of those places many people skip in favour of places like Italy or Spain. 

But Malta offers the best of Europe – without all the crowds. Here are some essential tips we learned about visiting Malta to help you make the most of your visit!

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1. English is the Main Language

English is one of the official languages of Malta, making it easy for English-speaking visitors to communicate and get around.

Maltese is the other official language, and you’ll see it on signs and hear it spoken, but English is widely used in daily life and business. This takes any stress out of travelling to a new country – you won’t have to worry about any language barrier. 

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Senglea

2. Don’t Rent a Car

If there’s one Malta travel tip you remember, let it be this one! I strongly recommend not renting a car when you visit Malta – even the locals will tell you this!

Malta’s roads can be narrow and winding, especially in villages, and parking can also be challenging (almost impossible!) in busy areas. There are also virtually no driving rules (that are adhered to, at least).

Instead, use the Bolt app to get around. It’s the equivalent of Uber, and less expensive than taxis. Malta also has an extensive bus network that covers most of the entire island, but using Bolt can be quicker most of the time.

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Our Tuktuk on Gozo Island with Yipee Malta

3. Carry Cash and Card

Malta uses the Euro (€). Both cash and cards are widely accepted, but it’s a good idea to carry some cash for small purchases, especially in rural areas and local markets where card payments might not be possible.

Dwerja inland sea
Dwerja Inland Sea, Gozo

4. Summer is Hot, Hot, Hot!

Malta has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. Summers (June to September) can be very hot, with temperatures often exceeding 30°C (86°F). Pack lightweight clothing, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses for summer visits. 

Carry a reusable water bottle and stay hydrated, especially if you’re exploring outdoor attractions or walking around.

Casa Rocca Piccola, Valletta

5. Drinking Tap Water

Tap water in Malta is technically safe to drink, but it has a high mineral content that some people might find unpalatable and can upset your stomach. Bottled water is widely available and affordable.

6. Electricity and adapters

Malta uses the British-style three-pin plug (Type G) and operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz. Make sure to bring a suitable adapter for your electronics if you’re coming from a country with a different plug type.

Valletta
Valletta

7. Sample local cuisine

One of our favourite things about travel is trying new food!

Don’t miss out on trying local Maltese cuisine. Dishes like rabbit stew (fenek), pastizzi (flaky pastries with ricotta or mushy peas), and ftira (Maltese bread) are delicious and offer a taste of local culture. Many restaurants also serve fresh seafood, and the local wines are excellent.

Fun fact: Did you know Malta has an incredible array of Michelin Star and Michelin recommended restaurants? Our favourite was Legligin – where a 7 course meal cost just 45 euros!

8. Tipping in Malta

Tipping in Malta is appreciated but not mandatory. In restaurants, a tip of 5% – 10% is common if service is good. Be sure to check your bill to make sure gratuity hasn’t already been added. 

For taxis and other services, adding a small tip is customary. We used 10% as a baseline.

Popeye Village
Popeye Village

9. Afternoon Siesta

Malta does observe a form of siesta, particularly during the hot summer months.

Many shops, businesses, and even some restaurants may close in the early afternoon, typically between 1:00 – 4:00 pm, allowing locals to rest during the hottest part of the day. 

Lower Barraka Gardens

10. Visit Historical Sites Early

Malta is home to numerous historical sites, including ancient temples, fortresses, and UNESCO World Heritage sites like Valletta and the Hypogeum.

These attractions can get crowded, especially during peak tourist season. Plan to visit popular sites early in the morning to avoid the crowds and the heat.

Fort St Angelo, Birgu (Three Cities)

11. Explore Beyond Malta Island

While Malta Island itself has plenty to offer, consider taking a ferry to explore the smaller islands of Gozo and Comino – it’s well worth it!

Gozo is known for its rural charm, beautiful beaches, and historic sites like the Ggantija Temples. Comino, with its famous Blue Lagoon, is perfect for swimming and snorkelling.

Comino Island
Victoria, Gozo Island

12. Best time to visit

The best times to visit Malta are during the shoulder seasons of spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is pleasant, and there are fewer tourists. 

Summer can be very hot and crowded, while winter is mild and quieter, suitable for exploring historical sites.

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Mdina
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Mdina (The Silent City)

13. Visa Requirements

Check if you need a visa to enter Malta. Malta is part of the Schengen Area, so if you hold a Schengen visa, it allows you to enter Malta as well.

Citizens of many countries, including the EU, US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, can enter Malta visa-free for short stays.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be well-prepared to enjoy all that Malta has to offer. Whether you’re exploring ancient ruins, relaxing on beautiful beaches, or indulging in delicious local food, Malta promises an unforgettable experience!

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