The Blue Lagoon caves from Comino, Malta

20+ Pictures That Will Make You Want to Visit Malta

A small island in the Mediterranean sea, Malta is an underrated country that doesn’t attract the attention of many travelers who think it’s a boring country with nothing to do. This couldn’t be further from the truth and in fact, Malta is such an interesting and diverse country that in one week you won’t have time to see everything. But that doesn’t mean you won’t fall in love with the place and eagerly think of your return. Let me show you exactly why you should visit Malta.

Let’s start with the gorgeous Blue Lagoon on the island of Comino, one of Malta most popular attractions. It’s easy to understand why, with its crystal clear blue water, perfect for snorkeling, swimming or just floating on a relaxing day.

Blue Lagoon Malta

Blue Lagoon Malta caves

What about churches? Malta has many, many churches, over 350 (some people say that there are 365, one for every day of the year), and each one is more beautiful than the other. From Baroque to Neo-Romantic, they are all impressive and you will wish you had time to see them all.

Malta Valletta St John's Co-Cathedral
St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta

Have a wonderful week everyone! Where is Monday finding you? #mondayescapes

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Mosta Rotunda Malta
Rotunda of Mosta, with the third largest unsupported dome in the world.

#Malta has many gorgeous churches, and just when you think you found the most beautiful, the next one you see will always surprise you.

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Malta Gozo Ta' Pinu Sanctuary
Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu, a stunning cathedral on the island of Gozo

I’m sure you’ve heard of the wildly popular tv show Game of Thrones, maybe you’re even a fan. You’ll be interested to know that Malta was a filming location in season 1 and more recently in season 4, for a certain Purple Wedding. Without giving too much away for now, here is the entrance to King’s Landing (before filming moved to Croatia), the gate of the medieval city of Mdina and one of the many narrow streets of the city. But Game of Thrones isn’t the only one to film there, you can also visit Popeye’s village or the filming locations for Gladiator, Troy or War World Z.

A friend of mine is currently in #Malta and he sent me this picture. Looks like someone is revisiting their wedding place. #GameOfThrones πŸ˜‚

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Malta Mdina - a Game of Thrones filming location for King's Landing

Malta Mdina street

Marsaxlokk is a fishing village in the south east of Malta famous for its Sunday market where you can find basically anything: fresh fish, traditional Maltese food, all kinds of fruit, clothes or souvenirs. From the same place, I bought the best strawberries I’ve ever had (pictured below) and also a pair of yellow sneakers. πŸ˜€

Malta Marsaxlokk fisherman boats

Malta Marsaxlokk Market

Surely, you must like cats. I saw a lot of cats (and small dogs) in Malta, some shy, some lazy, but all very adorable.

Malta Valletta cat

The capital city of Valletta, built behind a fort after the arrival of the Order of Saint John, is a charming city that makes a perfect weekend trip because it’s small and you can see all the sights. What I liked the most was wandering on the streets, admiring the beautiful buildings with their picturesque balconies.

Malta Valletta sunset

Malta Valletta

Malta Valletta

Speaking of the Order of St John, the Knights of Malta who once defended the city during the wars, left many forts and cities behind where you can wander and imagine what it was like back then.

Malta Valletta
View of Valletta from the city of Senglea (or L-Isla), the first home of the Knights
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Senglea, seen from Valletta (the Upper Barrakka Gardens)

The highest point in Malta isn’t a tower of some sort. The Dingli Cliffs, with an elevation of 253 meters stand above the sea, making an excellent hike in nature. The path is easy to walk and it’s a nice feeling to imagine that you have the whole island for yourself just for a little while.

Malta Dingli Cliffs

A short ferry ride away from the main island lies another Maltese treasure, the island of Gozo, who is just as beautiful as it’s bigger sister. Here you can go diving, swim, explore megalithic temples, drink cactus liqueur or see the place where Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones got married. Sounds good? πŸ™‚

Malta Gozo Victoria citadel
The cathedral inside the citadel in Victoria, the capital city of Gozo
Malta Gozo Xlendi Bay
Xlendi Bay (pronounced Sh-len-dee), a small village with many things to offer.
Malta Gozo Azure Window swimming
Swimming in the waters near the Azure Window. Does this place look familiar?

Moon of my life. My sun and stars. #gameofthrones #Malta

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Malta Calypso's Cave Gozo
A perfect beach to relax in Gozo.

I hope I got your attention and made you interested in the small but beautiful islands of Malta. Would you like to visit?

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  • The title is very right, now I want to go to Malta. I love your pictures, above all those where the blue sea contrasts with the sand-colored buildings, colorful boats, those ancient narrow streets…okay, most of them πŸ˜€

    • Glad I could make you interested, it’s such a beautiful country πŸ˜€

  • Yep. I definitely want to go, especially after seeing your amazing photos πŸ™‚ What a stunning place and I love the ocean. Reminds me of the ocean in Portugal a little. Cheers, G.

    • Oh yes, there are a lot of similarities to Portugal, It’s even as affordable as Portugal πŸ™‚

  • The pictures are gooooorgeous. Maybe that’s where I will go this summer…. I am in a total vacation limbo right now, ugh. Where did you stay and how much did it cost?

    • We stayed in Sliema (a popular resort town close to Valletta) where accommodation prices are usually higher, but we found a large triple room (okay, but nothing special) that was 245 euros for 3 people for 7 nights. Good apartments on Airbnb are from 350 euros, which was over our budget, but if you share with more people, then it’s quite a bargain. I’ll publish tomorrow (or Tuesday) a more detailed post about the costs.

  • Lucy Dodsworth

    The colour of that water is amazing! Malta is on the shortlist for a beach trip this year and you’re doing a good job of convincing me!

    • Glad I could hear that! However, if you want just a beach trip, Malta may not be the best choice, as most of their beaches are rocky, without sand. Even at the Blue Lagoon, there are only a few areas with sand.

  • Victoria@celebratetheweekend

    Malta (and your pictures) is gorgeous. I love beaches, but a combination of beaches with interesting sights and history just makes for a perfect vacation destination.

    • This is what I’m usually looking for in trips too, interesting sights and time to relax on the beach, and Malta surely delivered. πŸ™‚

  • Oh, Vlad, indeed 20 pictures that will make me want to see Malta! The Blue Lagoon on the island of Comino looks like Heaven. Why would the Europeans want to go to the tropical seas when they have this?

    • The Blue Lagoon was unlike anything I’ve ever seen, I couldn’t get over how clear the water was and what beautiful color it had.

  • These pictures are amazing! I would love to check out the amazing architecture around Malta and the Blue Lagoon looks so awesome!! Picture perfect indeed!

    • Thank you, the Blue Lagoon was super cool and if you’re into snorkeling, then it’s the perfect place for you. πŸ˜€

  • WOW! Malta looks awesome! Now I wanna go there πŸ™‚
    Found you through #theweeklypostcard

    • I hope you get to visit Malta soon πŸ˜€

  • There are a lot of Game of Thrones locations in Malta, I have even forgotten about some of them, since they are from season 1, haha.

  • samiyahl

    These pictures are so stunning! I want to go to Malta this summer now! Thanks for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! Malta is an excellent summer destination, I hope you can go! πŸ˜€

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  • Wow! Your 20 photos worked on me, now I want to visit Malta. These photos are really stunning, even though I have never seen Game of Thrones.

    • I’m not the biggest Game of Thrones fan, that’s only a plus for the fan of the series. With or without it, it’s still a great destination.

  • These photos are gorgeous! I’ve been to Malta a couple of times and I agree, it’s hugely underrated. I’d love to go back again – and hadn’t realised it’s a location for GoT as well. #MondayEscapes

    • I came back thinking I need to return one day too, as small as it is, there were a lot of things I wanted to see but didn’t have time for.

  • Europe Diaries

    Beautiful! Have never been to Malta. but really need to! Btw came here via Monday Escapes:)

    • Thanks for stopping by, Malta would make a great destination for a Monday escape πŸ˜‰

  • Malta and Gozo has been on my list for a long while now, and you’re stunning photos have sealed the deal and the fact that GoT is filmed here, too! I read an article not long ago about staying on Gozo, and it looked like a wonderful, quiet place to relax in. I cannot believe the colour of the sea – it’s out of this world! Look forward to reading more! Thanks so much for linking up with the first-ever #MondayEscapes

    • Gozo is the perfect place to relax, it’s quiet, really beautiful, and you can see everything on a slower pace. πŸ˜€

  • Oh Wow Malta is somewhere I have always wanted to visit, and this has made me want to visit even more now such beautiful photos xx

    • Thank you, Malta doesn’t get the attention it deserves, which can be both a bad thing and a good thing, if you don’t like crowds.

  • Kavitha @ redbohemia

    Oh my! It’s so picture perfect. I honestly wanted to jump into the Azure Window. Great job with the shots, Vlad πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! I wish I had more time and take a diving course, it must have been amazing! πŸ˜€

  • Gin

    I’ve realized that i don’t receive your updates anymore… is it normal ? Do I have to subscribe again since you’ve changed your website ? !

    By the way, It made me want to go to Malta ! I’ve always wanted to go there, for a mini city trip. It looks lovely

    • I’m not on wordpress.com anymore and sadly you have to subscribe again to my newsletter πŸ™ There’s a box in the right sidebar.

      I hope you can go to Malta, it’s an excellent weekend trip!

  • Ohhhhh soooo amazing Vlad!!!! I have been crazy about visiting Malta for over 1 year and you only made me even more crazy about it! As you, I also loooooove GOT <3 Oh my, your pictures are amazing!!! What's with this sea's colour? And the architecture? No wonder it was a chosen location for so many movies!!!

    • I hope you can go to Malta so I can see some gorgeous diving shots from you! πŸ˜€ I wish I had time to do that as well, but I just know I’ll come back one day! πŸ˜€

      • Awnn I hope so too!! In Malta is great for wreck diving… I would love to dive there!
        And I am sure you will be back there… and next time try diving πŸ˜€

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  • Okay, fine. You make me want to visit Malta. Thanks a lot. πŸ˜‰

    • You’re very welcome! πŸ˜‰

  • I want to dive straight into that water!

    • The water was amazing, never seen such beautiful colors before.

  • A combination of architecture and beaches sounds perfect to me. I love how you featured the rugged coastline as well as the beaches in your photos!

    • I guess that’s what I loved the most about Malta – that it has a little something for everybody.

  • Aditi Shukla

    What an amazing compilation!!!! These pics would make anyone wanna visit Malta right away!!!!!! #bucketist

    • Thank you, hope you’ll visit Malta one day πŸ™‚

  • Yes!!! But I knew it’s great since my friend went and told me all about it! Gorgeous photos!

    • Thank you! πŸ™‚ You should make your friend take you to Malta, haha.

  • Indeed, beautiful pictures! And lovely cat! πŸ™‚
    I met many cats in Malta, super cute πŸ™‚

    • I was browsing through my pictures, I have a lot with cats from Malta, haha.

  • Malta looks gorgeous! I love the charming stone streets and the architecture looks straight from the past. Thanks for sharing!

    • The architecture surely added to the charm of the cities πŸ™‚

  • I’ve wanted to visit Malta ever since a friend of mine – completely Malta-obsessed – talked to me about it. Your photos sure add to the wanderlust feeling! I’ll go there one day, I know it. πŸ™‚

    • Hope you’ll visit soon, it’s impossible not to love Malta πŸ™‚

  • Travelling Chingrita

    Malta looks incredibly beautiful πŸ™‚ What was your favourite meal in Malta?

    • Although not really typical Maltese food, I ate escargot for the first time, prepared with a spicy sauce, and I absolutely loved it. One of their traditional meals is rabbit stew, but since I don’t eat rabbit, I had to take my parents’ word when they said it was delicious.

  • I was in Gozo once and the light, the sea, the architecture were just amazing! Your photos definitely make me want to go back and see the main island too

    • For me it’s the other way around, I’ve only spent one day in Gozo and I’d love to go back and visit more places.

  • Amanda & Brian

    Malta looks like a charming place! I’d love to wander the narrow streets and relax on those balconies. Beautiful pictures!

    • Thank you! πŸ™‚ Hope you can visit Malta soon, I’m sure you’ll love it especially after visiting Sardinia πŸ™‚

  • Miranda P

    You had me at the Blue Lagoon on the Island of Comino – that photo alone could convince me to buy a ticket to Malta! Valletta is beautiful – it looks like one of the cities from Game of Thrones. πŸ™‚

    • Mdina was actually a Game of Thrones location and should they have kept filming in Malta, I’m sure there would have been a few scenes from Valletta as well πŸ™‚

  • Soooo beautiful!!! I have been dying to go to Malta!! Maybe next summer!! #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • I don’t think visiting in July or August is a good idea, as it can get VERY hot. I think early September is best, fewer tourists and bearable temperatures πŸ™‚

  • Your photos are amazing! You have definatly made me put Malta on the ever growing list!

  • Arvin- Kohli

    WOW beautiful, Malta is my bucket list!!! Awesome Blog!

    • Thank you! πŸ™‚

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  • A dear friend of mine keeps convincing me that Malta is one of the coolest and prettiest places she visited sofar. Your photos seem to be in accordance with that. πŸ™‚ From looking at your photos, it reminds me of Sicily, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Anja

    • I haven’t been to Sicily, but I really want to, I loved both Italy and Malta, so I’m sure I’d fall in love with Sicily too. πŸ™‚

      • I’m also sure you would, because it’s hard not to. πŸ™‚

  • As I’ve been living in Malta for awhile, my absolute favorite places have to be the St John’s Co-Cathedral and the Silent city (Mdina). Oh and the cats are amazing. You’ve shared absolutely stunning pictures of Malta. :))

    Carmen

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