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Awesome 10 Days in Malta Itinerary With Map

Are you looking for a 10-day in Malta itinerary? Then you are in the right spot.

Malta is a beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea, just south of Italy. It is one of the best destinations for a great vacation for sure.

Because Malta is still somewhat of a hidden gem, there is not a lot of good information out there on how to spend 10 days on the island.

Luckily for you, I recently got back from an awesome vacation in Malta – and I have all the details for you in this post.

Let’s get to it.

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10 Days in Malta Itinerary – at a Glance

If you are just here to quickly get the itinerary without further ado, you are in the right spot.

I usually plan my vacations with a good mix of beach time, relaxation, and culture. This Malta itinerary is structured in a way that you will see all the highlights without getting overwhelmed.

Note: for this itinerary, you’ll need a rental car or a scooter. Alternatively, you can take a cab. Public transport is not recommended.

For more detailed info and travel tips keep on reading below.

🌴 Day 1: Arrival and relax on the beach

🌴 Day 2: Valletta (Upper Barrakka Gardens, St. John’s Co-Cathedral, National Museum of Archaeology)

🌴 Day 3: Comino

🌴 Day 4: Mdina and Rabat

🌴 Day 5: Northern Malta (Popeye Village and Beaches)

🌴 Day 6: The Three Cities

🌴 Day 7: Marsaxlokk and Blue Grotto

🌴 Day 8: St Pauls Bay or Adventure Time

🌴 Day 9: Gozo

🌴 Day 10: Departure

Where to Stay in Malta for 10 Days

🏨 Luxury: Corinthia Palace Malta, The Westin Dragonara Resort

🏨 Mid-Range: The Village Boutique and Spa

🏨 Budget: The Burrow Guest House

Day 1: Arrival and Beach Time

Arrival

Malta International Airport is the only airport in Malta, so that is where you will arrive in Malta. Located in Luqa, it is about 10 km from Valletta.

You can get from the airport to other parts of Malta by public buses, or taxis, which offer fixed rates to various destinations.

Alternatively, renting a car is a great option if you plan to explore more extensively.

Beach Time

Depending on when you arrive, you’ll have some time to settle into your hotel and head out to the beach.

A couple of great options for your beach day are Golden Bay, Għajn Tuffieħa, Mellieħa Bay, or Paradise Bay.

This, of course, depends on where you stay and what is convenient for you.

Stunning beach in Malta, you should definitely visit during your 10 days in Malta.

Day 2: Valletta

Day two of this 10-day Malta itinerary will lead you to Valletta. The beautiful capital city of Malta is definitely worth seeing, so get ready for a culture-packed day in Valletta. It is one of my favorite places in Malta for sure.

Valletta is known for its rich history and well-preserved architecture from the 16th century. Most of the famous buildings were built by the Knights Hospitaller.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, known for its museums, palaces, and grand churches, cute alleys, and lovely cafés.

Things to See in Valletta

One day is enough time to see all the highlights of Valletta. The city is pretty walkable, so you can nicely explore all these highlights on foot.

To make the planning a bit easier, I have created an interactive map for you below that marks all my favorite spots, cute cafés, and best viewpoints in Valletta.

Make sure to plan some time for breaks in cute cafés and lots of pictures.

  • St. John’s Co-Cathedral
  • Upper Barrakka Gardens
  • Grandmaster’s Palace
  • Fort St. Elmo & National War Museum
  • Manoel Theatre
  • Valletta Waterfront
  • Casa Rocca Piccola

Where to Eat in Valletta

Here are my favorite restaurants in Valletta you should definitely check out:

🍷 Noni

🍷 Rubino

🍷 Ambrosia

🍷 Café Jubilee

🍷 Guzé

🍷 Legligin Restaurant

Day 3: Comino

Day 3 of this amazing 10-day Malta itinerary will lead us to Comino. And one thing I would like to say in advance: this is my favorite day in this itinerary.

Comino is a serene, car-free island between Malta and Gozo. It is famous for its crystal-clear waters and the Blue Lagoon.

The Blue Lagoon is a popular spot for swimming and snorkeling. The watercolor there is unreal – so make sure to bring a camera!

To get there, take a ferry or boat trip from either Malta or Gozo. These services are frequent during the summer months. You can choose between standard trips and private charters.

Boat touring the vivid blue waters near the rocky shores of the Blue Grotto in Malta. One of the best spots to visit during 10 days in malta.

Day 4: Mdina and Rabat

The next day on our Malta itinerary will lead us to two very special places: Mdina and Rabat. Both places have a lot of culture and history to offer, so this day will be packed with interesting sights.

Mdina is a beautiful walled city in Malta. It is often referred to as the “Silent City” because of its peaceful, narrow streets. It has medieval charm and history around every corner.

Rabat is a town just outside the walls of Mdina. Rabat offers a mix of beautiful old churches, cool museums, and charming cafes. It is a bit less touristy than Mdina, so I enjoyed it more.

You can either explore by yourself or join this fun Mdina and Rabat tour.

Mdina Things to Do

🏛️ Explore the Mdina Cathedral

🏛️ Walk through the narrow alleys and take some Instagram-worthy pictures

🏛️ Visit the Mdina Dungeons – Learn about the darker side of Maltese history

🏛️ Check out the Mdina Experience – An audio-visual show that brings the city’s history to life.

🏛️ Go to Palazzo Falson

🏛️ Enjoy the views from the Bastions – Look out over the island from the city walls

🏛️ Stop at Fontanella Tea Garden – Perfect for a break with a view and a slice of their famous cake

Rabat Things to Do

🗿 St. Paul’s Catacombs – Explore the extensive network of underground tunnels used for burial in Roman times

🗿 Church of St. Paul – Visit this historic church where it is believed St. Paul stayed after being shipwrecked on Malta.

🗿 Domvs Romana – Check out the remains of a Roman townhouse with beautiful mosaics and artifacts.

🗿 Wignacourt Museum – A museum housed in a baroque residence, offering a collection of historical artifacts and artworks.

🗿 St. Paul’s Grotto – See the underground cave where St. Paul is said to have taken refuge during his time in Malta.

Day 5: Northern Malta

The next day of our 10 days in Malta itinerary will lead us to the Northern part of the island.

Northern Malta is a great spot if you love the beach and interesting places. Mellieħa Bay is the largest sandy beach in Malta. It’s really shallow for a long way out too.

Right next to it is Golden Bay, another awesome sandy beach where you can catch a stunning sunset.

My favorite spot in the area is Popeye Village. It started as a movie set for the film “Popeye” in the 1980s. Now it is a colorful and fun theme park, great for fun and Instagram pictures.

Day 6: The Three Cities

The next day of our Malta itinerary will lead us to a less touristic spot – it is a total hidden gem in Malta.

The Three Cities of Malta are called Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua. The trio of those charming cities is located across the Grand Harbour from Valletta.

The easiest way to explore the Three Cities is with a guided half-day tour. They are pretty cheap and you’ll see a lot.

Vittoriosa (also known as Birgu) is the oldest of the Three Cities. It is beautiful, and famous for narrow winding streets and ancient buildings. I loved the Maritime Museum there.

Senglea (or L-Isla) is known for its stunning waterfront promenade. Awesome picture opportunity! A highlight here is the Gardjola Gardens.

Cospicua (also called Bormla) is the largest of the three and has a more residential feel to it. It is still worth seeing, even though it wasn’t my favorite.

Day 7: Marsaxlokk and Blue Grotto

Day 7 is filled with cool adventures and awesome viewpoints. We rented a quadbike for this day, but you can also venture out with a rental car.

The first stop is Marsaxlokk. Marsaxlokk is a cute fishing village known for its colorful traditional boats called “luzzus“.

The village is famous for its fish market. If you are not so much into cooking your own fish, the waterfront is lined with restaurants serving great lunch.

Not far from Marsaxlokk, you’ll find the Blue Grotto. It’s a series of sea caverns that are absolutely stunning.

The best way to experience the Blue Grotto is by taking a boat tour that takes you right into the caves. We sadly did not have that opportunity, but it was still awesome to see from above.

Overlooking the Blue Grotto in Malta, showing a natural stone arch over clear turquoise waters with boats and visitors Another must-see spot for 10 days in malta.

Day 8: St Pauls Bay or Adventure Time

St. Paul’s Bay in Malta is a lovely seaside town. It’s perfect for anyone looking to enjoy some sun and sea. It’s named after Saint Paul, who, according to legend, was shipwrecked here in 60 A.D.

St. Paul’s Bay is awesome for dining, shopping, and entertainment. The waterfront is also super beautiful, with clear waters and some nice spots for swimming and sunbathing.

This is a more laid-back day. If you feel like you need some more adventure, swap out St. Pauls Bay with one of the adventurous excursions you can take in Malta.

Day 9: Gozo

Gozo is Malta’s sister island. It is famous for its beautiful countryside, stunning scenery, and rich history. It’s smaller and more rural than Malta.

Getting to Gozo is pretty straightforward. The most common way is to take a ferry from Ċirkewwa on the northern tip of Malta to Mġarr, Gozo’s main harbor. The ride takes about 25 minutes and offers gorgeous views of the Mediterranean. You can even take your car on the ferry.

Since guided day tours in Malta are so cheap, I usually prefer booking one instead. This guided Jeep Tour of Gozo is my favorite.

Whether you explore the island with your own car or on a guided tour, you’ll have a lot to see. Make sure to check out the Ggantija Temples and Ramla Bay – my favorite spots in Gozo.

Collage of the highlights of Gozo, one of the coolest things to see in Malta.

How Many Days Do You Need in Malta?

If you are wondering at this point if 10 days are enough to see all of Malta, I have to disappoint you. Of course, you could still cram a couple more things to do into this relaxed itinerary.

I think you could easily spend two weeks in Malta without getting bored. You could explore the salt pans, the Megalithic temples, and San Lawrenz. Add a wine-tasting experience and two weeks will be filled.

You need at least 7 days in Malta to see the highlights. I think 10 days is a great amount of time to see most of the island.

If you are only in Malta for one day with the cruise ship, I recommend a full island tour to see as much as possible.

The author's wife overlooking the Blue Grotto in Malta, with a panoramic view of the deep blue sea and rugged cliffs.

Conclusion: 10 Days in Malta Itinerary

As we wrap up our 10-day adventure in Malta, we’ve seen some truly stunning spots. From the historic charm of the Three Cities to the relaxing vibes of Gozo, each place brought its own special flavor.

In Marsaxlokk, we loved the colorful boats and fresh seafood right by the sea. The Blue Grotto wowed us with its incredible blue waters. St. Paul’s Bay was perfect for enjoying the sun and sea, with plenty to do day and night.

Gozo was a peaceful escape, with its quiet streets, ancient sites, and beautiful Ramla Bay. It felt like stepping into a slower, simpler time.

Every day in Malta was filled with new sights, tasty bites, and friendly faces. I hope you’ll love the island as much as I did on my visit.

For more information on Malta, keep reading:

🇲🇹 Why Malta is worth visiting – Ultimate Travel Guide

🇲🇹 One Day in Malta – Valletta Cruise Port

🇲🇹 Malta: Language, Culture, and Geography

About the Author

Justin enjoys discovering the world together with his wife and venturing out with his drone to take magical shots.