Backpacking Malta

Malta's stunning beaches and rich history are sure to enchant any visitor. Visit some of Malta’s temples or take part in a guided tour through the historical streets of Valletta – There is plenty to see and do on this archipelago. We promise you won’t feel bored for even a single second of your stay. Enjoy exploring our ideal backpacking route for Malta. 


Important Basics

Official language Maltese, English
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Capital city

Valletta

Form of government

Parliamentary republic

Best time to travel

May to October

Fun Facts
  • Malta’s name is derived from the Greek word “melite”, which essentially means “as sweet as honey” when translated into English.
  • Malta has ranked 48th among the happiest countries in the world (UN Report, 2013).
  • In Malta, you drive on the left side of the road.

Cities

Valletta

The first stop on your trip through Malta is the capital city, Valletta. Valletta is known for its city walls that encapsulate the entire town.

Malta’s capital Valletta is famous for its city walls, which surround the city. The walls are a stunning sight in and of themselves, so consider taking some time to walk along the promenade and properly take them in. Valletta also offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in Malta’s rich history. Visit a museum or one of the city’s magnificent churches which, due to their tall towers, jut out visibly over their surroundings. For backpackers, Valletta is the perfect starting point for an adventure through Malta. You can soak up the country’s atmosphere, experience a bit of Malta’s culture and get to know the history of this Mediterranean country.

For the two nights you’ll spend in Valletta, you can stay in a private room in a B&B for as little as €25.

St. Julian’s

The next stage of the journey takes you up the coast of Malta and to St. Julian’s. In Malta, this city is best known as San Ġiljan. The city lies directly on the coast, offering a stunning view of the sea. St. Julian’s also happens to be the place in Malta where you’ll find the majority of backpackers. Plenty of young tourists stroll through the city, enjoying the region’s casual and relaxed atmosphere.

The beaches in this area will also fulfil any expectations you might have – the most popular ones are called St. George’s Bay and Spinola Bay. There are also plenty of other sights like, for example, the Our Lady of Mount Carmel church that you should not miss out on. St. Julian’s offers an ideal mix of opportunities for partying, relaxation and culture and, as such, could hardly be more suitable for backpackers.

In St. Julian’s, you can spend your nights in a dormitory at a hostel. Sleeping in a bunk bed will only cost you about €15 and some hostels even offer a pool – you can’t really ask for much more!

St. Paul´s Bay

Your route through Malta takes you further along the coastline and, by staying on Highway One, you can look forward to many more gorgeous views of the sea. Your next stop is St. Paul’s Bay. This region includes a bit of the coast as well as some inland areas. Once there, you can take long walks through the forest, or simply relax on the beach.

St. Paul’s Bay is characterised by numerous smaller bays that invite you to relax and daydream for a while. The Malta National Aquarium is also located in this town and is a great place to hide out if the weather happens to take a turn for the worse.

Another location that you should keep in mind as a backpacker is the Café del Mar Malta. This club is one of the most popular ones on the island and, if you are up for it, this is the place to party the night away.

As the town doesn’t yet have much of a backpacking scene, your budget might take a bit of a hit during your stay at St. Paul’s Bay. For the two nights you will stay in St. Paul’s Bay, you can stay in a private room at a hotel for €30.

Gozo

Your next stop is Malta’s sidekick, so to speak. The island of Gozo is located right next to Malta and is the second-largest island in the archipelago.

The smaller island can easily be reached by boat. Just head to Ċirkewwa, a town at the end of Highway One, and catch the ferry from its harbour. Don’t worry, due to its location Ċirkewwa is pretty much impossible to miss.

Gozo is an attraction in and of itself and you’ll need to spend a few days on the island to properly experience everything it has to offer. The water of the island’s small, beautiful bays somehow seems even more clear and more inviting than the sea around Malta. One of the most popular spots on the island is Rambla Beach. Definitely don’t forget to pack a snorkel if you are headed there!

The capital city of Victoria is also doubtlessly worth a visit and offers you a different impression of city life in Malta. Generally speaking, the atmosphere on Gozo is relaxed and positive, meaning a good mood is essentially guaranteed. We recommend renting a scooter to explore some of the different locations on the island.

While on Gozo, you can stay at one of the island’s hostels. Accommodation can come as cheap as €11 per night and, once you have secured a place to sleep, just take it easy and have a good time on Gozo.

Comino

Welcome to the next island! Your route takes you from Gozo to the tiny island of Comino. While there aren’t many hotels on the island and life on Comino is clearly a bit simpler, it’s still definitely worth the trip. A small boat will take you to this island that is particularly well known for the Blue Lagoon. Get ready to see the bluest water you could possibly imagine!

The list of impressive spots on Comino also includes the Crystal Lagoon and the cliffs at Lantern Point – the latter being an absolute must-visit location at sunset. If you’re looking for a bit of an adventure, head to the Santa Maria Caves. Even on an island as small as Comino, there’s no end of things to see and do and you’re guaranteed to fall even deeper in love with this mesmerizing country.
If the accommodations on Comino are too expensive for your tastes, just make your visit to Comino a day trip and head back to Malta in the evening.

Golden Bay

Once back in Malta, your journey continues onwards to Golden Bay. This spot is located on the southwest coast of the island and is well known for its gorgeous beaches. The area is particularly stunning in the spring and, with many of the plants in full bloom, this period will allow you to really appreciate the wonderful natural beauty of Malta. Riviera Beach and a historic tower are also located nearby. You can use your time in the region to make a few excursions and experience even more of the country. We recommend spending two nights in Golden Bay. Doing so allows you to visit several of the region’s attractions and you will still have time to relax on the great beaches. Sounds good, right?

Rabat

Your route now takes you a bit further inland. The city of Rabat is a popular destination and is an absolute must-see for all visitors. This city has a fair amount of history for you to discover. You can, for example, take a tour of the catacombs, visit St. Paul’s Church or explore the Victoria Lines, an old fortification wall. If you’re a fan of history, Rabat has a lot to offer.

However, even less historically inclined backpackers will have plenty of other reasons to enjoy their visit to Rabat. These include the unique views that the city offers its visitors. Stroll through the streets of Rabat and just enjoy the special atmosphere that you can only find in Malta.
You can also take trips out of Rabat to attractions in the surrounding region. This includes places like the Dingli Cliffs or the Blue Grotto.

Finally, your journey takes you back to Valletta. As you are headed for home, you will be able to fondly look back on an absolutely wonderful trip and a truly magical time in Malta.


Valletta

Valletta

The first stop on your trip through Malta is the capital city, Valletta. Valletta is known for its city walls that encapsulate the entire town.

Malta’s capital Valletta is famous for its city walls, which surround the city. The walls are a stunning sight in and of themselves, so consider taking some time to walk along the promenade and properly take them in. Valletta also offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in Malta’s rich history. Visit a museum or one of the city’s magnificent churches which, due to their tall towers, jut out visibly over their surroundings. For backpackers, Valletta is the perfect starting point for an adventure through Malta. You can soak up the country’s atmosphere, experience a bit of Malta’s culture and get to know the history of this Mediterranean country.

For the two nights you’ll spend in Valletta, you can stay in a private room in a B&B for as little as €25.

St. Julian’s

St. Julian’s

The next stage of the journey takes you up the coast of Malta and to St. Julian’s. In Malta, this city is best known as San Ġiljan. The city lies directly on the coast, offering a stunning view of the sea. St. Julian’s also happens to be the place in Malta where you’ll find the majority of backpackers. Plenty of young tourists stroll through the city, enjoying the region’s casual and relaxed atmosphere.

The beaches in this area will also fulfil any expectations you might have – the most popular ones are called St. George’s Bay and Spinola Bay. There are also plenty of other sights like, for example, the Our Lady of Mount Carmel church that you should not miss out on. St. Julian’s offers an ideal mix of opportunities for partying, relaxation and culture and, as such, could hardly be more suitable for backpackers.

In St. Julian’s, you can spend your nights in a dormitory at a hostel. Sleeping in a bunk bed will only cost you about €15 and some hostels even offer a pool – you can’t really ask for much more!

St. Paul´s Bay

St. Paul´s Bay

Your route through Malta takes you further along the coastline and, by staying on Highway One, you can look forward to many more gorgeous views of the sea. Your next stop is St. Paul’s Bay. This region includes a bit of the coast as well as some inland areas. Once there, you can take long walks through the forest, or simply relax on the beach.

St. Paul’s Bay is characterised by numerous smaller bays that invite you to relax and daydream for a while. The Malta National Aquarium is also located in this town and is a great place to hide out if the weather happens to take a turn for the worse.

Another location that you should keep in mind as a backpacker is the Café del Mar Malta. This club is one of the most popular ones on the island and, if you are up for it, this is the place to party the night away.

As the town doesn’t yet have much of a backpacking scene, your budget might take a bit of a hit during your stay at St. Paul’s Bay. For the two nights you will stay in St. Paul’s Bay, you can stay in a private room at a hotel for €30.

Gozo

Gozo

Your next stop is Malta’s sidekick, so to speak. The island of Gozo is located right next to Malta and is the second-largest island in the archipelago.

The smaller island can easily be reached by boat. Just head to Ċirkewwa, a town at the end of Highway One, and catch the ferry from its harbour. Don’t worry, due to its location Ċirkewwa is pretty much impossible to miss.

Gozo is an attraction in and of itself and you’ll need to spend a few days on the island to properly experience everything it has to offer. The water of the island’s small, beautiful bays somehow seems even more clear and more inviting than the sea around Malta. One of the most popular spots on the island is Rambla Beach. Definitely don’t forget to pack a snorkel if you are headed there!

The capital city of Victoria is also doubtlessly worth a visit and offers you a different impression of city life in Malta. Generally speaking, the atmosphere on Gozo is relaxed and positive, meaning a good mood is essentially guaranteed. We recommend renting a scooter to explore some of the different locations on the island.

While on Gozo, you can stay at one of the island’s hostels. Accommodation can come as cheap as €11 per night and, once you have secured a place to sleep, just take it easy and have a good time on Gozo.

Comino

Comino

Welcome to the next island! Your route takes you from Gozo to the tiny island of Comino. While there aren’t many hotels on the island and life on Comino is clearly a bit simpler, it’s still definitely worth the trip. A small boat will take you to this island that is particularly well known for the Blue Lagoon. Get ready to see the bluest water you could possibly imagine!

The list of impressive spots on Comino also includes the Crystal Lagoon and the cliffs at Lantern Point – the latter being an absolute must-visit location at sunset. If you’re looking for a bit of an adventure, head to the Santa Maria Caves. Even on an island as small as Comino, there’s no end of things to see and do and you’re guaranteed to fall even deeper in love with this mesmerizing country.
If the accommodations on Comino are too expensive for your tastes, just make your visit to Comino a day trip and head back to Malta in the evening.

Golden Bay

Golden Bay

Once back in Malta, your journey continues onwards to Golden Bay. This spot is located on the southwest coast of the island and is well known for its gorgeous beaches. The area is particularly stunning in the spring and, with many of the plants in full bloom, this period will allow you to really appreciate the wonderful natural beauty of Malta. Riviera Beach and a historic tower are also located nearby. You can use your time in the region to make a few excursions and experience even more of the country. We recommend spending two nights in Golden Bay. Doing so allows you to visit several of the region’s attractions and you will still have time to relax on the great beaches. Sounds good, right?

Rabat

Rabat

Your route now takes you a bit further inland. The city of Rabat is a popular destination and is an absolute must-see for all visitors. This city has a fair amount of history for you to discover. You can, for example, take a tour of the catacombs, visit St. Paul’s Church or explore the Victoria Lines, an old fortification wall. If you’re a fan of history, Rabat has a lot to offer.

However, even less historically inclined backpackers will have plenty of other reasons to enjoy their visit to Rabat. These include the unique views that the city offers its visitors. Stroll through the streets of Rabat and just enjoy the special atmosphere that you can only find in Malta.
You can also take trips out of Rabat to attractions in the surrounding region. This includes places like the Dingli Cliffs or the Blue Grotto.

Finally, your journey takes you back to Valletta. As you are headed for home, you will be able to fondly look back on an absolutely wonderful trip and a truly magical time in Malta.

Malta Route Map

Itinerary and Stops.

Tag
Route/Station
Transport
Unterkunft
1. Valletta
Valletta
Flights
50
night (private room)
25
2. Valletta – St. Julian’s
Valletta – St. Julian’s
Bus
18
night (4-bed dorm)
15
3. St. Julian’s
St. Julian’s
-
night (4-bed dorm)
15
4. St. Julian’s – St. Paul’s Bay
St. Julian’s – St. Paul’s Bay
Bus
38
night (private room)
30
5. St. Paul’s Bay
St. Paul’s Bay
-
night (private room)
30
6. St. Paul’s Bay – Gozo
St. Paul’s Bay – Gozo
Ferry
16
night
11
7. Gozo
Gozo
-
night
11
8. Gozo
Gozo
-
night
11
9. Gozo – Comino – Gozo
Gozo – Comino – Gozo
Ferry
10
10. Gozo – Golden Bay
Gozo – Golden Bay
Ferry
35
night (dorm)
15
11. Golden Bay
Golden Bay
-
night (dorm)
15
12. Golden Bay – Rabat
Golden Bay – Rabat
Bus
43
night (private room)
37
13. Rabat – Valletta
Rabat – Valletta
Flight
50

Total price.

Flights 100,00
Transport 160,00
Tours 00,00
Accommodation 240,00
Total500,00

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Dos and Donts, Food & Drinks, Costs.

Breakfast

Classic: On Malta, a classic breakfast consists of bread with a spread. Pancakes are also relatively common and the meal is usually enjoyed with a cup of coffee or tea. Breakfast on Malta is definitely a meal to look forward to!

Soups

Couscous soup: This type of soup is a classic in Malta. It is often eaten at lunch and is prepared with couscous and vegetables.

Main courses

Bread: Yep, Maltese people love bread and you’ll be eating it with almost every meal. If you’re a fan of fresh, crispy bread, you’ll feel right at home in Malta.

Fish: Giving the regional fish a try is an absolute must. When visiting places like Gozo or St. Julian’s, eating dinner at a seafood restaurant located directly at the waterside is basically obligatory. The fish there is the tastiest! It is usually served with potatoes and seasoned with rosemary.

Rabbit: It might be a bit out of the ordinary, but rabbit meat is popular in Malta. Trust us, it’s worth giving this dish a try!.

Ġbejniet: This is a mixed platter with feta and other treats. Maltese people often eat it at lunchtime.

Drinks and snacks

Cisk: This is a type of beer that Maltese people absolutely love.

Olives: According to other backpackers, Malta has the best olives. Give them a try and see for yourself!

Kinnie: This soft drink is only available in Malta. It’s a refreshing treat, especially in the summer.

Malta

The currency of Malta is the Euro. See prices for certain products and the cost of living below:

Cost of living

Food

Free time

Personal hygiene

Dos

Explore the neighbouring islands: Try to explore the islands around Malta during your stay. Gozo and Comino are both great choices.

Immerse yourself in the culture: The people of Malta are friendly, open and welcoming. They are happy to let visitors gain an insight into their culture, so do try to make some contacts. Maybe you’ll even be invited over for a traditional meal!

Consider going on a road trip: Malta is absolutely perfect for a road trip. You can rent a car with friends or take a scooter from bay to bay.

Don'ts

Fireworks or bells: Due to Malta’s history, it’s forbidden to just set off fireworks or ring bells. The country has many churches and the ringing of bells is considered to be something special. As such, church bells are the only ones that you will hear ringing while on Malta.

Dubious sellers: At the markets, you’ll notice a few stands where the products don’t have any prices displayed. It’s best to avoid these because the sellers often try to take advantage of tourists.

Driving without experience: The streets in Malta leave something to be desired. As such, you should only drive if you’ve got a decent amount of experience and feel confident on the road.

Visa, Visa, Passport & Vaccinations

Passport

yes

Temporary passport

yes

National ID

yes

Temporary national ID

yes (needs to be valid)

Child’s pass

yes

Visa

Visa not necessary

Vaccine

Vaccine Robert-Koch-Institute

Additional Remarks.

We recommend researching the travel document, visa and entry requirements for your home country before your departure. If you travel to Malta, consult a health care provider before you leave to discuss vaccination requirements. Notes. Your travel documents except for your temporary ID card can’t be expired for longer than a year

The team at Backpacker Trail wishes you lots of fun and an unforgettable trip!

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