The Best Way To Spend 3 Days In Malta 

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I love spending a long weekend in Malta and no matter if this is your first or tenth time to this Mediterranean gem, there is always somewhere new to explore. 

However, I know how hard it can be to decide which places are worth visiting in any destination.

So to help you plan the ultimate trip, let’s take a look at how to spend 72 hours in Malta.

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Valletta harbor view from Upper Barraca Gardens, one of the prettiest views to see in a Malta 3 days trip.

Are 3 Days Enough For Malta?

It is definitely doable to do a Malta trip for three days, but you’ll have to prioritize what you want to see and do, just like you have to on a 2 day Malta itinerary

Malta might be small, but it’s packed with history, beautiful coastlines, and vibrant culture.

To get around the main sites during this time frame it’s a good idea to rent a car. This will speed up your travel time massively and help you reach more remote areas. 

While three days might leave you craving more, it’s enough to get a taste of what Malta has to offer and leave you wanting to come back for more. For the ultimate getaway, visit for 5-7 days. Nonetheless, there are so many reasons to visit Malta even on a short trip.

How To Get Around Malta

Even if you don’t rent a car, getting around Malta is relatively easy, thanks to its well-developed transportation system. Here are the best ways to get around Malta on your trip:

  • Public buses operated by Malta Public Transport
  • Private transport or tours. Even though they are more pricey they are so worth it!
  • Renting a car for flexibility and access to off-the-beaten-path destinations
  • Taxis for door-to-door service
  • Boat tours and ferries for exploring neighboring islands and coastal cruises
  • Hiring bikes is a great option but there are lots of hills throughout Malta!
Boat to the Three Cities.

The Best Time To Visit Malta

The best time to visit Malta really depends on what you’re looking for in your trip!

I love visiting in May because it’s not too hot, there are fewer crowds and my trip costs tend to be cheaper. The waters are also amazing to explore if you time it right. 

But if you’re all about soaking up that Mediterranean sun and hitting the beaches, then the summer months from June to August are prime time.

You are guaranteed sunny days which are perfect for lounging by the sea and enjoying water activities. 

However, keep in mind that this is peak tourist season, so be prepared for larger crowds and higher prices.

If you prefer milder weather and want to explore without the scorching heat, consider visiting in spring (April to May) or autumn (September to October). 

During these months, the temperatures are still pleasant, and you’ll find fewer tourists, making it easier to enjoy popular attractions without the crowds.

 Plus, springtime brings the lush green landscapes which make for some amazing photos!

But even Malta in winter is fantastic. The weather is mild and you can actually go swimming on a hot day. The only downside with winter is the wind.

As the island is flat and small, it easily gets windy, but after spending a full winter there, I can say that the weather is mostly warm. I definitely see it as one of the best places for winter sun in Europe.

Malta in 3 days - rugged coastline seen from a boat.

Where To Stay In Malta

Malta is easy to explore from any part of the island, so you can base yourself in the same accommodation for your entire trip.

There are loads of great choices and some are pretty special. To help you out, these are some of the best places you should consider booking for your trip:

The Phoenicia Malta

  • Located in Valletta, it offers luxurious accommodations with stunning views of the harbour and city walls.
  • Renowned for its historic charm, impeccable service, and elegant design.
  • It’s close to major attractions like St. John’s Co-Cathedral and Upper Barrakka Gardens.

Hotel Juliani

  • Nestled in the picturesque town of St. Julian’s, offering breathtaking views of Spinola Bay.
  • Convenient location near Malta’s nightlife, restaurants, and shopping districts.

Cugo Gran Macina Grand Harbour

  • Housed in a restored 16th-century building overlooking the Grand Harbour.
  • Known for its rooftop infinity pool and panoramic views of Valletta.

Your 3 Day Malta Itinerary

What to see in Malta in a few days can be an overwhelming decision, especially if you are traveling as a group.

But fear not, I have created the ultimate itinerary that will cover all bases and help you experience the true highlights of Malta!

Day 1: Exploring Valletta and Three Cities

Barrakka Gardens

Start your one day in Valetta with a visit to the famous Barrakka Gardens in Valletta. Enjoy the stunning views of the Grand Harbour and the Three Cities from this elevated vantage point.

This spot does get crowded, especially in the summer. This is why I always try to visit in the early morning when the temperatures are cooler and I can explore when there are fewer visitors.

Views of the Three cities from Upper Barrakka Gardens whic you will see with three days in Malta.

Have lunch in Valletta

Explore the charming streets of Valletta and grab lunch at one of its many cafes or restaurants. 

However, for the best experience of traditional Maltese food, I recommend joining this food tour.

Not only will you get a walking tour around the city (including Upper Barakka Gardens, so you can start the day with this tour) but get to sample the foods and places that locals love!

Visit The Three Cities

Take the ferry to the Three Cities where you can stroll through the historic streets of Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua. Explore the narrow alleys, churches, and fortifications that date back centuries.

To make the most of these sites I highly recommend doing this local tour. It covers the top highlights, which I found took too long going on my own, I basically got so much more out of the guided tour when I eventually went.

One of many beautiful churches you will see during your 3 day Malta itinerary.

Dinner in Valletta Harbour

Head back to Valletta for dinner to make the most of one of the most beautiful cities in Malta.

There are plenty of dining options ranging from local Maltese eateries to fine dining restaurants.

However, the best stop in the evening is Valletta Harbour!

The Harbour Club is always a popular choice in this area with its great views across the Harbour.

Day 2: Gozo Day Trip 

Take the ferry to Gozo

Start your day early and catch a ferry from Cirkewwa to Mgarr, Gozo. The ferry ride offers beautiful views of the Maltese coastline.

You can get your tickets at the ferry terminal and prices vary depending on whether you are taking a vehicle or not.

Before I went over to Gozo I made a pit stop at Paradise Bay for a coffee and a swim and this made my morning even better.

a beautiful sandy beach and clear water which makes for a perfect stop on a Malta 3 day itinerary.

Explore Gozo’s Sites

Spend the day exploring Gozo’s highlights, including the former Azure Window. Even though it is not still standing it offers some epic views.

There is a restaurant here which is good to stop at for a drink. The meal I had here on my last trip wasn’t great so I would eat somewhere else.

Some other places I recommend visiting include Xwejni Salt Pans, Wied il-Għasri and Ramla Beach.

Victoria Citadel and the quaint village of Xlend are other must-visit spots on any Gozo day trip.

Green Gozo landscapes which are beautiful on a 3 days in Malta itinerary.

Watch the sunset over Gozo

This is a magical experience and is well worth hanging around for. Dwejra Bay is one of my favorite places to watch it because all the crowds tend to have gone.

With the temperatures dropping this is the perfect time to enjoy a meal outside. One80 Kitchen at Mgarr Yacht Marina is a great place to admire the evening views.

However, if you don’t need to rush back to the main Island of Malta, I do recommend staying a night in Gozo. 

There are some incredible places to stay that are easy to reach, even without a car.

Day 3: Blue Lagoon and Megalithic Temples

Blue Lagoon 

Start your day with a boat trip to the Blue Lagoon on Comino Island. 

You can easily get here from Malta or Gozo but is worth going earlier in the morning to avoid the crowds.

This is one of the most popular day trips from Malta and is worth adding to any 3-day itinerary.

Here you can relax on the pristine white sands, swim in the crystal-clear waters, and soak up the sun.

For the ultimate experience, book a private boat tour.

These tours are run by local experts so will find you the best hidden coves to explore. They also often provide you with snorkeling equipment and drinks so you don’t have to pack your own.

If you visit in winter, I highly recommend hiking around Comino Island, it’s truly beautiful and only takes a couple of hours with stops. I think this is one of the most beautiful hikes in Malta!

Green grass and rugged cliffs on Comino Island which is a must when spending 3 days in Malta.

Lunch on Comino

Enjoy a picnic lunch on Comino or dine at one of the beachside cafes.

To finish off your adventure at the Blue Lagoon, treat yourself to The Blue Lagoon Cocktail Bar.

There are loads of options here but you have to go for their famous Pineapple drink. Nothing will give you island vibes like this.

Megalithic Temples

Head back to Malta to spend an afternoon at one of the Island’s best attractions.

Visiting the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Megalithic Temples of Malta, such as Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra is a must!

These ancient temples are some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world and offer fascinating insights into Malta’s prehistoric past.

Dingli Cliffs

There is no better way to end your Malta trip than seeing the sunset over Dingli Cliffs.

This is a really popular tourist spot but it completely transforms at sunset. If you are traveling as a couple and want to impress, this is where you bring them.

As this spot is close to the town of Rabat, have your last meal here.

There are so many places to pick but I suggest the Grotto Tavern. Here you will get to taste amazing Mediterranean flavors in a 2000-year-old cave!

Where To Go In Malta If You Have More Time

3 days is a good amount of time to explore Malta, especially if you hire a car.

But if you manage to extend your trip, I highly recommend you do. Even though this itinerary will help you see the highlights, you have barely scratched the surface.

Here are some places you should visit on a longer trip to Malta:

  • Visit Popeye’s Village- it’s super easy to get here from Valletta!
  • Book a day trip to Sicily 
  • Visit MDINA Glass blowing factory
  • Boat around the Blue Grotto
  • Tour St. John’s Co-Cathedral

3 Days In Malta Final Thoughts

So there we have it, the best way to experience Malta in 3 days.

From the historic three cities to the waters of Blue Lagoon, you will easily see why this destination is loved by so many, myself included!

This Malta 3-day itinerary is full of the island’s top attractions including its sister Islands to help you get a feel for this destination and the best way to do it.

However, if you want to do any experiences like a private boat trip or the Valletta food tour, book in advance. These experiences sell out fast, especially in the summer.

Happy travels!