Orlaith Costello
June 03, 2024

Uncover a treasure trove of history along sun-kissed shores of this Mediterranean island nation.

If ambling from Michelin-starred restaurants to UNESCO World Heritage Sites before diving into azure waters in an under-the-radar location that enjoys 300 days of sunshine sounds good to you, then Malta should be on your bucket list.

Malta may be small in size but, it punches above its weight, thanks to the sheer number of excellent eateries, cultural marvels and historical sites.

In partnership with HSBC, we’ve put together this helpful starter guide to this Mediterranean gem so you can start planning your itinerary.

Uncover a treasure trove of history along sun-kissed shores of this Mediterranean island nation.


Before you launch into weeks (or months) of responsibility-free fun in Europe, you’ll need to get some adult stuff out of the way, like sorting out your payment plan. With an HSBC Everyday Global Account, you can spend fee-free around the world everywhere Visa is accepted. Plus, transfer and spend in up to 10 local currencies (including EUR). Take advantage of real-time exchange rates and preload your all-in-one Visa Debit Card before you even arrive in Europe.


For budget travellers, there is a reliable and efficient bus service — be sure to download the Tallinja app to navigate your journey. There are also shuttle bus services, taxis and water taxis (the latter is a great way to explore the Grand Harbour). The only way to get to the sister islands of Gozo or Comino is by boat. Thankfully, there are many ferry options, including a Fast Ferry to Gozo via the capital of Valletta.


Dawn at Marsaxlokk Markets Sunday Fish Market should definitely be on your itinerary. Arrive as early as possible to catch the sunrise return of the colourful luzzu fishing boats. It will also ensure you beat the tourist crowds and can join the locals in haggling for the freshest fish. After a morning of shopping, explore Marsaxlokk Harbour, the oldest harbour in Malta, established by the Phoenicians in the ninth century BCE, and enjoy a seafood lunch at one of the many bistros dotting the harbour.


You shouldn’t miss your shot to visit Gozo, Malta’s sister island. Only 20 minutes from the main island, Gozo boasts breathtaking natural beauty and awe-inspiring cultural and archaeological sites, such as the iconic fortified city, the Citadel. According to legend, Gozo is the home of Calypso, the nymph from Homer’s Odyssey, whose cave overlooks the beautiful Ramla Beach, renowned for its unique reddish sand.

Five of the Best

Tick these must-visit spots off your bucket list.

Eco-Friendly Stays

From luxury hotels on Malta's sister island to boutique spots in the capital, we've got your best spots here.

Restaurants and Eateries

Explore the wide range of Michelin-starred restaurants from harbourside haunts to underground eateries.

Wine Bars and Cocktail Spots

Enjoy an outdoor bevvie with views of Valletta or a cocktail in a speakeasy.

Must-Do Activities

There's so much to explore on Malta and its sister islands — here are the attractions you shouldn't skip.

Cultural Sites

Malta is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but that's not the only amazing historical places to visit.

Museums and Galleries

Take a break from the sunshine and dive into Malta's historial and cultural scenes at these locations.

Five of the Best

Tick these must-visit spots off your bucket list.

Further Afield

If you've got a little extra time, here are five excursions outside Malta's main cities.

Bookable Experiences

Ready to start planning? We've found five experiences you can book right now, fee free, using your HSBC Everyday Global Account Visa Debit Card.

Plan Your Journey Around Malta

Track down the must-visit spots.


Be prepared for your European adventure by opening an HSBC Everyday Global Account. For more information, head to the website.

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