The islands of the island republic of Malta are located in the western Mediterranean Sea and are very easy to explore by rental car due to their size. Malta consists of the islands Malta, Comino, Gozo and the islets Fifla and St. Paul's Island. The easiest way to pick up your rental car is at Malta airport and be mobile.
On Malta there is left-hand traffic, so you have to drive very carefully when renting a car. The people of Malta have an exceptional driving style and so they should pay special attention to the traffic in order to reach their destination safely with their rented car. The road network in Malta is well developed. However, the inland routes are often bumpy and narrow. In less than one day, the 27km long island of Malta can be completely surrounded by a rental car.
Unacceptable and imposing, the fortress walls tower into the heights surrounding the Grand Harbour of Malta's medieval capital, Valetta. This is a unique sight that you should not miss, especially when entering the harbour in the morning. But Malta, the only 246 km2 small island in the Mediterranean Sea, is bursting with sightseeings, so that it is worthwhile to leave early in the morning for a walk on shore to get as much out of your stay on the island as possible.
If you don't want to join a guided group, you will find the tourist information office of the city in one of the splendid warehouses with its many cafés and restaurants , the Pinto Wharf, where you can buy information material to explore the island on your own. On Malta there is also the original Popeye film set, on which Popeye the Sailor was shot. You can also easily reach the capital Valletta by rental car, where you will find the former palace of the Johanniter, the botanical garden and many other sights.
If you don't want to travel alone as a single, couple or family with children, you can of course choose from a number of guided tours and also benefit from multilingual tour guides who can give you a lot of information about Malta's history. But also the pure beach and bathing pleasure does not have to be missed out on Malta, because many beaches marked with the blue flag and especially the Blue Lagoon invite you to swim and snorkel.
Of course, you can also take the so-called "Baccara Gardens lift" on foot to the Old Town of Vallettas, just one kilometre uphill, but if you would like to see more and only want to explore Valletta on your return, it is a good idea to take one of the taxis directly to the landing stage. You can also take one of the popular hop-on-hop-off buses, which will make it easier for you to get to the most beautiful sights without too much trouble.
Whether it's medieval Mdina, Malta's first capital, the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk with its bustling market or the hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site dating from the Neolithic period, a little planning is already necessary for your shore leave, as the hypogeum is only accessible to a few people every day and the tickets are often booked out a few weeks in advance. We have put together a few more places of interest below: