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Malta is an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea known for its rich history, memorable landmarks, and sandy beaches. Rent a car in Malta so you can travel freely during your holiday without relying on public transportation. Whether you choose to sightsee in the morning, beach hop in the afternoon, or dine out at night, a car gives you the flexibility to explore attractions at your own pace. have experienced staff who can help you choose the right vehicle for your needs.

It's your choice: Where to go in Malta

The walled city of Valletta is the capital of Malta and a main attraction for visitors. Visit museums and palaces here, or admire baroque landmarks such as St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Nearby in Birgu, you can stroll along the idyllic renovated waterfront and explore the Upper Barakka Gardens. Gozo island is another great destination, renowned for its Neolithic Ggantija Temple Ruins. On the east coast of Malta lies Sliema, a seaside resort with a long promenade, historic fort, watchtower, and churches. St. Julian’s is also a charming coastal town with beautiful beaches, such as the Spinola Bay offering scenic views and waterfront restaurants. If you love camping and hiking, head to the island of Comino with its beautiful nature landscapes.

Things to do in Malta

Many travellers head to Malta to enjoy the beautiful beaches. Chill out at the spectacular Blue Lagoon in Comino, a small bay with cobalt-blue water. It is also a great place for snorkelling and scuba diving. Other beaches where you can go include Cominotto, a scenic white sand beach on an uninhabited island, as well as the beaches on the Inland Sea in Gozo. Boat tours and cruises are also popular activities, allowing you to drop anchor on secluded bays, do water sports, or enjoy a picnic. History buffs will also enjoy a trip to Malta and its many historical landmarks. Swing by at the 16th century Grand Master’s Palace, and admire its splendid interior. Take plenty of time to explore the Hal Safliene Hypogeum, a subterranean necropolis. This underground temple dates back to the Copper Age and features burial chambers. Pre-booking is essential to gain admittance to this famous site. If you have time for more, rent a car in Malta and visit the Hagar Qim & Mnajdra, well-preserved megalithic temples perched on top of impressive sea cliffs, about a 30min drive away from Valletta.

Important info about Malta

The archipelago is characterised by low terrain with rocky cliffs, flat-topped hills, and some slopes. In spring, the lush valleys are adorned with beautiful flowers. However, there are no rivers or mountains. Malta has a Mediterranean type of climate with mild winters and hot summers. Rainfall mainly occurs in autumn and winter, whilst the summers are dry and hot. Driving around Malta with a Malta map is a delightful experience. There’s never a boring moment as the landscape is dominated by rocky beaches and mighty cliffs, as well as gorgeous views over the sea. You will also drive through many quaint villages, where you can stop off to join the bustle in the streets and admire the historical buildings. In the villages you will often find open-air markets where you can buy fresh produce for a picnic, or hand-made products to take home as souvenirs and gifts. Finally, Malta's geology has also blessed it with many caves and hidden coves which you can discover on your driving adventures.

Weather in Valletta
Country Malta
Language English and Maltese
Currency Euro
Time-Zones CET
Country Code +356

Good to know

There is only one international airport in Malta. It is served by major European airlines and flights from most European countries take under three hours. Many passenger cruise ships also make stop at the island. For those who prefer to arrive by land and water, there are ferries crossing from mainland Italy to Sicily, and from Sicily to Malta. If you choose to fly, you can reach hotels in Malta by renting with one of the car rental services at the airport. In Malta, you drive on the left side of the road, and overtake from the right. You must be at least 21 years old to rent a car in Malta and must have held your licence for at least a year. The speed limits are 80km/h on open roads and 50km/h in built-up/urban areas, unless signs indicate otherwise. Your BAC level must not exceed 0.8%.

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Our tour suggestion for Malta

A trip to the island Gozo is highly recommended if you’re looking for spectacular beaches and breathtaking natural sites. It is known as one of the top diving spots in the Mediterranean with beautiful reefs, caves, and wrecks for memorable holidays in Malta. Gozo's main city, Rabat, is an amazing citadel with historical buildings, museums, and churches to explore. For outdoor enthusiasts, Gozo is a paradise. There are daily ferry crossings, and you can also bring your car onboard for a modest fee. On the island, you can sail, rock climb, and boulder. Biking has also become very popular, with different trails and varying levels of difficulty, from off-road mountain biking to straight rough-walled pathways. Alternatively, you can drive to the starting point of many an idyllic hiking trail, and leave your car behind as you explore the island.

What to taste in Malta

Maltese cuisine is a fantastic mix of Italian, British, Arabic, and French influences. The most typical ingredient is rabbit – fried, stewed, baked in a pie, or roasted. Restaurants on the island also serve loads of fish and seafood, such as dolphin fish. Other typical dishes include beef slices and minced beef with herbs. Soups, such as fish soup, or a soup with potato, cauliflower, and egg make delicious light meals or starters. For the sweet tooth, pastries filled with ricotta cheese or pastries made from fried dates are tempting delicacies.