If you’re looking to enjoy warm, sunny weather, beautiful sea views, interesting history, and a feeling of extended summer, then you can’t go wrong with exploring the best things to do in Malta in September.
From swimming to sailing, all the best Malta activities will be at your fingertips in September–with far fewer crowds than you’d find on the island in August.
Our trip to Malta saw us tasting delicious food in Valletta, exploring the history of Mdina, taking a memorable boat cruise around Gozo and Comino, soaking in harbor views at Marsaxlokk, and even jumping into popular swimming spots like the Blue Lagoon.
… Sure, the water may have been a bit chilly for swimming for our taste, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying it!
Here’s what to do in Malta this September!
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The Best Things to Do in Malta in September
Wander the streets of Valletta.
The streets of Malta’s capital city are absolutely gorgeous, and down every road, you’ll be able to see the enclosed balconies that Malta is known for, which give its cities their distinct look.
It’s no surprise that Valletta is regularly named among the top places to see in Malta!
We had some amazing fresh pasta here at a restaurant called Pastaus near the center.
If you get a chance, go, and be sure to order whatever noodles the family running the shop tells you pair best with the sauce you pick!
If you’d like to make the most of your time spent exploring Valletta, including discovering hidden gems and making sure you don’t miss popular highlights like the view from the Upper Barrakka Gardens, this popular walking tour is a great option!
Even one day in Valletta is long enough to appreciate its charms, though odds are that you’ll be tempted to settle in and explore even longer.
Visit the Marsaxlokk Fishing Village.
Home to a harbor full of colorful wooden fishing boats, a lovely waterfront stuffed with restaurants serving fresh seafood, and a fish market on Sundays, this is the perfect place to spend a day in Malta.
Located on the far eastern edge of Malta, Marsaxlokk is a cumbersome bus ride or drive away from places like Valletta.
It’s well worth the effort, though: there’s a reason Marsaxlokk’s harbor is widely considered to be one of the most picturesque places in Malta!
Dive into St. Peter’s Pool.
Located at Delimara Point, this naturally formed pool is incredibly beautiful and the perfect place to enjoy a swim and–for adrenaline seekers–even some mild cliff diving.
St. Peter’s Pool is about a 35-minute walk from Marsaxlokk (or a shorter taxi ride, if you feel like negotiating with a driver in town).
When you board the bus to Marsaxlokk, be sure to bring your swimming suit to take advantage of St. Peter’s Pool while you’re there!
Visit the Hagar Qim temples.
Three thousand years before the Romans, more than 5000 years before us, the temples of Hagar Qim were built on Malta.
That amount of history at Hagar Qim boggles the mind, and it’s all the more reason to stop by and stare in wide-eyed wonder at these remarkably well-preserved temples that date to 3600 – 3200 BCE.
Want to get beyond Hagar Qim when exploring the thousands of years of history that you can find on the island?
If so, Malta’s megaliths and ancient temples will be a huge draw.
Take the Three Cities Ferry.
Just across the water from Valletta, you’ll find Malta’s Three Cities of Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua.
Once fortified cities important to Malta’s defense, these are now excellent neighborhoods for exploring.
Even getting to the cities is remarkable enough to rank among the best Malta attractions in the fall, though: the ferry across the water just so happens to be the perfect way to get an amazing view of Valletta.
Book your tour of the Three Cities with an included wine tasting today!
Visit Gozo’s magnificent Blue Lagoon.
Malta’s most famous site (and absolutely unmissable among things to do in Malta), the Blue Lagoon near the island of Comino, is accessible from the main island only by boat.
If you don’t want to miss a chance to swim in the turquoise water the lagoon is known for, you have a few choices–most popularly, enormous ferries run out to the lagoon a few times per day.
Or… you could take a smaller tour.
We were invited on a day trip with Barbarossa Excursions that included stops at both the Blue Lagoon and the lesser-known (but equally gorgeous) Crystal Lagoon, a light lunch, and our afternoon Jeep tour of Gozo (more on that below).
The swimming was incredible, we dealt with far fewer people on our boat, and the best part?
We got to the Blue Lagoon well before any of the large ferries, and our group had the Blue Lagoon almost entirely to ourselves for an hour.
Considering the horror stories about how crowded it can get, we considered that quite the perk!
Book your day trip to the Blue Lagoon, Gozo + Comino today!
Take a Jeep tour of Gozo.
One of our favorite things to do in Malta was to explore the nearby island of Gozo via a half-day Jeep tour.
We were able to visit highlights of the island efficiently (including the former location of the Azure Window–so sad we missed it!), and our guide, Tony, kept us laughing the whole time.
The views around Gozo are amazing and well worth the trip over from the island of Malta.
Some of our favorites include the beach near Calypso caves, all of the coastline where the Azure Window used to be, and the view back toward Comino and Malta.
The Blue Lagoon is so bright, you can see it clearly even when perched high on a hill on Gozo!
Book the same great day trip we took today!
Tour the “silent city” of Mdina.
More than just a season one Game of Thrones filming location, the walled city of Mdina is home to just 300 people and a very limited number of cars, giving the city a hushed quality that makes it easy to feel you have stepped back in time.
Settled more than 4,000 years ago, long before the current capital city of Valletta was built, Mdina is home to oodles of history and was potentially once the home of the Apostle St. Paul.
Though we visited during the day and had a great time, I would love to go back in the evening and watch the sunset over the city.
At night, Mdina is lit by lamps, giving it an even more timeless feel.
One bonus of visiting Malta in September was that we had beautiful weather during our trip to Mdina–summers can get very hot in the Silent City!
Hoping to dive into the history of Mdina?
This popular walking tour is a great option and also covers a visit to Rabat, which sadly we didn’t have time to visit during our autumn trip to Malta.
Go scuba diving.
We didn’t have time to add scuba diving to our list of things to do in Malta on our September trip, but felt an ache for it as we watched divers head into the water–particularly during our Gozo Jeep tour.
Malta is home to some incredible dive sites, including a fairly new one.
The famous Azure Window is technically still able to be visited… you just have to go underwater to see it!
Though we didn’t get a chance to go diving in Malta this time, we’d love to return and give it a try!
We’ve heard that it’s definitely an adventure worthy of any Europe bucket list.
Not a scuba diver but hope to learn one day?
Taking a scuba diving lesson in Malta might be the perfect way to (literally) get your feet wet!
Visit the Popeye Village.
Long before Game of Thrones descended onto Malta to shoot, Malta was home to another famous production!
The 1980 movie “Popeye” was filmed here, in a village set that was built especially for the movie.
It has now been turned into a small family theme park and–more commonly–a photo op, as the village set against beautiful Anchor Bay is incredibly picturesque.
Go horseback riding along the cliffs.
Like much of the Mediterranean, Malta’s beaches run more to rocky shores and beautiful cliffs than to smooth sand (though they do have their share of sand beaches, too!).
The cliffs are gorgeous, and what better way to see them than by horseback?
Go for a ride to check out Malta’s beauty from a whole new angle!
In what was a surprising twist for us, we got some flashbacks to our former home in Texas along our ride until we reached the coastline.
As it turns out, when you step away from the sparkling sea, Malta has a rocky, desert feel in many areas!
Where To Stay When Visiting Malta in September
While we were comfortable during our stay at Central Suites during our trip to Malta, we personally wouldn’t opt to stay there again.
Its location in Bugibba was too far out of the way, and we spent way too much time on buses back and forth to Valletta (about 45 minutes each way) during our time in Malta as a result.
If you’re looking for a quiet, out-of-the-way location, Central Suites might be a good pick for you.
When we go back to Malta, though, we’ll definitely choose to stay in the heart of Valletta
… Or, if we felt like a splurge, perhaps the gorgeous Embassy Valletta Hotel–those views are incredibly tempting!
What to Pack for Malta
Travel Adaptors for Malta — Malta uses the same plugs that the UK does–and note that these are different from the bulk of mainland Europe.
Double-check you add the right ones to your Malta packing list! We use these.
Pacsafe — We can’t recommend our Pacsafe enough: this travel safe is affordable, sturdy, easy to pack, and will help keep your valuables safe in your hotel room (not that you should need to worry much about theft from your hotel room in Malta, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!).
Tote Bag — Incredibly light and easy to pack, a tote bag can serve as a grocery bag, beach bag, laundry bag, or just about anything else.
They’re incredibly handy and we recommend adding one to your packing list for Malta in September. We’ve been carrying ours for years and it never stops coming in handy!
Sunscreen — Because sunburns are never a good look in vacation photos… and like in many popular beach destinations, it’s quite pricey in Malta!
I use them on all boats and the occasional bus, and if things get really bad, take some Non-Drowsy Dramamine as well.
Trust me–you don’t want to miss out on the joys of boating around the Mediterranean due to seasickness!
Is Visiting Malta in September Worth It?
We loved taking the opportunity to be surprised by this small island country, and we definitely found plenty of marvelous things to do in Malta in September.
Visiting Malta was a last-minute trip for us, and we’re so glad we took the opportunity to explore it!
Like in most destinations we take on with little planning, though, spontaneity has its tradeoffs.
We probably would have gotten more checked off this list of things to do in Malta in September (like scuba diving) had we done more research ahead of time!
That’s okay, though: it means we have all the more reason to return to Malta in the future!
… And when we do, September will continue to be at the top of our list of times to visit.
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Many thanks to Barbarossa Excursions for hosting us on our full-day tour of Comino and Gozo! All opinions are, as always, our own.