The backpackers guide to Malta

The island of Malta – known for being a popular destination for Hollywood filmmakers, tourists, and amateur photographers alike. This small Mediterranean island sounds, to those who don’t know it yet, somewhat exclusive, out of reach, and reserved to only those that can afford it. If that’s your impression of Malta, you’ll be pleased to find that it’s actually a great option for visitors looking to backpack on a budget.

The island of Malta is a fantastic place for all different types of traveller; that includes backpackers travelling with just the clothes on their back and their camera at the ready. Read on for our guide to visiting Malta in this unique way.

The best time of year to visit Malta

Spring and autumn are the top times of year to visit Malta. You’ll find balmier temperatures and less tourists then. Between April-June and September to early November are lovely and will show you comfortable temperatures of around 20℃. Best of all, the island is less busy during this time of the year. This means you’ll get better deals on hostels and B&Bs, as well as any events.

Must-see attractions for backpackers

Hands down, you shouldn’t miss Festa Frawli (the Maltese strawberry fair held every April), the fireworks festival in Valletta, and any local village festivals you can find. Medieval Mdina, the vaulted ceiling of St. John’s Cathedral in Valletta, and the smaller island of Gozo are must-visits as well. You’ll be able to see a lot of these for free. The ferry from Malta to Gozo will cost €4.65 per passenger. You’ll find that everything is surprisingly affordable. Top tip: There is a blue lagoon between Malta and Gozo that is perfect for snorkelling.

The best places to stay

Backpackers will find lots of cheap options for their stay in Malta and Gozo. You will find a higher concentration of apartments to rent in the main towns and cities, so if you’re planning on a more remote adventure, you may need to book your stays a little further in advance. If you’re travelling solo, you won’t be short of hostel or hotel accommodation options to ensure you can get a good night’s rest after a long day of exploring this Mediterranean gem. With a little research, you’re sure to find an option that aligns with your travel preferences and budget.

Budget-friendly travel around the island

The local bus network on Malta is extremely efficient and budget–friendly. The extensive network runs between all of the main towns in Malta, meaning you can discover all different parts of this island nation relatively easily and quickly. There are also a few daily buses travelling between villages in Gozo, so you’ll be able to get anywhere you want to go. A seven day pass is your best option costing just €12. This allows for unlimited travel, so you’ll be able to see plenty of the island in just a short space of time.

Things you should bring on your trip

Comfortable shoes and lightweight layers will be your go-to attire when visiting Malta. The temperatures are mild and comfortable, even in the off-seasons, so you can pack light. You’ll also want to pack some sunscreen, a European power adapter, and a reusable water bottle for your many excursions. Beyond that, Malta may seem very remote, but the island will look after you well.

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