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The Ultimate Guide to LGBTQ+ Travel in Malta

If you’re yearning to escape the commotion of daily life and lounge on a luxurious island, there is no better place to visit than Malta. With gorgeous architecture, unforgettable beaches, and vibrant culture, there’s something special for you on the jewel of the Mediterranean.

Malta is one of the world’s friendliest countries for LGBTQ+ individuals, making it a fantastic choice for queer travelers of all kinds. To help you with your travel desires, here is a curated guide for LGBTQ+ travel to the mesmerizing island of Malta.

Malta Boats
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The Hottest Hotels

The hotel you stay at can be the difference between a trip to paradise or a disaster abroad. Fortunately, Malta is loaded with hotels of all kinds to fit your tastes.

AX The Victoria Resort is an extraordinary location for any LGBTQ+ traveler yearning for the thrill of Malta. It's an affordable and luxurious choice, and with its perfect location (only a short walk away from the vibrant LGBTQ+ nightlife), it's the ideal spot for city-bound travelers.

Want something cozier? Consider Casa Ellul and the Cugo Gran Macina Grand Harbour for your stay. Casa Ellul is one of the most romantic hotels on the island, and with its private restaurant, suites, and amenities, it's easy to see why. This boutique guesthouse is within walking distance of many popular attractions, making it a wonderful stay for vacationers to mingle in the city. Cugo Gran Macina Grand Harbour is perfect for daring couples seeking an unforgettable experience. This ancient bastion (yes - a bastion!) stands as one of the most remarkable landmarks in Valletta. Now, it serves the public as a luxury hotel.

Malta Street
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The Historical Highlights

With ancient ruins, grand palaces, majestic cathedrals, and wartime wonders, Malta has plenty of attractions for history buffs.

In Malta’s capital city of Valletta, you will find several monuments, landmarks, and relics of the past to roam through. Discover St. John's Co-Cathedral in the heart of the island, where locals remember the memories of Saint John the Baptist and the Knights of Malta. The Grandmasters Palace is another marvelous stop on your trip. Wander through the halls of this magical castle with your partner for a captivating date.

Outside of Valletta, browse through the many ancient temples and World War II monuments. The Ggantija Temples, Hagar Qim, and Borg in-Nadur are some of the most unique temples you can discover in Malta. These complexes date back thousands of years, making them exceptional attractions you can find on your trip. For recent historical sights, head to the Mgarr Second World War Shelter and the Lascaris War Rooms. Malta has remarkable monuments from all eras of history. Be sure to visit them all!

Ancient Ruins in Malta
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The Brightest Beaches

Malta was nicknamed "the jewel of the Mediterranean" for a reason - now it's time for you to venture out and discover that reason. No trip to Malta is complete without visiting one of its many beaches.

Malta's Blue Lagoon is (arguably) the most popular attraction in all of Malta. Here, you are encouraged to lounge on the sandy shore, visit one of the many bars, sail across the water on a rented boat tour, or even dive in and explore marine life.

Want something more sensual and secluded? You will want to visit Riviera Bay and Gnejna Bay to fulfill your romantic desires. These private coves are the perfect place to whisk your lover away for an intimate date on the beach. Because of its secrecy, Riviera Bay is a famous beach for nudists, LGBTQ+ couples, and other travelers wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of Malta. Gnejna Bay is similar, and it offers several private boat tours and attractions suited for any romantic getaway.

Malta Beach
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The Scrumptious Spots

After such a long day exploring historical sights and swimming through the best beaches, you're sure to have an appetite rumbling in your stomach. Luckily for you, Malta is loaded with plenty of restaurants to settle your cravings.

Malta provides some of the most excellent restaurants in the world, and the Michelin stars shining on some of these establishments prove just that. Consider dining at ION Harbor, Noni, Guze, or any of their other 31 Michelin-approved restaurants for finer dining. You deserve to dine on the Mediterranean's finest foods - you're on vacation, after all!

Are you looking for something cozier? Perhaps a coffee date with your partner calls more to your romantic spirit. Piadina Caffe and Cafe Maroc are beautiful spots for a lovely little brunch. For local dinner spots, Azar Malta, Adesso, and Venus Restaurant are all charming selections.

Fine Dining
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The LGBTQ+ Luxuries

You've wandered through the historical highlights, braved Malta's beaches, and dined on the finest feasts the island has to offer. Now it's time to close the night with unforgettable memories made at the nation's greatest LGBTQ+ attractions.

Gay man in Malta
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Want to "brush up" on your dancing skills? Visit the Monaliza Lounge for the "picture-perfect" party scene. This lively bar and restaurant is one of the hottest spots on the island for the LGBTQ+ community.

If you want natural scenery at your parties, visit the Maori Bar. This beloved gay bar is located right on the coast, making it the perfect spot to sip your drink and mingle on the beach. The Michelangelo Club is another popular spot for LGBTQ+ travelers. With a captivating combination of party zones and chilled lounges, this bar is excellent for all nightlife enjoyers.

Lesbian Couple Walking
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Are you ready to book your trip to this gorgeous island? Schedule a consultation with an advisor from Rainbow Getaways with this link! As one of the top travel agencies for LGBTQ+ tourists, we'll cater a flawless trip abroad with your identity in mind.

Rainbow Getaways proudly help travelers of the LGBTQ community (and our allies) research, plan, and book incredible vacations where you feel confident and comfortable enjoying and exploring your destination. We plan each vacation to meet your specific needs, so you'll have an experience just as unique as you.


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