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Malta

Magical Malta may just be the next gay travel hotspot.

Malta is a tiny archipelago located a stone’s throw from Sicily on the Mediterranean. And while the island nation is European, North Africa (specifically, Tunisia and Libya) are almost arms reach from its southern limestone escarpment. Malta’s unique Mediterranean location has historically made it an ideal port and trading post between empires. And despite being steadfastly Roman Catholic today, Maltese culture is a melting pot of surrounding Italy, Tunisia and Libya. As recently as World War 2, Malta’s location made it a highly prized region and resulted in the most bombings of any nation—you can still see the bullet holes. Today, Malta is beloved for its arms-open attitude towards all visitors, including us homosexuals. Not to mention its prime snorkelling and water-sports, aromatic cuisine, and vast history.


Quick Facts

  • Capital City: Valletta
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Languages: Maltese
  • Best Time of Year to Visit: Apr–Jun & Sep–Oct

LGBT Rights in Malta

Lesbian Malta Travel

Best Places to Visit in Malta

More Info

Although steadfastly Roman Catholic and PDA-adverse (gay or straight!), Malta is often described as “gay-friendly”. The small country legalized homosexuality in 1973, began accepting civil unions in 2014 and finally recognized same-sex marriage in 2017. Annual Pride parades have celebrated diversity and inclusion in the country’s major cities since the early aughts. Overall, gay and lesbian travellers will likely feel comfortable and safe visiting this Mediterranean destination.

Gay Activity: Legal
Lesbian Activity: Legal
Gay Marriage: Legal
Right to Change Gender: Legal but requires surgery
Same-Sex Adoption: Legal
LGBT Discrimination: Illegal

Although few and far between, the island’s notable gay bars are fun, festive affairs you’ll want to indulge in until the wee hours. Malta Pride tends to spill out into more mainstream venues with parties that are definitely worth checking out. And while there are no official gay and/or nude beaches, secluded coves and bays off the main strip often attract crowds of LGBT+ locals and visitors—just be warned, public nudity carries a hefty fine if enforced.

Gay Villages in Malta

There are no gay villages in Malta.

Pride and Gay Events in Malta

Malta Pride—Annually in September

Best Gay Bars in Malta

Valletta—Lollipop (Young mixed crowd. Bubblegum pop queer club)
Valletta & beyond—S2S Events (A queer collective known for throwing parties throughout the region. Check their Facebook Page for details.)
St. Julians—Michelangelo Club Lounge (Mixed Crowd. Club)
Rabat—The Birdcage Lounge (Mixed crowd. Cocktail and Karaoke Bar)

Best Lesbian Bars in Malta

Valleta—Maori (lesbian-owned but not necessarily LGBT-exclusive. That said, check their Facebook Page for monthly parties geared towards ladies who like ladies)

5. Mdina

The Silent City is a gorgeous example of Arabic architecture. Although the nickname may not make sense during the day when crowds flood the fortified city’s mainstreet, stick around at night and you’ll understand.

4. Vittoriosa

Culture and history exude from the city’s walls. Be sure to visit Fort St Angelo, the home of the Knights of Malta.

3. Blue Lagoon

Located on the island of Comino, this stunning sea pool is so saturated you’ll have difficulty looking at it without sunglasses.

2. Gozo’s shipwrecks

Malta—especially the island of Gozo—is surrounded by famous shipwrecks, resulting in some of Europe’s most compelling dive sites.

1. Valletta

Every single street in this small but vibrant city leads to the sea. But despite it’s gorgeous coastal location, it is the recently emerging cultural highlights (art, restaurant and nightlife) making the biggest splash with today’s visitors. In fact, Valletta has historically been described as “a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen.”

Best Time of Year To Visit: Shoulder seasons (Apr–Jun & Sep–Oct) offer the most bearable Mediterranean temperatures. Not to mention, the most wallet-friendly accommodations. We generally recommend avoiding the overcrowded country in July & August.

Electricity: In Malta the power plugs and sockets are of type G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. For more information visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/malta/.

Time Zone: Central European Summer Time (GMT+2)

Vaccinations: There are no required vaccinations for entry. To determine if you should take preventative measures, talk to your doctor or a travel medical clinic.

Visas: Most travellers from Australia, Canada, The United Kingdom and The United States do not need a visa to enter Malta for up to 90 days. Exceptions may apply and all visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

September 15, 2020
LGBT Rights in Malta

Although steadfastly Roman Catholic and PDA-adverse (gay or straight!), Malta is often described as “gay-friendly”. The small country legalized homosexuality in 1973, began accepting civil unions in 2014 and finally recognized same-sex marriage in 2017. Annual Pride parades have celebrated diversity and inclusion in the country’s major cities since the early aughts. Overall, gay and lesbian travellers will likely feel comfortable and safe visiting this Mediterranean destination.

Gay Activity: Legal
Lesbian Activity: Legal
Gay Marriage: Legal
Right to Change Gender: Legal but requires surgery
Same-Sex Adoption: Legal
LGBT Discrimination: Illegal

Lesbian Malta Travel

Although few and far between, the island’s notable gay bars are fun, festive affairs you’ll want to indulge in until the wee hours. Malta Pride tends to spill out into more mainstream venues with parties that are definitely worth checking out. And while there are no official gay and/or nude beaches, secluded coves and bays off the main strip often attract crowds of LGBT+ locals and visitors—just be warned, public nudity carries a hefty fine if enforced.

Gay Villages in Malta

There are no gay villages in Malta.

Pride and Gay Events in Malta

Malta Pride—Annually in September

Best Gay Bars in Malta

Valletta—Lollipop (Young mixed crowd. Bubblegum pop queer club)
Valletta & beyond—S2S Events (A queer collective known for throwing parties throughout the region. Check their Facebook Page for details.)
St. Julians—Michelangelo Club Lounge (Mixed Crowd. Club)
Rabat—The Birdcage Lounge (Mixed crowd. Cocktail and Karaoke Bar)

Best Lesbian Bars in Malta

Valleta—Maori (lesbian-owned but not necessarily LGBT-exclusive. That said, check their Facebook Page for monthly parties geared towards ladies who like ladies)

Best Places to Visit in Malta

5. Mdina

The Silent City is a gorgeous example of Arabic architecture. Although the nickname may not make sense during the day when crowds flood the fortified city’s mainstreet, stick around at night and you’ll understand.

4. Vittoriosa

Culture and history exude from the city’s walls. Be sure to visit Fort St Angelo, the home of the Knights of Malta.

3. Blue Lagoon

Located on the island of Comino, this stunning sea pool is so saturated you’ll have difficulty looking at it without sunglasses.

2. Gozo’s shipwrecks

Malta—especially the island of Gozo—is surrounded by famous shipwrecks, resulting in some of Europe’s most compelling dive sites.

1. Valletta

Every single street in this small but vibrant city leads to the sea. But despite it’s gorgeous coastal location, it is the recently emerging cultural highlights (art, restaurant and nightlife) making the biggest splash with today’s visitors. In fact, Valletta has historically been described as “a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen.”

More Info

Best Time of Year To Visit: Shoulder seasons (Apr–Jun & Sep–Oct) offer the most bearable Mediterranean temperatures. Not to mention, the most wallet-friendly accommodations. We generally recommend avoiding the overcrowded country in July & August.

Electricity: In Malta the power plugs and sockets are of type G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. For more information visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/malta/.

Time Zone: Central European Summer Time (GMT+2)

Vaccinations: There are no required vaccinations for entry. To determine if you should take preventative measures, talk to your doctor or a travel medical clinic.

Visas: Most travellers from Australia, Canada, The United Kingdom and The United States do not need a visa to enter Malta for up to 90 days. Exceptions may apply and all visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

September 15, 2020

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