With its fascinating Mediterranean landscapes and character, the island state of Malta is ideal for exploring by car. You can book your rental car before traveling through TUI Cars and benefit from the inclusive fully comprehensive insurance and excess waiver insurance in the event of damage. You can pick up your car at the airport or from vehicle pick up points in the country, for example in the capital Valletta.
Valletta is also worth a visit: the walled city rising steeply from its two deep harbours has various epithets, such as World Heritage City, and is one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.
After sightseeing in Valletta you can drive your hire car to visit Malta's idyllic natural parks: we highly recommend Golden Bay in the north-west of the main island, where you will find fantastic sandy beaches for bathing. You can also visit the blue grottoes and caves in the south. Add a boat excursion to the tour to see the beauty of the island from another perspective.
Live markets and charming fishing villages
On a tour of the island of Malta you can discover charming small fishing villages, such as Marsaxlokk in the south.
Here you can enjoy the unspoilt atmosphere at the harbour as well as the lively hustle and bustle on market days. In the neighbouring taverns they serve delicious Mediterranean-style meals prepared from the fresh fish caught in the local Mediterranean waters. After visiting the fishing village Marsaxlokk drive to the Il-Majjistral Nature and History Park and the quaint village of Il-Maikata, close to the ferry terminal in Cirkewwa, where ferries take you to the neighbouring island of Gozo.
The tiny island of Gozo is famous for its Neolithic temple complex of Ggantija and its rugged coast and imposing cliff formations. Other important sights include Calypso Cave and Azure Window on the west coast. For divers there are numerous shipwrecks with fascinating and beautiful marine ecologies.
Information for tourists in Malta
If you are traveling in a hire car in Malta, remember you have to drive on the left.
Note: Despite the left-hand traffic, the priority rule at crossroads is right before left. Gradually, however, many of the simple crossroads are disappearing and being replaced by modern roundabouts. The speed limit is 40 km/h in built-up areas and 64 km/h on the open road and highways in Malta.
If you breakdown, call the towing service at 21320349 and report it to the car rental office. In the event of an accident the emergency number is 112. You must also report the accident to the police: call +356 2122 1111 extension 191. The alcohol limit is 0.8 mg/ml. Do not park at yellow lines on the kerb. Your car can be towed off and you may be fined for any illegal parking.