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Gay Malta Travel Guide

Gay Malta Travel Guide

Welcome to our gay travel guide to Malta – an invitation for you to join us on a remarkable journey. As a gay couple, we know how important it is to find travel destinations that offer beautiful scenery and culture that embrace and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. Nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean, Malta’s azure waters, charming cities, and progressive government make it an ideal haven for gay travelers seeking that true cultural holiday experience. Want to know more about Malta pride or which nightclubs, hotels, and beaches are gay welcoming? Join this gay couple traveling the world, while we explore the enchanting destination of Malta, uncovering some of its hidden treasures and sharing valuable tips for your next trip to this beautiful archipelago in the Mediterranean.

– in paid collaboration with Visit Malta –

Flying to Malta with AirMalta © Coupleofmen.com
Flying to Malta with AirMalta © Coupleofmen.com

Welcome to LGBTQ+ friendly Malta

In a world that is slowly becoming more accepting, Malta’s queer-welcoming laws make it a beacon of LGBTQ+ inclusivity and equality. The tiny island nation Malta made history in 2017 by becoming the first European country to outlaw conversion therapy, solidifying its commitment to protecting the rights and dignity of all individuals. The warmth and friendliness of the Maltese people create an environment that opens up the conversation about diversity, making it a destination where LGBTQ+ travelers can feel safe. And then there is the picturesque landscapes, historical wonders, and gay-friendly holiday vibe, which puts gay Malta on the map!

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When to go to Malta?

Choosing the perfect time to embark on (y)our Maltese adventure is key. The period from spring to early fall, from April to October, shows Malta at its finest. During this time, the weather is delightfully warm, providing the perfect backdrop for sun-soaked beach days, leisurely city explorations, and outdoor activities ranging from snorkeling to hiking. In addition, this period coincides with several LGBTQ+ events, allowing you to not only enjoy Malta’s natural beauty but also immerse yourself in its vibrant community. Good to know: You can book your flights on the KLM website (see link above this paragraph).

Gay Malta Travel Guide - Our tip: Visit Malta off-peak season © Coupleofmen.com
Our tip: Visit Malta off-peak season © Coupleofmen.com

How LGBTQ+ and gay-friendly is Malta?

Malta’s journey toward LGBTQ+ acceptance is truly inspiring. Not only does the country’s legal framework provide protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation, but it also recognizes same-sex relationships, a clear indication of its commitment to fostering a nurturing environment for all. This extends to the wide range of gay-friendly establishments, from hotels to restaurants, ensuring that gay couples can relax, unwind, and bask in the warmth of Maltese hospitality. It is not for nothing that the European country ranked first in this year’s Gay Travel Index by Spartacus.

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Gay Travel Index of 2023

The Berlin-based Spartacus informs LGBTQ+ and queer travelers about how gay-friendly a holiday destination is according to several ranking factors and criteria. Gay travelers can use the Gay Travel Index 2023 to prepare for their gaycation and as a guide when choosing a holiday destination. But which country ranks first? Where is it safe to travel to as a gay and LGBTQ+ traveler?

Malta Pride & EuroPride 2023

Visiting Malta during Pride promises a wonderful experience for those seeking a deeper connection to Malta’s LGBTQ+ community. The colorful parade, thought-provoking discussion panels, electrifying performances, and infectious celebrations are a testament to Malta’s queer community and their unwavering commitment to inclusivity and acceptance. Participating in these festivities allows you not only to witness but also to contribute to the spirit of love and respect actively, which is something we all should focus on in this time and age. How was EuroPride in Malta? Check out our full article in the link below!

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Gay-friendly hotels in Malta

Where to stay in Malta? Where you stay can make or break your trip, and Malta’s gay-friendly options won’t disappoint. Among the selection of gay-friendly accommodations we tested, Casa Elul, La Falconeria Hotel and AX The Palace in Sliema shine as beacons of comfort, sophistication, and hospitality. These establishments have cultivated an environment where diversity is not only welcomed but celebrated, ensuring that your stay is one of relaxation, romance, and a genuine sense of belonging.

Gay Malta Travel Guide: Treat yourself to a luxury stay at an LGBTQ+ friendly destination © Coupleofmen.com
Treat yourself to a luxury stay at an LGBTQ+ friendly accommodation © Coupleofmen.com

Activities & things to do in Malta

Malta’s enchanting landscapes and rich history offer a range of activities to suit all interests. Wander the ancient streets of Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where centuries of history come alive. Take a boat trip to the stunning Blue Grotto, a series of sea caves with iridescent blue waters. Explore the medieval city of Mdina, known as the “Silent City,” and get lost in its labyrinthine streets. For the more adventurous, diving, snorkeling and water sports await you along the crystal-clear coastline, ensuring every moment of your journey is filled with wonder and excitement:

  • Strolling through the historic city of Valletta
  • Relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Golden Bay and Mellieha Bay
  • Exploring the coast by Kayak from Gnejna Beach
  • Visiting the ancient temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra
  • Enjoying the nightlife in Paceville, Malta’s main entertainment district
  • Taking a boat tour of the Blue Lagoon and Comino Island
Karl overlooking Malta's capital Valletta © Coupleofmen.com
Karl overlooking Malta’s capital Valletta © Coupleofmen.com

Gay bars and clubs in Malta

Since our last visit, most of the existing gay bars and clubs closed their doors. Although we see this happening in many destinations around the world, we hoped that Malta’s queer community would keep these places alive. But there is one exception: The Michelangelo Club in Saint Julian’s. The focus is clearly on gay men, with party posters showing mostly ripped dudes. We had a fun night here and recommend checking it out if you like the old-school gay club.

Selfie moment in the pool at the pool party by Lollipop in Malta © Coupleofmen.com
Selfie moment in the pool at the pool party by Lollipop in Malta © Coupleofmen.com

Next to an actual gay club like Michelangelo, Malta’s queer party scene consists of events that are being held at various venues around the main island. Lollipop Malta is the big name that also internationally has gathered a fandom. We visited this monthly party during EuroPride at Sky Club Malta. Although they have been called an LGBTQ+ space by different outlets, we mostly saw ripped guys dancing and prancing around (no problem with that). Lollipop also threw the Disco Tits pool party at Medasia Playa, which was so much fun but again, primarily boys. So, we do wonder where the rest of our community goes to meet & mingle. Peach is Malta’s new party for girls who love girls, which, by checking their IG, looks like a great event. Let us know if you’ve been, and also feel free to share with us your queer nightlife tips for Malta!

Gay Travel Guide: Happy to be in Malta © Coupleofmen.com
We cannot wait to be back in Malta © Coupleofmen.com

Plan your trip to Malta with our Gay Travel Guide!

As you embark on your unforgettable journey through LGBTQ+-friendly Malta, remember that this guide is just a glimpse of the vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and inclusive atmosphere that await you. Whether walking hand in hand through historic streets, enjoying a romantic sunset over the Mediterranean, or dancing at a Pride event, Malta promises an experience that will stay with you forever.

Start planning your Malta Adventure today with our Gay Malta Travel Guide and embrace the remarkable beauty of this destination.

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Thank you for reading our guide. As Couple of Men, we maintain our authenticity by personally visiting and experiencing the destinations we write about. So, be sure to always double-check an accommodation, activity, or event before you travel since our tips and suggestions might need an update. Although we work with tourism offices and the travel industry, we ensure our content is honest and authentic.

We want to thank Visit Malta for their invitation, support, and the possibility to experience the European country in a free and authentic way. We want to thank Visit Malta for their invitation, support, and the opportunity to experience the gay-friendly side of Malta in our own way.

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