Being small in size, in Malta one won’t find many venues that are exclusive for gay or lesbian people. However there is still a lot going for the LGBT community. An island full of sandy beaches, good weather, thriving nightlife and shopping centres is sure enough to keep anyone busy.
The main nightlife area in Malta is situated in Paceville. Here one can find a good number of restaurants, bars, clubs and other entertainment venues. One can also find Monaliza Lounge/Cafe/Club, a gay club and lounge on the Maltese islands which is open everynight Monday to Sunday from 22:00 onwards. The crowd is mixed-age. Entrance is free. Map to Monaliza Lounge/Cafe/Club
Monaliza bar/lounge, can be also found in Triq L-Assedju Il-Kbir in Valletta. It has a more mixed gay and straight crowd. The atmosphere is more relaxed. Map to Monaliza Lounge.
In Floriana, a suburb of Valletta, there is another gay bar. Toms bar, which is the oldest gay bar in Malta, comprises of two floors, both small in size, and is especially popular with the older crowd. It is found on 'No1. Crucifx Hill, Floriana, Malta'.
A good number of parties are organised during the year especially in summer so if you happen to be there during any of the organised events make sure to attend. The crowd attending gay clubs and parties is quited mixed male/female. Check for any gay events.
Coming up gay parties 2013:
31 December - New Years Eve Party - More details TBA
There is no hotel in Malta or Gozo that specifies to be gay friendly; however most hotels are gay friendly.
There is no official gay beach in Malta but many locals gather around a secluded area at Gnejna Bay. Many locals gather on a flat stone plateau directly at the sea which can be accessed either by boat from the main sandy beach of Gnejna or else walking along hillside paths that lead to Gnejna from Ghajn tuffieha Bay. The view from top of the ciffs is worth the climb. If you opt for the latter, beware that you would need to go down through a steep hill. It may be a bit complicated to find the way to get there so it is suggested to ask a local for guidance. Check out the following map: Directions to Gnejna gay beach.
Another area where the locals tend to gather is on the white rocks below the Madliena coastal tower, situated north of St.Julian’s and can be accessed from Pembroke. The easiest way to get there is by car from St.Andrew's Road (Triq Sant' Andrija). Check out the following map for directions to Madliena Tower. Alternatively one can drive by the coastline passing behind Splash and Fun Park at Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq and walk to the east of the island.
The local approach towards the LGBT community is fairly a positive one. Many locals, especially amongst the younger generation, are open towards other lifestyles. Education in this sector is increasing even though still more needs to be done. Both political parties are proposing the introduction of a civil partnership for gay couples.. One won’t find many local gay or lesbian couples holding hands or showing affection in public as in this aspects Malta still lacks compared to more gay friendly destinations.