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. Malta's main gay club is called AXM, located in St.Georges Street Paceville.
A new gay club has opened its doors in 2017. It is called Michelangelo and located in Qube Level 1, St Rita Steps, Paceville.
Monaliza bar/lounge is another gay friendly place located in Triq L-Assedju Il-Kbir in the Capital City of Valletta. It has a more mixed gay/straight crowd. The atmosphere is more relaxed. Map to Monaliza Lounge.
Another bar recently open is called Rubies located in San Gwann. Map to Rubies.
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.
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 there is a gay area located at a secluded area in 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. Civil unions on a par with marriage including the right to adopt by gay couples has been introduced in Malta in 2014. A gender identity bill passed into law on the 1st April 2015.
Malta ranked 1st in the 2016 Rainbow Index, making the island one of the most gay friendly countries in the world.