6 ideal locations to photograph the Milky way in Malta and Gozo

The Milkyway from Migra ferha

Locations and times

When Summer approaches most photographers start planning to find dark areas

with an interesting foreground to create a nightscape that is memorable. 

In Malta the Milky-way is best seen and photographed between Mid June till mid October. 

One can still continue photographing the milky-way after the peak season but normally the skies

will be very cloudy.


What you need.


  • Gear

DSLR camera - Preferrably Full Frame

Lens - An aperture of 2.8 of bigger (My favourite lens is the Samyang 24mm F1.4)

Tripod - When taking long exposures of the night sky — 15–40 seconds   you are going

 to need a very sturdy platform to put your camera on. 

Remote Shutter - Highly recommended especially when stacking.

Planning - If you are a beginner ,using special softwares like stellarium will help 

you locate the milky-way easily .

Safety - Be careful out there , especially on your own. If you don't know the location well

I suggest to go scouting the area during the day and it's always good to have a buddy especially  at night.


  • Times and locations

Here are the best times to capture the Milky-way from Malta & Gozo.


Mid June - 1.00am onwards

Mid July - 11.30pm onwards

Mid August - 10.00pm onwards

Mid September - 9.00pm onwards

Mid October - 8.00 pm onwards


LOCATIONS - Preferably South / South west. 

MALTA - Dingli Cliffs, Migra L-Ferha, Blata tal-Melh, Qammieh, Zurrieq

Gebel Ciantar, Tal-Hamrija Qrendi, Lapsi, and Fawwara.


GOZO - San Lawrenz, Ta Cenc cliffs, Sanap Cliffs Munxar and Mgarr ix-Xini Ghajnsielem.



Gebel Ciantar

Photographed in the first week of October at 8.30PM

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Fine art Prints of the Milkyway from Malta and Gozo.

Ras Il-Mignuna - Limits of Qrendi

A Multirow panorama photographed in Mid July at 11.30PM

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Fine art Prints of the Milkyway from Malta and Gozo.



Il-Blata tal-Melh - Limits of Rabat

Photographed in mid August at Midnight

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Blata tal-melh, limits of Bahrija - Derren Vella 2017

Migra L-Ferha - Limits of Rabat

Photographed in mid August at Midnight

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Fine art Prints of the Milkyway from Malta and Gozo.

Ghajn Tuffieha Tower

A multi row panorama photographed in mid September at 10.30PM

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A Panoramic image of the Milkyway photographed from Ghajn Tuffieha Tower in Mid September

Fungus Rock - San Lawrenz ,Gozo

Photographed in mid September at 8.30PM

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Landscapes and Starscapes of Malta and Gozo.
Fine art Prints of the Milkyway from Malta and Gozo.