In the middle of the Mediterranean, this warm and welcoming island enjoys balmy weather and lovely bays whilst being a fascinating place to explore.
The small, sparkling island of Malta packs a big punch! If you've tried Greece and Italy, you might want to consider Malta as it's bursting with history and sights to see, as well as attracting a much younger crowd these days who are drawn to the island's many highlights.
History lovers can trace 7,000 years of human activity. Visit the 16th-century, St John's Cathedral and Casa Rocca Piccola, a grand palazzo and explore fascinating cultural museums and palaces. There is so much more to Malta though. As well as abundant natural wonders; from the Blue Grotto caverns to the Blue Lagoon on the tiny island of Comino, there are hilltop villages and chic fishing harbours just waiting to be visited. Comino is a great place to stop by for some quiet time. This tiny island has no cars or built-up areas and is a haven for snorkellers, walkers and photographers. Why not stop for a seafood platter or try some local dishes with a mix of Middle Eastern and Sicilian flavours on your holiday to Malta?
Holidays to Malta are ideally suited to couples and families alike. Just a 3 hour flight from the UK. Why not consider a hotel on the water's edge in Gozo? Perhaps a five-star getaway in the capital Valletta, for the ultimate city break? Or, clamour for glamour in St George's Bay, at a resort with cascading pools and a private lido? And, for an all-inclusive, simply magical break, Malta is just the ticket. The coastline is perfect for enjoying relaxing days in the Maltese sun. Rugged, with a good mix of rocky coves and sandy shores. Head to Bugibba or Qawra which have lovely flat rocks for sunbathing, or Mellieha Bay for its gorgeous, long stretch of sandy beach.
Malta holidays are also very popular amongst divers - with visitors coming here to snorkel and dive an exciting underwater world and discover fascinating and alluring wrecks and caves. The diving here is excellent and Sport Diver Magazine has named Malta as the third best diving destination behind the Maldives and Egypt.
An island surrounded by many countries, Malta's food is a fusion of european and middle eastern influences. The traditional fare is rustic and based on seasonality. Why not try Pastizza a traditional snack of flaky pastry filled either with ricotta cheese or mushy peas? Available in bars and street kiosks. Bragioli is a thin slice of beef wrapped around breadcrumbs, chopped bacon, egg and parsley before being braised in red wine. The favourite dish in Malta, however, is Fenek which is rabbit cooked in garlic and wine. The local cheese is called Gbejniet. Made from unpasteurised sheep or goat's milk, it is hard and white and is often served in seasoned olive oil.
Local crafts produce excellent souvenirs; look out for lacework, glassware, silver and gold items. In the main resorts' market stalls and shops you will find a wide variety of suitable mementoes to pop in your suitcase, too.
Holidays to Malta are as relaxing or as vibrant as you want them to be. The club scene has grown over the last few years with the main action located in Paceville in the coast near St. Julians. But if you'd much prefer to relax over a few drinks and watch the world go by there are a multitude of cafes and bars perfectly placed for quiet and tranquil evenings.
Where to stay in Malta
Malta's sister island, Gozo offers a haven of tranquility with the crystal clear waters being a prominent feature. Holiday in Gozo and discover this popular summer island located off the northern coast of Malta. The sea is one of the predominant feature of G…
The capital city resort of Valletta has a fantastic city atmosphere and is home to the largest signed work of artist, Michelangelo.
A tranquil fishing harbour during the day, offering vibrant bars, restaurants and numerous clubs at night.
Sliema is a trendy resort with a great combination of leisure activities, sophisticated eateries and excellent shopping areas.
Qawra is relatively new among Malta holidays. This seaside town has a decidedly upmarket feel with a selection of shops.
With the largest sandy beach in Malta, Mellieha Bay is situated in a tranquil location on the north side of the island.
Malta Travel Advice
The Maltese Islands are not very large and so getting around does not present much of a problem.
Boat: A regular ferry service run by the Gozo Channel Company links Malta to Gozo, taking about 20 minutes each way. A sea plane service also links Grand Harbour in Valletta to Mgarr Harbour in Gozo and there are regular boat services between each island and Comino, though these are less frequent and do not carry vehicles. A water taxi service using traditional Maltese 'dghajsa' boats is available in Grand Harbour.
Bus: The public bus service on Malta and Gozo serves all the major tourist areas, go practically everywhere and are cheap and efficient. No trip is longer than the 50 minutes it takes to cross the island. More info can be found on http://www.visitmalta.com/public-transport.
Taxi: All taxis are fitted with meters and charge regulated fares. The white taxi service can pick up passengers from anywhere, except bus-stops. Taxi services from the Malta International Airport and the Seaport Terminal to all localities in Malta are based on a fixed tariff.
Car Hire: A perfect way of seeing more during your Malta holidays, this way of getting around gives flexibility and independence. It's a good option if you want to get to take in the farther reaches of the island. All the road signs are in English and driving is on the left. Both international and national driving licenses are acceptable. A number of car hire firms and local garages offer chauffeur-driven cars. Renting scooters, motorbikes or mountain bicycles is an option, but can be rather limited as not all roads are suitable for only two wheels.