The warmth of the Mediterranean sun, the clarity of the Mediterranean sea and the welcoming smiles of the Maltese people have won the hearts of visitors for years, but this tiny island also offers a host of diverse attractions and activities for holidaymakers keen to make the most of their stay. From balmy beaches and trendy nightclubs, to magnificent ancient monuments and a stunning legacy of centuries’ old art and culture, Malta has something for everyone to enjoy.
Life is good on the Mediterranean island of Malta: warm sunshine, starry nights and lots to do, see, taste, feel and remember. Whether you’re just visiting for a few days or spending a long lazy month on the island, you’ll find Malta is alive with people, parties and events whatever the season. From summer jazz festivals and lunchtime concerts to thrilling theatre, music and arts events that pack the island’s cultural calendar all year round.
The islands consist of Malta, Gozo and Comino (all inhabited) and the uninhabited islets of Cominotto and Filfla. Set in the crystal clear waters of the central Mediterranean, the Maltese archipelago is situated just 93 km south of Sicily and 290 km north of Africa.
Malta’s strategic position midway between Europe and Africa made it a key possession for the many different conquering nations that ruled it throughout its 7000 years of history: from Neolithic man to the Ancient Romans, the Byzantines, the Moors, the Normans, the Knights of St John, the French and the British, all of whom have left their mark together with a wealth of architectural and cultural treasures.
From the Baroque city of Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage site replete with museums, churches, galleries, shops, open air markets and boasting the remarkable St John’s Co-Cathedral, home to Caravaggio’s masterpiece the Beheading of St John, to the old capital, Mdina, the so-called ‘Silent City', that quietly evokes a bygone era with its elegant stone palaces and hushed cobbled streets, to the St Paul’s Catacombs in Rabat, Ggantija Neolithic Temples in Gozo, the World War II shelters and the Forts of St Elmo and St Angelo. In summer, get ready to enjoy firework fuelled village feasts in honour of village saints.
Mornings bring sunshine and coffee: breakfast by the sea and relaxation in the balmy Mediterranean atmosphere. Take a trip to the Baroque city of Valletta or catch the ferry to the island of Gozo, mythical home of Calypso, and wander round the amazing Neolithic temple of Ggantija. Lunch by the sea on freshly caught Mediterranean fish and crisp white wine from the terraced vineyards that decorate the Maltese countryside. Take a wine tasting tour and discover the true flavour of theMediterraneanin its rich, melodic wines.
The stunning historical settings of Valletta, Mdina or St Julians make the perfect backdrop to relaxation, sightseeing, concerts or sports. Magnificent architecture from the time of the Knights of St John dominates the towns and villages you’ll visit, and castles, palaces and hundreds of churches and wayside chapels, all surrounded by stunning island scenery and shimmering Mediterranean sea, make for unforgettable sights that have drawn people from all over the world to Malta for centuries.
Life is good in Malta, where you can indulge in some great shopping in the main centres of Valletta, Sliema, St Julians or in the departure lounge at the Malta International Airport on your way home. You’ll find all the big high street names from the UK, Italy, France and others, as well as exclusive boutiques selling designer wear at incredibly low prices. And if you’re shopping for traditional arts and crafts to take home with you, look out for the renowned Malta lace, delicate silver and gold filigree or the colourful and creative Malta hand-blown glass.
Evenings are fun filled and full of activity: start with a typical Mediterranean fish dinner under the stars and continue with a buzzing night in one of Malta’s many sophisticated nightlife venues. There’s lots of choice too… pick from one of the hundreds of restaurants and cafes serving a wide range of local and international cuisine, and enjoy the island’s vibrant nightlife, with its myriad pubs, wine bars, jazz clubs, discos, nightclubs and casinos offering entertainment for all ages.
A number of memorable events are organised throughout the year including a colourful carnival, boat races, a jazz festival and all night street events held in the capital,Valletta. Concerts featuring international stars have brought artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Sting, Elton John and Bryan Adams toMaltain the last couple of years.
The award winning Malta International Airport, a modern, state-of-the-art airport where excellent service, stringent safety and customer satisfaction are main priorities, is now connected to 70 countries through regular flights. Wherever you’re flying in from, in Malta you’ll find sunshine and socializing, history and culture plus delicious Mediterranean food and a vibrant nightlife that takes you from dusk till dawn – a visit to Malta is perfect for recharging energy levels and making every moment of your holiday count.