Aside from being a sun-seeker’s paradise, Malta is a Mediterranean melting pot of cultural diversity, rich history and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Whether you want to lie on a golden beach drinking cocktails, or explore its ancient cities, you won’t be short of things to do in this stunning part of the world.
When and where to go
Valetta is the number one city to visit during your stay. With the usual hustle and bustle of a vibrant town, high-quality shops and restaurants cover this area, but Valetta is also steeped in history. It was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1980, and has a postcard-ready harbour perfect for long romantic walks, as well as plenty of preserved historical attractions.
You’d better make sure you pack your walking boots, as this is a city has plenty of twisting, 16th century pathways to explore. You’ll find the intricately carved St John’s Co-Cathedral built in the 1570s, but take a stroll to the city’s highest point and you’ll find the Upper Barrakka Gardens that show unparalleled views of the harbour.
Now that you have a place in mind, when should you go? True to most Mediterranean climates, March through to November offer warmer temperatures. So, whether you need it to fit in with the school holidays, or you just fancy taking a break out of season, you’ll be guaranteed to make the most of those glorious landscapes.
Things to do
No matter what kind of holiday you’re after, Malta has it all. If you’re one of the sleepy sun-bather types, the little fishing village of Marsaxlokk is as yet untouched by tourism, offering any visitors a realistic idea of traditional Maltese life. Then, to top off your day, head for the Blue Lagoon in Comino. This sheltered cove with warm, tranquil, crystal-clear waters will draw you in, and you’ll never want to leave.
However, there are regular boat trips and sports down by the harbour for the more active types, while culture-vultures will be able to visit a whole host of attractions, such as the medieval town of Mdina.
With all this history to take in, it’s not surprising that the Maltese have such a varied calendar of religious, cultural and entertaining events packed into their year.
No matter what time you’re planning on heading out to Malta, there’s always a festival, feast or carnival to accompany your stay. In April, you’ll be treated to the Festival of Music, while towards the end of June you’ll be a witness to the Malta International Fireworks Festival. Or if that’s not to your taste, how about the harvest festival of Mnarja at the end of June, or the folklore-filled feast of Santa Marija in mid-August?
We know that no matter when you decide to head out there, this will be the destination for you. If you’ve been to Malta recently, we’d love to hear what you got up to, so please feel free to leave a comment