The Maltese sun shines the entire 300 days a year, revealing the beauty of the island’s monuments, harbours and enchanting bays to us. Are you dreaming about holidays in an eternally green paradise? Book a flight, pack your bags and off you go! There are at least several reasons to get there.

An unfathomable island at the crossroads of cultures

An unfathomable island at the crossroads of cultures. Malta is a peculiar melting pot of cultures with clear Arabic, Roman, French and British influences. The Maltese Archipelago in the Mediterranean is a perfect place for explorers and history lovers. The mysterious fortifications, ancient Mdina, medieval temples and baroque palaces – all these embedded in the fabulous Mediterranean scenery. Unique monuments located on the three islands – Malta, Gozo and Comino, remind about the turbulent history of this piece of land. Many of them are included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Panorama of Valletta

Panorama of Valletta ©iStock

What’s well worth seeing? Certainly the megalithic temples Tarxien and Ġgantija, which are about 5000 years old, as well as an ancient place of worship the Hypogeum of Ħal Saflieni – an underground network of corridors connected by stone stairs and winding passages. An unforgettable experience guaranteed!

The Grandmaster’s Palace in Valletta, built in the 15th century, once the seat of the Grand Master of the Order of St John, as well as the Mosta Dome, a 19th century rotunda of the Assumption of Mary in Most, also deserve particular attention.

A view of Mdina

A view of Mdina ©iStock

Bustling cities with a short break to Malta!

When touring Malta, it is good to start with the capital city – Valletta. The founder of the city was the Grand Master of the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, Jean de Valette, who came there in the 16th century. Besides the Grandmaster’s Palace, also the Sacra Infermeria, the former Hospital of the Johanniter Order, and the elaborately decorated cathedral of St John remained.

An ancient pavilion in the Barrakka Gardens

An ancient pavilion in the Barrakka Gardens ©iStock

Valletta is vibrant around the clock. It is a real paradise for party goers and shopping enthusiasts. It’s worth taking a look at Triq ir-Repubblika – the principal street of the city housing shops, restaurants and cafés. Barrakka Gardens, on the other hand, are an ideal place for an afternoon break within easy reach of the centre of the capital.

A view of Valletta as seen from the sea

A view of Valletta as seen from the sea ©iStock

You will see that it is impossible to get bored in Malta by visiting St Julian’s, or more precisely Paceville district, populated with bars, top nightclubs and discos. The largest shopping centres and entertainment facilities are located in Sliema on the border of St Julian’s. Nightlife thrives in many Maltese towns. Bugibba, which is well connected to the rest of the island – it is only 15 km from Valletta, and from where ferries depart for Gozo, is well worth a visit. About 9 km west of Bugibba lies the charming Mellieha, known for its beautiful sandy beaches.

A red sand beach on Gozo

A red sand beach on Gozo ©iStock

Sleepy towns and charming villages

Those who prefer to relax surrounded by nature will not be disappointed either. We recommend that you get off the beaten track, hide in one of the Maltese villages and enjoy the view of the majestic nature. Rabat is a great place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of Valletta. There are religious monuments and the catacombs of St Paul and St Agatha, whereas in the city centre there is no shortage of cozy cafés and restaurants serving up local specialties.

Popeye Village in Mellieha

Popeye Village in Mellieha ©iStock

The old fishing port of Marsaxlokk, located in the south of Malta, is a popular attraction of the archipelago. The luzzu boats moored to the shore, painted blue and yellow, have become an inherent part of the landscape of this part of the island. At Marsaxlokk, you will buy freshly-caught fish and seafood. However, if cooking is not your strength you can choose one of the nearby pubs on the promenade, sit back and order aromatic tuna with vegetables enjoying the beautiful views at the same time.

The Maltese Archipelago in the Mediterranean is a perfect place for explorers and history lovers. The mysterious fortifications, ancient Mdina, medieval temples and baroque palaces – all these embedded in the fabulous Mediterranean scenery.

Breathtaking landscapes …

… that can be seen in such films as ‘Gladiator’, ‘Troy’, ‘Alexander’ or in the ‘Game of Thrones’ series are another reason why Malta simply must be visited. Picturesque bays, shingle and sandy beaches and beautiful rock formations against the turquoise sea – they all look amazing! The mystical Blue Grotto on Gozo and the high Dingli cliffs are an absolute must-see. While in Malta, you can take a boat trip to the tiny island of Comino with its wonderful Blue Lagoon which rightly reminds of the paradisal Caribbean. So if you get tired of the busy Valletta, the intimate island of Comino will be the perfect escape from the city noise.

The Blue Lagoon by Comino

The Blue Lagoon by Comino ©iStock

Leisure activities in the seaside scenery

The clear and warm water of the Mediterranean invites to water sports activities. Anchor Bay and the area surrounding Blue Grotto are great places for diving. You can see the beauty of Maltese wildlife with your own eyes. What’s more, the Maltese archipelago offers many interesting cycling routes and tourist walking trails (including the trails from the famous Popeye village on the island of Gozo to Mgarr, from Dingli to Rabat or from Marsaxlokk to Marsaskala). You can treat yourself to a yacht cruise, explore Maltese towns on a scooter, spend a day at Ramla il-Hamra red sand beach, or climb Ta’ Dmejrek – the highest point of Malta.

Blue Grotto

Blue Grotto ©iStock

Delicious food

Holidays in Malta are a great opportunity to enjoy the local Mediterranean cuisine with distinct Italian, French and Arabic influences. What is worth trying? Typical Maltese delicacies are fenek, which consists of aromatic rabbit meat served with vegetables, as well as soppa tal-armla – vegetable soup with goat cheese. The Maltese particularly like to eat stuffed eggplants, bell pepper and artichoke as well as dried sheep milk cheese, which is the specialty of the island of Gozo.

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Like in Italy, Maltese cuisine also features filling pasta dishes, including timpana (meat casserole with tomatoes and herbs). Also Britain’s famous dish – fish and chips, is a popular option. No matter the season, we can enjoy aromatic salads, refreshing Girgentina wine and Kinnie – a drink brewed from chinotto oranges.