Why not take a trip to endearing Malta…..
…….the beautiful island of Malta is home to numerous hotel and holiday resorts, making it a great destination for any one hoping to chill out and enjoy some time in the sun. Bursting with beautiful things to see and exciting things to do, Malta is an ideal choice for holiday-makers of all tastes.
Beaches & Bays
Malta has beaches for everyone from windsurfers to sunbathers. Choose from golden sand, red sand, rocks, blue lagoons and even inland seas. Some beaches and rocky shores are off the beaten track, but worth seeking out for their seclusion. Do not miss a boat trip to Comino’s Blue Lagoon for the ultimate in azure water. On larger beaches, you will find cafes or snack bars open during the summer season. When visiting Malta, the subtropical climate means that it’s only natural that you’ll want to be spending some time in the water. Whether that’s taking a boat trip to the numerous beautiful secluded bays that litter the islands, checking out the local sea life with a spot of scuba diving or snorkelling, or just simply cooling off relaxing round a pool, there’s plenty to see and do.
The main coastal resorts and larger sandy beaches are in the northern part of Malta. Malta’s most popular beaches are Mellieħa Bay, Għajn Tuffieħa and Golden Bay.
Taking a boat tour is the best way to discover the beautiful bays and beaches that the Maltese islands has to offer. There are quite a few different tour operators, so at first glance it might seem like a difficult choice picking the right one, but rest assured that most will cover the same spots (just at different times of the day, so as to avoid overcrowding).
Another wonderful way to enjoy the waters around Malta, Comino and Gozo – the three main islands of the Maltese Archipelago – is on a coastal walk. You’ll find that each of the three islands is abundant with well-trodden tracks, which wind their way between serene countryside, quaint villages and magnificent cliff sides. If you’re looking to see the best that Malta has to offer by foot, you can’t go wrong with a walk around Gozo, where you can marvel at the unique Azure Window, as well as discovering Xlendi Bay and Ramla Bay.
Culture, Sights & Shopping
Take in Malta’s capital, Valletta and explore this magnificent fortified 16th century city, with narrow streets fusing together an intricate, labyrinthine design alongside chic international boutiques that leave you in little doubt as to this city’s cosmopolitan side.
Paceville is a top tourist spot for visitors to Malta and it offers entertainments to cater to all age groups – and if the good life is really your style, Sliema and St. Julians also have much to offer those that want to experience the very best of Malta.
St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta
This magnificent baroque structure was built between 1573 and 1578. The exterior looks imposing and plain but just take a walk inside and you will be greeted by the sight of ornamental gold and paintings. You can even see the works of Caravaggio and some delightfully ornate 16th century illuminated manuscripts in the cathedral museum.
St Paul’s Catacombs
This is a fantastic example of early Christianity in Malta and it can be found on the outskirts of Mdina, which was the Roman capital of Melite. The catacombs are a series of underground Roman cemeteries and are a large and important archaeological site that was used by the Romans until the 4th century AD. You can explore the cool, dark chambers and take a walk through the past. Make sure to take a look at the beautiful grotto while you are there.
If you have an interest in the history of crime and punishment in Malta then look no further. This inexpensive museum shows the terrible history of torture and inquisition in the medieval period; Fascinating but not suitable for younger children.
Restorers have been working hard to return this theatre to its former glory, and the interior really is stunning with ornate baroque carvings. There is also a courtyard that is often used for literary gatherings. As the second oldest theatre in Europe the building was opened in 1732 and if you want to spend a day here you can take a guided tour of the theatre, including the theatre museum and then, of course, why not watch a show?
Malta Toy Museum
Located in Valletta the Malta Toy Museum is a great way to spend a day. Of course children can enjoy this quaint museum but it is more suited to adults who want to take a trip down memory lane, with toys collected from the 1950s onwards including Matchbox cars, trains and dolls.
The Malta Classic Car Collection
Housed in Qawra this is another great trip down memory lane, with over 100 classic cars to view including the 1956 Ford Thunderbird and the 1957 Austin Healey. There is also an array of jaguars, Fiats and Mercedes shown alongside motorbikes, jukeboxes, radios, fashion, model car collections and a cinema. Why not spend a nostalgic day with the gorgeous machines of the past?
The Point Shopping Mall
If spending is your thing then look no further. There are a range of shops on offer from higher end through to more value shops, so there is something to suit all budgets, shop till you drop through five floors of stores.
When to go to Malta
Once you step off your flights to Malta, you’ll find yourself in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea and you can start making the most of your Malta holiday from the moment you arrive as the year-round gorgeous weather shows you a welcome like no other.
The island of Malta offers a typically Mediterranean climate similar to that of southern Italy or Greece; its seasons are characterised by hot summers and mild winters. During Malta’s summer months from June to September, expect daytime highs of 30°C, relieved only by a cooling sea breeze, or exacerbated to highs of 40°C when the sirocco winds blow in from Africa. Unlike summer, the months of October through to February face an increased risk of rainfall with the occasional thunderstorm and temperatures hovering around 20°C, warming up again in April. It is also important to note that Malta’s capital Valletta, is Europe’s warmest capital in winter.
Important Information about your Malta holiday
Please be informed that from 01/06/16 the Government of Malta is introducing an Environmental Contribution tax. This applies to any person 18 years or older on the day of arrival, and staying at any type of accommodation. The charge is 0.50 Euros per person per night up to a maximum charge of 5 Euros per person. This charge applies to each continuous stay in the Maltese Islands and is charged by each hotel stayed in. The charge will be levied by your hotel locally for this (this may be during check in or check out). The hotel is required to declare this tax to the Maltese government, so clients may be asked to provide personal information such as date of birth and to support this with a document, such as a passport or drivers licence. All data will be collected and processed in accordance with the data protection laws of Malta.