" Colourful culture, enchanting landscapes and romantic beaches turn Malta into the ideal holiday spot."
Awash with culture, dramatic natural landscapes and beautiful beaches, holidays to Malta are unique. Whether you’d like a romantic break amidst its hidden coves and rugged bays or you want to soak up some culture in the ancient capital city of Valletta, you’ll find that Malta holidays have a lot to offer.
Made up of three main islands, the capital city is located on Malta Island along with a selection of charming fishing villages and ancient towns. Gozo Island is famed for the historical city of Victoria, and boasts beautiful sunsets and rolling countryside, while the peaceful island of Comino is an isolated nature reserve where you can enjoy enchanting landscapes such as the Blue Lagoon, plus it’s considered a paradise for diving enthusiasts.
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Visit the capital: Valletta
At the heart of the island sits the enchanting capital city of Valletta, a UNESCO declared site filled with captivating historical buildings that line the cliffs over the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean. Holidays to Malta aren’t complete without seeing the sights, from buildings such as St John’s Cathedral and the Palace of the Grand Masters, to museums, art galleries and gardens. The island is also home to the stunning Mdina, a beautifully preserved ancient capital filled with sites that will transport you back in time.
Things to do in Malta
Holidays in Malta allow you to explore the rural side of the islands - an ideal setting for those who want to explore! Popular ways to see the quieter face of the island is to hike across the coast of Gozo or setting sail in search of the country’s hidden caves, rugged beaches and beautiful sunset views. Over the summer months you can head for the coast to try some water sports, with activities such as kayaking, diving and snorkelling on offer.
Thriving with colourful culture and cosmopolitan cities, all set amidst beautiful natural landscapes and beaches, Malta holidays are perfect for those who want more from a standard beach break. Whether you head here for lazy days in the sun, to sample the nightlife of the cities, for cultural exploration, or just to enjoy some local cuisine beside the sea, let loveholidays.com help you make the perfect trip for you.
Wine and Dine
Malta has a definite cuisine of its own, born from rural island life and a steady stream of invaders, from Romans to Arabs, Sicilian Normans to Turks, and, most recently, the British. With seas all around, seafood is very good and is served virtually wherever you go, try Lampuki Pie for a real taste of the Med. There are good cheeses, usually made from sheep or goat’s milk, like Gbejniet. Hobz biz-zejt are olive oil-dipped, tomato-rubbed sandwiches, and pastizzi are savoury, flaky pasty parcels, great little lunch treats. The big resorts have all-inclusive hotels and some very good quality international cuisine, with plenty of familiar British dishes. Restaurants like the Bouquet Garni in Mellieha and Salt Kitchen and Lounge in Bugibba are among the best on the island. Malta doesn’t produce a lot of wine, but some of it has won international awards, and the small amount of vineyards, including Marnisi Estate and the Marsovin Cellars all offer tours and tastings.
Action and Adventure
The waters around Malta are reckoned to be among the cleanest in the Mediterranean. It’s easy to take advantage of this and plunge in for a water sports adventure – though do take note of warnings about black sea urchins. The Maltese are a maritime people, and boat trips of all sorts are popular, not to mention kayaking and water sports activities. There are also wild and rugged extremes to the Maltese landscape, and you can climb up and abseil down cliffs, trail run, hike or mountain bike to explore them best. The Maltese also love their horses, horse racing is pretty much the national sport, and a four-legged friend is a good companion for navigating the island’s countryside.
Children can get in on the water sports action from a surprisingly young age, even trying out some underwater skills with snorkelling lessons. Some of the big adventure companies run children’s camps and activity days that can see them whizzing along zip wires from the age of nine and above. Malta doesn’t have the big theme and water parks that some Mediterranean islands do, but its waters are clean, warm and generally very safe for children. There are family attractions too, like the Popeye Village Malta in Mellieha, Bugibba Water Park (particularly aimed at smaller kids), and the Playmobil-FunPark in Hal Far. The castles, forts and hills of the island will stimulate young imaginations, and you might find yourself return with a young medieval knight or courtly maiden after a fortnight on Malta.
Many of the best things to do in Malta also help to place the island in its historical context. In addition to the ancient Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, Malta and Gozo are home to some of the world's most perfectly preserved prehistoric temples overlooking the islet of Filfa, along with underground tunnels left over from WWII. You can get a sense of Malta's history in its ancient capital of Mdina, also known as the Silent City. The 17th century capital, Valletta, with its narrow streets and world class museums, offers a dose of Malta's more recent past and also its future. St. John's Co-Cathedral is one of the prime cultural destinations, featuring elaborate tapestries and masterpieces from artists such as Caravaggio. Yet modern architecture also abounds in Valletta, with the new gateway designed by Renzo Piano and the modern Parliament buildings. The National Museum of Archaeology showcases the island's ancient history, as does the fascinating ancient temple complex of Hagar Qin.
As Malta is so small it’s easy to peel yourself away from your sun lounger and take in the island away from the resorts. If history is your thing you’ll be spoiled for choice, with dozens of important remains, ruins, and buildings from a vibrant island story that ranges from underground prehistoric temples to World War II heroism. Water-based activities include leisurely sailing excursions and break-neck water skiing. Diving here is particularly good. And don’t neglect the island’s interior – good hill walking, cycling or adventure sports – and its pretty little neighbour Gozo with its equally rich attractions packed into an even smaller space.
St Paul’s Bay
Today St Paul’s Bay is Malta’s biggest northern resort. It’s almost a microcosm of the island with a fine Old Town complemented by lots of resort hotels – running around the coast to Bugibba and Qawra – on a rocky, rugged shoreline. There’s lots of laid-on entertainment in the hotels and the town, including a casino in Bugibba. Buses take visitors on the short ride along the coast to Golden Bay and Mellieha Bay which are the nearest sandy beaches.
Part of the growing tourist strip of St Paul’s Bay, Bugibba is the liveliest of this set of coastal resorts, with lots of shiny new hotels and a cinema and casino among its entertainment offerings, plus a small water park that’s good for young children. Diving and scuba diving are popular ways to make the most of the gorgeous coast here, with boating trips also a top choice. The dining and nightlife has a strong British flavour, but you will find Maltese dishes on menus too. Like St Paul’s Bay it doesn’t boast a fantastic sandy beach, but those are easy to find nearby, and the resort has now introduced an artificial stretch of sand on top of the rocks.
The biggest resort on the island boasts good shopping, a lovely waterfront and some of the history that makes Malta such a special place. It’s very close to Valletta and ferry trips to the capital are a popular excursion. Sliema has a very laid-back and sophisticated air with no less than three seafronts to enjoy. A very good promenade is well served with street cafes and playgrounds for the kids. There are excellent sea views almost everywhere you go – a signal tower built by the Knights of St John is still standing. Sliema has some of the island’s best shopping, with local lace and silver crafts on offer as well as international brands in The Point shopping mall.