Blissful beaches, outdoor adventures, and captivating cultural sights define the beautiful Mediterranean island of Malta, a holiday destination that truly has something for everyone. From the mysterious megalithic temples that date back several millennia, to the enchanting capital of Valetta, built by the Knights of St John, this tiny country on the cusp of Europe and Africa is rich in history. Its enchanting coastline boasts golden beaches and secret bays, wild flowers bloom in meadows and hills, and brightly painted traditional boats bob in its delightful harbour towns. The local cuisine, a highlight of any holiday to Malta, reflects the country's colourful history, with Sicilian, Mediterranean and English influences.
The most popular resorts for your 2017 holiday to Malta include Mellieha Bay, a vibrant town built around one of the prettiest beaches on the island. Its shallow waters make it an ideal option for families. St Paul’s Bay is another beautiful bay, home to three adjoing resorts – St Paul's Bay, and livelier Bigibba and Qawra. The beaches are rocky but there are plenty of hidden coves to explore, and it's an ideal spot to go snorkelling or diving. Stylish St Julian's and neigbouring Sliema is another top choice for an unforgettable holiday in the sun, with a glamorous marina, fantastic nightlife, and the exquisite Maltese capital of Valletta right on the doorstep. And, with our fantastic range of great value all inclusive holidays to Malta and late deals at all the top resorts, your holiday in Malta has never been so affordable!
Top destinations in Malta
Top hotels in Malta
The St. George’s Park Hotel
St Paul's Bay,
The San Anton Hotel
St Paul's Bay,
The Santa Maria Hotel
The Bugibba Hotel
St Paul's Bay,
LABRANDA Riviera Premium Resort & Spa
Ramla Bay Resort
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- Currency: Euro
- Language: English
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- Average flight time: 3h 35m
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Surrounded by the glittering Mediterranean Sea, the island of Malta offers no shortage of secluded coves and golden, sun-soaked beaches where you can soak up the sun. The capital city of Valletta is best explored on foot, so you can appreciate its well preserved walls and historic sights like St. John's Co-Cathedral, filled with artistic treasures. Resort areas like St. Julian's and Sliema offer a sophisticated nightlife scene and relaxed outdoor cafes, while its wealth of prehistoric temples, along with the spectacular Hypogeum necropolis, will thrill history buffs. Round out your tour of Malta attractions with a visit to the Blue Lagoon, hidden away on the sleepy island of Comino.
Wine and Dine
In popular resort areas like Sliema and St. Julian's, you'll find an abundance of restaurants and pubs serving European fare so visitors feel right at home. If you’re after an authentic Maltese dining experience, take a stroll along St. Julian's waterfront to sample the excellent fresh seafood in historic 18th-century buildings or out on sunny terraces. The narrow streets of Valletta are worth exploring, and host of atmospheric eateries serve tasty local delicacies like stewed rabbit, savoury pastries called pastizzis and fresh vegetable soups.
An ideal destination for family holidays, Malta offers everything from sandy beaches and rocky coves to atmospheric historic sights and fun-filled theme parks. Mellieha Bay, the longest sandy beach on the main island, has clean, shallow waters which are ideal for the youngest travellers. Older kids may enjoy the wealth of opportunities for snorkelling and diving: Gozo is a world-renowned diving destination, but there are plenty of excellent diving spots across the Maltese islands. Kids will also love the ancient archeological sites, particularly the Hypogeum, as well as the historic battle re-enactments by costumed horsemen in the handsome capital city of Valletta. The Popeye Village, originally a film set, has grown into a charming family attraction, and the kids can gaze at the tropical fish in the National Aquarium in St Paul's Bay or let off steam on the water slides and pools at the Splash and Fun Water Park.
Action and Adventure
Malta is a fantastic destination for the adventurous, with a wealth of attractions that will keep the adrenaline pumping. Inland, you can go rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, riding or quad biking, while along the coast, watersports include sailing, jet-skiing, snorkelling and para-sailing. The warm Mediterranean waters are among the clearest in the world, making Malta (and particularly the island of Gozo) a world-renowned diving Mecca, offering a diverse array of subaquatic worlds to explore. Fun things to do with all the family include cruises and jeep safaris, or you could hire a banana boat or sofa boat in one of the main resorts.
Life's a Beach
Malta's stunning coastline is packed with beaches, bays and rocky coves, offering plenty of choice to holiday-makers. Golden Bay and nearby Ghajn Tuffieha are two of the most picturesque sandy beaches: Ghajn Tuffieha is blissfully undeveloped and is set in a nature reserve. Lovely Mellieha Bay boasts the longest stretch of golden sand on the island, and is shallow enough to be ideal for even the youngest visitors. St George's Bay in Paceville is the closest sandy beach to St. Julian's, with Blue Flag status and a wealth of amenities. Paradise Bay is a relaxed option on the north of island, and Ramla Bay on the island of Gozo is a picture-postcard expanse of ochre sand and crystal-clear seas. On sleepy little Comino, the celebrated Blue Lagoon stands out for its dazzling turquoise waters, perfect for diving and snorkelling, or you could relax on the quiet and pretty beach of Santa Marija Bay. If you're looking for enticing rock pools far from the tourist hubbub, stroll along the beautiful Delimara Peninsula to find St Peter's Pool, carved out of creamy limestone. The popular resorts of Sliema and Bugibba feature rocky beaches, ideal for plunging into the warm Mediterreanean waters.
All the main tourist resorts provide plenty of evening entertainment, but Paceville in St Julian's is the epicentre of the island's nightlife scene. From casinos and cocktail bars to Irish pubs and nightclubs, there is plenty to keep visitors of all ages happy from dusk till dawn. The glittering marina is at the heart of the action, surrounded by a host of buzzing nightspots. The lively resorts of Bugibba and Qawra are home to scores of vibrant pubs and clubs, offering everything from karaoke to quiz nights. If you prefer something quieter and more intimate, elegant Valletta features romantic restaurants and mellow bars where you can enjoy cocktails and soak up the wonderful views.
Holidays in Malta are perfect for romance: the historic towns of Valletta and Rabat are like gorgeous stage-sets, ideal for intimate dinners and drinks, while the island's picturesque beaches and coves provide the perfect setting for relaxation. Active types will enjoy the rich opportunities for hiking, particularly in beauty spots like the Delimara Peninsula, where you can get away from the crowds and take a dip in the refreshing waters of the St Peter's Pool. Snorkelling and diving are among Malta's top attractions, so why not explore the island's underwater treasures together? Waves of settlers over many centuries have bequeathed a host of cultural treasures, from the beautifully preserved historic towns like Valletta to a slew of ancient temples and burial sites. Most romantic of these are the Hagar Qim and Mnajdra temples, set on a remote clifftop and surrounded by carpets of wild flowers. If you are looking for dancing and nightlife, there's plenty to keep you occupied in St Julian's, which boasts numerous glamorous clubs and bars to enjoy a romantic drink or two.
The Maltese islands is home to the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, a labyrinthine necropolis which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most extraordinary archeological sites in the world. The magnificent megalithic temples, scattered across the islands, also enjoy World Heritage status, and include the oldest free-standing monuments in the world, the Ggantija Temples on Gozo. Waves of settlers have left their mark on the island over the centuries, notably in the perfectly preserved capital of Valletta, built by the Knights of St John and still ringed by the defensive walls. The fortress city of Mdina, now almost swallowed up by Rabat, was built by the Arabs and remains an alluring time-capsule full of handsome palaces and charming squares.
Malta plays host to a series of vibrant festivals and events throughout the year. Highlights include the spectacular Fireworks Festival (late April), the Malta Jazz Festival, held in Valletta's picturesque Grand Harbour in July, and the island-wide Arts Festival, which takes place in late June/early July.