Everything from blissful beaches and engrossing outdoor adventures to captivating culture and engaging history will define holidays in Malta, ensuring that all manner of visitors will be left satisfied and rejuvenated by the prospect of a sun-filled, adventurous Malta holiday. This Mediterranean island might be small but what it lacks in size it makes up for in culture and things to do, with a holiday defined by immense variety and offerings. As well as its vibrant year-round festivals and parties, holidaymakers will be enticed by a range of traditional architectural themes and rich history, apparent through its many museums and ancient harbours.
Others will undoubtedly flock to the great range of beaches, following the philosophy that a holiday in Malta is not complete until a paradisiacal stretch of sand has been lapped up, whether you discover that on the sedate and soft Mellieha Bay or around a more bustling and resort-driven destination like St Paul’s Bay. Food will also play a pivotal role during your time on the island, primarily in the form of authentic restaurants serving up Arabic, Sicilian and Greek cuisine, always showcasing a melting pot of cultures and influences.
Top Destinations in Malta
Top Hotels in Malta
The St. George’s Park Hotel
San Pawl Hotel
Qawra Palace Hotel
St Paul's Bay,
Dolmen Resort Hotel
St Paul's Bay,
The San Anton Hotel
St Paul's Bay,
The Bugibba Hotel
St Paul's Bay,
Paradise Bay Hotel
At a Glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: English
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- Average flight time: 3h 35m
When to go
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Surrounded by the glittering Mediterranean Sea, the compact island of Malta offers no shortage of secluded coves and golden, sun-soaked beaches to help you soak up the sun. The capital city of Valletta is best explored on foot so you can appreciate the well preserved walls and sights like St. John's Co-Cathedral resplendent with rich artistic treasures. Resort areas like St. Julian's and Sliema offer a thriving modern nightlife scene and relaxed outdoor cafes, while prehistoric temples like the Hypogeum will thrill history buffs. Round out your tour of Malta attractions with a visit to the Blue Lagoon, hidden away on the 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 sunny terraces. The narrow streets of Valletta are worth exploring so you can taste delicacies like stewed rabbit, savoury pastries called pastizzis and fresh vegetable soups.
Malta's soft beaches and adventure parks are tailor-made for family holidays. Pack up the bucket and spade and head straight for the pristine beach at Mellieha Bay, which is the longest stretch of sandy beach on the main island. With clean, shallow and warm waters, the beach is ideal for children. Other popular beaches include Golden Bay and Paradise Bay, where older children can enjoy water sports including jet skiing and snorkelling. There are a number of theme parks to choose from for an epic family day out, including the whimsical charm of Popeye Village and the dolphin shows at the Mediterraneo Marine Park. The Splash and Fun Water Park features a maze of slides and swimming pools, along with a dinosaur park for little ones. If your children are animal lovers, don't miss a trip to the LWS Animal Park for a glimpse of free-roaming mountain goats and rabbits.
Action and Adventure
Malta's Hypogeum is a UNESCO World Heritage site dating back to 3300 BC, constructed in several stages during the Bronze Age. You'll feel like Indiana Jones exploring its dark hidden recesses, ancient snake pits and prehistoric tombs. For an adventurous activity of a different nature, try your hand at diving at sites like the Inland Sea in Gozo. There you'll spot colourful seahorses, mysterious caves, soft coral and even a shipwreck or two. Golden Bay is a hotspot for those seeking adventurous things to do in Malta, whether you fancy exploring the countryside by horseback or kayaking in the crystal clear waters.
Life's a Beach
If you’ve packed your swim gear and sun cream for your holiday, loveholidays won’t delay your foray to the coast, you’ll have countless locations to choose from, so start ticking them off early. Style and sophistication characterises the seaside escape of St Paul’s Bay, perfect for those after all inclusive getaways with everything on their doorstep – most notably the sun, sand and sea. Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha are two more of the island’s most desirable beach spots, boasting the softest sand in the country, while the tiny neighbouring island of Gozo is home to many secluded strips of perfection.
Even if it is a vibe of tranquillity you seek from your holiday in 2015, Malta will also give you the opportunity to embrace the more vibrant beach resort trend across the island, especially in the colourful Bugibba area, backed by bars and clubs and fronted by a wonderful beach and glitzy harbour. Another favourite for those looking for infrastructure over isolation, a great shopping scene can be enjoyed in the vibrant resort of Sliema if it is retail therapy you’re after.
The Nightlife experience during your holiday on the island of Malta will amaze you. Valetta’s fantastic city centre is host to everything from the Fuego Salsa Bar for Latin groove and food seekers to the chilled live blues music and steaks in the Black Gold Saloon. Malta’s clubbing scene is also plentiful and caters for most tastes, with the Havana, Plush and Escape nightclubs within easy distance of one another. For your fix of pre-club spots to get you in the mood for the night ahead, why not try the Chalice Bar & Lounge or the Hard Rock Café for tasty bites and cool cocktails. If you’re in the mood for some British fayre there’s the Plough and Anchor or Scotsman pubs around St Julian’s Bay, or the Irish charm of The Dubliner in the harbour. A holiday in Malta combines a perfect island setting with a vibrant social scene – what’s not to like for nightlife aficionados?
Holidays in Malta are perfect for couples – the island is small enough to keep travelling time to a minimum, but more than big enough to offer a range of relaxing past-times to make your break an unforgettable one. If history and culture are your things then you couldn’t choose a better place – Malta’s rich history includes Roman, French and British settlers and occupiers to name just a few, and many forts, temples and burial sites remain to this day to provide fascinating glimpses into the past. On your travels around Malta, you’ll love the artisan bites and beaches of St Paul’s Bay, the shopping of Sliema, and the rugged coastal town of Mellieha. When you’ve maxed yourself out towards the end of your holiday, try heading up to the Baia Beach Club on the northern tip of the island – you’ll bask in the sea views, sunbathing, perfect beaches, fine dining and artistic inspirations. The club is Malta’s idealistic spot for reflecting, relaxing and chatting together – a truly memorable finale to your holiday together.
Malta plays host to a series of vibrant festivals and events throughout the year. One of the highlights is Carnival, which features several days of dancing, live music, parades and grotesquely exotic masks. Jazz musicians from across the globe descend on the rocky island in July for the annual Malta Jazz Festival, which takes place in Valletta's picturesque Grand Harbour. The arts are an important part of the daily lifestyle in Malta and they are given their due during the month of July when the Malta Arts Festival brings the island alive with theatre, music and dance performances.
Top Malta holiday destinations
If you're unsure of where to go on holiday in Malta, check out some of our most popular destinations: