• Spotlight on Malta

    Spotlight on Malta

    Why we love Malta

    Malta is a glorious cocktail of culture, history, nature and enchanting beaches, packed into a small archipelago of three main islands. The capital city, UNESCO-listed Valetta, is located on Malta Island alongside a selection of charming fishing villages and ancient towns.

    Gozo island is often considered to be one of the most serene spots in the whole of Europe. It’s famed for the historical city of Victoria, but also boasts gorgeous sunsets dipping behind scenic hills and masterfully sculpted coastlines for those in search of unadulterated scenery. Gozo may be less developed and more remote than its sister island Malta, but with its high concentration of churches and historic forts it’s the perfect getaway for culture-vultures.

    Last but not least (except in size), the tiny island of Comino is pure paradise. An isolated nature reserve where you can enjoy enchanting landscapes, Comino is renowned for the Blue Lagoon, a secluded inlet with pristine white sand and azure waters, considered a paradise for diving enthusiasts.

    When to go

    Malta is a great year-round destinations, with a typically Mediterranean climate. Think long, sunny summers with bright blue skies and excellent swimming conditions. The average temperature in July hovers around 27 degrees, delightfully warm while still allowing exploration during the daylight hours.

    The shoulder seasons of autumn and spring, meanwhile, are a great time for sightseeing with comfortable temperatures around 24 degrees. Lighter clothing is recommended at these times of year, but remember that the evenings will cool down (so perhaps bring a jumper!).

    Winter is cooler with an average temperature of 15 degrees in January, but is a great time for savvy travellers looking for a great bargain as the flights and accommodation become cheaper in the off-season.

    Visit 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.

    Valetta has been declared a European Capital of Culture for 2018 and is at the top of its game with many of its historical sites undergoing beautiful restorations.

    Discover the Blue Lagoon

    The picture-perfect Blue Lagoon is well-worth a visit. A sheltered cove between Comino and the uninhabited islet of Cominotto, the Blue Lagoon boasts white sands and clear waters that have to be seen to be believed. The southern end of the lagoon offers fantastic swimming and snorkelling, with the option to swim over to Cominotto.

    Unfortunately, the Blue Lagoon is no longer a hidden gem and can get very busy during the summer, especially between 10:00am and 4:00pm. There is also no shade, so be sure to pack the sunscreen!

    Explore Dwejra’s spectacular coast

    Gozo’s west coast is a breathtaking sight not to be missed. Two vast, underground caverns collapsed to create two depressions, now home to Dwerja Bay and the Inland Sea. So spectacular is the water and coastline that it was even used on Game of Thrones as the backdrop for the Dothraki wedding in season one.

    Maltese Beaches

    You’re never too far from the sea in Malta, which means there is a great range of watersports and some of Europe’s best diving all at your fingertips. While Maltese beaches ere on the rocky side, there are still sandy stretches for those who need their fix of sun, sea, and sand!

    Melieha Bay is Malta’s longest sandy beach, a Blue Flag beach with an 800m sweep of golden sand. Offering a great range of watersports including windsurfing, kitesurfing, caneoing, waterskiing, banana boating and parasailing, the beach is one of the best in Malta for watersports. With gently sloping sand it’s also perfect for young children, with a range of facilities including cafes, bars, sunbeds and umbrellas.

    For snorkelling, head to Sliema Beach. The rocky shore runs the length of Sliema’s waterfront promenade and comes to life in summer. Jump into the azure waters and discover what lies beneath, before heading to the promenade with its cafes, bars and restaurants for some delicious cuisine.

    Where to stay

    The db Seabank Resort & Spa is Malta’s only fully all-inclusive resort, offering 6 themed restaurants and 3 bars. It’s perfect for families with children or couples, with Malta’s largest hotel pool featuring an adults-only area and a special kid’s splash pool.

    For a beachfront stay with a friendly and elegant atmosphere, look no further than the 4 star Qawra Palace Hotel in St Paul’s Bay. The hotel is situated on the southward region from the pretty resort of Bugibba and links up with the Salina Bay complex right on the private waterfront in beautiful Malta.

    For a romantic getaway, the San Andrea hotel in Gozo is the perfect pick, located in the steep cliffs of the Xlendi Valley just steps from the Mediterranean Sea.

    Know before you go

    1. Language: Maltese & English
    2. Currency: Euro
    3. Timezones: GMT + 1
    4. Flight time: approx. 3 hours direct from London

    Have you been to Malta before? Would you like to go? Share your experiences below and help out your fellow holiday-goers!

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