Just a three-hour flight from the UK, with its cobbled streets steeped in history, over 300 days of sunshine a year and turquoise waters, Malta truly is a dream destination. Here's why you should start getting your bags packed…
It has the perfect climate.
Malta has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. Temperatures average from 15°C between November and April, rising to 33°C between May and October. The sea is relatively warm by May and stays pleasant for swimming until October/November. At the height of the summer, when Malta holidays are most popular, you can expect temperatures to reach 30°C or more - perfect for soaking up some sun!
It's got the best beaches.
Mellieha Bay and Golden Bay are two of the most popular sandy beaches in the archipelago, and there are also countless secluded coves along the coastline. Check-out Ramla Bay in Gozo for a beach with unusual red sand and a stunning seascape.
It's perfect for holidays on a budget!
Malta breaks don’t have to cost the earth. The sandy beaches of Mellieha and Qawra offer a bundle of brilliant budget-friendly hotels. If you’re the type to be happy with sun, sand and a simple base to rest your head then look no further than our outstanding holiday deals.
It's fabulous for nightlife!
Malta’s resorts offer club nights, bars and beach parties to suit all tastes, although Paceville is the clubbing hub of the island. Party animals will leave their heart in Havana – a venue with six bars and great music. Or, for a touch of class, take the party to Twenty Two for cocktails and dancing with stunning views over the marina and St. Julian’s Bay.
It's fantastic for food!
Maltese cuisine is a wonderful mix of French, Spanish and Italian influences. Look out for bigilla (broad beans and garlic) or widow’s soup with goat’s cheese on the menu. More Maltese morsels include locally-sourced fish in a lampuki pie or the traditional dish of fenkata (rabbit stew). Fancy a tipple? Malta’s wineries are beginning to get noticed internationally, so make sure you sip a glass of local wine made from gellewza grapes. And even better, Malta has five impressive Michelin-starred restaurants.
It's full of culture.
Catholic feast days are some of the most important dates in the Maltese calendar, celebrated with processions, fireworks and food. In Valletta, the past European Capital of Culture, you’ll find a wide range of art galleries and museums, including the Palace Armoury and the quirky Toy Museum. If festivals are more your style, check the dates for the Medieval Mdina or Malta Fashion Week as they vary each year.
It's great for keeping active.
Lace up your hiking boots and get out on some of Malta’s incredible trails, from coastal paths and architectural ruins to lush hillside. The Dingli Cliffs look magical at sunset, while the wildflowers on Gozo are spectacular.
For more information visit visitmalta.com
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