Malta sits in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. Its capital city Valletta has been named both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and European Capital of Culture 2018, showing that this group of islands is the perfect blend of tradition and modernity. Sandy beaches, vibrant nightlife and fascinating history await you in Malta and its two sister islands: Gozo and Comino.BeachesWhether you plan to soak up the sun or wade into the water, Malta has the beach for you. 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 if you want to venture off the beaten track. Alternatively, seek out Ramla Bay in Gozo for a beach with unusual red sand and a stunning seascape.Food & DrinkMaltese 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.CultureCatholic feast days are some of the most important dates in the Maltese calendar, celebrated with processions, fireworks and food. In Valletta, the European Capital of Culture 2018, 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.NightlifeMalta’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.Important InformationFlight Time: 3.5hrsTime Difference: +1hrCurrency: EuroOfficial Language: Maltese; EnglishVaccinationsPlease check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.VisaBritish Passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Malta. Holders of other passports are advised to check with their national embassy for any visa requirements.
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!
Things To Do on Malta Holidays
Filming LocationsAlthough winter probably isn’t coming to Mediterranean Malta any time soon, you will be able to spot backdrops from Game of Thrones all over the country. The breath-taking Azure Window in Gozo set the scene for Drogo and Daenerys’ wedding, and Valletta’s 17th-centry Fort Riscoli doubled as the Red Keep – snap some pictures of these spots and be the envy of everyone on Instagram. As a bonus, Hollywood blockbusters Gladiator, Troy and Alexander were also filmed in Malta.Lost and Found Festival At the beginning of May each year, the stars of the UK dance, grime and hip-hop scenes gather in St. Paul’s Bay for a weekend-long celebration of music. Attracting acts such as Jamie XX, Diplo and Stefflon Don, this sunny festival is an event not to be missed. Annie Mac Presents: Lost and Found even includes a beachside venue on the Friday night to kick off three nights of partying in paradise.In Guardia ParadeTaking place on most Sundays, the In Guardia Parade is an impressive display of pomp and circumstance. Originally a military drill performed by the garrison of the palace, this regular event is now a mainstay of Malta’s cultural offerings. You can usually catch this mid-morning re-enactment in Fort St. Elmo, Valletta, though during June and July you may see it in the Grand Master’s Palace instead.Popeye VillageTake a nostalgia trip to the Popeye Village for a day of family fun. This attraction started life as a film set of the musical production of Popeye in 1980, and has grown into a popular tourist spot packed with activities for children. The colourful streets and seaside location include a pretty lido with sun beds, as well as shows, restaurants, a Popeye museum and much more.Hagar QimAn impressive array of megalithic stone structures, the Hagar Qim temples are a must-see site in the south of Malta. This archaeological wonder is thought to date back to 3600 BC, and was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. If you’re feeling peckish after soaking up all that history, there’s even an on-site restaurant.
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