Located in the Mediterranean Sea, just southwest of Italy and to the north of Tunisia, Malta is an island country that has been attracting visitors for decades to its shores. Just 80 kilometres from the Italian island of Sicily, Malta possesses its own unique culture and charm.
According to some visitors, Malta has the best climate in the world. The summers are warm and dry, while winters can be mild with occasional rain. The average yearly temperature on Malta is a comfortable 23°C during the day, which offers visitors an opportunity to experience the beaches year round. 
With the island of Malta only 316 square km, it is a place that can be well explored quite easily. Tourists can take full-day island tours that visit the old castles, temples and villages that dot Malta. Guests to the island can also take the Valletta Harbour cruise, where they can see the natural harbours of the island and listen to a re-telling of the country's history. For those that want to explore the history of the island further, visitors can tour the prehistoric temples that date back 5,000 years. Temples like the Megalithic are registered as UNESCO World Heritage sites and are must-see places when visiting Malta.
Maltese cuisine has been influenced throughout the centuries by explores and settlers on the island. Italian, French, British and Arabic flavours make up the recipes of the country. Being an island, fish is one of the top choices at most of the restaurants. Lampuki is a favourite amongst locals. Grilled or baked, the Lampuki is served fresh at eateries every day. 
While fish is a popular meal, Malta is also known for its rabbit. Restaurants around the island will have their own recipes of the nation's favourite meat. Pasta, meat pies or stews are all meals that Maltese chefs use rabbit in as a main ingredient, but whether fried or grilled, rabbit is served in many of the dishes. It is definitely a tasty meat no tourist can miss.
Malta has a vibrant nightlife of pubs, clubs and discos. Paceville is the place for those seeking a night out, as the area has plenty of life all its own. The clubs and bars play the latest in dance music to get any tourist's feet moving. St. Julian's is another of Malta's top party areas. Like Paceville, clubs and discos bring guests out to dance the night away. Both areas also have casinos for those looking to test their luck while on holiday. 

 

Overview

Officially called the Republic of Malta, this breath-taking island is located in the Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast. Malta is a country known for its historical sites that go back thousands of years and beautiful scenery. With a laid back and chilled vibe, Malta is the perfect holiday destination, from realxing, to exploring there's something for everyone.

The Maltese islands offer luxury seaside resorts, great nightlife, quaintcountry villages and medieval towns complete with winding cobbled streetsand bustling main squares. The island enjoys mild winters and hot summersmaking it a perfect holiday destination all year round.

Visitors flock to Malta to bask on the many beaches, learn about Malta’s fascinating history and culture and enjoy peaceful days soaking up the views, like that of the Blue Lagoon in Comino, the clear blue water is perfect for snorkelling and diving, plus the beach is spacious enough for relaxing and laying under the sun. Malta is also a perfect destination for travellers who want to explore the island and experience the island’s slow and relaxing pace of life.

Key Facts

  • Currency: Euro
    Language: Maltese
    Approximate flight time from UK:<./strong> 3 hours from London, UK
    Timezones:
    UTC+01:00

Great For

Historical Sites: Malta has plenty of culture and historic landmarks such as the temples of Hagar Qim, Mnajdra and Tarxien. Those who love to learn more about the history, Malta have various museums such as the Malta at War Museum, National Museum of History and The National Museum of Archaeology.
Rest and Relaxation: From the Blue Lagoon in Comino which offers clear blue waters and white sandy beaches, there's plenty of beautiful beaches to rest and relax on. Ramla Bay is on Gozo Island, it's one of the largest sandy beaches out of all the Maltese Islands. The tiny island of Comino is known for the beat waters from St Nicholas bay to Blue Lagoon, it has some of the clearest blue waters.
Nightlife: Malta has many bars and clubs to offer for those that enjoy a lively nightlife. Club Numero Uno and Aria are two of the biggest clubs Malta has to offer. Club Numero Uno is an open air venue Situated in the centre of Ta' Qali's craft village. Not to mention there's plenty of bars and restaurants across Malta to enjoy on your travels.

St Johns Co-Cathedral

Located in the heart of Valetta, Malta's capital city, St Johns Co-Cathedral attracts many visitors. The building itself was completed in 1577, with its remarkable history and cultural events, it's a popular spot for tourists, not only does it have plenty of history, the architecture is phenomenal. It was designed by the military architects who built Valletta as the Knight' citadel capital in the 1570s. Admission prices, opening times and more information can be found on their official site.
Website: http://www.stjohnscocathedral.com/

Blue Lagoon, Comino

The Blue Lagoon is a sheltered cove in on the western side of Malta, with crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and a variety of tropical fish and coral it's the perfect place to snorkel and spend time in the sun. Comino is a small island situated between Malta and Gozo, it's the perfect place to visit if you want to scuba dive or just relax on a paradise island for the day. During the summer it can become very busy as it's popular with tourists making day trips to the beach.

Megalithic Temples of Malta

The Megalithic Temples of Malta can be found on both Malta and Gozo. The temples of Hagar Qim, Mnajdra and Tarxien are popular sites for tourists to explore, the Hagar Qim dates back to the Ġgantija phase (3600-3200 BC). The Hagar Qim complex consists of a main temple and three additional megalithic structures beside it. The temple is located on a hilltop, overlooking the sea, with beautiful views it's a perfect place to explore, plus at the bottom of the hill, a short distance away, there's another temple, the temple of Mnajdra.

The Grand Harbour

The Grand Harbour, also known as the Port of Valetta is located in Malta. This spectacular port stretches across Malta, the North-West shore formed by Sciberras Peninsula, large area of the port is covered by Valletta and the mouth is situated in the North-East by Saint Elmo Point. There's plenty to explore when visiting the port, whether you're looking for a spot of shopping, dinner dates or boat trips it's the perfect place for a day out.

Malta at War Museum

Malta at War Museum is located in Couvre Porte Vittoriosa, on the east side of the Grand Harbour, this museum is a popular choice for travellers wanting to learn more about the fascinating history of Malta and the soldiers and brave people of Malta that fought during the Malta Blitz (1940-1943) World War 2. More information about opening times and prices can be found on their website.
Website: http://www.maltaatwarmuseum.com/

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