Cheap flights to Malta
History in abundance, stylish resorts, and some of the best diving sites in the world – it can only be Malta. Few places pack as much into such a small space as Malta.
It might only be a mere 246 square kilometres in size, but you’ll find whatever it is you’re after from a holiday in this diverse little island. Secluded beaches for you sun worshippers, 7,000 years of history for culture buffs and action-packed resorts full of watersports by day and pumping nightlife after dark – it’s all here.
The Valletta International Baroque Festival comes to Malta in January, in celebration of the Baroque identity of the island's historic capital. Performance venues for this musical extravaganza include the President's Palace and the Manoel Theatre, while performers will fly in from across the globe. vallettabaroquefestival.com.mt
As the weather cools, this is the perfect time of year to explore Malta's countryside. Head north to Dingli Cliffs, where a walk along the coast promises stunning views and endless photo ops. Even better, pack a picnic.
A walk through Mdina, Malta's "silent" baroque city, is an absolute must. To enjoy it in all its glory, amble through by day and take in the views from the bastions, and return at night en route to one of the many romantic restaurants within the historic walls.
No trip to Malta at this time of year is complete without a visit to a "festa", a village feast celebrating the local patron saint. Expect a party-themed atmosphere (with very religious undertones), live music and fireworks. visitmalta.com
Fancy a day off from the world? Head straight to the Atheneum Spa, at the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa in Attard. Here, some of the island's best therapists make good use of local ingredients in innovative treatments. We love their speciality body scrub, made from local rosemary, honey and sea salt (De Paule Avenue, San Anton, corinthia.com/Palace-Hotel-Spa).
The tiny island of Comino is overrun with tourists clambering to see the famous Blue Lagoon in the summer, but almost deserted once autumn sets in. Take the ferry over and explore. The island is mostly uninhabited, so you may be completely alone!
This is obviously high season in Malta, so you may jostle for space on the sand. To beat the crowds, find an out-of-the-way bay such as Dahlet Qorrot in Gozo or Imgiebah in the north of Malta. They may be harder to get to, but they're well worth the trek.
Beat the summer throngs and see Comino (Malta's smallest sister island) at its best. Pack a picnic and hop aboard the ferry from Circewwa to enjoy an uninterrupted afternoon of hiking, hill walking and breathtaking views of the famed Blue Lagoon.