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.
With Easter activities going on throughout much of April, you will either catch the solemn Lenten run-up, or the jubilant Easter celebrations. The grave Good Friday procession, complete with people dragging chains through the streets in penance, is a sight to behold and very emotional.
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
Beautiful Ramla Beach, on Gozo, is idyllic at this time of year, before the crowds arrive in summer. Pack a picnic and take a walk through the surrounding countryside before settling down by the shore.
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.