Malta holidays offer something for all travellers. This small, rocky archipelago (the largest island, Malta, is 17 miles by 9 miles) is ringed by dizzying sea cliffs and gentle bays, and, remarkably, contains some of Europe’s finest prehistoric sites, predating Egypt’s pyramids.
The islands’ location at the heart of the Mediterranean has given them an enormous historic importance, and their towns are dominated by ornate Baroque architecture built by Christian warrior-medics, the Knights of Malta. Malta’s Grand Harbour is a wonder in itself – an enormous sheltered loop of sea, surrounding the handsome capital Valletta. Local culture is full of life and colour, with village feasts year-round – the Maltese never miss an opportunity to set off fireworks. Open-air festivals fill the calendar with music from opera to trance. However, holidays to Malta can also offer complete relaxation – this Mediterranean island group has more than 300 sunny days a year, and you can relax on fine sandy beaches or dive into wonderfully blue natural pools.
Small sister island Gozo is the perfect place to slow the pace down to an amble – stay in a farmhouse and cycle or walk extraordinarily scenic hills. With shipwrecks on all sides, the islands are often ranked among the world’s best diving locations, but there’s much for adrenaline-seeking non-divers as well, with activities ranging from horse riding to paragliding, and from rock climbing to sailing. With awe-inspiring scenery, a relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere and a fascinating history, the melting pot of Malta is a perfect place for a holiday, with something to suit every taste.