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Malta Holidays

Sunny Mediterranean islands

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.

All regions in Malta

Three tips for a top trip

Graze, Maltese-style

The Maltese love to snack, and their favourite morsels are pea- or ricotta-filled filo pastry parcels, called pastizzi. You’ll find stalls selling them in every town – follow the queue.

Get a Malta Pass

The Malta Tourist Board sells cards that allow entry to many of Malta’s sights, as well as free bus travel. Buy at attractions or online.

Jump into St Peter’s Pool

This inlet on Malta’s southeastern coast is off the beaten track and perfect for basking on flat sandstone rocks and leaping into the deep blue water.

Don’t-miss dates in Malta

Isle of MTV

A huge music lovers’ event in June/July, this is Europe’s largest free pop festival, with open-air concerts featuring plenty of the industry’s biggest names.

Summer

The hot summer months see some of Malta’s major arts events take place, with outdoor arts and jazz festivals and performances in the streets.

Parish feasts

There are village feasts every month, with food stalls, music and fireworks. The largest cluster of events is on 15 August for Assumption Day, a major Catholic holiday.

Best things to do in Malta

Go to the Hypogeum

Malta and Gozo have many impressive prehistoric sites, but most extraordinary is this underground chamber, with carvings and paintwork preserved for more than 5000 years.

See Valletta’s Cathedral

Valletta Cathedral is a Baroque masterpiece, with a lavish gold and mosaic interior lined by ornate chapels, as well as the world’s largest Caravaggio painting.

Zip around in a speedboat

The Maltese love to hang out in boats, and with good reason – it’s the only way to island hop and visit hidden caves and coves.

YOUR MALTA QUESTIONS, ANSWERED

Beautiful Malta is worth visiting all year round, though the best time to go is during the spring to early summer months. The weather at this time is typically warm and only sees a couple of rainy days each month. Average temperatures in spring reach highs of 20℃ in the day with average lows of 12℃ in the evening. This time of year also sees several events like the International Fireworks Festival, Malta International Arts Festival and The Harvest Festival of L-Imnarja.
Malta boasts a wealth of great beaches offering crystal-clear waters and soft sands. Mellieha Bay in the north is one of Malta’s largest beaches and is popular with families due to its many nearby bars and restaurants. Offering beautiful unspoilt views, Golden Bay is an ideal spot for visitors searching for a more relaxed environment to soak up some sun. For those looking for a bit of snorkelling, a visit to the secluded Paradise Bay is a must.
Malta’s food is famous for being a rich blend of seasonal Mediterranean cuisines. The country is perhaps best-known for caponata, a dish similar to ratatouille but with a rustic Maltese influence. Fish caught from the surrounding waters are also popular, especially when eaten as lampuki, otherwise known as fish pie. Malta is also famous for its savoury snacks. Pastizzi, a pastry filled with peas or ricotta cheese, and qassatat, a pastry baked with cheese, peas and spinach, can both be found in many a Maltese bakery.
Offering a relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere and plenty of great dining options, Malta makes an ideal destination for holidaying couples. The charming village of Mellieha has a wealth of traditional Maltese character and is just a short journey on foot from Mellieha Bay. Offering unspoilt views and plenty of walks taking in the distinctive white cliffs, the small fishing village of Marsaxlokk makes an ideal option for those who want some alone time. However, couples looking for a more lively holiday should visit the capital of Valletta. The city is home to several stylish hotels, while the many bars down its baroque-styled streets make a great way to spend an evening.
Malta offers several holiday resorts for those looking to stay on the island. The coastal resort of Sliema is one of the island’s most popular and offers plenty of shops, restaurants and family-friendly activities. Nearby St. Julian’s has several luxury hotels, as well as bustling bars and casinos. The resorts of St. Paul's Bay, Bugibba and Qawra are also a favourite with tourists and, due to growth, these once separate villages have now evolved into one. Here visitors can enjoy a popular waterpark, welcoming restaurants and lively nightlife.
While Malta in October might not have the temperatures and the amount of sunlight as the spring and summer months, it’s still a popular time to go. Average temperatures during this period are around 22℃ with highs of up to 25℃. Visitors can expect some cloudy weather and light breezes, while there is an average of 11 days of rain during the month. However, because of this, Malta is typically quieter than during its peak season, making it the ideal time to visit for those planning to avoid the crowds.