Malta holidays offer something for all travelers. This small, rocky archipelago (the largest island, Malta, is 17 miles by 9 miles) is ringed by dizzying sea cliffs and gentle bays. Remarkably, the islands also play host to some of Europe’s finest prehistoric sites, which predate Egypt’s pyramids.
Despite its miniature size, this place has gorgeous beaches, over 300 days of sunshine per year, an electric nightlife scene, and culture by the bucketload. Speaking of culture, Malta is home to not one but three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the pre-historic Megalithic Temples, the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum (an impressive underground burial site), and the beautiful city of Valletta – we’ll get to that later.
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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 of 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, so expect a great atmosphere.
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* Average time from London Gatwick to Malta