Lying half way between Europe and Africa, this little Mediterranean island nation has always been strategically important. Because of this it was ruled and fought over by a variety of powers, the last of which was the British Empire. Nowadays its prime location acts as a magnet for tourists. Malta consists of two main islands, Malta itself with the capital Valletta, and more rural Gozo.
With a sunny climate all year round, Malta can’t complain weather wise. The Maltese are a friendly bunch and are multi-lingual, speaking a variety of languages. The two official languages are English and Maltese, but Italian and French are also widely spoken.
Fortresses and defensive walls pepper the island, as do churches and traditional villages. Being an island there are plenty of coves and little beaches to discover. The diving is superb here, with underwater caves, and plenty of wrecks to discover. Go souvenir hunting around Valletta, hitch a ride with a donkey on Gozo, eat delicious sea-food in a small fishing village, or admire the sunset from one of the many cliffs.
Maltese food is a mixture of Middle-eastern and Italian flavours, and what’s not to like about that? So whether its good food you are after, or good diving, or want to savour the culture, or simply want to lie on a golden sandy beach, Malta is the place to be.
Highlights from Malta
- Wander around historic Valletta with St. John’s Co-Cathedral, its many museums, and beautiful houses, and beautiful harbour setting
- Laze away the day on one of the many beaches Malta has
- Hike around rural Gozo for a glimpse of traditional life and rugged nature
- Dive one of the many world-class dive sites that surround the islands
- Sail to the blue lagoon at Comino and take a swim in the turquoise blue waters
- Stroll around medieval Mdina (aka L-Imdina, Città Notabile, Città Vecchia, and Melita)
- Visit ancient Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, an underground necropolis, or the megalithic temples of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra
- Dine on delicious sea-food, and go clubbing till late in the night
- Peruse around the fish market of Marsaxlokk on Sunday morning
- Saunter the alleys of Vittoriosa (aka Birgu, Il-Birgu, and Città Vittoriosa)
Hints and Tips for Malta
- Plenty of airlines serve Malta, search online to get the cheapest deal.
- There is an extensive bus network on Malta, and car ferries can take you over to Gozo.
- The Maltese drive on the left, something to keep in mind.