Even though the azure window crumbled, Malta is still pure magic. A glorious tapestry of gold and blue; Malta is a land of rich history, ancient capitals, hidden coves, and lashings of Mediterranean charm. From vivacious Valletta with its yacht studded harbors and beautiful baroque rooftops to the hushed walled city of Mdina and Gozo’s gorgeous glut of secret beaches, Malta holds allure at every corner.
Culture vultures will be in their element admiring the original paintings of Caravaggio, exploring a wealth of megalithic temples, and gazing in awe at the long-standing famous ‘fat lady’ sculptures. There’s endless history to unravel; from the tales of the Knights of St John to the Arabic walls of Mdina and Rabat – there are a thousand and one stories stitched into Malta’s history.
Alongside heaps of history, Malta has some serious culinary grace. A pinch of Sicilian spice, rich seafood delights in Marsaxlokk, and perfumed village feasts showcase the finest in Maltese cuisine. From wild garlic grown on the hillsides to thick rabbit stews and home corked wines, Malta is a medley of flavor. Epic history, sensory-rich cuisine, and endless shades of blue – a holiday to Malta captures the very essence of the Mediterranean.
Lashings of sun grace the island of Malta making it a year-round destination for those escaping to the beguiling warmth of the Mediterranean. In the summer months, the 30-degree Celsius temperatures are perfect for salty ocean plunging and even in the winter, it remains temperately mild by barely slipping below 15 degrees.
When to Visit
As a small island, the summer months in Malta can see the crowds flood in as this is high season across the whole Mediterranean. The spring shoulder season is one of the most opportune times for a holiday to Malta particularly for those who want space to roam but still crave sultry temperatures. Spring is also the time when the finest island festivals come into full force; think fat strawberry fetes and village feasts.
Attractions & Activities
Sailing and Snorkeling
Tacked onto the edge of the Mediterranean, Malta has always been a sublime port of call for sailors. A divine destination for superyachts and small fishing boats alike; sailing the blue breadth of Malta is an amazing way to explore the gin clear waters and gauzy slips of land.
A breathtaking beach destination, Malta isn’t short on sun-drenched strips. Mellieha Bay is the longest sandy stretch and an exceptional spot for partaking in a wealth of watersports. St Peters Pool entices brave souls to take the leap of faith with its glimmering green waters and rocky amphitheater, and out near Comino, adventurers can catch sight of the aptly named Blue Lagoon with its perfect conditions for swimming and snorkeling.
Cathedrals and Caravaggio’s
Malta is a land of striking cities, and Valetta is a must for watching the sunlight slide off the golden rock. Tiptoe into the dazzling 16th century St John’s Cathedral with its Caravaggio masterpieces and discover a whirlwind of museums covering everything from collectible toys to Neolithic archeology. Over at the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, you are invited to step into an underground necropolis where halls and passages are perfectly carved out of rock dating back to 3000 BC.
Craft and Culture
Glorious little Gozo lends enchanting style to Malta; a slip of an island just off the coast – it’s a dreamy day trip where you can be charmed by colorful fishing boats, watch the locals make lace, and feast on fine wines and crumbled sheep cheese at the vineyards. The island is also famed for its Ggantija Temples said to be older than Stonehenge and brimming with fascinating folklore.
How to Get There
Malta is easily connected to European shores but those traveling from further afield will need to swing by London, Amsterdam, Brussels or any other major city to make the change. Budget airlines like Easy Jet and Ryanair fly to Malta and the island even has its own airline named Air Malta. The international airport of Malta can be found just 8km away from the historical city of Valetta.
The official white taxis sit outside the airport and have set fares to take you into the city. Once in Valetta and public transport becomes a breeze. Inside the city, you can explore by foot or take a smart car-sized buggy across town, those needing to travel further afield will find the main bus station close by offering extensive services that cover just about anywhere on the island.
If you are dreaming of seeking out the ancient hilltop villages and hidden beaches that bring a fairytale edge to your holiday to Malta then hiring a car could be the best-unbridled course of action. The airport has places offering car hire including top industry names like Europcar and Hertz. The island is a visual pleasure to drive but local drivers have a reputation for their racing stripes so confidence behind the wheel may be needed.