An ancient archipelago once ruled by knights
Located in southern Europe, Malta is a Mediterranean paradise made up of several idyllic islands, many uninhabited. Travel around by yacht to visit Malta Island, Gozo and Comino and marvel over the small coves and caves. The capital city Valletta is a 16th century monument to the rule of St John’s Knights; stroll through the streets to see marvelous examples of Baroque, Neo-Classical and Mannerist architecture. Spend an afternoon down by Grand Master Pinto’s wharf, known locally as The Valletta Waterfront, and enjoy lunch overlooking the water. Visitors can try traditional dishes including gbejniet, pastizzi and ross il-forn. The Maltese Carnival is a highlight of the cultural calendar, drawing crowds from all over the world; celebrate with the locals and dance in the streets to traditional ghana music. Explore the ancient monuments and temples and marvel over exquisite artwork in the city’s museums and galleries.
Travel to Malta to sample fresh locally sourced seafood, unwind on the beach and enjoy a peaceful retreat. A historical setting for battles and defence from the Knights of St. John, Malta is home to several archaeological wonders. Tour the monuments and ruins and sail along the coast for magnificent views.
When to Go?
Malta boasts a Mediterranean subtropical climate with hot summer months and mild wet winters. June-August is the warmest period with average daily temperatures exceeding 30°C; cool breezes from the coast ensure pleasant conditions in the evenings. December and January can be very wet so travellers are advised to bring waterproof clothing. Spring is also a popular time of the year to visit Malta as many festivals take place, though prices for flights can be more expensive during this time.
How to get there?
Malta is served by Malta International Airport (MLA) located 5km (approximately 3 miles) from the capital city of Valletta. Direct flights are available from the UK. Ryanair operates flights from Leeds, London, Bournemouth, Bristol and Edinburgh. Fly direct from Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle with easyJet. Seasonal charters fly from other UK destinations with links to Europe and Africa.
Visitors to Malta can learn about its ancient heritage and enjoy a serene stay in one of the beautiful beach resorts. Take a tour of the megalithic Ggantija Temples, one of the world’s earliest examples of its kind. The Domus is another favourite attraction for first time visitors; located outside the walls of Mdina, this country villa is a striking example of Roman architecture. Discover decorative mosaics and marble colonnades carefully preserved on Gozo and Malta Island.