Malta has a greater density of historic sights and UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world.
Malta is in the middle of the Mediterranean.
An historical island, Malta. Everywhere you go, a unique historic sight awaits. Favorable climate, magnificent beaches, majestic churches and century-old culture – Malta offers plenty of ways to enjoy yourself. Its three islands are so different that you could easily find entertainment.
Valletta; Malta’s charming capital was built by the Knights of Malta in the 16th century. Its narrow streets are overhung with painted wooden balconies and it has one of the most beautiful harbours on the Med.
Gozo; A half-hour ferry ride from the main island, Gozo is rural, unspoilt, and has great swimming and diving. You can visit as a day trip but two days will allow you to fully embrace its rejuvenating powers.
Mdina; Malta’s ancient capital sits atop a fortified plateau in the middle of the island. It’s a maze of medieval alleys dotted with some intriguing museums, a venerable cathedral, and some fine restaurants and cafes.
Mellieha; The longest beach in Malta arcs around a large bay in the north of the island. Bright yellow sands slope gently into sparkling blue seas. Come for sun, beach bars, water sports and boat trips.
Mnajdra & Hagar Qim; Malta is home to some of the world’s oldest stone buildings, notably these two, which were built around 5,000 years ago, or about 500 years before Egypt’s pyramids.
St Julian’s & Paceville; These nearby villages have little in common. St Julian’s has upmarket eateries overlooking the pretty bay of a fishing village; Paceville is all fast food, busy bars and booming basslines.
With 7,000 years of history, the Maltese Islands are steeped in culture and heritage. The arts have always played a large role in Maltese culture and continue to do so with cultural events occurring frequently. Maltese cuisine is the result of a long relationship between the Islanders and the many civilisations who occupied the Maltese Islands over the centuries. This marriage of tastes has given Malta an eclectic mix of Mediterranean cooking.
Although the local language is Maltese, Malta was a British colony for over 160 years, This historical legacy explains why English is one of the two official languages spoken in Malta. Some Maltese regard it as their mother tongue.
The water around Malta is said to be some of the clearest in the Mediterranean – hence it’s also one of the Med’s most popular diving destinations. One of the best places to be based for a dive trip is Paradise Bay – and its accompanying hotel – which lies beside Cirkewwa harbour on Malta’s northern tip. In 1992 the tugboat Rozi was sunk off shore to provide an attraction for tourists, and now lies at 35m.
The Paradise Bay Diving Centre runs trips to dive sites just 10 minutes from the hotel’s private beach by speedboat three times a day from May to October, and you can go shore diving in the winter. The centre off ers courses aimed at all levels – underwater destinations nearby include the area’s caves and tunnels, a spectacular arch that reaches down to the seabed at 27m, and a P29 patrol boat that was deliberately scuttled.