Explore: Malta

As well as a rich and chequered history, this tiny Mediterranean island is known for its warm climate, striking coastline and appealing harbour towns. Some fifty miles south of Italy – next to little sister island Gozo – its Baroque capital Valletta is recognised as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Valletta, Malta: skyline from Marsans Harbour at sunset

Welcome to Malta

A busy year-round calendar of events, carnivals and religious festivals gives Malta a unique character, despite its long history of occupation by a string of different nations – from the Phoenicians in 800 BC to the British in 1814. Although independent since 1964, it retains many features that make British visitors feel at home. Driving is on the left, English is an official language alongside Maltese, and its letter boxes and phone booths are painted a familiar red.

As well as a rich and chequered history, this tiny Mediterranean island is known for its warm climate, striking coastline and appealing harbour towns
Next departure: Sep 7 2019
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Where are the best places to visit in Malta

The lively resorts of Sliema, Qawra and Bugibba on the north-west coast are popular with holidaymakers looking for buzzing nightlife and plenty of bars and restaurants. You’ll find the best sandy beaches and golden bays along the north-west coast, including Golden Bay and neighbouring but quieter Ghajn Tuffieha.

Must-see sights range from ancient burial complexes and catacombs to Valletta’s Lascaris War Rooms used by allied forces in WWII. Take to the water on boat excursions around the Grand Harbour or to the Blue Lagoon on the small neighbouring island of Comino. Malta is wonderful for divers, and centres catering for all abilities are scattered throughout the island, with the opportunity to explore wrecks and enjoy the varied sea life around its shores.

When is the best time to visit Malta?

Visit in summer for blue skies and warm seas – and this is peak festival time so there’s plenty of outdoor fun to be had. Pleasant temperatures and quieter sights make spring and autumn a good time for relaxed sightseeing and touring, but with average temperatures peaking at around 15C, and accommodation prices at their lowest, winter is also a good bet.

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