If you’re looking for a beach-based holiday where there’s plenty more to explore nearby too?
Then consider a break to the island of Malta. With incredible scenery and lovely coastlines you can sit back and enjoy soaking up the sun, or explore the history, shops and holiday activities that the region has to offer.
A holiday to Malta is only 3 hours away from the UK (and not far from most European destinations), so it makes a great destination for those who are looking to take a medium haul break.
Malta has a selection of golden sands, in particular the North West Golden Bay is a must visit, and rocky cliffs and caves. Whether you’re looking to sunbathe, swim or clamber across impressive rock formations the island offers it all. Another popular Malta beach attraction is the Blue Grotto area with its striking bright blue water and caverns, perfect for a romantic swim or dive. If you’re hoping to explore further out, beaches in Mellieha bay and Qawra are also great and within walking distance of some good resorts and restaurants.
If you’re interested in learning about the history of Malta, visit the beautiful capital, Valetta. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site; walking the charming streets it is hard not to marvel at the Baroque architecture. The 16th century Grand Masters’ Palace and the awe-inspiring St John’s Cathedral are also worth a visit. Valetta is one of the best places to take in the culture of Malta too, with a night-time visit to the Triton fountain well worth staying up late for - browse the art galleries too, and check out Malta’s Museum of Fine Arts for a unique outdoor art experience.
For those who enjoy a spot of retail therapy on their holidays, Malta provides plenty to keep you occupied. There are a number of traditional souvenir shops to pick up gifts for those back home or there are the numerous chain stores that you’ll recognise from back home. Markets are also held regularly to pick up local handicrafts and bargains.
Malta has plenty of nice restaurants and bars to spend your evenings in. St Julian’s is the best place to go for clubs, pubs and all night partying opportunities; for a different experience head to the open air clubs of Medina and Rabat. There are also several casinos on the island of Malta if you’re stuck for things to do in Malta.
Aside from sightseeing and shopping, Malta has activities such as water sports (try scuba diving, jet skis or banana boating), hiking and glass bottomed boat rides!
When you’re on holiday it’s the perfect excuse to over-indulge, and with the many great restaurants across the island, you probably will! Don’t forget to sample the traditional Maltese delicacies such as fresh fish pie, beef olives, rabbit stew, pate and goat’s cheese. Expect to see lots of fresh seafood on the Maltese menus too. A trip to the Marsaxlokk fish market will show you what an abundance of great fresh seafood the sea around the island offers up!