Sun, sea, fun, history and good food are five words that best describe the lovely Islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino. With the sun kissing its deep blue waters around 300 days a year, over 5000 years of history, that one can touch and feel on nearly every corner of the island, with numerous clubs hosting a number of international DJ’s and with over 1000 restaurants offering different cuisines, from local traditional cooking to exciting fusions, makes Malta perfect for every type of holiday maker. With a population of just under 415,000 you will find that the Maltese are a welcoming population keen to share their island and their experiences with you.
Valletta, Malta’s capital city was built by the Knights of St. John, rulers of the Island for over 250 years. Valletta is rich in history and has been named the European Capital of Culture for 2018, with its magnificent Palazzo’s lining its streets, museums and Ministerial offices. Its piazza’s are full of coffee shops where one can enjoy the traditional Pastizzi for a snack whilst enjoying a pint of Malta’s internationally acclaimed beer or venture through its streets admiring it’s history and architecture. Valletta is home to 25 churches making it the largest concentration of churches in the world, all rich with art and which provide an understanding of the importance of religion in Malta. One can also enjoy the breath taking view of Grand Harbour from the bastion walls (many say it’s the nicest harbour in the world) with a view of the 3 cities and its natural creeks.
Mdina was Valletta’s predecessor as Malta’s Capital city. Known as the Silent city one is invited to enjoy its silence, lack of cars as only residents are allowed to drive in, narrow alley ways and the views of the whole island from the top of the City walls. The palazzo’s and the grandeur of the buildings paint a perfect picture of what life would have been in the city whenit was home to the islands nobility . By night Mdina is transformed into a magical city with its dimly lit alleys you will feel as though you have been transported to a bye gone era.
During the summer months one can enjoy a swim at one of the many blue flag beaches, including Mellieha bay, Paradise bay and Ramle l-Hamra (in Gozo) amongst others, or enjoy an ice cream while sunbathing. For the more adventurous traveller numerous water sports activities are offered including sjet Ski, paragliding and kayaking .
Malta‘s beauty on land is emulated under its waters. With breathtaking scuba diving spots including numerous reefs and wrecks, its no wonder that Mata is a divers paradise.
Gozo, Malta’s sister island is smaller and less dense, quieter and slower paced. Gozo is home to the Gigantia Temples which are over 5500 years old and one of Malta’s Unesco World Heritage site. While in Gozo one may enjoy a stroll through The Cittadella, Gozo’s own walled city or a visit to one of its secluded beaches or a meal at one of the many delicious restaurants located on this island. Being only a 25 minute ferry ride away from Malta it is a regular haunt for the Maltese who need a break from their daily routine and would like to relax and unwind. The island offers many farmhouses for short rents, most equipped with a pool and barbeque area.
Although Comino’s land mass is merely 3 kilometres it is rich in natural treasures. The beauty of the Blue Lagoon is indescribable and definitely merits a day visit while in Malta.
If you are interested in clubbing then Paceville is the place for you, with its streets lined with clubs and bars. During the summer months numerous International DJ’s visit the islands, For the past 7 years Malta has hosted the Isle of MTV concert which is usually held in July and which attracts close to 50,000 vistors to the island. For those who would like a more relaxed evening out there are a variety of open air concerts, the Jazz Festival which is also held in July each year, theatrical events and art exhibitions.
For a more traditional Maltese night out one may enjoy a village ‘festa’ which feature firework displays, bands and food stalls offering traditional Maltese food including mqarat (deep fried date cakes)
Malta offers something for everyone and one will never be disappointed. Be it for a few days or a long stay you may never get enough of the islands.