Dubbed ‘the open air museum of the Mediterranean’, Malta is a compelling country, bursting with interesting historical sights and spectacular natural scenery. The country is comprised of three islands: Malta Island, the largest and most visited of the three; Gozo, famous for its gentle hills and tranquil atmosphere; and Comino, a small and isolated island with excellent water sport opportunities.
The allure of a holiday in Malta is tangible and varied. Within Valletta, visitors can see the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mdina, where the ruins of the ancient capital city of Malta can be explored; while on Gozo Island, the Ggantija Temples, massive megalithic structures that pre-date Stonehenge, are a must-see. Malta is also a fantastic beach holiday destination, featuring a varied and pleasant selection of beaches and a generally laid-back and relaxed atmosphere, peppered throughout the year with vibrant fiestas and other cultural celebrations.
The best beaches in Malta are Golden Bay and Mellieha Bay in the north of Malta Island, or on Gozo, where Odysseus is said to have delayed his homecoming by lazing on the red sands of Ramla Bay. The Blue Lagoon, located on the coast of Comino Island, boasts the clearest, most turquoise water in the Mediterranean and is a huge hit on the international diving and snorkelling circuit, while the Azure Window (on Gozo Island) is a deservedly famous natural rock formation that picturesquely frames the Mediterranean Sea.
While on holiday in Malta there are various wonderful things to see and do, as well as beautiful island beaches to enjoy. Visit St John’s Co-Cathedral to see Caravaggio’s painting and the inlaid tombstones covering the Cathedral floor. Still in Valletta, the Malta Experience illustrates the history of Malta at the Mediterranean Conference Centre.
The Three Cities are home to architectural displays of the island’s maritime history, while Hagar Qim has a prehistoric temple complex with the oldest human structures in the world. Dive into the ‘blue hole’ at Dwejra’s secluded pebbled bathing pool, and visit Marsalforn for great restaurants and bars. There is a wealth of historical sightseeing for tourists, and combined with the hedonistic glories of the Mediterranean coast this makes Malta a superb travel destination.