Sun drenched Malta is perfect for an easy seaside holiday. It's warm nearly year-round, everyone speaks English, and even the most inexperienced traveller is unlikely to feel out of their depth here. Bring your sun block, beach novel and crack open a cold beer, and enjoy sunning yourself on the rocks.
Pleasures are innocent and easy to find on Malta, and the island is popular with families and senior travellers for this reason. However, if you want a lively holiday, head to Paceville for some Maltese-style clubbing. Malta is one of the best places for scuba diving and snorkelling in the Med, and there's plenty to see in the seas around the islands.
Maltese attractions are mainly historical. The island may be peaceful and safe now, but it has a turbulent past. You can visit the awesome fortifications of Valetta, built to keep the marauding Turks at bay or the WWII museum which relates the historic defence that resulted in the island being awarded the George Cross. There's the quaint medieval city of Rabat, and the oldest prehistoric dwellings in Europe, which are perched atop a high cliff.
Fascinating museums, richly-decorated churches, ancient palaces and pavement cafes define Valletta, while its grand battlements have helped guard Malta 's coast for more than 400 years and preserved the birthplace of ancient civilisations, which can still be seen at Hagar Qim, Mnajdra and Tarxien. But, this isn't all that Malta has to offer. By night, fine cuisine and vibrant nightlife can be found in Paceville, St Julian's, Bugibba, Qawra and St Paul 's Bay, while by day the warm Mediterranean beckons and you're never far from a diving centre, sailing school or fun park. Have a look at the many Malta attractions.
Valletta , the capital city, is at the hub of Maltese life. Its magnificent citadel walls dominate the skyline above Grand Harbour , one of the world's most impressive natural ports, and much of the island's commercial activity is based in and around the city including plenty of duty free shopping along Republic Street, the main thoroughfare that stretches down from the City Gates to Fort St Elmo on the sea front.
Valletta is the capital city and Malta's main tourist centre. There are several sites of historical significance including the remains of some of the fortifications that were built in the 16t h Century by the Knights of Saint John (the Hospitallers) who defended the city against the Ottoman Turks. There are also several plazas with cafés, bars and restaurants. For even more history there's the walled city of Mdina where cars are forbidden. Or take the bus from Valletta and visit the fabulous San Anton Palace and Gardens. Built in the 17 th century it's now home to the Maltese president.
Gozo is a popular draw as it's a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of Malta. Its most famous structures are a series of prehistoric megaliths. It also has some excellent spots for divers. There are shore dives, as well as those that are a short distance from shore. You'll be able to drop in on caves, wrecks and much more.
Comino is the smallest of the islands and many tourists go there for the famous Blue Lagoon, where you can swim and snorkel in its dazzling blue waters or maybe experience Yacht Charter Malta where you navigate yourself.