Just a three hour flight away from the UK, English-speaking Malta is a popular year round holiday destination. Complete with 300 days of sunshine a year, breathtaking architecture and the blue hues of the Mediterranean sea, the Maltese Islands are perfect for both beach holidays and city breaks.
The diverse archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino, all of which appeal to different personalities and age groups.
Situated on the Mediterranean waterfront, Malta’s capital Valletta is rich in history and boasts over 320 historic monuments to discover.
Valletta is renowned for its peaceful atmosphere, quaint location and breathtaking scenery. It was the 2018 European Capital of Culture and the whole city is a recognised UNESCO world heritage site.
Baroque architecture and features inspired by the 17th and 18th century style line the streets of Valletta, which is home to some of the world’s most ancient buildings.
St John’s Co-Cathedral is the cultural jewel of Valletta. Inside visitors will find gold plated walls, beautiful tapestries and the only signed work by Caravaggio; The Beheading of St. John the Baptist.
The unique locations within the city have been used to re-create countless scenes set in Malta. Recent movies filmed in Valletta include: 13 Hours, The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, World War Z, Assassins Creed and Murder on the Orient Express.
It is a great city break destination as it is compact, walkable and easy to explore in a weekend getaway. However, if you want to explore the whole Archipelago, there’s plenty to keep you occupied on a longer holiday.
The Archipelago’s second largest island, Gozo, is located 25 minutes from Malta, and accessible by a 25 minute ferry journey that departs regularly throughout the day. Gozo boasts a laid-back atmosphere, plenty of natural beauty and an abundance of historical sites that showcase the island’s interesting past.
Gozo is full of authenticity, especially when it comes to beaches. Ramla il-Hamra, which translates to Red Sands, is the biggest stretch of beach on the island, adorned with set back cafes that compliment the picturesque landscape. Although its sister island of Malta has made the move towards a cosmopolitan state, Gozo still retains the age-old charms that make it so special.
Comino is the smallest of the three Maltese Islands and can be explored easily in a day-trip. Take a 20-minute boat ride from Malta to Comino, or a shorter 10-minute boat ride from Gozo.
Comino’s rocky coastline offers beaches, bays and caves perfect for relaxing and basking in the Maltese sun. The island is home to The Blue Lagoon, one of the most picturesque areas on the Maltese archipelago. Blessed by turquoise waters, the shallow cove is a swimmer’s or snorkeler’s dream.