JUST a 3 hour flight from the UK and with over 300 days of sunshine a year, Malta is the ideal holiday destination and boasts year round sun.
Air Malta, Ryanair, Easyjet, BA and Wizz Air operate direct flights from eighteen UK airports, so travelling there is easy and affordable.
You’ll be spoilt for options of where to stay and what to do across Malta and Gozo; you may even want to try a multi destination trip!
If you’re after a short break, then Malta’s capital, Valletta – a UNESCO listed location and officially the “sunniest city in Europe” – is perfect for you.
Adventure seekers will find what they’re looking for too, with scuba diving, rock climbing, kayaking, paddle boarding and wind surfing available in several different locations.
If you’re looking to make the most of the warm evenings then you’ll be thrilled with the wide range of outdoor dining options available across Malta and Gozo.
Of course, if you’re eating out or staying in a hotel you’ll be pleased to know that safety and hygiene protocols are in place. Look out for premises displaying the ‘Certified Compliant’ badge to be sure they’re taking the proper Covid-19 precautions.
Here are our top picks for a holiday in Malta.
For city breakers
The smallest capital city in Europe, Valletta was built by the Knights of St. John and was the European Capital of Culture in 2018.
History buffs won’t want to miss a visit to The Grand Master’s Palace to see the armoury, or the National Museum of Archaeology to take in the prehistoric finds from Malta’s past. You can also delve into the tunnels and chambers of the Lascaris War Room.
There’s plenty of amazing art to see too – from the baroque architecture inside St John’s Co-Cathedral to the Church of St Francis of Assisi, which holds some of the most famous artworks and statues on the island.
If you’re more the shop ‘til you drop kind of traveller then there’s a whole host of high street stores and independent boutiques for you to splash your cash in.
Of course, no city break is complete without delicious food – and there’s plenty to discover in Valletta. Dine on one of the beautiful candle-lit terraces in the city and feast on delicious Mediterranean food.
Foodies will be pleased to know that three restaurants in Malta have been recently awarded Michelin stars, and two of these are in Valletta. If you’re looking to splash the cash on an unforgettable meal then head to Noni or Under Grain.
With its warm climate, active holidays are possible in Malta and Gozo all year round – and you’ll be spoilt for choice with the #AdventureTrail.
Consistently voted as one of the best dive destinations in the world, there are an abundance of reefs, shipwrecks and underwater caves to explore.
It’s an ideal destination for families too as children can learn to dive from age 10, which is earlier than most European countries.
If you prefer to be on top of the water rather than under it then there are plenty of different options. You could charter a boat to take in the breath-taking views of the Mediterranean seas, kayak along the calm waters of the coastline, or try your hand at windsurfing in the idyllic bays away from the tourist trail.
For something a little different you could try a Segway tour and take in the sites of Valletta, Mdina and Dingli Cliffs on wheels.
If you ‘re looking for a private and exclusive dining experience, look no further than Gozo Picnics. They offer a variety of home cooked menus, featuring local ingredients and dishes – with vegan, gluten and dairy free options too. They set up your picnic at an agreed location (think Salt Pans, beaches, cliff tops, woodland areas), accompanied with alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks and can arrange a pick-up service afterwards.
There’s lots to love about Malta!