Where To Go On Holiday In Malta
The capital, Valletta, provides an insight into Malta’s rich past with its 16th century baroque architecture and so it’s no wonder that it’s been crowned a UNESCO site. Enjoy a spectacular view of the Grand Harbour from the Upper Barrakka Gardens, explore the Grandmasters Palace and the many museums on offer, shop your way along Triq ir-Repubblika or simply amble your way through the city soaking up the Mediterranean atmosphere.
A short boat ride across the water is Sliema, and the districts of St. Julian’s and Paceville. The area is known for its shopping and nightlife, and there are plentiful hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars along its promenade making it the islands most popular tourist resort.
Further along the bay is the resort of St. Paul’s Bay, home to the towns of Bu?ibba, Qawra and its namesake, St. Paul’s Bay. This particular area is geared towards the package holiday market with hotels being the dominant landmarks, and as such entertainment is very in line with this; water sports, restaurants, clubs and bars.
To explore the islands of Comino and Gozo, head to ?irkewwa where you can catch a ferry to both. Comino is the smaller of the two islands, measuring only a matter of kilometres so it’s easily explore by foot over a few hours. The main reason to head to Comino (other than to enjoy a sense of remoteness) is to visit the beautiful Blue Lagoon – perfect for a swim and for cooling off.
Gozo offers a peaceful break from the mainland with lots of pretty scenery and megalithic temples. Head to Xaghra to enjoy the ?gantija temples and take in the attractive village too. Qala offers striking views of the other islands, and you can relax on the arresting red sands of the Ramla il-?amra beach.
Owing to the size of the main island of Malta, it’s easy to travel around and take in other areas away from where you are staying. A visit to Golden Bay on the northwest of the island or Mellie?a on the northeast will offer sandy beaches, or for culture and history pay a visit the Hagar Qim and Mnjdra temples on the west of the island. Also worth a visit is the citadel of Mdina where you can wonder through the back streets of this beautiful fortified city, and the suburb of Rabat with its catacombs of St. Paul and St. Agatha and St. Paul’s church and grotto.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive family holiday or short break with plenty of sunshine and charm then Malta could be just up your street!