Take a dash of Italian charm and laidback Mediterranean hospitality, add a pinch of world history, a smattering of Arabic spice and a dollop of British design, and bake at 30 degrees in a bath of clear warm water. You've just cooked up the perfect holiday destination in the form of Malta.
Holidays to Malta offer everything that holidaymakers could want: beaches galore, plenty of sunshine, great food and culture and history in abundance.
The country is made up of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino.
Malta holidays will begin the minute you step off your flight at Malta International Airport (MLA, also called Luqa locally). Flight times from the UK are only three to four hours too, so it's a great short-haul option for families, groups and couples.
Popular tourist resorts on the Maltese mainland include Mellieha Bay, St Paul's, Qawra, Bugibba, Sliema and St Julian's. These are found to the north of capital Valletta on the west coast.
Valletta itself is another popular choice for visitors and the fortified city has plenty to offer to holidaymakers. Modern bars and restaurants have a home in the regenerated harbour area and hospitality of the more traditional kind can be found in the older parts of town. The architecture in Valletta is striking, and tales of knights and war echo around attractions such as St John's Co-Cathedral, Fort St Elmo, the War Rooms and the National War Museum, where the George Cross, awarded to the nation for its wartime bravery, is housed amid a selection of moving displays.
The pace of life is slower - and some would say the beaches more beautiful - on the islands of Gozo and Comino, which are easily reached by fast and frequent ferries from the island of Malta.
Visit these islands and forever be infatuated by this Mediterranean jewel. Use the holiday price finder on TravelSupermarket to find your holiday to Malta.
Malta weather offers holidaymakers the option to bake in sizzling temperatures or enjoy fresher, cooler weather. Find out the best time to travel for you.
The best beach weather in Malta is during the summer months of July to September, with average daily temperatures in the high twenties. Autumn remains warm and sunny, while spring temperatures are a little lower and the prospect of rain showers higher. Winter temperatures can average a rather pleasant 12C and it's a great time of year to bag a bargain break to Malta.
If you're looking to time your holiday with some of Malta's best events and festivals, there is plenty to choose from throughout the year. Here are some of our top picks...
Holy Week Easter; March/April: Malta is a predominantly Christian country and the Holy Week celebrations are big news here. Events commence the Friday before Good Friday and include processions aplenty.
Malta International Fireworks Festival; April: The Grand Harbour in Valletta is the place to stake your place for this spectacular and colourful display of pyrotechnics.
Il-Vitorja (Victory Day); September: A National Day in Malta, which commemorates a number of important dates in history, including the end of the French occupation of Malta in 1800. Activities concentrate again around the Grand Harbour in Valletta.
The Malta Arts Festival; June/July: Creative types might want to visit the Malta Arts Festival which showcases a variety of music, theatre, art and dance. It is held at various venues, for example the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Valletta.
Whether you want a tranquil, relaxing beach, an historic, ancient city or a great scuba diving spot, Malta offers up plenty to keep you entertained...
Relaxing: A tranquil, restful retreat is on offer on the Island of Gozo. By day take in its breathtaking coastline and rugged landscape; by night dine under a canopy of stars.
Active types: Journey to the bottom of the sea on a scuba dive as you venture into Malta's underwater world. Crystal-clear waters will ensure great visibility and, whether you're a novice or a pro, you'll see an abundance of tropical marine life.
Romance: Take a walk at dusk around ancient Mdina or 'the silent city'. Perched on a hill in the centre of the island, baroque palaces, monasteries and preserved churches line its narrow, winding streets. The absence of cars adds to the tranquillity of the medieval city, and you can round off your night with a romantic meal in one of its restaurants.
Kids and teens: Pack the buckets and spades and head to Mellieha Bay, where you'll find the island's biggest beach. With its gently shelving sands and warm waters, kids will love playing in the sand and splashing in the sea.
Grown-up families: Immerse yourself in the history of Malta by taking a trip to its capital Valletta. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can enjoy wandering around this walled city with its picturesque harbour, enjoy great views from the Upper Barrakka Gardens and brush up on your history in the city's National Museum of Archaeology.
Shopping: Sliema is the perfect spot for shopaholics looking for a retail fix while on holiday.
Free and cheap: Malta is jam packed with history and culture, so spend a day exploring its churches and cathedrals to see stunning architecture and art.
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