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Malta

Are you searching for the ultimate island getaway? Well your quest has come to an end as we present you, The Republic of Malta, a dazzling gem of a Mediterranean archipelago. Consisting of three breath-taking islands Malta (the largest), Gozo and Comino, the republic sits just south of Sicily and a mere 300km west of Tunisia. Prepare for a luxury Maltese holiday like no other.
 
If you’re hunting for somewhere with old-world charm but new-age amenities, then you can do no better than this gorgeous coastal destination which comprises structures of medieval authenticity with indulgent dashes of modern luxuriousness. You’ll be seduced by its unique blend of European and Middle Eastern inspirations which are prevalent in everything from its art and food to its language and cultural landmarks.
 
Beginning on the republic’s main island, where the international airport is found, you’ll be swept off to a world of sunny daydreams. Malta brims with activities for culture vultures, beach lovers, photographers and food fanatics alike. A veritable goldmine of incredible sights, sounds and tastes this destination is a one-way ticket to the holiday of your dreams.
 
A must for historical enthusiasts, Malta is packed with ancient temples, palaces, cathedrals and archaeological finds that will amaze all. Whether you want to take yourself around the sites or enjoy the luxuries of an exclusive guided tour, there will be options galore to suit every taste and need. A particular place of interest is the walled city of Mdina, the republic’s former capital, which has been maintained to exactly replicate its ancient origins.
 
Those who prefer the kind of cultural immersion involving sand, sun and sea will be equally impressed by everything the area has to offer. Recognised world-wide as having some of the cleanest waters and best beaches in the EU, almost everywhere is Blue Flag certified meaning you can soak in those rays in a perfect environment. The shores are so varied there is bound to be one for every traveller type, whether you’re looking for a family-friendly space with plenty of amenities or an out-of-the-way spot where you can get some peace and quiet.
 
If you love Mediterranean food then you’re in luck as the local fare resembles that of its neighbours, Sicily, Italy and Greece. Traditional Maltese food is seasonal and always fresh with many rustic traditions of cooking still in practice to produce incredibly tasty dishes. Particular favourites include Lampuki Pie (pie filled with fish), Pastizzi (pastry filled with ricotta) and hobz biz-zejt' (freshly baked tomato bread filled with tuna and dipped in olive oil).
 
WINGED BOOTS WISDOM
 
If you’re looking to escape the crowds but still catch the good weather, your best bet is to visit Malta between April and June or September and November when it’s pleasantly warm. During these months you won’t have to worry about huge crowds or scorching heat-waves.

 
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Good to know

  • Currency: EUR
  • Flying time to destination:
    3-hours and 10-minutes from London
  • Nearest Airport: Malta International Airport
  • After Dark Destination: Hugo’s Terrace

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
Jan: 13°c   Feb: 13°c   Mar: 14°c  
Apr: 16°c   May: 20°c   Jun: 23°c  
Jul: 27°c   Aug: 27°c   Sep: 25°c  
Oct: 21°c   Nov: 17°c   Dec: 14°c  

Location

Malta In A Nutshell

  •  You’ve come to the right spot if you’re looking for a holiday with a side of good grub. Serving up local fare as well as international offerings in fine-dining style, Malta is one step ahead for all your foodie needs.
     
  • Available at Radisson Golden Sands on the north-west of the main island, Essence is an multi-award-winning eatery that brings you the best of Malta’s gourmet fare. Serving tempting treats such as pan-roasted Barbary duck, baked red snappers and Manjari chocolate pudding, you’ll be in flavour heaven. Oh, did we forget to mention the panoramic bay views from the bar?
     
  •  For a romantic meal you’ll never forget, why not indulge in some rooftop dining at The de Mondion restaurant in Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux. Set in the picturesque city of Mdina, the experience is not to be missed and the soulful Maltese cuisine is a must.
     
  • If you crave a fresh taste of the sea, head over to Zeri's Restaurant, a sophisticated yet relaxed eatery that puts the heart back into fine-dining. Locals and visitors alike flock to the venue for a set menu from the creative restaurant owner and head chef, Mark, whose skill in the kitchen is not to be matched.
     
  •  With its island setting, it comes as no surprise that Malta packs a punch with its incredible list of sandy spots, but which is the best beach for you? Luckily, we’ve done all the leg-work and found some top-class places to set your towel and do some enthusiastic sun worshipping.
     
  • On Malta’s Northwest coast, Golden Bay is a popular seaside stretch that’s perfect for some family fun. Easily accessible by car or public transport, you’ll find that the area is packed with all the amenities you need to enjoy a day trip by the water. Friday and Saturday evening are an especially nice time to visit as barbeques are a favourite pastime on these days and make for a relaxing evening meal.
     
  • A must-visit spot in the republic that doubles as the ideal beachy destination, Comino Island’s Blue Lagoon is a sight you’ve never seen the like of before. The ocean dazzles the eyes in a blueness that seems unreal and the water is so clear you can see the sand at the bottom as though you were looking through glass. Here, you can snorkel, swim and sunbathe to your heart’s content. During the height of summer, the area becomes crowded so make sure you get there early to secure your sun lounger.
     
  • If you prefer a more secluded spot that still offers heavenly waters and breathtaking vistas, Imġiebaħ Bay is the undiscovered gem of Northern Malta. The enchanting inlet is surrounded by rocky barriers on either side, giving it a secluded feel that’s perfect for those wanting to escape the crowds. To reach it, it’s recommended that you park near to Selmun Palace and walk down to the beach – one of the most stunning 15-minute walks of your life.
     
Soak Up the Culture
 
  •  With a history of nearly 7,000 years at its back, Malta’s cultural offerings are not to be overlooked. Its history of colonisation makes it an intriguing destination of mixed customs which is evident everywhere you turn.
     
  • A must-see on your Maltese bucket-list is the UNESCO World Heritage site, Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. If the name doesn’t get your tongue in a tangle, the place itself will leave you speechless. An underground burial site said to be dated back to 3600 BC, these natural subterranean pockets are carved into the likeness of temples, creating a necropolis that’s home to some approximate 7,000 remains.
     
  • If you prefer things to stay above ground, then your next stop should definitely be St. John’s Cathedral. Found in Malta’s capital city, Valletta, this site is regarded as the region’s most precious architectural gem. Its exterior is an impressive baroque façade that hides a wealth of artistic talent inside – think vaulted ceilings, carved stone altars and decorative features. Perhaps the darkly-glamourous highlight of it all is the revered Caravaggio painting depicting the beheading of St. John the Baptist.
     
  •  Ticking off two culture spots in one go, a visit to Palazzo Parisio and its gardens is an absolute must. Built in the 19th century by Marquis Giuseppe Scicluna, the design of the residence is a fusion of fine Italian craftsmanship and Maltese refinement. The palazzo itself is well worth a trip for its stunning rooms and fascinating history but the garden is the jewel in the site’s crown. Encompassing more than 60 varieties of plants, the garden’s high walls create a natural sanctuary filled with bright colours, breathtaking spots of tranquility and the silvery music of water fountains. It’s the perfect place for a magical wedding or simply a romantic lunch.


     
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