Malta is made up of seven small islands in the Mediterranean. It is steeped in the past but also bustles with contemporary life.
The Knights of St John built the historic, fortified capital city of Valletta in the sixteenth century. Commanding an impregnable position over the peninsula, it's home to the Grand Master's Palace and the ornate Cathedral of St John. The former capital, Mdina, nicknamed the Noble City, has an air of elegance and is one of the finest surviving examples of a medieval walled city.
Gozo, Malta's smaller sister, is a charming island offering fine coastal walks and good swimming in secluded bays. There's also good diving at the Azure Window, a giant underwater rock arch. Il-Kastel, the citadel of Gozo is a miniature version of Mdina, complete with cathedral, museums and folklore. Inland are the Ggantija Temples, which predate the Pyramids and Stonehenge and are considered the oldest freestanding stone structures in the world.
Just off the tiny island of Comino lies the Blue Lagoon. Plunge into the improbably coloured water or put on a snorkel and explore one of the Mediterranean's finest swimming spots.
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Warm for most of the year, and rain falls for very short periods during winter. The hottest months are between July and September, but the heat is tempered by cooling sea breezes. January and February are the coldest months.
Important annual events include Carnival Week, usually celebrated in March, featuring colourful floats, masks and dancing. Between June and September the Maltese enjoy their Festa season, a significant time for families and for village life. During these spectacular feast days each village hosts a range of festivities in commemoration of local saints, with church services, outdoors celebrations and fireworks. The Feast of St Paul's Shipwreck is in Valletta on 10 February.
Local dishes include fenek (rabbit cooked in wine), Lampuki pie (fish), and Bragoli (beef olives). Ricotta sweets are popular. Wide range of beers, wines and spirits.
The usual European courtesies are expected. Roman Catholicism is very important in Maltese life. If visiting a church, dress modestly covering the shoulders and legs. Smoking is prohibited on public transport and in some public buildings, including cinemas.
Malta (MLA) 5 km from Valletta.
Good public bus service in Malta and Gozo. Seaplane and ferry services link the two islands. Roads are in good condition. Buses, taxis (metered), and car hire are available.
The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Malta. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0618.
The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Malta. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Malta, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0618.
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