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 are also brilliant diving opportunities; indeed, the country is regarded as one of Europe's finest for diving. Gran Castel, 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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Boasting a classic combination of rich history, beautiful coastline, crystal-clear waters and a summer of almost uninterrupted sunshine, Malta is the ideal destination for those looking for more than just the standard Mediterranean beach holiday.
The Mediterranean island of Malta offers a combination of historical and cultural excursions as well as excellent quality accommodation and plenty of summer sunshine - making it an ideal destination for a short break or longer holiday with the family.
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We were delighted with our week's break to Malta. As our first choice of hotel was not available, due to building work, we were given a very good second option and had an upgrade to our room with balcony and harbour view which was perfect.
Arrangements went like clockwork – we had a prompt transfer from airport to hotel and again for the return journey to the airport. The hotel staff were very helpful.
All in all a great restful holiday. Thank you.
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Top places to stay in Malta
Located in the historic port town of St Julian's, Hotel Juliani enjoys a stunning waterfront setting with wonderful Mediterranean views. It makes the ideal base for exploring the many highlights of Malta, and is not more than 25 minutes away from many of the island's tourist attractions, including …
Built on the highest point of Gozo, Malta's quieter and more sedate neighbour, Hotel Ta Cenc features 83 rooms - all recently refurbished - in terraced stone bungalows or detached 'Trullos' scattered throughout the flowering gardens.
This family-friendly resort hotel is situated in St Julian's, a popular holiday area a few kilometres from Valletta but with direct access to a small sandy cove: a rare arc of gold amid the otherwise rocky coastline of Malta. Its waterfront location is a key attraction, and most visitors will spend…
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The beautiful islands of the Maltese Archipelago - Malta, Gozo and Comino - have been voted the 10th in the best islands in the world by the readers of prestigious travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller as part of its 2014 Readers' Travel Awards.
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