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Introduction

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.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
3 hours

Time zone
GMT +1

Currency
Euro (€) = 10 cents

Language
Maltese, English

Travel advice
Check the FCO for latest visa & travel advice

Top itineraries in Malta

Boutique Malta – Gastronomy and Culture

6-day tailor-made journey

Between tours and wine tastings, stay among Malta’s fascinating past

Magical Malta

8-day tailor-made journey from £1,535 pp incl. flights

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.

Malta & Gozo twin-centre break

8-day tailor-made journey

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.

Cultural Treasures of Malta

8-day itinerary

Malta has a long and rich history – having been settled by Romans, Arabs and the Knights of St John among others down the centuries - and this makes it a fascinating place to visit for a cultural holiday.

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Top places to stay in Malta

The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta

Contemporary hotel

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…

Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa, Malta

Contemporary hotel

The Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa is an award winning property located six kilometers Malta's capital Valetta and within striking distance of the UNESCO World Heritage town of Mdina, known as Malta's "silent" city.

Kempinski San Lawrenz, Gozo

Contemporary resort

Sleepy Gozo is an oasis of rolling hills, rugged cliffs, scenic bays and fascinating archeological sites, which can be explored at leisure from this luxury spa resort hotel.

Hotel Phoenicia, Valletta, Malta

Contemporary hotel

Standing at the city gates of Valletta the Hotel Phoenicia is Malta’s longest established 5-star hotel. Much of the original architecture remains and it retains it unique colonial atmosphere but at no cost to comfort and style.

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Malta articles

  • Europe's Best Coastal Holidays for 2016

    Europe's many seas means there are a huge number of quality beaches to enjoy. Different countries, cultures, foods and landscapes vie for your attention so it's easy to pick a great spot. Here is our list of the best places to lay down your towel.

  • Diving in Malta to Discover Its Hidden Depths

    There's more here than meets the eye, from diving in Malta to discovering local history, food scene, and more.

  • Top Five 5-Star European Experiences

    If you're looking for an extra special five-star holiday, then head to Europe. It is diverse and exciting, with a wide-range of cultures, landscapes, climates and customs. Importantly, it also has some seriously top-end experiences and accommodation on offer. From Montenegro to Malta, Scandinavia t…

  • Malta is voted 10th best island on earth

    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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What our clients say about our Malta holidays

  • 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.

    Anne A

  • Seat allocation on Air Malta flights worked well, despite lack of access to seat plan on website. Probably because Debbie contacted them in advance and requested special treatment!

    John J

  • Up to the usual high standards

    Michael M

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