Malta

Forming part of an ancient archipelago in the centre of the Mediterranean, Malta is a popular travel destination known for its rocky landscapes and historic sites of interest.The rich history of Malta plays a vital role in the islands culture, having been ruled by both the Romans, Moors, Knights of Saint John, French and British. This has thus resulted in a wide variety of historical buildings that have become popular tourist attractions including fortresses, temples and burial chambers that date from around 4000 BC. When it comes to landscapes, there is much to explore in Malta. From sweeping bays with cliffs, packed with fossils, secluded coves, terraced fields and typical Mediterranean forests, this is an island begging to be explored by those who love to hike and enjoy the outdoors. Surrounded by warm seas during the summer months, Malta is a popular holiday choice for those who enjoy watersports and other outdoor activities. Combined with a vibrant nightlife amongst the restaurant & bar lined streets and the interesting historical culture of the island, it is easy to see why Malta attracts so many tourist’s year after year.

A popular holiday destination amongst families, Malta is teeming with a great selection of villas and apartments, many of which feature fabulous sea-views and private swimming pools. Choose from typical Maltese properties such as Munqar, a large luxury villa sleeping up to six people in a secluded countryside setting, nearby to the village of Zurrieq and featuring stylish contemporary interiors.One of the best hotels on the island is the five-start Corintia Palace Hotel & Spa. Featuring classically styled spacious bedrooms, peaceful gardens and a picturesque swimming pool with a luxury spa, this is the Maltese holiday destination for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the main tourist centres on the island. A resort popular amongst holiday makers is Palais Le Brun in the Malta’s capital, Valletta. With a rooftop swimming pool offering fantastic views across the city, this is a fantastic boutique hotel that benefits from both a central city location with easy access to the coastline on top.

To sample Mediterranean cooking with a contemporary twist in one of Valletta’s oldest restaurants, you are guaranteed a warm welcome at Medina. Whereas, if you would prefer to sample some authentic Maltese cuisine, the family-run restaurant Ta’Kris might be more up your street. Serving traditional dishes such as Bragioli (a classic beef dish) and other dishes typical of Mediterranean cooking. If a specialty fish restaurant is on your bucket list during your holiday to Malta, we recommend booking a table at Rew Rew, a beach side restaurant serving up a wide range of tasty fish and seafood dishes every day. For a typical Mediterranean pizza, you won’t go wrong with Sotto Pizzeria in the heart of Valletta. A firm favourite amongst locals and tourists alike, this is a great choice for everyone who loves pizza, with toppings to suits everyone ones taste.

Historical sites are a must during you trip to Malta, amongst which, three sites are listed as UNESCO world Heritage Sites on the island including the City of Valletta where you can visit attractions including the Grandmasters Palace and the magnificent St John’s Co-Cathedral, the Megalithic Temples, constructed over 5000 years ago and the Ħal Saflieni with its ancient underground burial site. If, However, you would prefer to enjoy the outdoors, you will find it difficult to run out of hidden coves along the Malta coastline to explore. Including the famous Azure Window and the home of the Blue Lagoon Bay at Comino with their spectacular limestone rock-faces and interesting wildlife.For something a little different, why not visit The Jardín de Cactus featuring over a 100,000 different verities of cactus. A must-see attraction for green-fingered tourists and anyone wanting to create their own little Mediterranean garden when they head home.

With its sub-tropical climate you can expect warm and dry weather throughout much of the year on the island. The summer months are traditionally the most popular time to visit Malta with temperatures reaching highs of the low 40s during July & August. Spring & Autumn are a lovely time to explore the island with milder temperatures of on average 21 degrees and fewer tourists to contend with when visiting the major attractions. During the late autumn and winter the weather can turn stormy and although you are likely to grab a bargain on flights and accommodation it is important to be aware that many restaurants and tourist attractions may be closed. However, if you are a photographer and plan on capturing some dramatic shots of the Maltese coastline this is a brilliant time to visit the island.