Make 2018 the year of new discoveries with a trip to the beautiful country of Malta. Look forward to sun-drenched days and warm evenings exploring the best of what this interesting part of the world has to offer. Here are our top picks of where to stay and what to get up to in this stunning part of the world…
Stay on the east coast of Malta and enjoy the many delights of Sliema. From the glittering Grand Harbour to the impressive Saint John’s Co-Cathedral, there’s plenty to discover during your break. Stroll around the scenic Upper Barrakka Gardens before taking in the views from Spinola Bay.
The seaside town of St. Julian’s is a popular choice for those visiting Malta, and it’s easy to see why. With picture-perfect bays and spacious marinas, there’s plenty of scope for interesting photography of the surrounding areas. For a spot of retail-therapy, head to Portomaso Bay and browse its many luxury boutiques.
Stay within the welcoming region of St. Paul’s Bay, Qawra, and enjoy picturesque views of the rugged coastline and a wide range of tourist attractions. Qawra is home to the hsitroic Ħaġar Qim – fascinating ancient temple ruins that date back to 3200 BC. Other recommended discoveries include Saint Agatha’s Tower – a 17th century fortress with inspiring island views- and The Skorba Temples, which provide significant insight into the earliest periods of Malta’s neolithic culture.
Mdina at Nightfall
As the sun sets into the Mediterranean, enjoy seeing the 17th century aqueducts of Wignacourt, the Mosta Dome and the famous fortifications of Rabat, before exploring Mdina at your leisure on foot. Absorb the unique atmosphere created by over 4,000 years of history in this ancient walled city – it’s sure to be an experience you’ll never forget.
Gozo Calypso’s Island
After sailing into the picturesque Mgarr Harbour, you’ll have chance to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Neolithic Gantija Temple complex (which pre-dates the pyramids!) before admiring the views from the fortified medieval citadel of Victoria. For a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity, be sure to check out the vistas near the sheer cliffs of Xlendi Bay. As the sun sets, watch the incredible Dwejra’s ‘Inland Sea’ Lagoon.
Maltese cuisine focuses on bold and flavoursome dishes with a nod towards seasonal produce. As well as plenty of succulent fresh seafood, local delicacies include Lampuki (fish) pie, rabbit stew, Bragioli (beef olives) and Widow’s Soup, which includes Gbejniet (sheep or goat’s cheese).
Visit Tarragon, on St Paul’s Bay, for flavourful Maltese dishes with a modern flair. From their famous Pesce Al Sale (salt-baked fish) to their signature Linguini Rizi (seafood pasta), you’re sure to be impressed by the delicate taste of each meal. If you’re staying near St. Julian’s, head to Zeri’s Restaurant for succulent seafood dishes in a relaxed setting.
As evening comes around in Malta, there’s a great variety of bars, pubs and clubs to ensure that your evening is as much fun as your day pursuits. Whether you want the party the night away or prefer a quiet drink with friends before a restful sleep, Malta has plenty to offer.
Head to the cosy Plough & Anchor pub in Sliema for a wide variety of drinks with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Whether you’re a beer connoisseur or a spirit aficionado, you’re bound to find something that’ll wet your whistle in this charming bay-side hideaway.