What to see & do
There's so much to see and do in Malta. A visit to the capital city Valletta is a must, it has a long history and here you'll see evidence of the Roman's through to the Crusades and up to modern times when Malta played such a heroic part in the Second World War. There's a hop-on-hop-off tour bus too, get comfortable, put your headphones in and learn all about Valletta's history you're taken around its ancient streets.
A day on the beach - Malta enjoys long hot summers baking under the Mediterranean sun, so what better way to cool off than relaxing on one of its beautiful beaches and cooling off in that crystal clear water. Many of the hotels we feature are close to these beaches so all you have to do is enjoy breakfast and wonder down to the soft sand and choose your spot for the day, after all, you're on holiday!
A day on the water - You can take a boat cruise around the island, there's lunch and snorkeling included, but not at the same time! How about catching the ferry to Gozo where you'll find a slower pace of life while you stroll around the capital, Victoria.
History, snorkelling, jet skiing, sunbathing and cruising, Malta has it all!
Food & drink
Eating out is a must as it gives you the chance to sample the delicious local food with influences from across the Mediterranean to North Africa that creates a unique fusion of tastes.
Malta, and particularly Valetta has plenty of restaurants, most of them are reasonably priced and serve delicious food. The waterfront is very popular due to its vibrant atmosphere and while enjoying your meal you can also enjoy the breath taking views across the harbour and the Mediterranean.
If you have your eye on a particular restaurant its best to book a table, especially at the weekend.
Shopping in Malta ranges from markets selling locally made crafts and gifts, boutique shops through to modern shopping malls with designer shops.
Valletta has the biggest choice of markets, shops and malls. Malta's largest mall is located in Sliema called The Point, as you can imagine it has a range of shops selling all modern consumer good, clothes, foods and there's restaurants where you can refuel after some exhausting retail therapy! There's also a cool mall in St Julian's called Bay Street Shopping Complex, this has entertainment too.
We like The Craft Village in Ta' Qali, this is a great place to buy traditional Maltese handicrafts such as pottery, glassware, and lace and you can also watch local artisans at work.
How about a market? There's Marsaxlokk Market, this is on every Sunday in the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk, which is famous for colourful stalls selling everything from clothing to souvenirs.
Malta, in particular Mdina, is well known for its glassware, especially decorative glassware that you can buy this in various shops across Malta, just be careful taking it home!
As you can see there's plenty of shopping choices in Malta; markets, small boutique style shops and malls with all sorts of shops, do enjoy what's on offer and it would be great if you can bring something home that perhaps you can't buy here in the UK.
Malta's currency is the Euro. You can exchange money at the airport, banks, post offices and foreign exchange bureaus. Major credit cards are also accepted.
Malta enjoys a pleasant Mediterranean climate with long hot and dry summer with averages temperatures around 30 degrees.