To mark the 50th anniversary of Malta’s independence from Great Britain this weekend, we’re shining the spotlight on this picturesque, Mediterranean island. A firm favourite with Queen Elizabeth and soon to be visited by Prince William, due to the Duchess of Cambridge unfortunately having to withdraw from her upcoming trip; we want to share why we think Malta should be up there on your list of must-see destinations. Don’t worry, Kate, maybe you can take the little ones for a visit when they’re older.
Situated in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, the island of Malta and its sister islands, unspoilt Gozo and the tiny Comino, boast a year-round warm climate. Summers are hot, with temperatures up in the mid-30s and winters are mild, with temperatures rarely dropping below 15⁰C.
There is something for everyone in Malta, from diving and water sports in its warm, crystal clear waters to exploring its ancient towns and learning about the island’s rich culture and heritage. The whole country is steeped in history, especially the elegant capital city of Valletta, which has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its large amount of historical buildings and streets in such a small area.
For something a bit more like your traditional beach holiday, head to the north coast where you will find Mellieha Bay – the longest beach on the island or the excellent
beaches of Golden Bay on the north west coast. You’ll find the buzzing St. Paul’s Bay resorts of Qawra and Bugibba on the south east coasts – lively Qawra with its historic watchtowers and popular Bugibba with its great shopping, casinos and promenade lined with countless restaurants and bars. And for those who want to enjoy a classy escape, the resorts of Sliema and St. Julian’s will certainly fit the bill.
There’s never a bad time to experience the incredible views and stunning scenery that beautiful Malta has to offer, but if you time your holiday right, you could be visiting the island during one of its fabulous festivals and events that take place throughout the year, such as the carnival in February or the arts and jazz festivals in July.
Our Top Hotels
- Qawra Palace Hotel, Qawra – Good quality accommodation with ample facilities, a prime position on the seafront promenade and close to the resort amenities
- db San Antonio Hotel & Spa, Bugibba – Newly refurbished Moorish style with an adult-only rooftop pool and a central location
- Hilton Malta, St. Julian’s – An elegant hotel with an informal and relaxing atmosphere, located on the Portomaso waterfront with a great choice of dining options
- Fortina Spa Resort, Sliema – Spa bedrooms with over 300 spa treatments available and a central location next to Malta’s largest shopping centre
Malta Holidays start from just £259pp – 7 nights half board, flying from Manchester on 10th March 2015, staying at the Qawra Palace Hotel, based on two adults sharing a twin room. Price valid until 31st October 2014.