Visit Malta this winter
Don’t be fooled by Malta’s low profile! This little archipelago is often described as the Mediterranean’s best-kept secret - and for good reason. And did you know it’s perfect for a winter getaway?
So whether you’re seeking a romantic jaunt sipping exclusive wines or a historical tour through architectural wonders, don’t put your sunglasses away just yet! There’s so much waiting to be discovered in Malta’s cities. Think baroque buildings dating back thousands of years, breathtaking Grand Harbour vistas and narrow winding streets hiding quirky antique stores.
Malta’s compact size means you can squeeze in two or even three cities in one trip. From afternoons exploring Mdina’s medieval beauty to evenings dining in Valletta’s Michelin-starred restaurants. And when you need a break from city-hopping, you can always check out Gozo’s world-renowned diving sites. What more could you want?Visit Malta
See the sights in Valletta
If you’ve never been to Malta, Valletta should be your first port of call. Officially the sunniest city in Europe, exploring the Maltese capital is like wandering through an open-air museum. Among its 320 monuments, the most famous is Saint John’s Co-Cathedral, which is home to the only signed Caravaggio painting in the world. And if that doesn’t impress you, its gold archways certainly will.
Then, there’s the Grand Harbour, which is exactly as impressive as its name suggests. Appreciate this magnificent structure from the Upper Barrakka Gardens, and if you time your visit for 12pm or 4pm you may just witness cannons being fired as part of the daily Saluting Battery.
In the evening, enjoy DJ sets on the waterfront at Q Bar or make a beeline for the city’s only British bar, The Pub. Famous for its naval memorabilia, this spot is known for being the place where actor Oliver Reed sipped his final drink. If it’s nightlife you’re after, look no further than The George in St Julian’s whose swanky rooftop bar is only open to hotel guests.Visit Malta
Things to do on your late escape in Malta
Explore Gozo and Comino
After exploring its cities, it’s time to discover Gozo’s beautiful coastline. If you're after stunning vistas, the walk from Valley of Nadur to Ramla Bay is a great option during the cooler winter months. Prefer to take advantage of Malta's wet activities? There’s still plenty of fun to be had in the water too, from surfing to kayaking.
But by far, Gozo’s biggest draw is its diving, with the low season promising bigger fish sightings and deserted waters. The area's sites won't disappoint either. Voted the 2nd best in the world for their high visibility and amazing submerged scenery, get ready for mesmerising underwater adventures.
Just a short ferry ride away is Comino’s Blue Lagoon, whose clear waters are a diver's dream. And no self-respecting guide to Malta would fail to mention the Blue Hole in Dwejra. Located near the Azure Reef, Malta’s famous fallen arch, this sunken cave is home to everything from parrotfish to moray eel.
Dine al fresco all year round
If you want to discover Malta’s culinary side, start with pastizzi. This savoury pastry comes filled with either ricotta cheese or mushy peas, and is best eaten in one of the cosy pavement cafes around Saint John’s Square. Wash it all down with a chilled bottle of Cisk, a local lager that was crowned the world’s best in 2007.
If your tastes run more on the high-end side, you’re in luck! Malta is home to 31 Michelin mentions, as well as 5 Michelin stars! If you’re headed to Valletta, Noni, ION and Under Grain all hold Michelin stars. De Mondion and Bahia, both located around 40 minutes away from the capital in Mdina and Lija are also well worth travelling for.
Seafood fans on a shoestring budget will be just as happy at one of the harbourside spots, feasting on freshly-caught swordfish, lobster, and lampuki. And if you’re not a fan of fish, you can’t leave Malta without trying stuffat-tal-Fenek, or rabbit stew, Malta’s national dish.Visit Malta
Whether you’re whisking the family away for a bit of culture, craving some late-night fun with a group of friends or looking for an island retreat with your other half, we’ve got hotels to suit every style and occasion.