There's always something new to discover in Malta
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. With over 300 days of sunshine, there’s never a bad time to visit, whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach break in Gozo or a sunsoaked city escape in Valletta.
But trips to Malta aren’t just about the climate. You’ve got a history spanning 7,000 years, a cocktail of cultures, exclusive wines and Michelin-starred restaurants all waiting to be discovered. And just you wait till you see its coasts. From dramatic cliff backdrops to hidden caves and golden sands, there’s plenty of eye fodder to enjoy from your sunlounger too.
So, whether it's your first, second or tenth time, there's always a reason to visit Malta.Visit Malta
A whirlwind tour of Malta's capital
If you’ve never been to Malta, Valletta is the place to start. 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
Unwind in Gozo & Comino
After exploring Valletta, it’s time to take it down a notch and relax on Gozo’s beautiful beaches. Ramla Bay is a top choice for families with its sloping rosy sands, while Wied il-Għasri is ideal for some under-the-radar sunbathing. There’s plenty of fun to be had in the water too, like paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing. But by far, Gozo’s biggest draw is its dive sites, which have been voted the second best in the world for their high visibility and amazing underwater scenery.
Head for Comino’s Blue Lagoon, whose clear waters are a snorkeller’s dream or take a boat trip around its Blue Grotto, a cave complex made up of incredible limestone arches. And of course, don't forget the Blue Hole in Dwejra. Located near the Azure Window, Malta’s famous fallen arch, this sunken cave is home to everything from parrotfish to moray eel.Visit Malta
Valletta for those who've been before
Valletta is perfect for weekends spent unwinding. So if you’ve already ticked off the forts, the museums and the gardens, you’ve earned yourself some down time - a Maltese specialty if there ever was one.
You could easily fill an afternoon pottering around the shops, looking for souvenirs like handmade lace and blown glass. Or if you want to be even more stationary than that, find a cosy pavement cafe by the waterfront or near Saint John’s Square to while away the hours people watching and filling up on pastizzi (a savoury pastry filled with either ricotta cheese or mushy peas).
Speaking of food, the city is full of top-rated restaurants. Noni and Under Grain both hold Michelin stars, while seafood fans will be just as happy at one of its harbourside spots, feasting on freshly-caught swordfish, lobster, and lampuki. Wash it all down with a chilled bottle of Cisk, a local lager that was crowned the world’s best in 2007.Visit Malta
Alternative things to do
When you've had your fill of seafood, pastizzi and Maltese beer, hop on a Segway or Rolling Geek (self-drive cars) and get to know Valletta’s meandering streets on wheels. Or, take a 15-minute ferry ride to Sliema where you can explore a promenade that stretches all the way to St Julian’s. If you’re up for a change of scenery, you could even venture out to Mdina, an ancient walled city half an hour outside of Valletta that’s famous for its palaces and medieval architecture.
Been there, done all that? Then head to Gozo’s great outdoors for an adrenaline-laced adventure. A jeep safari gives you a whistle-stop tour of Rabat (also known as Victoria), a medieval city known for its hilltop Citadel and old prison, as well as the UNESCO-listed Ġgantija Temples, the oldest freestanding structures in the world.
Cliff-top trekking is just as exhilarating with Gebel Ben Gorg, Sanap and Ta’ Ċenċ all providing incredible views. For something a little more adventurous, Mġarr Ix-Xini’s rough cliffs will test even the most experienced rock climbers.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. For a splash-out stay you'll never forget, go for The Phoenicia in Valletta. It oozes glamour with its harbour-facing rooms, infinity edge and classical decor – and it's also listed as one of the Leading Hotels of the World! Just a short hop from Valletta is the popular Sliema, where you can find digs with a bit more space, like The Palace or The Waterfront Hotel. For a taste of Gozo’s island life, the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz is a great pick for its spacious grounds and top-notch facilities, not to mention its award-winning spa.