With its picture-perfect beaches, secluded bays and charming resorts, Malta is a true Mediterranean gem. As you explore the island’s beautiful coastlines, you’ll take in stunning views across the clear blue waters before relaxing on the golden sands and sipping a cool, refreshing beer.

For the ultimate sunshine fix, pay a visit to Malta’s gorgeous beaches. Spend a day on the endless sands of Mellieha Bay, explore the scenic St Paul’s Bay or play on the family-friendly Golden Bay to make the most of the island’s balmy Mediterranean climate. For a truly relaxing day out, take a ferry to Gozo where you can experience the shimmering waters and soft sands of Malta’s smaller, quieter neighbour.

But Malta’s charm goes far beyond the beach. Wherever you stay, you won’t be far from fascinating cultural sites, whether you’re exploring architecture in the small yet perfectly formed capital of Valletta, or walking through the medieval streets of the ancient Mdina.

If you love action-packed holidays, there are plenty of adventures to be had in Malta. From adrenaline-fuelled jet skiing to scuba diving among shipwrecks, there are activities to suit everyone, whether you’re looking for extreme sports or more gentle exercise.

Despite being a small island, Malta has a vibrant events calendar with festivals taking place all year round. From the colourful carnival in February to world famous music festivals including Lost and Found and Isle of MTV, you’ll never be far away from a party.

After a relaxing day in the sunshine, take a stroll to one of the island’s family-run restaurants and tuck into traditional dishes including Lampuki Pie, Bragoli and Kapunata, washed down with local Maltese wine.