Malta is a popular holiday destination in the Mediterranean. Although the archipelago country contains a number of different islands, only three of them are inhabited. The island of Malta is the largest and most well-known, although you can also pay a visit to pretty Gozo and quiet Comino.
Enjoying a long Mediterranean summer and boasting many fine attractions coupled with a long and interesting history, there are lots of reasons to visit Malta.
It is well-connected by regular air services, and there are also ferry connections with the island of Sicily. Ferries also operate between the main Maltese islands. Getting around is really easy by public bus and the prices are low. A sight-seeing bus is a great way to hit many of the highlights in one easy swoop. Hiring a car is also popular with visitors and taking taxis is usually pretty affordable. You can walk around most of the main tourist areas and many places have bicycles for rent.
You’ll have no problem with communication either – English is one of the main languages, along with Maltese.
Here are some top reasons to visit Malta:
The coasts of the different islands boast an attractive array of beaches, perfect for unwinding and relaxing in the summer sun, swimming in the clear ocean, and enjoying a selection of water sports and other beach activities. Enjoy the sunset views and feel truly at home on Malta’s fine beaches. Sailing is popular as there are several caves to explore. You can also have a go at some kayaking around the coast and explore the underwater world with a spot of snorkelling.
As the name suggests, Birzebugga’s Pretty Bay is a very scenic place. There are plenty of ways to get out of the sun and enjoy life in the shade and if you’re feeling energetic there are also heaps of activities to join in with. Alternatively, you can sunbathe on the soft sands. Lots of cafes and restaurants make spending the day here super easy. Another favourite is Golden Bay towards the west of the main island. There are lots of facilities and amenities close to hand as well as an array of exciting water sports. Nearby Ghajn Tuffieha Bay is also lovely and it can also be a bit quieter if you want to slightly avoid the crowds during peak season. The beach is accessed by more than one hundred steps.
Malta’s largest beach, and arguably one of the best beaches in the whole of the Med, is Mellieha Bay. Soft golden sands, lots of places to eat and drink, and an assortment of activities make this beach very popular. Paradise Bay in Cirkewwa is great for people who want more of a secluded feel.
Hiking is a terrific way to explore the beautiful rural parts of the country. Head inland on the main island and you’ll find some excellent walking trails, although one of the best places for avid fans of the great outdoors is the picture-perfect island of Gozo. The rugged coastline is stunning and you can see lots of native flora and fauna. Hike across the undulating hills nd enjoy the fresh air and freedom. Most of tiny Comina is a nature reserve, and it is a lovely day drip if you enjoy nature.
The location of the islands has attracted numerous different civilizations and groups throughout the course of history, including Romans, Greeks, Phoenicians, Arabs, and Normans. It was also colonized by France and Britain. There are many historical sites scattered across the landscapes and the country is home to one of the biggest collections of ancient buildings.
Some highlights for history buffs and sightseeing addicts include the ancient capital city, Mdina, which can be found at the centre of the main island. The fortress is stunning. There are ancient megalithic temples on Malta and Gozo, and the UNESCO protected Hypogeum is another jewel not to be missed. Valletta enticingly combines old and new and Gozo’s Citadel is really quite breath-taking.
Other top spots include the old temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra, Cottonera, and the enormous Mosta Dome.
Whether you’re after relaxation, adventure, or sightseeing, there are lots of reasons to visit Malta!