Why visit Malta?

Malta is packed with interest, yet is laid-back and easy. There are boat trips, beautiful towns, periwinkle sea, friendly people and soul-feeding views, and you can go from swimming in glinting sea to a clifftop prehistoric site, to a harbourside restaurant, all in the space of a few hours. Combine sightseeing and beaches on Malta with a relaxing stay on Gozo, with its hillocks, small villages and carved-out coast, and you have the perfect holiday.

by Abigail Blasi, Lonely Planet Writer

 


 

Seven reasons to visit Valletta

The story of Malta’s capital is inextricably linked with the island’s mythology – after laying Valletta’s foundation stone in 1566 the Knights of St John created an elegant baroque city from an arid, empty peninsula. But, don’t imagine that it’s just a relic of the past. Behind the foreboding fortifications you’ll find a living city that still has plenty of stories to tell, home to groundbreaking contemporary architecture, delicious cuisine and a thriving nightlife scene.

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by Jess Gerrow, Lonely Planet Writer

 


 

Malta and Gozo’s best beaches

Maltese beaches tend to be dramatic, rocky and sea-sculpted, with fewer soft, sandy curves of coast than you might expect. The Maltese make the most of every swimming spot – on these small islands you are never far from the sea, and watersports abound. Malta is Europe’s best diving destination, but even snorkelling here gives a remarkable window onto another world. Here we list the coastal highlights of Malta and its sister island Gozo.

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by Abigail Blasi, Lonely Planet Writer