Cities with spirit
If you’re all about city trips, Malta package holidays won’t disappoint. Its capital, Valletta, was named for French medieval knight Jean Parisot de Valette, yet the city itself boasts a grand mix of influences. Baroque architecture and classic Mediterranean buildings are streets apart from rustic old English-style pubs and more modern apartment complexes. As you’d expect, shopping and dining here are also superb.
For many though, it’s Sliema that ticks all the boxes. It’s a city that’s transformed in the modern era into a cosmopolitan playground for travellers from every corner of the world. The fact that it’s located right beside the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea certainly does plenty of favours for the town too, with a scenic marina and ample opportunities for a coastal stroll. Shoppers flock to Sliema and the district known as The Ferries, where fashion boutiques line the streets by the score.
Life by the sea
Malta is an island that’s often voted one of the happiest and healthiest places in all of Europe, and its relationship with the sea has plenty to do with that. While you’re going to have the chance to enjoy plenty of hidden coves and sandy beaches, the majority of Malta’s most popular shorelines actually fall on the more rugged side of the spectrum.
Rocky flats are where deckchairs congregate and sunbathers gather to immerse themselves in the hot sunny rays. Mellieha Bay and its other northern Malta counterparts buck that trend though with sandy beaches and in other parts of the island sand has been imported to provide traditional sunbathing spots.
Out on the water, sails dot the horizon, water-skiing daredevils race by and divers prepare their equipment for a sojourn beneath the surface. Naturally, you’re welcome to join in the fun.
Plenty to do
Booking a cheap holiday to Malta is a must, it might be a little island, but you can never accuse it of being a boring place to be. Golf courses, bowling alleys and parks full of cricketers and football fanatics make for an active community that welcomes the chance to test its sporting mettle against visitors.
Cultural tours are abundant too so you can take boating trips down to the Blue Grotto or the famous Grand Harbour, a military location of huge strategic importance in years gone by. You can also enjoy cathedral visits in the capital, Valletta.
You even have the chance to tour Game of Thrones’ filming locations alongside actors who’ve appeared in the series, while nature lovers will feel right at home at Malta’s falconry park or numerous nature reserves.
When the sun sets, the fun doesn’t stop. Nightclubs in Sliema or community pubs in Mellieha Bay showcase both party atmosphere and classic Maltese laid-back living, while you’ll have numerous chances to dance until sunrise by the shore. Cocktail bars and quirky backstreet haunts round off your choices wonderfully, so entertainment is available in Malta, morning, noon or night.