• Valletta – the island’s capital and a beautiful harbour port. If you’re looking for a bit more culture and history from your holiday then this is the place for you.
• Sliema – perfect for those wanting a cosmopolitan holiday with shopping, nice restaurants and a taste of real Malta.
• St Julian’s – Malta’s nightlife centre. With a host of bars, restaurants and clubs, this is the place for the younger visitors to come for a great party.
• Bugibba/Qawra – one of the hottest tourist areas of the islands. Those looking for sun, sea and sand will keep themselves happy here with the beautiful beaches and busy resorts.
• Gozo Island – a more rural escape for people who want to get off the beaten track and escape the tourist hubs. Also a fantastic spot for diving in Malta.
St Julian’s harbour and varied hotels.
Photo by Myriam Thyes.
Best Malta Beaches
• Mellieha Bay – The largest sandy beach on the whole island and possibly one of the best beaches in the whole Mediterranean. It’s no surprise that it’s a popular one with the tourists and will often be extremely crowded in summer.
• Golden Bay – A quieter option due to it being a bus trip away from most places, though with a hotel nearby and restaurant for a break from the sun. It does have strong undercurrents in the water though so be aware when swimming.
• Paradise Bay – a beautiful beach, tucked away in a quiet cove which tends to be popular with younger holidaymakers. It is also a great place for snorkelling and has a dive centre nearby if you want to learn to scuba dive.
• Diving – Malta is one of the best places in the world to go scuba diving, so many holidaymakers come here for that reason alone. There is a raft of dive centres across the island, though Gozo and Comino are excellent areas to go diving as they are a little more rural and quieter.
• Hiking – Malta is lined with fantastic, dramatic coastline which wraps around wonderful countryside. It really is a hiker’s dream, with relatively short distances between beaches and resorts, and plenty to see along the way. Sheer cliffs, rocky beaches, sandy stretches and clear blue sea stretching out the horizon, all covered in the glow of sunshine makes for a great walk!
• Cycling – Similar to the hiking above, those who prefer two wheels can explore the same glorious scenery at a slightly quicker pace and cover even more ground.
• Explore Ancient Wonders – Malta is packed with culture and history, both above and below water. From prehistoric labyrinths to explore under the sea to temples and ancient architecture in the towns and cities, those who like a bit of history to their holiday won’t be disappointed.
Ramla Bay on Gozo Island.