What to See in Malta ?
The secret to a successful holiday lies in balance, especially if it isn’t a solo trip. There’s the tug between the beach days and the historical trips, the people that want to eat their way through as many restaurants as they can, and those who like to return to the same place they know they like the menu of. It can be hard to cater for everyone without making the whole holiday feel planned down to the minute.
Luckily, Malta offers a wide range of activities in an island setting, perfect for exploring. Additionally, it boasts good winter sun, which means it’s easy to holiday off peak and still make the most of the natural sights Malta has to offer. Whilst it’s certainly an option just to hire a car, take it slow and discover Malta for yourself, there are some top spots you won’t want to miss.
Valletta is a sight to behold, whether your interest particularly lies in architecture or not. The towering fortress of a capital city lies on a jutting peninsula to the eastern side of the island, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city itself was built in the 1500’s, and today is still home to some of the cultural treasures of Europe, including a Caravaggio painting, Baroque churches and the Grand Master’s palace. It also holds the accolade of being Europe’s smallest capital city. Walk around to get the best feel for Valletta, imagining how it must have felt to live here hundreds of years ago.
Gozo and Comino
Whilst Gozo is technically Malta’s sister island, it sits under the Malteste archipelago.. It’s just a short ferry ride from Malta, which makes it ideal for inclusion in your trip. Famous for its scuba diving, Gozo is the perfect place for the adventurous holiday maker, both those who are experienced in the water and those who are yet to sample the thrill of seeing the underwater world.
Those who aren’t so keen on leaving solid land have options too; Gozo is home to the Ta’Kola windmill, and Ggantija, some of the oldest free standing temples in the world. Travellers can also take a quick ferry hop across to Comino, with its historical hospital and 17th century tower.
Whilst you might not naturally link the American sailor to Malta, they are in fact intertwined. The tiny village of Sweethaven where the film was shot has now been turned into a tourist attraction. Visitors can watch live shows, go on boat trips and explore the town ‘set’, with a chance to enjoy cocktails at the winery or a meal at the Seafarers Bar and Restaurant. Certainly a unique experience that injects something different into your holiday.
It would be impossible not to notice the stunning natural beauty that Malta offers. Grab some local food, pack a picnic and set off to enjoy the clear waters and warm temperatures. Golden Bay beach is best for those wanting large expanses of sand, with the additional benefit that it is lifeguard patrolled, meaning that you can rest assured that you can get assistance if needed. It’s also good for those who want to experience the water but don’t want to commit to a full dive experience, as it’s a prime spot for snorkelling. It also has a ramp onto the sand for those who need easy accessibility.
Qwara Point is more suited to those who would rather avoid getting covered in sand. With its open, rocky landscape, visitors can stretch out to enjoy the sun sinking into the sand. Conveniently, it is also close to both the towns of Qwara and Bugibba, making it ideal for holiday makers who want both beach and town in their schedule. Qwara Point is also lifeguarded, meaning that you relax into your sunbed, assured that you can explore safely, without any hidden sea surprises.
Wherever you decide to go in Malta, the beach casual vibe makes it an excellent option for all types of travellers. We’re sure you’ll enjoy the natural beauty, excellent range of cuisine and exploration opportunities – just don’t forget your camera.
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