Magical Malta: explore Valletta, Mdina and more…
Malta is the largest island in the Maltese archipelago, sitting at the heart of the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Its vibrant capital city Valletta is gearing up to host the title of European Capital of Culture 2018, with a fantastic array of events being held in the lead up. Now is the perfect time to visit this stunning destination, which is ideal for both beach and city breaks. Tempted? Read on…
Things to do in Malta…for culture lovers
Malta is steeped in 7000 years of history, making it a fantastic destination for holidaymakers seeking cultural treats and delights. Malta’s capital city Valletta has been voted one of Lonely Planet’s top ten cities to visit in 2015 and is getting ready to be European Capital of Culture in 2018. This beautiful fortified city is perched above the sparkling Mediterranean Sea and is surrounded by stone walls, creating a unique and charming atmosphere in which to soak up the Maltese sun. Meander the cobbled streets and sun dappled squares, stroll along the beautiful waterfront or treat yourself to dinner in one of Valletta’s many bustling eateries.
Mdina, also know as the Silent City, is an ancient walled city and can be traced back more than 4000 years – perfect for history lovers! Visit the Mdina Dungeons for a dark, underground treat; relive the darker side of Malta’s history in the twists and turns of the dungeons and cells, bought to life before your eyes. St Paul’s Cathedral & Museum in Mdina is another visit-worthy attraction; it has a beautifully ornate interior and provides a lovely look at the history of the cathedral and the story of St. Paul.
Things to do in Malta…for families
The Mediterraneo Marine Park in Pembroke is home to dolphins, sea lions, exotic birds and reptiles, providing a fun day out whilst raising awareness about marine wildlife. Share in feeding time, take part in interactive demonstrations and even swim with dolphins! Il-Mellieħa’s Popeye Village is another great family attraction: visit the 1980’s film set come theme park for a fantastic day out. The village celebrates each season in style so expect something a little different depending on the time of year that you visit. The Splash & Fun Waterpark in Naxxar is the perfect destination for a day of cooling off with slides for all the family, a lazy river, a wave pool and some more extreme water rides.
Things to do in Malta…coastline
Golden Bay is a beautiful sandy beach in north west Malta, popular with tourists and great for snorkeling, barbecues and beach parties. If you’re a fan of incredible sunsets then this is the beach for you.
The Blue Lagoon is one of the loveliest beaches in Malta, sitting just between the island of Comino and the islet of Cominotto. The water is beautiful, bright cyan and crystal clear; swim, snorkel, dive or just relax in the sun and take in the views. Be sure to dedicate a day of your holiday to visiting this truly beautiful spot.
Just next to Golden Bay lies Ghajn Tuffieha beach, which is much quieter and more rural than its neighbour. You’ll need to brave an 180-step flight of stairs to access this gorgeous bay but it’s worth it, we promise. There are fewer facilities than on Golden Bay but this beach still has all the things you need: a refreshments kiosk, toilet/shower facilities and an umbrella rental service.
Mellieha Bay is the largest beach in Malta and is located to the north of the island. The beach is easily accessible and the water is beautifully shallow and warm, making Mellieha Bay one of the island’s most popular beaches. There are water sports galore, wash room facilities, bars and beach restaurants… perfect!
The Azure Window is located near Dwerja Bay on Gozo, one of Malta’s sister islands. Hop on a ferry from Malta and visit this stunning rock formation and its neighbour the Blue Hole, one of Gozo’s top dive sites.
Things to do in Malta… for adventurers
Like your holidays with a twist of action? Malta Outdoors arrange treasure hunts around Malta and Gozo for teams of thrill-seekers. Once in a team, you have to answer questions and complete tasks in order to find clues. These might include abseiling down a cliff, diving for a submerged clue or hitting bulls-eye targets. There are plenty of water sports available on the island but for something a little different, go for an air adventure instead! Sky diving, paragliding and helicopter rides are all available. If you’re still not worn out after all of the above then try Badger Karting, Malta’s premier karting track.
Things to do in Malta… when the sun goes down
After treating yourself to one of Malta’s spectacular sunsets, what happens next? Party-goers head to the electric atmosphere of Paceville, a popular suburb in St. Julian’s. Bars, clubs, casinos, cinemas – Paceville is packed with things to do right up until the sun is ready to come up again. If you’re looking for somewhere quieter with a timeless atmosphere then the capital of Valletta (particularly the waterfront) is the place to visit with wine bars, acoustic gigs and good places to eat. Valletta will also play host to the 25th Malta Jazz Festival this year, from 16th – 19th July. Head to Floriana on the 7th July for the Isle of MTV Concert, a massive evening of live music led by superstar DJ Martin Garrix.