Malta is a mythical region, filled with medieval towers along narrow streets, medieval dungeons, chapels and some of the oldest structures in the world. It is home to beautiful beaches, crystal waters, sunshine and a history that dates back some 7,000 years.
You will find modern living alongside historical monuments in Malta’s changing landscape of walled cities and extravagant towns, peaceful villages and busy fishing ports.
The Maltese archipelago consists of three main islands, Malta, Gozo and Comino, and has a total population of just over 400,000 people. There is much to see and do, plenty of accommodation options, and some of the world’s friendliest people.
Things to see and do
Malta is the largest island in the archipelago and is the region’s cultural, commercial and administrative centre. It is sometimes referred to as Valletta in order to distinguish the island from the country.
The weather is generally fantastic all year round which makes it the perfect holiday destination whether you’re trying to escape the cold, or enhance your holidays during the warmer months.
Malta's capital, Valletta, has been entirely declared UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its abundant collection of ancient and sacred art and architecture. The city is a mix of old and new, with elements of Baroque, Mannerist, Neo-Classical and Modern architecture.
While you’re in the city, be sure to take the time to visit the St. John's Co-Cathedral & Museum, Grandmaster's Palace & Armoury, Museum of Fine Arts, Sacra Infermeria and the National War Museum, Fort St. Elmo. You might also like to try something a little different with a segway tour of the city.
If you love shopping, hit the open air markets, found in almost every city or village, and the shopping malls, where you will find a range of modern conveniences. In Valetta, the main shopping areas are Republic Street and Merchants Street.
The second largest island in the Maltese archipelago, Gozo is a haven that is steeped in myth and is believed to have been the island home of the legendary Calypso of Homer's Odyssey.
Compared to Malta, Gozo is much greener and far less commercialised; with local culture, fishing villages, stone farmhouses and historical sites taking pride of place across the island. The people here are happy living a quiet country lifestyle and the island is known for the picturesque scenery, pristine coastline and untouched country trails.
The island’s rugged landscape mingles against a breathtaking coastline, and it has a rich history, with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ġgantija Temples and the Megalithic Temples of Malta said to be the world's oldest free-standing structures and among the world's oldest religious structures. The medieval fortified towns of Mdina and Cittadella are historical highlights and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to take a walk and explore.
Stop by a local farm and have a chat with a local, dine at a village cafe or take to the waters to enjoy Gozo’s world class dive sites. Whatever you enjoy for a holiday, you’re bound to love the beauty of this island paradise.
The smallest of the three main islands in the Maltese Archipelago is Comino, which was once the Knights of the Order of Saint John’s game reserve and a hideout for smugglers and pirates, and it remains largely uninhabited. With a population of just 4 people, there is no traffic and no noise – perfect for a relaxing getaway.
The island is located between Malta and Gozo and is a popular destination for water sports fanatics, who will find an abundance of dive sites, snorkelling and windsurfing opportunities.
Comino’s most famous treasure is the Blue Lagoon where the water’s are deep blue and surrounded by caves in a setting that will take your breath away. This is particularly popular in summer and you’ll find there are plenty of day tours taking you out to the sheltered inlet.
There is one hotel on the island, along with a small chapel which was built in the early 1600s and the Knights' Watchtower, built in the 17th Century by the Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt.
Must do activities
St John’s Co-Cathedral
Mdina Old City
Upper Barrakka Gardens
Malta Falconry Centre
Casa Rocca Piccola
Mellieha Air Raid Shelter
Malta at War Museum
Church of Saint Paul's Shipwreck