The small island of Malta, just south of Italy in the Mediterranean, is a beautiful holiday destination at any time of year.
With centuries of history due to its strategic position, Malta is the perfect combination of relaxation and culture – not to mention its gorgeous Mediterranean subtropical warm and dry climate boasting more than 300 sunny days a year! And with lively nightlife scenes too, the Mediterranean slice of paradise ticks all the boxes.
Tempted? There are countless reasons to choose this gorgeous sun-drenched archipelago, consisting of only three inhabited islands; Malta, Gozo and Comino. Check out our top 5 reasons to say yes!
1) All-year round destination
The magical Malta archipelago is an incredible summer and winter sun destination! Boasting an average summer temperature of 32*C and in January, averaging 18*C, the island is a glorious place to escape to throughout the seasons. Bask under the rays with up to 14 hours of sunshine each day in the summer and around 7 glorious hours in the winter months too! Soak up the sun on Gozo or Comino after a relaxing boat ride from the archipelago’s main island…
2) Vibrant Valletta
Malta’s capital city of Valletta, located in the central-eastern part of the main island, is rich in sites to explore and cultural hot spots. The eclectic port town is home to the Upper Barrakka Gardens, twinned with the Lower Barrakka Gardens, open to the public offering a stunning panoramic view of the Grand Harbour. A visit to Saint John’s Co-Cathedral, dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, is also a must. You can also explore the National Museum of Archaeology, housed in the Auberge de Provence. Steeped in history, it’s no wonder the city of Valletta has been granted status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3) Comino’s spectacular Blue Lagoon
The tiny island of Comino is definitely worth a visit on your Malta getaway. The island offers fantastic snorkeling, diving and windsurfing opportunities. Its main attraction without a doubt is the island’s Blue Lagoon; a sheltered cove boasting magnificent, crystal clear waters and gorgeous white sands. Don’t miss a sun-kissed boat ride to this epic natural landmark…
4) Stunning beaches
Of course, for many, a holiday to Malta is all about the beaches. With its Mediterranean subtropical climate and warm sea waters, Malta is an excellent destination for sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling in particular. The island is home to an array of gorgeous beaches, from the popular and beautifully sandy Golden Bay beach in north-west Malta, to the more secluded Paradise Bay, set in a natural cove near Cirkewwa, ideal for a romantic retreat watching the sun set…
5) Cultural sites
You can explore thousands of years of the past through epic scenery and fascinating historical architecture on a holiday to Malta. From St Paul’s Cathedral in Mdina to the underground burial site of the Hypogeum in Paola, there’s plenty to fill your island holiday itinerary. The Tarxien Temples in Tarxien are a must-see, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site made up of four megalithic structures.
Alternatively, Malta’s picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk, in the south eastern part of the island, is also a great place to visit, offering an open-air market, tranquil walking routes and quiet swimming locations.