Malta Destination Guide
A small gem in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is an island nation with a breathtaking landscape and a rich history. Inhabited since the Neolithic era, its ancient temples are some of the oldest in the world and its capital is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Historically cosmopolitan, throughout history Malta has been ruled by the Ottomans, the French and the British before gaining its independence in 1964. In 2004 Malta was admitted to the European Union, switching over to the Euro currency and attracting even more Eurozone tourism. Still considered a stepping stone between Europe and North Africa, Malta offers visitors an exotic blend of cultures to enjoy on their Malta holidays.
Any Malta travel guide makes sure to mention its stunning beaches, fantastic dive spots and incredible blue grotto. Also considered mandatory is a visit to the ancient capital of Mdina, known as the 'Silent City,' which sits perched atop a plateau and is one of Europe's best examples of an old walled city. Tourists also flock to Malta for its warm and sunny Mediterranean climate and at times visitors outnumber locals three to one. In addition to leisure holidays and Malta tours, many students are also attracted to Malta as a place to learn English, as the official island languages are English and Maltese.
Flights to Malta are frequent from centres throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East and land at the Malta International Airport, about 8 kilometres from Valletta – the capital of the islands. Valletta is a beautiful Baroque city, officially declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1980 and recently named the 2018 European Capital of Culture. Boasting churches, palaces, gardens, theatres and museums, visitors will certainly find plenty to do in the Maltese capital.
In addition to the Malta's main island, many also choose to discover the other inhabited islands, Gozo and Comino. Both are much smaller and calmer than the mainland, offering historic sites and natural beauty for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Hiking is a popular activity and hikers can explore ancient ruins, abandoned temples and small beaches. If nightlife is your vice there are plenty of options on mainland Malta, offering world class DJ's and music festivals, especially during the summer months. The annual Isle of MTV Malta Special is Europe's largest open-air free concert, offering international artists a place to take the stage year after year.
A diverse and exciting destination, Malta offers something for everyone. From culture and history to fun in the sun, this island nation is well worth considering for your next holiday.