The island of Malta is a fabulous and much-loved holiday gem. Cast out into the Mediterranean, it’s the largest of a small cluster of islands that have become a firm favourite for holidaymakers.
Part of what makes Malta holidays so special is the diversity on offer – you could be soaking up the sun on golden sands one minute, or exploring centuries-old forts the next. It’s easy to reach too. You’ll find stacks of great holidays and low-cost escapes through tour operators like The Co-Operative Group – http://www.co-operativetravel.co.uk/holidays/malta/ – or you can build your own Malta holidays by booking your own choice of flights and accommodation.
Here are some of the most popular things to do in Malta. Which one tops your list?
Explore Valletta: This stunning capital city is all cobbled streets, fortified defences, award-winning museums and knock-out views. Come and explore its ancient (and more recent) history and enjoy the superb local cafes and restaurants.
Visit the Blue Grotto: The Blue Grotto, also known as the Blue Lagoon, is a stunning sea cavern with picturesque rock formations. Parts of the lagoon are a startling shade of blue, resulting from the phosphorescent nature of underwater flora, and these are best seen during the morning when the colours are at their most vibrant.
Go to Gozo: Gozo and Comino are two tiny islands that make up the Maltese archipelago, and are a mainstay of Malta holidays. Take the ferry here or join an organised boat trip to visit the islands’ beautiful landscapes, and don’t miss the Azure Window – a naturally-forming rock arch that can be seen just off Dwerja Point on Gozo.
Flop on the sands: Malta isn’t known for its sandy beaches, as much of the coastline is shingle or made up of rocky platforms. Mellieha Bay, however, tells a different story. Here you can enjoy a wide stretch of golden sand that’s perfect for sunbathing, sandcastles, playing in the shallows or just crashing out with a good book.