A Microcosm of the Mediterranean
Backpacking in Malta
Backpacking around Malta is certainly a good way to see the island in full, and why not try a spot of island hopping while you are there for a change of scene and pace? Gozo is Malta's sister island, and has a spectacular coastline and rugged landscape that is just waiting to be explored. And between Malta and Gozo lies Comino. This island offers a paradise for snorkellers, windsurfers, and divers. The island's main attraction is the Blue Lagoon, with its sparkling blue water and stunning white beaches. There is a helicopter service which operates all year round between Malta International Airport and Xewkija, Gozo. It is a quick alternative to the ferry service and takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes. There are a small number of youth hostels in Malta and Gozo. Some offer private self catering studio suites with their own facilities. While you are backpacking around the island you may wish to use the bus; the fleet of buses has been modernised and most of them have air conditioning. A bus ticket in Malta costs 1,50€ and the tickets are valid for 2 hours and can be used for as many trips as you wish to undertake in this allocated period of time. And if you are travelling by foot be prepared for the stifling heat, especially in July and August.
Beach in Malta
It is often said that there are not that many sandy beaches in Malta. But that is not necessarily true. The islands of Malta and Gozo actually do have a number of beaches that are perfect for sunbathing, snorkeling and swimming. Sandy beaches tend to be more popular, especially if you are travelling to Malta with children, but there are also places where you can go swimming off the rocks and many would argue that these are even better than sandy beaches. However, if you wish to travel to one of the best sandy beaches on the Mediterranean, look no further than Mellieha Bay in Malta. As with many of Malta's beaches, it can become very busy in summer, especially during the months of June to September on the weekends. But there are some very good facilities for bathers on these beaches in Malta including snack bars and cafes. You will also find water sports facilities where you can hire a pedalo, try parasailing or swim out to a large floating play area. It is ideal for families and there are many sun beds and umbrellas available for rent. If you are looking for a more private beach you will have to do a little exploring.
Camping in Malta
There is only one official campsite in Malta. It has over 12 Acres of land and incorporates a large green area for pitching your tent, all surrounded by the beautiful Maltese landscape and breath-taking, crystal-clear Mediterranean Sea. The campsite is open all year round and is situated one of the quietest and most remote parts of Malta. Whether you wish to spend a relaxing weekend out in the countryside with your family, or an exciting one-week vacation away from it all, then a camping holiday to Malta is the ideal way to get away from it all.
City Breaks in Malta
On a city break in Malta you will discover how much more there is to the island nation than a simple sun holiday. Its unique language and culture are shaped by the many settlers and conquerors that have passed through Malta, including, most recently, the British, from whom the nation won independence in 1964. The fascinating past of the Maltese islands is evident wherever you go. You will want to visit Malta's seven breathtaking megalithic temples, which are listed as World Heritage Sites, and the baroque capital of Valletta, founded by the Knights of St John, also a World Heritage Site and Malta's walled medieval capital, Mdina. Malta has been described as a giant open-air museum so it is perfect for a cultured city break. But do not assume that the museums make Malta dull. Malta is a lively and thriving nation that has strong folk traditions, and noisy village festas, or festivals, are a common sight between May and September. The islands of Malta are famed for their excellent crafts, including blown glass and handmade lace. Malta is also an important centre for watersports, especially diving, sailing and snorkelling. And during your city break to Malta a visit to the National Museum of Archaeology for a glimpse at some prehistoric artefacts is a must, as is the historic St Johns Co-Cathedral.
Corporate Weekend in Malta
With so much sunshine, activity and culture, a corporate trip to Malta is the perfect way to do some team-building. From diving adventures and treasure hunts, to action packed water sports and raft-building, you are sure to find some suitable ways to pass the time during your corporate weekend in Malta. For those who prefer to simply see the sights, Malta has many historical sites and special places of interest to visit. Corporate weekends in Malta can be organised to meet any budget and the island has specialist companies with expertise in creating an effective teambuilding experience. They will even meet your team at the airport and pre-organise your activites. Malta is an ideal destination for a corporate weekend of sun, sea, sand and adventure.
Culture and Arts in Malta
Malta has plenty to offer anyone who is interested in exploring culture and arts. The island's unique language and culture are shaped by the many settlers and conquerors that have passed through Malta, including, most recently, the British, from whom the nation won independence in 1964. The fascinating past of the Maltese islands is evident wherever you go. You will want to visit Malta's seven breathtaking megalithic temples, which are listed as World Heritage Sites, and the baroque capital of Valletta, founded by the Knights of St John, also a World Heritage Site and Malta's walled medieval capital, Mdina. Malta has been described as a giant open-air museum so it is perfect for a cultured holiday. The islands of Malta are famed for their excellent crafts, including blown glass and handmade lace. And during your city break to Malta a visit to the National Museum of Archaeology for a glimpse at some prehistoric artefacts is a must, as is the historic St Johns Co-Cathedral.
Disabled Needs in Malta
Malta has excellent facilities to accommodate disabled people wishing to take a holiday there. The International airport in malta is fully equipped to give disabled access and most hotel accommodation will be disabled-friendly. Many travel operators will offer package holidays that have been specifically designed for people with disablities.
Family Holiday in Malta
Malta may not be the first place that springs to mind for a family holiday, but do not dismiss the island in favour of its Spanish counterparts, as it can be a great place for a family holiday. Malta, like most Mediterranean cultures, is very child friendly and the Maltese people love children. The year-round good weather and relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere make Malta a good destination for a family holiday. At less than four hours flight from the UK, it is near enough for the journey to be bearable. An essential ingredient of most family holidays is a beach, and Malta's beaches are easy to get to. Most offer safe swimming, and of course, the majority of hotels will have an outdoor pool as well. One of the best sandy beaches with great paddling and swimming for children is at Mellieha Bay towards the north of the island. During the summer, most resorts hire dinghies and snorkelling gear with which to discover the underwater world. Additionally, children will love visiting the Mediterraneo Marine Park at Bahar ic-Caghaq - it is one of the most popular family attractions as you can swim with dolphins and get close up to sea lions at a reasonable price. However, numbers are restricted so this popular attraction needs to be pre-booked. The adjacent Splash and Fun waterpark which has four water slides and a playground will also prove popular with your children during your family holiday to Malta.
Gay and Lesbian in Malta
Believe it or not, as small as Malta may be there is an excellent and ripening gay nightlife for those who want to experience it. The island has plenty of nightlife, and there are gay bars and restaurants located in various resorts around the island. Overall, Malta makes a great destination for gays and lesbians.
Hen Destination in Malta
Enjoy the build-up to your big day in the company of friends with a fantastic hen weekend in Malta. Only three and a half hours flight from the UK, Malta makes for the ideal hen getaway weekend. With its excellent night life and fabulous weather all year round, Malta is the ideal destination for your hen weekend. There are many great daytime activities to choose from on your hen weekend to Malta. These may include flying in a sea plane over the islands, scuba diving to the depths of the Mediterranean sea, or visiting an outdoor go-kart track. Water lovers can snorkel or dive (the waters have 300kg plus giant tuna fish!) In addition, Malta provides opportunities for paintballing, quad-biking; rock-climbing and abseiling. For the evening, Malta is well known for its great night life, and you will be spoilt for choice with the many bars, cafés restaurants and night clubs.
Stag Destination in Malta
Just over three hours flight from the UK, it is possibly to enjoy a fantastic stag weekend in Malta, as it has an abundance of night life and fantastic hot sunny weather all year round. With so much to offer, Malta is the ideal destination for a Stag weekend. There are many great daytime activities to choose from on your hen weekend to Malta. These may include flying in a sea plane over the islands, scuba diving to the depths of the Mediterranean sea, or visiting an outdoor go-kart track. Water lovers can snorkel or dive (the waters have 300kg plus giant tuna fish!) In addition, Malta provides opportunities for paintballing, quad-biking; rock-climbing, abseiling, clay-pigeon shooting and archery. For the evening, Malta is well known for its great night life, and you will be spoilt for choice with the many bars, cafés restaurants and night clubs, as well as plenty of casinos and lap dancing clubs.
Honeymoon in Malta
Malta would make a very good destination for your honeymoon, particularly if you are interested in history, architecture, scuba diving, and even some easy hiking. A honeymoon in Malta is not known to be the ultimate beach destination as a lot of the beaches are rocky rather than sandy. But the rocky bays can be stunning if you find yourselves alone there around sunset. The history in Malta is particularly interesting too, and Valetta is just wonderful.
Gozo some very nice sandy beaches and is also likely to be more quiet and peaceful. But the public transport system in Gozo is not always great.
Malta, on the other hand, has a very good bus system, so you can hike everywhere and catch a bus back to Valetta, which can in itself be a delightful experience. Honeymooning in both Malta and Gozo is probably the best solution, so you will be able to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Naturism in Malta
Topless bathing and nudist bathing is illegal in Malta. However, many turn a blind eye to this rule. Those who bathe nude in Malta tend to be tourists, as the island's small size means that it is difficult to find a remote enough area to do so. Overall, Malta is not an advisable location for a naturist holiday.
Party Holiday - Singles Life in Malta
When the sun goes down, holidays to Malta cater for all kinds of nightlife. The younger set tend to go to Paceville where there are many piano bars and casinos alongside numerous nightclubs such as Footloose, Havana and the Axis club which often features some of Europe's top DJs. Malta's nightlife kicks off a lot earlier than many other Mediterranean destinations with all its clubs pumping out hardcore music from as early as 10.30pm. Before hitting the clubs there are many exquisite restaurants to go to, where you can try one of a host of Sicilian influenced dishes or even British food if you prefer, whilst enjoying traditional Maltese folk music. If you prefer somewhere slightly less lively, picturesque St Julians is a good idea for a Malta holiday; it is still home to many Maltese fisherman, is peppered with bougainvillea-lined restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy a pleasant evening meal followed by cocktails and listening to relaxing live entertainment.
Couples Holiday in Malta
Malta’s warm and sunny climate, picturesque fishing villages and sandy beaches provide an ideal holiday for couples on a Mediterranean holiday. Malta's many resorts offer quality accommodation for Malta holidays, but most tourist areas are in the North. A couples holiday in Malta offers more than just sun and sea, as there are also a large number of places of interest to visit. Together you can learn about Malta’s fascinating heritage by visiting the several museums, such as the Roman House in Rabat. The village of Mdina, the former capital city, has undergone major restoration to offer a truly unique atmosphere and is a definite must-see during your holidays in Malta. For entertainment on your couples holiday in Malta visit Paceville as it is the hub for Malta’s nightlife. Here you will also find Malta’s largest cinema and a bowling alley.
For a quieter couples holiday in Malta you should consider finding accommodation in Mellieha, up in the North of Malta, which offers access to some of the most beautiful beaches around.
Of course, there are plenty of other options for beaches around Malta, and some are busier than others. Paradise Bay and Gnejna Bay, both situated in the North Western part of Malta, are very much recommended. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and spend your Malta holiday nights with dinner at one of the various quality restaurants in Malta followed by an enjoyable night out.
Golf Activity Holiday in Malta
Malta is home to one of the oldest golf clubs in Europe outside of the UK. The Royal Malta Golf Club has 18 holes of golf on a very well maintained course. Malta's hot climate makes it an ideal venue for off-season golfing breaks. Malta is small and perhaps less popular for golfing holidays than other Mediterranean destinations such as Spain, but it still has a lot to offer. There are lots of villas that you can rent on your golfing holiday in Malta, or you may prefer to stay in one of the fabulous hotels or delightful Bed & Breakfasts.
Scuba Diving Activity Holiday in Malta
Since Malta is a relatively small island, you are never more than a 20 minute drive to the sea. Should the weather conditions not be favourable for scuba diving in Malta on one side, it is relatively simply to drive to the other side. A Malta scuba-diving holiday has the added advantage of a shoreline with a rich variety of sandy beaches, harbours, creeks and rocky bays; and amounts to approximately 136 kilometers of breathtaking scenery, meaning it is ideal for sightseeing while you are not scuba diving. Gozo, the next biggest island, has a very similar shoreline which spans approximately 43 kilometers, and is home to the famous Island sea and the Blue Hole dive site - a must see when scuba diving on the island.
Hiking Activity Holiday in Malta
The green valleys and breathtaking views offered by Malta ask for adventure, so hiking and walking through its lush full trails and high cliffs is sure to be an enjoyable experience. The best way to make the most of your Malta hiking holiday is to walk through the villages and ancient sites and breathe in the air of the Maltese valley. Many places in Malta are ideal for hikes. Mtahleb, Bahrija, Dingli Cliffs, are just a few of the many places that offer a variety of rocky terrain, cliffs or green valleys to explore. If you wish to take a hiking holiday in Gozo, try San Blas valley, Lunzjata valley, Ramla Valley, or Wied l-Infern Hondoq ir-Rummien for some very picturesque scenery that lets you experience Mother Nature in most unique and fascinating way. Comino also features a few hills and good camping locations. The only slightly negative aspect of hiking in Malta is the temperature: in the summertime you may feel it is uncomfortably hot, so it is best to book your hiking holiday to Malta in low-season.
Cycling Activity Holiday in Malta
Malta and Gozo can offer cyclists some exciting landscapes that are ideal for exploring by bike. Malta's mild climate, even in Winter, make it possible to cycle along the myriad of tiny streets and lanes, criss-crossing the Islands. Some tracks are quite rough, giving you a real sense of the harsh landscape, while others are delightful village lanes and you may pass by the odd farmer tilling his fields. Most of the cycling trails in Malta will take you to stunning viewpoints, and the countryside can be as challenging or as easy as you wish to make it. The north of Malta has some steeper hills and sharper bends, while the central and southern areas are much easier for a cycling trip to Malta. The short and easy accessible distances mean that one can go cycling whenever and wherever, whilst discovering the islands' characteristic Mediterranean vegetation and romantic settings. Malta's sister island of Gozo is accessible by a 30 minute ferry crossing and has less traffic, while also offering spectacular rural landscaping throughout. As with a hiking holiday in Malta, you may want to consider the climate before planning your cycling trip, as Malta can get uncomfortably hot during the high summer season.
Shopping Holiday in Malta
Shopping in Malta is a delighful experience - visit colourful markets and sample the fresh fish, or spend time in some of the quaint old-fashioned shops in Valletta’s backstreets, as well as trying on the latest continental fashions in Malta shopping plazas. Many do not consider Malta as a shopping destination, and it is true to say that one shouldn't visit Malta with the sole intention of shopping. But it is certainly a good idea to spend time in the shops in Malta as you will undoubtedly pick up some unique items to take home with you. For a taste of the Mediterranean, you can choose one of the many local deli treats - from olives and sun-dried tomatoes, to fine wines. If you want to buy something in Malta that you can appreciate for longer, try the intricate, filigree silverware or perhaps a work from one of the Islands’ renowned artists.