Head just 80 km south of Sicily and there sits the picturesque island of Malta. Surrounded by sparking Mediterranean waters and steeped in history, this gem may only cover 316 km2 of land, but there is a lot to see and do while you’re there.
Traveling the length of the island only takes an hour and Malta is easily explored by hopping on and off the local vintage yellow and white buses. However – they don’t run very late into the evenings. Malta is a very laidback place that goes at its own pace, so if you want to pack in as much as you can within a short timeframe, hiring a car for a few days is a smart idea. To keeps things on traveller’s budget, you can collect a little run-around from Economy Car Hire which will allow you to stay out till all hours snapping away.
Described by UNESCO’s World Heritage website as one of the most highly concentrated historic cities, it was awarded the coveted wold heritage classification in 1980. Malta’s capital may only be less than a square kilometre of space, but it packs in an astounding array of 16th century buildings and monuments, all steeped in Baroque charm.
- The Blue Lagoon – Comino
The Blue Lagoon is prized for its incredible shallow, turquoise waters and several caves littered along the coast just waiting to be explored. The Lagoon is actually sealed off to boats. This gives the water a beautiful glass-like calm: the few ripples that are visible are made only by the joyful swimmers and colourful fish visible below the surface.
Malta’s medieval jewel. Mdina provides the best view of the surrounding island and its distinctive narrow streets and nobles houses are simply beautiful. I would definitely recommend taking a slow stroll thorough this ancient town that displays hardly any signs of modern development. The lamp-lit evenings are surreal and the traditional cafes inviting, so make sure you absorb all it has to offer.
- Mgarr ix-Xini – Gozo
Mgarr ix-Xini beach is a quaint picturesque bay with a pebbled beach. High rocks tower over both sides making this a peaceful and quiet location – offering guests stunning views without the crowds.
Dotted across the Island are ancient temples unlike anything else you’ve seen. It would be a sin to travel to Malta and not visit these prehistoric monuments, of which seven are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.