Concentrated into seven tiny islands in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, the Maltese archipelago boasts a rich tapestry of archaeological and cultural treasures. With some of the oldest prehistoric structures in the world (3,600 - 3,000 BC) and a cultural legacy that includes the Sicilians, Phoenicians, Romans and more recently the British, it is little wonder that the ever-hospitable Malta is referred to as the Island of Sunshine and History.
Dazzling beaches and a warm climate make this is a perfect holiday destination for any age group. Whether on the main island, or on its quiet and beautiful sister island of Gozo, a love of good food and an appreciation of art, together with the regular celebrations or festas that add colour and vibrancy, make Malta a uniquely friendly country.
Four days of city pleasures
Enjoy a cultural adventure with an exciting safari trip. Focussing on the megalithic temples believed to be among the oldest free-standing structures in the world, your jeep adventure will search out signs of a civilisation dating back 8,000 years.
Stroll along the colourful seafront in the village of Marsaxlokk and watch the fishermen bringing in their daily catch; ready for you to savour at one of the many excellent restaurants dotted along the harbour.
A visit to the Mediaeval city of Mdina – the so-called ‘silent,’ walled city - and the more Baroque city of Valletta which replaced it as the country’s capital. Once described as ‘a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen,’ Valletta is a World Heritage site and an open-air museum whose rich architecture makes it a must for any visitor. Take a break with a stop at one of many excellent coffee shops and try some tempting local sweets.
A dose of retail therapy in the streets of modern Sliema will offer up the latest fashions and designs and after exercising your wallet, why not take an unforgettable harbour cruise covering the ancient fortifications of the legendary Knights of Malta? Alternatively, cross over by ferry to the laid-back island of Gozo and enjoy a magical and relaxing day.