Holidays in Malta
The island of Malta just covers 122 square miles, making it one of the world’s smallest and most densely populated countries. What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in character, beauty and history. Situated in the Mediterranean, near the coast of Sicily and a few hundred miles from the east coast of Tunisia, Malta has been the centrepiece for trade and refuge for thousands of years.
A tailor made holiday to Malta will take you on a journey through history, geographical instability and culture that has been influenced by several different empires. You can take this all in as you lounge in its many secluded bays and amazing resorts while you experience a wealth of nightlife, sun, sea and the laid back Maltese ethos.
Malta’s Bustling Cities and Coastal Resorts
Malta’s capital, Valletta, is a bustling haven of restaurants, cafés and piazzas with the buildings and fortifications being of early Baroque style. Since the island of Malta is very compact, it makes Valetta the perfect place from which to explore this fabulous country.
Although only a little island, holidays in Malta still offer an air of seclusion in each resort and the main beach retreats of Bugibba, Qawra, and St Pauls Bay are beautifully presented.
The biggest city on the island is Birkirkara which houses St Aloysius’ College – one of the most famous colleges in Malta. A visit to this city will introduce you to the Old Railway Station and the even older aqueducts built by Grandmaster Wignacourt. Malta also has a sister island of Gozo to which day excursions are particular popular, owing to the stunning scenery plus excellent snorkelling and diving opportunities.
Malta Holidays – An Open Air Museum
Whether you are hands-on traveller or just prefer to sight-see, holidays to Malta offer a treasure trove of adventure across the island. When it comes to history, Malta does not fall short. Due to its location, it has been the site for many an invasion; the Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Normans, French and eventually the British. They gained independence from British rule in 1964. Labelled an open-air museum, the sites on offer are too numerous to name but most notable are the 16th century St John’s Cathedral and the grand palazzo Casa Rocco Piccola, both in Valletta.
If you are into golf, there are several renowned high quality courses available. Malta holidays have become known for the excellent scuba diving opportunities as well as the many water sports on the beaches. For nightlife, Sliema on the east coast is a former fishing village that has transformed into a trendy restaurant and wine bar scene. Try St. Julian’s, up the promenade, for upmarket bars and clubs and stand under the starry skies as you sip cocktails.
It might be small but it packs in so much, a holiday to Malta will never leave you bored. Packyourbags have a full range of destinations on the island and can tailor make an itinerary to suit all your needs. Get in touch with us to start planning your holiday.
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