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Malta is a small, island country in the Mediterranean Sea that lies south of the island of Sicily, Italy. The Maltese Islands are like nowhere else, and while Malta may be small it’s also packed with areas of outstanding natural beauty and notable historic importance - from prehistoric temples to cliffs littered with fossils. Those looking to get away from it all will find hidden coves to explore and pristine beaches perfect for solo travellers, couple or families. The island’s rich history includes a 5000-year-old underground necropolis, as well as visits from the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Crusaders, the French and the British, all of whom have ruled over Malta at some point. Today it offers up some of the finest diving in the world, hotels for all budgets, sparkling seas and fun for all the family.

Things to Do in Malta

You’ll find lots of festivals taking place in Malta throughout the year, and it’s well worth planning your trip around one of them if you can. The biggest and best include the Valletta Carnival, Malta’s own mardi gras, that takes place in March, with music, dance and costume competitions, as well as Għanafest - the Malta Mediterranean Folk Music Festival in June, the Malta Jazz Festival in July, and Notte Bianca in September, when State palaces, historic buildings and museums open their doors all night for visual art exhibitions, music, dance and theatre performances. A visit to Valletta is a must, now a UNESCO World Heritage site simply bursting with prehistoric finds, breathtaking architecture, and museums, as well as the laid back and more rural Gozo, and the historic golden-walled capital of the island, Mdina.

Top 3 Must See: Malta

  • Hal Saflieni Hypogeum - the underground necropolis

  • Diving near Gozo

  • A visit to Valletta

Driving Around Malta

A hire car is by far the easiest way to get the most from your trip to Malta. Car rental is incredibly affordable, even more so when you book online in advance, and road conditions here have improved remarkably over the past decade. Having your own transport allows you to seek out those hidden coves that you’ll find dotted around the island, and to visit the many varied towns that historic sites that Malta is home to. One important point to remember, and one that belies the island British ownership until 1964, is that traffic drives on the left here.

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