By Bridget Castner
Consider a holiday in Malta, the smallest member of the European Union that's just 50 miles south of Sicily! Similar to getaway spots like the Amalfi Coast or Cote d’Azur, Malta is a lovely destination without the bustling crowds, perfect for anyone who would like to opt for a little more tranquility in the European countryside.
Need more inspiration? Here are 8 reasons why you need to holiday in Malta!
Sandy beaches and clear blue Lagoons
Did you know the sparkling periwinkle waters of Malta are among the cleanest in Europe? Take a dip in the iconic Blue Grotto in Gozo or have a lazy day on the Golden Bay and Mellieha Bay beaches. Whether you're in Malta, Gozo, Comino, Comminotto, or Filfla (the 5 islands of Malta), you're sure to find a spectacular beach.
Check out old monuments and historical sights
Having been colonised by the Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, Normans, Sicilians, Spanish, Knights of St. John, the French, and the British, Malta is a truly a melting pot of diverse cultures and history. You can find the Grand Master’s Palace in Valletta or make your way to a prehistoric temple such as the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. With over 7,000 years of untouched history, Malta is an incredible spot for history lovers!
Feast on remarkable food and beverages
Wine in Malta is delicious, consisting of international grape varieties that grow directly on the island, as well as native varieties like Gellewza and Girghentina. Meals in Malta are unlike any other you have experienced in Europe. Chefs make use of local ingredients like honey and rabbit, and the food is an array of Sicilian and Middle Eastern flavours. Pastizz is the most popular Maltese snack, which is a traditional savoury pastry filled with ricotta or curried peas.
Hit the casino
Malta has five casinos located in Marsa, St. Julians, and St. Paul’s Bay. However, you must be 18 years of age or over to enter one of the many casinos in the area. Fun fact: Did you know Malta is the gambling capital of Europe?
Jump from one lovely village to the next
Get out and discover the small villages of Malta! One of the best is Marsaxlokk, which is a traditional fishing town that has a harbour of brightly painted boats. It is considered one of the most beautiful villages known for its views, fisherman, and tons of history.
Visit Malta's places of worship
Malta has a total of 359 churches, so you have your pick of which to visit. For example, St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta is Malta’s most famous church. It was built by the Order of St. John between 1572 and 1577, so it has a lot of history to explore and is home to two brilliant Caravaggio paintings as well. Malta is one of the most Catholic countries in Europe, so everyone is advised to cover up when entering one of the churches.
Immerse yourself in Maltese culture
St. James Cavalier Center of Creativity and the MUZA (Museum of Fine Arts) are both located in Valletta and are filled with intriguing art pieces and exhibitions. City Gate is located at the entrance of Valletta and was built between 2011 and 2014, inspired by designs of a famous Italian architect Renzo Piano. Looking for something outside of Valletta? Pay a visit to Palazzo Falson, a museum in Mdina, the oldest city in Malta. There you can enjoy audio guided tours and the museum cafe.
Marvel at Malta's famous filming locations
Have you always wanted to visit a location from where your favourite series was filmed? Look no further than Malta’s capital Valletta, which has provided incredible scenery for prominent productions such as Gladiator, Troy, and was the original filming location for King’s Landing in Game of Thrones.