The Republic of Malta may be one of the smallest and most densely populated countries in the world, but this Mediterranean archipelago also boasts a warm climate, stunning scenery, crystal clear waters and some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world. Read more.
The Republic of Malta may be one of the smallest and most densely populated countries in the world, but this Mediterranean archipelago also boasts a warm climate, stunning scenery, crystal clear waters and some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world. While most visitors end up on the island of Malta, it’s worth a trip to Gozo, Comino and some of the uninhabited islands in the region.
Immerse yourself in the marvels of Malta
To really get a feel for the innate beauty of the area, take a hike along the rugged coastline of Gozo or trek through the countryside of Malta. The sheer cliffs, unusual rock formations and rolling green hills make for an appealing outdoor adventure. Be sure to make your way to Dwerja Point on Gozo for a spectacular view of the Azure Window, a natural archway formed in the rock off the coast. Take a ferry to Comino and explore the sheltered cove of the Blue Lagoon, with its breathtaking blue water and white sand seabed. From hidden coves to pumping tourist beaches, Malta has something to suit all tastes and relaxing on the sand is one of the best ways to enjoy the amazing weather. For water sports, cafes and souvenir stalls, Ramla Bay is a crowd favourite.
As far as architectural landmarks go, there are a number of impressive sights to visit. Start with a walk from the imposing City Gate along the Valletta fortification walls. This will take you around the capital city of Valletta and provide panoramic views along the way. Atop the vast fortifications sits the Upper Barracca Gardens, built by the Knights of Malta and overlooking the Grand Harbour. Get up close to the history of the region at the National Museum of Archaeology housed in the Auberge de Provence, or visit the Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum for a look at the limestone labyrinth that has yielded a vast harvest of fossils and bones. The Ggantija Temples, perched on a hill crest south of Xaghra, make for essential viewing, but for a truly unique experience, explore the Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni, the only known prehistoric temple in the world.
Tips for your trip
Malta is part of the Schengen Agreement, making travel between other Schengen countries particularly easy. Malta International Airport services flights from Air Malta as well as other low budget carriers. Connections to and from major cities in Europe, North Africa, the UK and the Middle East are frequent. For those who fancy a boat trip, it’s also possible to arrive by ferry from Sicily. Getting around to the major sights of Malta is convenient by Hop-on-Hop-off Bus. Most tours start from the Sliema Ferries and Valletta, the capital city. Bike hire in Malta and Gozo is an excellent way to explore the less beaten track. The local bus network is relatively efficient and inexpensive, with a range of airport shuttle routes an added bonus. To really traverse the island, rent a car from one of the many car hire companies.