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Expert Malta travel guides and holiday advice

The petite island nation of Malta, positioned between North Africa and mainland Europe, is a sublime mix of cultures. The entire capital of Valletta is a designated Unesco World Heritage Site – the charming walled city was constructed in the 16th century by Roman Catholic order the Knights of St. John – with a particular highlight being the Baroque cathedral, home to opulent interiors and a masterpiece by Caravaggio. The Mediterranean climate, clear blue seas, pristine beaches and the famed Blue Lagoon all add up to a relaxing break, while possible activities include exploring the ancient Ggantija Temples, boat trips to Gozo, and indulging in Malta’s mouthwatering fusion cuisine, combining Italian, Spanish, French and Provençal influences.

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Just a 25-minute ferry ride from mainland Malta, the idyllic island of Gozo is all rugged countryside, dramatic coastal cliffs, otherworldly salt flats and tranquil hiking paths. It’s home to ancient ruins and traditional farms serving speciality sheep cheese, coated with wine and black pepper before being steeped in local olive oil. The Neolithic Ġgantija Temple ruins are well worth visiting, as is one of Malta’s best sandy beaches: Ramla Beach.


Malta’s small but perfectly formed capital punches well above its weight when it comes to culture and history. The walled city, established in the 1500s by Roman Catholic order the Knights of St John, is an Unesco World Heritage city thanks to its splendid Baroque buildings, palaces and cathedral, whose interior is covered in the most ornate gold leaf designs you’ll ever come across. Plus it’s home to an out-of-this-world Caravaggio painting, "The Beheading of Saint John".

Traveling to, around and from Malta

Europe’s budget airlines all fly to Malta a few times a day from major hub airports across the UK. Air Malta and British Airways also serve the island daily.

If you don’t fancy hiring a car, Malta’s local bus network is a cheap and air-conditioned service, with times listed on Google Maps. There are also very useful and cheap ferry links between Valletta and Sliema, or Valletta and the Three Cities, which are quicker and very scenic.

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