Malta packs glorious variety into its small archipelago. You'll find prehistoric temples, fossil-studded cliffs, hidden coves, thrilling scuba diving and a history of remarkable intensity.
The Maltese archipelago is situated in the middle of the Mediterranean. It comprises of three major islands (Malta, the largest, Gozo and Comino).
The main island of Malta covers just 95 square miles (246 sq km) and is a popular holiday destination because of its secluded bays washed by unpolluted clear blue waters. Set against the backdrop of the island's scenery and its honey-coloured stone buildings, Malta is alluring and fascinating.
It has been said that the Maltese islands are the 'open air museum of the Mediterranean', offering 7,000 years or more of history to explore with numerous cultural, historical sites. They boast prehistoric ruins older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Egypt, and are steeped in the legacy of the medieval order of the Knights of St John, who used the island as their stronghold for defending Christendom.
The islanders enjoy life to the full, and the calendar is filled with summertime fiestas with fireworks and revelry in every little parish in honour of the village patron saints, as well as the major carnival in early spring every year. The capital, Valletta, besides offering some awesome Baroque buildings and fortifications as its main sightseeing attractions, is bustling with restaurants and cafes. The island's compact size is also a plus for visitors; it takes no more than an hour to drive between any two points on the main island.
The island’s stunning beaches are a huge draw for tourists. The town of Mellieha is very popular as it falls steeply down to Mellieha Bay, one of Malta’s finest and longest beaches.
The main coastal resort areas are Sliema and St Julian’s on the East coast. They are bustling areas catering for holiday makers with hosts of shops, restaurants, cafes and nightlife. One the north east cost lies the large resorts of St Paul’s Bay and Bugibba.
Malta converted to the Euro in January 2008. Most hotels, restaurants and many shops will accept major credit cards including American Express, MasterCard and Visa. If you want to change money, banks are your best bet as they almost always offer a significantly better rate than hotels or restaurants.
Chez Gaetane Restaurant
China White Restaurant
The Stone Crab Restaurant
Paradise Bar and Restaurant
Mobydick Xlendi Complex & Restaurant
Ta' Randi restaurant
Before travelling to Malta you should check the Visa and Passport requirements at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.