The island of Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, is inhabited by 400,000 people, and is geographically tiny. It’s charm and character however are so much bigger, and some would find it hard to believe that such a small country could be so diverse and entertaining. In short, it is a place for culture, shopping, swimming, sports, spas, dining, language learning, business, diving, art, theatre, religion, photography, history… need we say more?
Malta’s weather constitutes hot summers and mild winters, ideal for walking around the old villages and spectacular monuments throughout the Maltese island. The oldest and most impressive structures are the prehistoric temples which are even older than the Egyptian pyramids! A definite must-see! The island’s rich history has also left behind a series of historical cities and buildings, particularly those built by the Knights of St. John which also merit a visit.
Malta is an island of traditions, each of which stem from this exquisite history. Such unique traditional elements in food, art and music are all still present all over the island. For instance The Ta’ Qali craft village is the perfect place to go in order to really get a feel of the tradition art and crafts. The several museums of Malta that range from archaeology to classic cars are sure to keep someone busy for a series of days!
Things to do in Malta
If one prefers retail shopping, Sliema is probably the best place to visit as it consists of a few jam-packed shopping high-streets, together with one of Malta’s most established shopping malls, with all the major brands one can think of. Wedged between the shops are numerous of the top Malta Restaurants and cafés of all varieties, always bustling with people sipping their wine or coffee or taking a quick bite.
On this tiny island, one can find some forty spa and health outlets, each with their own state of the art equipment and highly trained, professional staff. These include large spa facilities as well as smaller specialized outlets and oriental treatment clinics which include well-renowned health and wellness treatments, not to mention captivating massages. The possibilities of having a relaxing Malta Spa Holiday then, are also countless!
Furthermore, the theatre scene is bustling all year round with selections of classical concerts, operas, drama, musicals and comedy. In fact, it has become popular to go and enjoy a light meal and a bottle of wine at a local wine bar following a show at one of Malta’s Theatres. Wining and Dining in Malta is of course not limited to such wine bars and extends to all sorts of cuisine scattered in every locality on the island, the most prominent being Mediterranean cuisine at some of the renowned Malta Restaurants. Malta’s nightlife of parties, clubs and bars is also very active and is famous around Europe.
The natural sea- and landscapes, the old historical buildings, the traditional elements and the archaeological monuments are just some of the subjects used by photographers all around the world, who visit the island in order to capture it with their lens. In recent years Malta tours have been created to cater for a more photographic experience of the island. Uphotomalta, for instance, is a company specifically designed for both professionals as well as amateurs who would like to explore the islands through their lens. They visit secluded parts of the island known only to the locals, as well as the most popular and breath-taking spots on the islands, taking some of the best possible photos along the way!
In March 2009, some 35,000 readers of an international magazine called ‘Diver’ voted for the top diving destinations around the world. This year, the Mediterranean island of Malta placed first as the top European diving destination. Placing 3rd in the world, preceded only by Egypt and the Maldives in the International category, the little island proved that it has so much to offer and definitely merits the award. With over 35 diving sites, Malta has thus proved itself as a leading destination for a diving-based holiday as well. The several beaches and resorts also cater for relaxing holidays by the sea; swimming, sunbathing, and water sports.
For a diverse holiday that will appeal to every individual, choose Malta when planning your next holiday!