Malta’s landscape displays the beautiful power of nature. Incredible cliff formations tower up along the coastline surrounded by azure water. Here you will find prehistoric forts, exciting caves and small hidden bays around the fossil-clad cliffs, that attract the sun and swimming holidaymakers. The contrasts between the blue water, the red brown beaches and limestone cliffs has made Malta a particularly popular hotspot for snorkelling and diving.
Sun and beach in Malta
Malta’s sun and bathing locations are ideal for those who enjoy snorkelling and diving. Here you can go exploring and find hidden bays between the large rocks. The beaches can be classic golden sandy beaches to the more unusual red beaches. There are not many beaches around St. Julians and Sliema, so people usually access the sea from the rocks or small beaches, many five-star hotels offer a private beach. Malta's large variety of beaches are at the seaside resorts on the northern side, here you will also find Mellieha Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha and Golden Bay, which are the most popular beaches. If you are looking for a quieter and more relaxed beach environment, you can visit Paradise Bay as well as Armier. We highly recommend a visit to the island of Gozo and the beautiful beach of Ramla I-hamra, which is an unusual red sandy beach.
Malta’s sites on the World Heritage List
Malta is less than half the size of Isle of Man, which makes it easy to explore. Here you will find outstanding examples of historical treasures. There are, among other things, some of the world's oldest independent monuments - the megalithic formations believed to be from 3000 BC. Besides the astonishing limestone rocks, there are two sites listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List: Valetta and Nekropolis ("The City of Death", located beneath the streets in Valletta's suburb, Paolo). Malta has been a strategically important outpost in the Mediterranean, and much trade has been conducted here, leading to many different cultures leaving a historical mark on the architecture and food.
The Maltese cuisine
When it comes to Maltese cuisine, the influence of the people that settled in Malta has created an exciting mix of different flavours. Traditional Maltese cuisine is a mix of flavours from Sicily and the Middle East. A specialty in Malta is a rabbit steak with tomato sauce (or garlic) with spaghetti or chips. For a full day at the beach we recommend ħobż biż-żejt as picnic food. It’s a popular snack that consists of a large piece of Maltese bread rubbed with juicy red tomatoes, topped with mint, goat cheese, anchovies and olive oil. This is the taste of Malta!
For explorers and adventurers
The capital, Valletta, is one of Europe's smallest and has many historical sights. The medieval city is almost car-free, you can relax in tranquillity among fantastic buildings, enjoy shopping, and finish off with a glass of wine at the quayside. Another popular excursion is to visit the mythical city of Mdina. The city is hiding behind Arabian walls and has a city centre, which the Romans laid the foundation for. There is also a citadel from 1000 BC, when the Phoenicians first came to Mdina. It is simply a delight for those who are interested in archaeology and history. Malta has been widely mentioned in recent years thanks to the TV series, Game of Thrones. On the island of Gozo, there was, until recently, the so-called "Azure Window" which is shown in the series and in other movies. The site has created an iconic picture of Malta and many people have wanted to swim through "windows" or in the natural pools created by nature's powers. Unfortunately, “The Azure Window" was destroyed in a storm in 2017. If you are interested in Game of Thrones, there is still a lot to see, many exciting stone temples and wonderful swimming bays.
Welcome to Malta!