Malta has everything you could possibly want from a wonderful holiday. For a start there is that sea – deep blue to crystal clear, sea that you want to bathe in, snorkel and dive. Then there is the coastline – rocky crags and sheltered coves, powder white beaches and picturesque marinas. There is history and architecture – prehistoric temples, hilltop fortress towns, watchtowers, winding cobbled streets and medieval churches. There are beaches – long stretches of sand, hidden lagoons and fun-packed resorts with great water sports. There are museums and art galleries, stores selling traditional handicrafts, and relaxed cafes for when you just want to stop and watch the world go by. On a holiday to Malta you can experience all this – so check out our amazing holiday packages today.
Things to know before visiting Malta
Malta is one hour ahead of the UK. Malta is a member of the European Union and the currency is the euro. If you’re going on holiday to Malta on a flight from London to Malta or a flight from Manchester to Malta then you’ll fly into Malta International Airport. This is the only airport in Malta and it serves all the Maltese islands. It is located in the southern central part of Malta. Most hotels offer a shuttle bus service to guests, either by Malta Transfer (the official Airport Shuttle Service) or other shared or private transfers. This is perhaps the easiest way to arrive at your destination but it’s also straightforward to catch a taxi, with prepaid fixed rate journeys available 24 hours a day. There are also four express bus services which are fully air-conditioned. Take a look at our package holidays to book a flight to Malta.
What is the weather in Malta?
Malta has a Mediterranean climate, with beautiful hot sunny summers and mild, somewhat rainy winters. Summer (June to August) has highs around 30 degrees Celsius or slightly above, with sea breezes protecting the island from extreme temperatures. September is still warm and sunny, and by October the high temperatures have dropped to around 25 degrees. In November this falls to about 20 degrees and in winter (December to February) the temperatures typically hover around 15 degrees. You can see that it never really gets cold in Malta and sun is also quite frequent in winter. Our great range of package holidays will give you all the inspiration you need to book a holiday to Malta whatever the time of year.
What to do in Malta?
Here are some top experiences to try in Malta:
Cruise to Gozo and Comino – if you’re staying on the main island this is a must (and if you’re staying on Gozo a cruise is still a must!) What better way to experience the beauty of the islands as you lounge back in the sun and watch the scenery float by? Cruises typically stop off at the Blue Lagoon too, arguably the most beautiful spot in the Maltese archipelago with beautiful azure waters.
Grand Harbour boat tour – tour the grand harbour and find out about the dramatic events of the Middle Ages and World War II.
Water sports – as sedate or as active as you like. Malta has some of the best diving in the Mediterranean or you could just enjoy snorkelling. Alternatively you could watch the fishes on a ride in a glass-bottom boat. Other sports to try include water-skiing, windsurfing and paragliding.
Holiday packages may include some activities and can certainly arrange tours – take a look at our holiday deals to Malta to see what you could be doing.
What to see in Malta?
Whether you like history, art, beautiful beaches or lively resorts on a holiday to Malta we’ve got you covered. Check out our list below for ideas if you like history and art:
Grand Master’s Palace – home to the Grand Master of the Order of St John from the 1570s until 1798.
St Paul’s Catacombs – a labyrinth of early Christian Roman/Byzantine catacombs cut out of solid rock.
St John’s Co-Cathedral – sumptuously decorated church in gold and coloured marble.
Malta at War Museum – museum and underground tours.
Lascaris War Rooms - secret headquarters of the British and Allied Mediterranean forces.
National Museum of Archaeology – finds from the islands’ prehistoric temples and other historical exhibits.
Casa Rocca Piccola – home of a Maltese noble family, filled with Maltese antiques including furniture, paintings and lace.
Mnajdra and Hagar Qim – built between 3600 BC and 2500 BC these are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Mdina Cathedral and Museum – impressive Baroque cathedral completed in the 1700s.
Our pick of the best beaches:
Golden Bay – popular beach with great facilities.
Ghajn Tuffieha – peaceful, uncrowded beach with some facilities.
Mellieha Bay – Malta’s longest sandy beach with gently sloping sand, good facilities and water sports.
Paradise Bay – popular golden sand beach close to Gozo and Comino.
Ghar Lapsi – rocky but picturesque swimming spot.
Sliema Beach – deep blue water that is good for snorkelling.
Bugibba – beach with plenty of shops and activities including a water park, dodgems and Malta’s National Aquarium.
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What to bring from Malta?
Malta has many lovely handicrafts and other gift items and souvenirs you could bring back, such as:
Hand-blown glass – beautiful, colourful glass ornaments, figurines, vases, candlesticks and more.
Filigree – intricately worked gold and silver jewellery and other items.
Pottery and ceramics – lovely colourful handmade pieces.
Maltese nougat – one of the most popular sweets in Malta.
Browse our range of holiday packages and holiday deals to Malta to plan your trip.