Malta: periwinkle water, stunning red-gold beaches and four islands (including Gozo) to explore, not to mention a balmy climate and very little rainfall throughout the year. That all equates to the ultimate fly-and-flop destination, with bright sunshine likely even in winter.
It’s not all about sun, sea and sand though. The archipelago is packed with significant attractions that tell the story of its 7,000-year history, alongside a varied and exciting calendar of events and local festivals. It’s home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, one of which is a temple that’s 1,000 years older than the Egyptian Pyramids. And its Lilliputian capital Valletta has been named European Capital of Culture 2018, in recognition of the sheer number of historic sites within its formidable city walls.
We’ve hand-picked a collection of the best deals for this diverse destination, including an all-inclusive escape, a luxurious Radisson holiday and a short break on Malta’s north coast.
Malta has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters - temperatures can reach 18°C in the colder months. From November-April, expect averages around 15°C, with highs of up to 33°C from May-October. The sea is relatively warm by May and stays pleasant for swimming until late autumn.
Malta has plenty of high-end hotels and restaurants where you can easily burn through your euros, but it's perfectly feasible to holiday here on a budget. With a weekly bus pass costing just €17, you could happily forego the rental car. Plus, there are so many modestly priced traditional eateries that meals out needn't cost a fortune.
Air Malta, British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair all operate direct flights between the UK and Malta, covering an extensive range of departure points across the country. Air Malta, for example flies direct from London (Gatwick and Heathrow) Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Birmingham and Manchester.
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