Malta’s abundance of historic sites, luxury hotels, and exceptional restaurants and the surrounding pristine waters make for a charming destination that is full of surprises.
Many of this rocky island’s biggest attractions are actually under the sea. The abundance of wrecks and reefs has led to a thriving diving industry. No matter what your level of experience and ability, there’ll be a company that caters to you. If you’d rather stay above the waves, consider an island-hopping tour; the sister islands of Comino and Gozo provide unique attractions of their own. The coastlines make for spectacular viewing as the cliffs warp and widen, creating interesting caves and natural edifices.
Back on dry land, there are some amazing ancient sites to explore. For history buffs, a wander around the battlements of Valletta will transport you back in time, while the Cathedrals of Assumption and St. John give a fascinating insight into the island’s past. In fact, Malta actually has one of the oldest religious sites on the planet in the megalithic temple Ħaġar Qim, which dates back to 3,600–3,200 BC. The island is also home to the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, the only known prehistoric underground temple in the world.
Once you’re done exploring Malta’s cultural sites, it’s time to unwind. There are plenty of beautiful beaches where you can bask in the sunshine. Għajn Tuffieħa and Golden Bay are particularly special in the northwest of the island, while rockier beaches tend to dominate the east, where many of the resorts are based.