Malta & Gozo
There are few places in the world which offer as much variety per square mile as Malta. This diminutive and sunny island nation, just fifteen miles by nine, located in the very middle of the Mediterranean, wears its many delights on its sleeve. An elegant and aristocratic capital city, carved from a creamy, golden limestone, sits proudly above the glorious grand harbour of Valletta.
Malta's bustling streetscape is populated with delightful baroque churches and regularly invaded during the summer months by exuberant local festivals, or fiestas, known as festas. Luxury Malta holidays are a fantastic immersion into the Maltese culture designed to experience the island at its fullest.
The island's earliest archaeological sites and beautifully preserved megalithic temples are the oldest free-standing buildings in the world - pre-dating the Egyptian pyramids - whilst imposing medieval fortress towns have dominated the landscape since the times of The Knights of St John. Sandy beaches may be few and far between but the surrounding waters are renowned for their sparkling clarity and stunning shades of blue.
Located in the north east of the island is the popular and modern, tourist destination of Qawra. Although Qawra has no beach, guests can be found swimming off from the rocks and there are a number of watersport activities to partake in and enjoy.
Bugibba is situated adjacent to Qawra and although a small town it boasts a number of restaurants, bars, clubs and a casino. With a great range of watersports and a number of diving centres, it is a great place for those looking for things to do in Malta.
More natural splendours are to be found in the azure waters of the Blue Grotto, to the south of Malta and don't forget that the Maltese islands offer some of the best scuba diving in Europe, and thus it is one of the most popular things to do in Malta by far. Warm waters, excellent visibility, interesting dive sites and a large number of dive schools, all play their part in making the islands a favourite destination for divers of all abilities.
The island of Gozo is even smaller than Malta - just nine miles by five - and a world apart. The relaxed quality of life enjoyed by their neighbours on Malta is regarded as positively frenetic by the Gozitans. For a totally relaxing getaway, the rural pace of life offered by this tiny island makes it difficult to better.
Delightfully translated as ‘joy’ in Castilian, Gozo, is easily reached by a 25 minute ferry ride from Malta. This tiny island boasts a stunning seascape and delightful rural interior although the real beauty lies in the timeless villages where the locals, although treasuring their peace and tranquillity, are known for their friendliness and helpfulness to visitors.
Victoria, also known as Rabat, is the geographic and economic capital and both here and across the island there are delightful local traditions and customs and numerous restaurants serving local and international cuisine.