Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Malta, a charming island

The Republic of Malta is a small but heavily populated island nation in the middle of the Mediterranean. Consisting of 7 islands it is a popular tourist resort due to its tropical climate, exciting nightlife, and a history dating back thousands of years. There is something here for every type of holidaymaker.

The Maltese Islands offer an exhilarating contrast of colours: the azure of the Mediterranean, the mellow honey-coloured limestone which characterises the architecture, and clear skies. The Islands are a feast for the senses.

Everywhere you go, a unique historic sight awaits. Temples, palaces, cathedrals, and forts provide a living history you can almost touch. Sound plays an important part in the life of the Islands. The mix of fireworks and village band marches transforms a summer night into a special memory. The advantage of a stay on the Maltese Islands is that you can experience several holidays in one.

Cuisine here is a taste of the Islands' multicultural heritage. Local restaurants offer a creative selection of tempting fare. After dinner, night clubs, wine bars and casinos beckon with their own brand of excitement.

One of the joys of being on The Maltese Islands is that, no matter where you are, you’re never far from one of the many magnificent beaches or secluded little coves.

There is a choice of both sandy and rocky beaches on the Islands, offering practical areas for the family, scenic spots for the romantics, serene areas for those in want of peace and spots for those who are interested in a bit of summer sports fun.

To experience all this, you won't have to travel far. Just a few hours flying time away from most European cities, the Islands are serviced by direct scheduled flights operated by the national carrier and major international airlines.

Top places to visit on the island:
1 Valletta
It’s a joy to explore the pint-sized capital, chock-full of historical and architectural gems
2 Sliema, St Julian’s & Paceville
The place in Malta to promenade, eat, drink, shop and play
3 Vittoriosa
An intriguing mix of old and new, with quirky wine bars and atmospheric alleys to discover
4 Hypogeum
This mysterious underground necropolis still has the experts scratching their heads in wonder
5 Marsaxlokk
Work up an appetite for fresh local seafood while admiring picture-perfect boats in the harbour
6 Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Temples
More megalithic marvels to keep you guessing, or you can simply admire the spectacular setting
7 Mdina
The jewel in Malta’s crown and a oasis of elegance and loveliness
8 Northern Beaches
See how Malta earned a reputation for beachside holidays at these sun-drenched bays
9 The Blue Lagoon
Crowded, yes, but beautiful nonetheless – and a prime spot for swimming and snorkeling
10 Victoria
Well endowed with historical and gastronomical treats, and with easy access to all of Gozo’s riches
If you want to discover this charming island, go to to find a great variety of accommodations.

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