Malta — Overview
Mediterranean Malta is blessed with some of the best weather in Europe, with year round temperature averages of 68°F and an average of 12 hours of sun a day in July and five hours in December. This alone is a big draw to the islands, which also has a rich history and culture to explore.
The walled medieval town of Mdina served as the capital for many years before the center of administration was moved to Valetta. Every year, thousands of tourists are charmed by the views, architecture and history of Mdina's old town and the Grand Harbor of Valetta. Many different cultures ruling over time have helped shape the unique arts, crafts, cuisine, and architecture of the island nation. From ancient temples to Baroque cathedrals, there are plenty of fascinating places for visitors to see.
The sea surrounding Malta is ideal for water sports such swimming, snorkeling and diving as well as providing a source of fresh seafood that is featured in many local delicacies. The wrecks lining the ocean floor add additional mystery, interest and romance to the underwater world.
Malta is an incredibly popular travel destination so visitors are strongly encouraged to book accommodation in advance, particularly if visiting during the summer, which is the peak tourist season. The shoulder seasons of fall and spring can offer lower travel and accommodation costs, as well as festivals such as Easter (spring). Seafood and Mediterranean cuisine are some of Malta’s most popular dining options, although the high number of travelers and retirees from Britain mean that pub food and fish and chips are also available.
Malta only has one international airport in Gujda, which many of Malta’s travelers arrive through, although visitors can also get to the main port in Valetta via boat from Italy or Sicily. Malta is easy to get around by bus, car or motorbike, and cycling is also possible. Tourists will enjoy beautiful scenery punctuated by picturesque historic buildings common on Maltese roads with the drive along the Dingli Cliffs being one of the most popular.
- Visit the World Heritage-listed Hypogeum and Mnajdra Ancient Megalithic Temples
- Explore the opulent rooms and secret tunnels of Casa Rocca Piccola
- Scuba dive amongst the marine life of Malta’s many wrecks
- Wander the medieval streets of Mdina Old Town
- Swim or snorkel in the famous Blue Lagoon
- Savor local food and drink during the February Carnival
- See the treasures of St John’s Co-Cathedral at Valetta