10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Malta

Craving a vacation? Go on, you deserve it!

There comes a point in everyone’s life when a spontaneous trip abroad is very much needed! With direct flights to Malta – the beautiful little gem in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea – we believe that the time is now. The small island has much to offer to its visitors, all-year round. From endless summer days to its fascinating history and culture – here are 10 reasons why visiting Malta should be on your bucket list!

 

1. 300 Days of Sunshine

Grey skies got you feeling down? Sunshine is just one flight away. Malta boasts observe 300 days of sunshine throughout the year, and summer days seem to go on forever. Malta’s mild winters are also ideal if you’re looking to escape the sub-zero temperature back home. Winter weather can reach up to 17°C during the daytime, and may fall to 10°C on the coldest nights.

 

2. The capital is a UNESCO World Heritage City

Valletta – Malta’s magical capital city – has often been described as an ‘open-air museum’. Built by the noble Order of the Knights of St John, Valletta is an example of both a modern fortified city and a unique example of Baroque architecture and design.

Valletta, Malta

3. Visit some of the oldest temples in the world!

Apart from Valletta, Malta is home to two other UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the Megalithic Temples (there are 7 sites in total!) and the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. The Megalithic Temples are architectural masterpieces, and the Ggantija site are the oldest in the world. The underground Hypogeum is also considered to be one of the most significant prehistoric monuments across the globe!

4. Caravaggio’s masterpiece is found in St John’s Co-Cathedral

‘The Beheading of St John the Baptist’ is considered to be Caravaggio’s masterpiece and one of the most important works in Western painting. It is hanging inside the beautiful St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, and the interiors of the cathedral are also described as one of the finest examples of High Baroque Architecture in Europe!

5. Learn about the Island’s wartime history

During the Second World War, Malta became one of the most bombed countries in the world. As a British colony at the time, it was used as a military base from where many operations were planned. You can discover Malta’s war history (including pre-WWII) at many museums in Valletta, such as the Lascaris War Rooms, the National War Museum, the Grandmaster’s Palace Armoury and the Fortifications Interpretations Centre.

6. It’s party central!

There’s always a party going on in Malta. From the nightlife in Paceville, to the clubbing complexes around the island – there’s no denying that the entertainment scene in Malta is thriving. There are great annual festivals, such as GLITCH, Annie Mac’s Lost & Found and the Isle of MTV taking place in Malta. Plus, internationally renowned musicians – from opera to pop to electronic artists – make their way to the island to perform each year!

 

7. Find peace in Gozo

Just a 25-minute ferry ride away from Malta, lies the sister island of Gozo. Gozo is small enough to be explored in one day, and is perfect for people seeking to experience the peace and quiet offered by this tiny island. Visit the picturesque beaches, ancient temples, beautiful diving sites, the fortified ‘Cittadella’ and the famous salt pans of Qbajjar Bay. Make sure to try the traditional Gozitan pizza (topped with potatoes – yum!), too!

8. Sail to the Blue Lagoon

Ah, a true slice of paradise! The Blue Lagoon in Comino is one of the most stunning places to swim on the Maltese Islands. Its crystal clear waters are perfect for swimming, there’s space to sunbathe, and of course, you can find delicious cocktails on the island too!

 

9. You can dive in winter!

Malta and Gozo are very popular among scuba divers, and the many different diving sites across the islands attract divers all year round. Since the winters are mild in Malta, the sea temperatures are warm enough for scuba diving for most of the season.

10. Pastizzi!

Last on our list but definitely not least – Malta is the only place in the world where you can get pastizzi. A delicious ricotta or pea-cake, deep fried and crunchy; pastizzi are astonishingly cheap (you can get them for just 35c) and a local delicacy!

Pastizzi

Ready to book your flights? Choose to stay at any of our AX Hotels in Malta, and #AXperience the best that the islands have to offer!

 

Photo Credits go to Visit Gozo, Viewing Malta & News Malta

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