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Take a holiday to Malta and enjoy a Mediterranean island that is a real home-from-home, with English spoken everywhere, ‘Bobbies’ on the beat and a very special welcome reserved for British guests. Add to this Valletta’s great harbour, "silent city" Mdina, beaches and hidden coves – as well as the attraction of neighbouring, greener sister isle Gozo – and your have a recipe for a perfect holiday.
Full of character and charm, Malta is the perfect place for an enjoyable holiday at any time of the year; its mild climate and great record for sunshine make it a wonderful place to spend some time relaxing. Wintertime temperatures are usually shirt-sleeves-and-shorts by day, and jumper-or-jacket by evening, ideal if you're looking to escape the cold or take a holiday on Malta during over Christmas or the New Year.
Packed with remarkable prehistoric sites, Malta is also perfect for a little exploration. Explore the historic capital, Valletta, set above one of the world’s most striking natural anchorages, the Grand Harbour. Stroll through the city, visit awe-inspiring St John’s Co-Cathedral, the largest and most impressive of the island's staggering 300-plus churches, and take in some of Malta's best views from the Upper Barrakka Gardens. History buffs can journey across the vast harbour to the historic Three Cities - Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea - for a fascinating look into Malta’s past.
Another highlight of any history lover's holiday to Malta, is the "silent city", Mdina. This ancient, fortified former island capital is a place of narrow stone-built streets and elegant palaces, and is home to fewer than 300 inhabitants (hence its name). You'll find spectacular views from its ramparts and an air of mystery lingering in its streets.
Malta isn’t all ancient monuments and churches. The island has some of the Mediterranean’s most modern shopping malls and swankiest spas, and a whole host of restaurants, bars and cafes. Resorts like Bugibba and adjoining Qawra are every inch modern holiday resorts, with pretty squares, seafront promenades and beaches to enjoy.
Across the blue waters of the Mediterranean, Malta's smaller satellite islands are also enchanting. Head to the tiny 'desert island' of Comino, or tour the green pastures of neighbouring Gozo, and discover its fortified capital, Victoria, and the fascinating 'Inland Sea' at Dwerja. See its prehistoric sites, and stop at Calypso's Cave, overlooking sandy Ramla Bay, and in the delightful coastal resort of Xlendi. A holiday to Malta is full of interest and fascination, as well as rest and relaxation.
Things to see and places to visit on your escorted tour of Malta.
Despite its small size size, Malta is one of the Mediterranean’s most historic and welcoming islands, and a holiday to Malta is the perfect choice for those looking to combine blissful relaxation and a little exploration. Here are some of the things you really shouldn't miss on your holiday in Malta.
Malta has a rich history that has greatly influenced its food. Flavours from Sicily, Britain and various Mediterranean cuisines, along with some Arabic influences, have been adapted and merged to create the island's cuisine.
The island's national dish is rabbit (fenek) fried with garlic and stewed with wine, and often served with pasta. Pork is also popular - added to ross il-forn (baked rice) and to kawlata (a vegetable soup) - and expect to find typically Mediterranean meals of fish, pasta and chicken on offer during your holiday to Malta. Many hotels offer half-board options, and you'll find many good places to eat out locally, wherever you're staying.
For a quick snack, pastizzi, a Maltese savoury pastry often filled with cheese or mashed peas, make a tasty treat. Another staple snack is hobz biz-zejt. The name literally means "bread with oil", but what you'll get is a slice of crusty bread topped with sweet tomato paste and things like garlic, capers, olives, tuna, anchovies or crumbs of cheese.
If your tour of Malta takes you to Marsaxlokk, you'll be able to feast on seafood from the local restaurants. Try the lampuki (probably better known by its Hawaiian name - mahi mahi) perhaps in a delicious fish pie. For drinks, try locally brewed Cisk beer – the most popular beer on the island (the local wine is more of an acquired taste).