Malta – A Cultural and Sophisticated Destination for Travelers on Any Budget
Culture and History of Malta
The island of Malta is a popular destination for British tourists, thanks not only to its stunning scenery but also to its fascinating history with over 6,500 years of influence from the Byzantines, Romans and Phoenicians. The Maltese people have embraced elements of each culture and developed what is now an eclectic modern society, rich with diverse customs and traditions.
From the traditional villages of Gozo, where tourists can experience a lifestyle that has rejected change for decades, and the ancient prehistoric ruins of the Ggantija Temples which predate both the Great Pyramids of Egypt as well as Stonehenge, to the modern and cosmopolitan city of Sliema with its beaches, water sports and continental shopping appeal, Malta really does have something for everyone to enjoy.
Of course, the weather in Malta is part of the island’s attraction, and with temperatures that regularly reach over 30 degrees in the summer months, it’s not hard to see why so many holidaymakers, who are looking for the perfect escape from the British climate, choose to visit Malta.
Entertainment in Malta
You don’t have to look hard to find a wide variety of things to do in Malta, and while there are plenty of traditional tourist attractions to enjoy, from water parks to snorkelling trips, holidays to Malta have so much more to offer.
Visit Mdina, Malta’s original capital city, and watch the Knights of Malta in action as they put on a dramatic display of mediaeval swordplay and re-enact years of fighting in the city streets, or charter a boat and explore the fascinating history of Malta’s coastline, including a visit to the Blue Grotto, a sea cave that extends 50 metres into the rock face. And for things to do in the evening, travel to Paceville and check out Havana, a popular nightclub with the local’s thanks to its 6 bars, huge dance floor and top name R&B DJ’s.
Transport in Malta
Cheap flights to Malta from the UK, serviced by the main budget operators like Ryanair and Easyjet, mean that the cost of a trip to this captivating island won’t blow your holiday budget. And with a flying time of just over three hours from London and plenty of connecting flights from elsewhere in the UK, you won’t be spending all your time on a plane either. (If you need help checking for flights that suit you, the handy form at the bottom of this page will provide you with a list of suitable times and prices).
Once on the island itself, the transport network is excellent. Valletta, the capital city, is just 20 minutes away and there are a regular bus and train network that runs directly from the airport. If you prefer to make your own way around the island, then car hire in Malta is as simple to arrange as it is in the UK, with all the major hire companies located within the airport itself.
Accommodation in Malta
When it comes to hotels in Malta, tourists really are spoilt for choice, and you don’t have to be limited by cost or location when it comes to making your decision. Many hotels on this fabulous island work hard to ensure the comfort of their guests is taken seriously, and if it’s a relaxing holiday free from the stresses and strains of modern living that you’re after, then you’ll find your perfect hotel right here.
The Phoenicia Hotel is more than just a favourite world-class destination for the rich and famous – it’s also renowned for its attention to detail. Situated in the heart of Valletta, this hotel is ideally located for reaching many of the best attractions, from the Grand Master’s Palace to the Waterfront shopping complex.
For a less expensive stay, the Fortina Hotel and the Bella Vista Hotel are ideal. They both lie on the waterside offering unparalleled ocean views, and as well as the convenience of nearby shopping and nightlife, both hotels are unique in offering accommodation for visitors taking advantage of medical treatments on the island. The Fortina Hotel also offers a residential Spa Therapy Diploma for guests who’d like to combine their holiday with learning a new trade.
Holiday Facilities in Malta
Malta is brimming with facilities and activities of all kinds, so regardless of why you’re travelling or who you’re going with, there is plenty to see and do.
Groups of friends will undoubtedly love a tour with uPhotoMalta, a unique walk through the island with a professional photographer guiding you to the best, and most secret, of Maltese locations. You’ll be sure to get some exclusive and inspiring photographs of these hidden places.
Groups of boys can spend hours in the Malta Classic Car Collection Museum in Qawra. With its impressive display of beautifully restored cars, the petrol-heads of the group will be happy to browse for hours. The museum is also home to some other memorabilia from those eras, including jukeboxes and pinball machines.
The Blue Grotto is a perfect day trip for couples. The smaller boats can be hired by the hour so you won’t have to share your experience with anyone else, apart from the boat operator, and you won’t be crowded for a view either.