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Destination of the month

Welcome to Malta

The Maltese archipelago, consisting of the islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino, lies 93km south of Sicily and 288km north of Africa.

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Things to do here

The attractions of Malta lie in its superb weather and the sparkling Mediterranean sea that surrounds the individual islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino. The islands’ rich history, most evident in the 16th century splendour of the capital Valletta, a UNESCO world Heritage site, is also a major draw for visitors. 


To Eat

  1. Risette From grilled sea urchin to the best local pork, this fine dining restaurant is regarded as amongst the best in Malta. Situated within Casa Ellul, an elegant boutique hotel, in the heart of Valletta. 
  2. Arzella - A family-owned restaurant located in the resort town of Marsalforn, where many Maltese go to spend the summer months, on the island of Gozo. It is known for its seafood dishes.

To Stay

  1. Casa Ellul - Originally a Victorian-period Palazzo, this small (only nine rooms) boutique hotel in the centre of Valetta offers contemporary luxury in a historical building.
  2. Hotel Ta' Cenc & Spa - A family friendly 5-star hotel located right on the sea in Sannat on Gozo.


Valetta Tour

Valletta, built by the medieval order of the Knights of St John during the 16th century, is on a peninsula that's only 1km by 600m. Buildings of historic importance include St John's Co-Cathedral and the Grandmaster's Palace, which was built between 1571 and 1574. The National Museum of Fine Arts is in a Rococo palace dating back to the late 1570s, and the Manoel Theatre, built in 1731, is one of the oldest working theatres in Europe. 



Marsaxlokk Tour

Less than an hour from Valletta is the pretty fishing village of Marsaxlokk (pronounced Marsa-schlock). Famous for its many fish restaurants, locals frequent the fish market on Sundays before having brunch in the village. The small harbour is filled with the traditional Maltese boats called Luzzu. 


Blue Lagoon Outdoor Fun

The island of Comino is a wildlife sanctuary and home to a small number of permanent residents. It is only 2km long by 1.7km wide, and outside of two small sandy beaches, its biggest attraction is the picturesque bay known as the Blue Lagoon with its famously clear azure blue water. There are regular ferries to Comino from Malta and Gozo and there is one hotel on the island.


Mdina Culture

The ancient city of Mdina sits high above the surrounding countryside and was once the island’s capital. Cars are not allowed in the city, which is joined to its near neighbour Rabat. Visitors come to see the mix of well-preserved architectural styles, which include Norman, medieval and baroque buildings, in addition to the city’s famous fortified walls.