Malta, a picture-perfect island country in the central Mediterranean Sea, is actually an archipelago of three islands comprising Malta, Gozo and Comino nestling between Sicily and the North African Coast. Hence, you could also take a boat across to Sicily and combine it with your trip to Malta.
There is so much to see and do on this island, but there are some things that you just cannot miss including visiting Mdina – The Noble City. Soak up the atmosphere in this ancient walled city with its mix of medieval and baroque architecture. Maybe even take a tour on a horse and carriage – it’s a great way of seeing this little place. Also, I’d suggest a visit to the Xara Palace & Hotel and if possible have dinner at this beautiful hotel, so that you can enjoy stunning views from their top floor restaurant.
Valletta, Malta’s capital, known as The Fortress City is also a World Heritage City. Believe it or not, it was built entirely by hand in 15 years after work started in 1566. The St John’s Co-Cathedral & Museum is just achingly beautiful with its heavy gold ornate walls and ceilings. This elaborately adorned church is home to world famous artistic masterpieces by Caravaggio and Mattia Preti. Every corner and piazza is brimming with boutiques and cafés. The harbour is a great place for a spot of yacht gazing too!
The beaches are mostly rocky, however, there are some sandy beaches and all of them have restaurants and rental deck chairs. Be careful, it can get very hot in the summer with temperatures soaring to the mid 30’s and higher. Alternatively, hire a private boat to Gozo for 500 Euros for the day with crew, have lunch in Gozo, and on the way back stop off at a lagoon in Comino and dive into the bluest of waters or just soak up the sun on deck, champagne in hand of course. Bliss!
By Diane Bilimoria, London