What was once a best kept European secret, Malta now seems to be on everyone’s travelling bucket list.

Malta is a unique mix of European and North African influences – and yet totally distinct from them both.

The language carries heavy traces of Arabic, the food and the architecture wouldn’t look entirely out of place in Italy.

And yet everything is very much Maltese.

Malta is unique and hard to describe. The longer you stay the more unique

Somehow, this tiny island manages to fit in a little of something for everyone. Sandy beaches, history, culture, friendly people and amazing food. It’s impressive.

Whatever your travel style, you’re sure to find something in Malta.

IS ONE WEEK IN MALTA ENOUGH?

Being an entire country, even though small, one week in Malta simply won’t be enough to dig deep and see everything. Exploring Malta over 2 weeks will give you a much better feel but you might find that some of the island will still be untouched as there is so much to see and do.

If you add in wanting to explore Malta’s sister islands of Gozo and Comino, then you could easily need more time.

Thanks to well connected public transport and public roads , you can see a surprising amount in a week.

If you only have 2 or 3 days or looking for a weekend break, then Valletta, the capital city, is worth a visit. Valletta is also close to the airport

WHERE TO STAY IN MALTA 

Depending on what kind of holiday you are looking for, will determine where to stay. Popular areas like Valletta, Sliema, St. Julian’s, St. Paul’s Bay/Qawra or Mellieha will appear on any research pages that you look up.

St Julians is know for its nightlife, with Paceville being the club capital. Sliema is an easy to reach area known for its restaurants and bars.

If you’re looking for beaches more than anything else, Mellieha has access to the island’s finest stretches of sand.

The resorts of St Paul’s Bay, Qawra and Bugibba, all being very close together, all have a bit of everything if you’re on a budget.

If you’re travelling to Malta for the first time, though, I would recommend staying in the capital. It has all the transport links to get around the whole island

Which is what you want to do, right?

PLACES TO VISIT IN MALTA

Whether you hire a car, use the public buses or book some organised tour , the most difficult aspect will be choosing where to go or what to do.

The hop on hop off bus is also a great way to get the feel and see the island

Here are some of my favourite places to visit during a week in Malta:

Marsaxlokk: If you’ve ever seen photos of Malta, you’ve probably seen the iconic blue fishing boats. These boats can be found in Marsaxlokk, a sleepy fishing village on the south-eastern coast of Malta.

During the week you won’t need a full day there, but it’s a great way to pass a morning or afternoon.

Sundays however are busy and you need to make a booking at one of the many restaurants for lunch. Locals and tourists come here to buy fresh fish and walk around the market.

The Blue Grotto: The Blue Grotto in Malta (called Taht il-Hnejja in Maltese) features a massive, 30-meter (98 ft) arch and a deep cavern with a white sandy seabed. This series of caves called the Blue Grotto, accessible only by boat, is probably one of my favourite places in Malta.

The total boat ride takes about 30 minutes, leaving you plenty of time to explore the surrounding area.

If you’re in Malta on a Sunday, this 5-hour tour combines the Blue Grotto with a visit to the Sunday market in Marsaxlokk.

Gozo: No trip to Malta would be complete without visiting the beautiful island of Gozo. Again, the islands are only accessible by boat, so you’ll need to set aside the entire day.

To get to Gozo, you can take the ferry. If you are on a self drive, you take the car with you on the ferry.

Alternatively the hop-on-hop-off tour will also take you to Gozo and well as one of the following tours

Mdina, Old City: The fortified city in the Northern Region of Malta which served as the island’s capital from antiquity to the medieval period.

It was home then, as now, to Malta’s noble families; some are descendants of the Norman, Sicilian and Spanish overlords who made Mdina their home from the 12th century onwards

Mdina tours

Beaches

Għajn Tuffieħa: Għajn Tuffieħa (Maltese for ‘Apple’s Eye’, also known as Riviera) is located on the north-west coast of Malta, behind a small village called Manikata.

Ghadira Bay: This is the largest and one of the most beautiful and popular sandy beach in Malta located in the northern part of the Island, just off the town of Mellieha. The shallow water for about 50 metres out to sea makes the beach one of the most family friendly beaches in Malta.

Activities

SCUBA Diving: Malta has over a hundred dive sites making it difficult to pick the best. There are many wreck sites as well as reefs. Cave diving is also very popular. Here are some dive sites to consider

Charter a Yacht: For a day excursions, weekend sleepovers and longer trips. The more adventurous may also choose to venture abroad and experience a crossing to one of our neighbouring islands. Yachts are fully licensed and insured for bareboat or skippered charters while they carry all the required safety equipment. Rent your yacht here:

Water Sports:Not surprisingly, watersports play a big role in the activity range on the Islands and equipment is available to rent at almost every major sandy beach or beach club.Paragliding, windsurfing, wakeboarding, water skiing and scuba diving are all enjoyed by locals and tourists. Sailing regattas are held regularly between April and November.