Malta is a small island state in Europe, in the middle of the Mediterranean and is a popular holiday destination for many Europeans, mainly from the UK, Germany, Italy, France and the Netherlands. Tourists visit the island for a variety of reasons and the island offers a variety of facets that will appeal to most types of travelers. This article gives you the top 10 reasons why booking a trip to Malta is a great idea, not just for the holiday season next summer, but all year round!
10. Language and money in Malta
The Maltese have their own language (‘Maltese’) but the country has two official languages, the second official language being English. Malta was under British rule for 160 years, gaining independence in 1964, but leaving the Maltese with a relatively solid knowledge of the English language, although Maltese is widely spoken and is the mother tongue of the vast majority of Maltese. For English-speaking tourists, this means that communication is hardly a problem, which is definitely a benefit during the holidays. Although for the moment the Maltese lira remains the only valid currency, the euro will be introduced on January 1, 2008 and many retailers in tourist areas already accept euros as cash payment.
9. Sports and leisure activities
Malta is an ideal place for a variety of sports, such as hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, paragliding, windsurfing and yachting. Lots of activities to keep you entertained, no matter what time of year. Most of the materials needed for these sports are available for low-cost rental and there are several places on the islands where these sports can be practiced. Gozo is a particularly popular place for rock climbing, thanks to its steep cliffs, and mountain biking thanks to its quiet roads and excellent hill climbs.
Events, such as pop concerts and theater shows, but also historical reenactments like In Guardia, are popular with tourists and locals alike and provide great entertainment for the whole family. Are you a fan of watching sports? Don’t worry about missing important matches or events – satellite reception is widely used by popular pubs and there are plenty of snacks and beer to enjoy your favorite sports.
8. Getting around Malta is easy and cheap!
Don’t you hate when you go on vacation and it takes years to get to the beach or visit some cities, museums? Don’t you hate when it takes a whole day to hike, when you waste so much time traveling from place to place that it makes you wonder if it was worth the hassle? If your answer is yes, then Malta is definitely the vacation destination for you. It takes less than an hour to get from one side of the island to the other and there is such a high concentration of sights, beaches, resorts and entertainment venues (restaurants, clubs, cinemas, etc.) that you will want. You would have known about Malta before!
Many tourists decide to visit Malta a second time, and sometimes more, simply because there is so much to do and see, and it takes so little money and time to get around and spend a quality vacation.
7. Gozo offers a peaceful setting for your summer vacation
Malta is not just about Malta. Yes, it is true, the Republic of Malta also covers Gozo, which is the sister island of Malta and is said to be the island that used to be Malta a long time ago: rural, quiet and unspoiled. Gozo is a great place for a quiet vacation (with family or couples), with beautiful beaches and views of the countryside. Visit the capital, Victoria, with its Citadel at the center, a fortified part of the village that used to offer Gozoans refuge from foreign invaders, similar to the surrounding ramparts of Mdina on the main island of Malta. The coastal town of Xlendi is a popular tourist destination that offers a beautiful view of its bay surrounded by high cliffs. Ramla l-Hamla and San Blas Bay are beautiful swimming beaches, one is larger and busier, the other is more secluded and harder to get to (down steep hills) but well worth the effort.
Recently, a shuttle bus service is available that will take you directly from the airport to the ferries on the northern tip of the island of Malta, making arrangements for a Gozo vacation a little easier to plan.
6. Malta has a rich culture and heritage
Over the centuries, the Maltese islands have seen various foreign rulers come and go, leaving their mark on Maltese culture. As a result, Malta is steeped in culture and heritage and offers a wealth of cultural and historical sites within very short distances of each other, making Malta unique on the world map of culture and heritage. In both the Maltese language and culture, remains of invaders Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs, Turks, French and English can still be found and this melting pot is of interest to many tourists visiting the Maltese islands on vacation.
5. Good quality hotels and accommodation
Good quality hotels and self-catering apartments are widely available at very reasonable prices. Package deals are usually the way to go, but if booked separately, the cost compared to the quality of the accommodation is very good. The main resort areas are St. Julian’s, Bugibba / Qawra and Sliema, all located in the northern part of Malta. Staying in St. Julian’s is recommended if you like to spend your nights out, but, being close to the center of Malta’s nightlife, it is not recommended for couples and families looking for peace and serenity. For those travelers, places like Mellieha and St. Paul’s Bay are much better places to stay.
4. Malta is a year round destination.
A flight from London to Malta takes less than three hours, but the difference in weather is huge. Mild winters and hot summers with an average temperature of 32 ° C mean excellent weather for both hot summer vacations and great winter vacations, to escape the cold at home. There are many activities to be entertained throughout the year and, for example, hiking is a popular way to spend days in the countryside in winter, enjoying the scenery and serenity. Most of the cultural and historical sights are open all year round and although the open-air clubs are not open during the winter months, the nightlife in Malta continues throughout the year.
3. Malta offers a great nightlife to complement your daily activities.
Nights out in the city are a lot of fun as Malta is home to a veritable clubbing hub known as Paceville (St. Julian’s) offering a host of clubs that are literally located door to door and knocking Different genres. music for all tastes. The open-air clubs, however, are what makes nightclubs in Malta quite special. Spending warm summer nights dancing to the latest club and trance anthems or soft rhythms of R&B and hiphop under the stars is something else you must do on your Malta vacation.
2. Holidays in Malta now come with cheap flights
That’s right, low-cost airlines have found Malta and offer very cheap flights to the island outside of peak season and regular cheap flights in summer. These airlines offer flights departing from a select number of locations in Europe, including London, Dublin, Barcelona, Oslo, Stockholm, Pisa (Italy) and Bremen (Germany). Look for airlines like Ryanair, Norwegian Air Shuttle, and Clickair, but don’t forget to check out Malta’s national airline, Air Malta, which offers low-cost flights to a much larger number of European destinations.
1. Malta offers more than any other Mediterranean destination
You could say that the main reason for visiting Malta is a combination of all the other reasons listed above – there are many different things you can do while on holiday in Malta and you will never get bored if you get the right information. Baking in the sun on the beach is great for unwinding after a long year of work or school, but most people would rather add a little variety to their vacation time. So if you want to go somewhere else besides the beach, why not visit the many attractions on the island? Visit the ancient capital city of Mdina, for example, surrounded by bastions and brimming with history and an atmosphere you will never forget. Why not take a trip to the sister island of Gozo, with its serene views of the countryside and attractions like the Azure Window, a rock formation sculpted by the sea?
The nights will never be dull when you know where to go. There are many options when it comes to dining out as quality restaurants can be found in most parts of the island. Wine bars and pubs are also popular in Malta and offer quality wines and lagers, beers and several popular brands of spirits both local and international. There are plenty of opportunities for clubbing and outdoor clubbing, and parties are a must if clubbing is your ideal night.