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Love is in the air: Romantic short breaks in Malta

The Maltese Islands are very romantic. Here love is very much in the air as the beautiful colours, sounds, and flavours craft the picture-perfect holiday for couples of all ages.

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Weddings and Honeymoons

For those that are looking for a destination wedding or to honeymoon after tying the knot, Malta presents itself as the ideal location - not too far away and not too expensive to get to, with a plethora of breathtakingly beautiful backdrops.

With more than 360 churches throughout the Island, you will have your choice from small chapels to large, ornate cathedrals. Of course, if a beach wedding sounds better you can just as easily say ‘I do’ on one of Malta’s beautiful beaches.

Welcome LGBTIQ+

Malta has ranked 1st on the ILGA-Europe Rainbow Index (which reflects the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Europe) as the most LGBTIQ+ friendly destination since 2016. Same-sex marriage is legal meaning couples can also choose to get married on the Maltese Islands.

At the end of summer, Malta hosts Pride Week which features colourful floats, street performers and thousands of participants who march for the celebration of love, life and diversity.

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Top romantic experiences for couples

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Exploring Valletta

Spend a day touring the honeyed-coloured streets of the capital city. Dubbed “the sunniest city in Europe”, Valletta boasts beautiful baroque architecture and is home to winding streets, over 320 stunning historical monuments and picturesque waterfront dining options.

Watching the sunset at the Dingli Cliffs

Located on Malta’s Western coast the Dingli Cliffs are the highest point of the Maltese Islands (about 253 metres above sea level). From here, you can take a romantic hike up to the cliffs and watch the sunset with a bottle of Maltese wine.

Exploring Mdina by horse-drawn carriage

Experience a traditional horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic town of Mdina. The whimsical architecture and spectacular views provide a romantic setting for couples.

Sunbathing at Ramla Bay

If you’re looking for a picturesque sandy beach to relax on that’s surrounded by Mediterranean azure blue waters, then look no further than Ramla Bay. Famous for its richly red-coloured sand beach (known in Maltese as Ramla il-Hamra or Red Sands), Ramla Bay is the largest sandy beach on Gozo.

Swimming in the Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is famous for being one of the most picturesque locations on the Maltese archipelago. The small cove between the western end of Gozo and the uninhabited islet of Cominotto boasts turquoise shallow waters that allow for a day spent swimming or snorkelling with your significant other.

Listening to jazz music at Bridge Bar

A truly romantic evening out calls for a little wining and dining. Take in spectacular views of Valletta’s Grand Harbour whilst drinking Maltese wine and listening to atmospheric jazz music throughout the evening.

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More to explore on Malta: Islands, cuisine, culture and adventure