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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.

Top romantic experiences for couples

Exploring Valletta

Spend a day touring the honey-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 - something you can only buy on the island.

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.

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.

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. In 2023, Valletta was the official host city of EuroPride, a pan-European event that features a conference, live music, club nights, a parade and more.

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.

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