Just a three-hour flight away, the English-speaking Maltese Islands offers everything you could want in a holiday destination: wild bays, wonderful sandy beaches and extremely interesting historical sites with temples, fortresses and underground burial chambers.
Whether you are in Malta for a short city break or taking a longer holiday, with so much to do and see on Malta, we've rounded up our favourite experiences that shouldn't be missed for any holiday.
Walking tours are the classic - and in our opinions, best - way to see a city. Take a guided tour of the old medieval capital of Malta. Mdina's origin can be traced back more than 4,000 years, which means there is much history to learn about here. Spend two hours with a professional tour guide (and local!) as you wind your way through the streets of Mdina past the most important palaces and monuments, along the fortifications of the city and also through the lesser known corners.
A great way to see the island when you are short on time is with the hop-on/hop-off buses. They will take you around the islands to admire great attractions and the most important sights in Malta! The regular tours are available for several routes and in many different languages. Prices start from £14* for a 1-day ticket and £38* for a 2-day ticket (which also includes a 90-minute boat tour). We highly recommend taking a tour like this at night, too. The city and its buildings are wonderfully illuminated in the dark and exude a romantic flair.
One of the best adventure activities that you can do while in Malta is snorkelling. Why? Malta’s many caves, coves and pools allow for prime snorkelling. Marine life that you just might see while snorkelling includes jellyfish, octopus, parrotfish and the blue damselfish. This 2-hour tour will provide all the snorkelling gear that you need from £18 per person.
If you are a GOT fan, then Malta should be a go-to destination on your travel list. This fun activity is a unique way to visit one of the filming locations for the popular TV show, Game of Thrones. Learn how to do yoga on a stand up paddleboard and test your balance. No experience with stand up paddleboarding is required. A 90-minute session starts from £29* per person.
Book tour combines 1.5 hours of kayaking along the coastline, exploring secluded areas, cliffs and crystal clear waters with a speedboat ride to Blue Lagoon, where you can relax on the sand, swim in caves, hike along the coastline and immerse yourselves on this beautiful island. The total tour length is around 5.5 hours and starts from £43 per person.
If you are short on time but want to see Gozo then we suggest taking this day tour. After a ferry ride from Malta, you will have a guided tour around the Megalithic temples of Ggantija, the oldest free-standing monuments in the world, pre-dating the Pyramids of Egypt. This will be followed by visits to the medieval citadel in Victoria, the fjord-like bay at Xlendi and Dwejra.
For those that are celebrating something special in Malta or just want to splurge, why not charter a private boat? Enjoy a day cruising around, exploring the coast of Comino and Gozo. Spend the day swimming and snorkeling in crystal clear waters or explore caves and coves. End the day with a beautiful sunset. You can customize the tour to fit your adventure and sightseeing needs!
This tour is priced per boat tour and fits up to 8 people, so it might not work out as expensive as you might think. Prices start from £246* per tour.