Malta travel information, including maps of Malta, food, drink and where to stay in Malta plus the best time to travel in Malta
From the Neolithic temples of Mnajdra and the Hypogeum to the baroque splendour of their palazzos, including the Grand Master’s Palace in Valletta, Malta and Gozo have something for everyone.
The stepping-stones between North Africa and Europe, the islands have a long history of conquerors and all have left an indelible mark on the country.
The Venetians gave the Maltese their iconic colourful boats, while the Knights of St John built the impressive ramparts and fortresses of Valletta and the Three Cities.
If you’re after churches take your pick of 366, the most impressive being St John’s Co-Cathedral in the capital and the famous Mosta Dome.
For those who would rather work on their tan, there are plenty of resorts and a buzzy nightlife. But don't worry if that's not your thing. Malta also offers opportunities for walking, rock climbing, sailing and sea-kayaking.
It has around 100 dive sites, some suitable for beginners, while more experienced divers can explore wrecks. The water is warmer and cleaner than many other places in the Mediterranean.
There's a little-known third island too. Tiny Comino is only 3.5 sq km in size, and has one hotel. It is famous for a beautiful bay called the Blue Lagoon.
So don't wrote off Malta as a package holiday destination. the best things often come in small packages.
Shops are generally open from 9am to 7pm weekdays, but take siestas from 1-4pm, even in winter. On the weekends shops only open Saturday mornings.
If you’re planning to visit a church make sure you dress respectfully. No shorts or plunging necklines and cover your shoulders. Topless and nude sunbathing is also against the law.
Wanderlust web intern Holly Gurr on the one thing she wished she'd known on her arrival:
"I wish I'd known to hire a car. Although there is an ample transport system of buses, coaches, and ferries, car hire is a way to see every angle of Malta. The island is 316sq km (just under 200 miles) and is interlinked with navigable roads that will treat visitors to a picture book of mountainous and coastal views."
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