The world's turned a bit Malta-mad this year. First, its capital was voted as Europe's Capital of Culture in 2018; then Lonely Planet listed it among the top 10 best destinations to visit in 2018; and to top it off, the island hosted the first episode of this year's series of The Apprentice! So what's all the fuss about? If you're wondering what this Mediterranean gem has to offer, you've come to the right place. Read on to find why we love Malta, and why you should too!

It's sunny all year round

Whether you're looking for a sunny winter escape or a summer holiday spent on the beach, Malta's warm summers and mild winters make it the perfect place to visit at pretty much any time of the year! Add to this the island's gorgeous beaches and 300 days of sunshine and it's easy to see why Malta has become such a popular vacation spot in recent years.

READ MORE: Alternative ideas for a unique winter sun holiday

Beautiful Ramla Bay in Malta


It's drenched in history and culture

Malta's tiny capital, Valletta, won the title of Europe's Capital of Culture earlier this year: an award, we can say, it wholeheartedly deserves.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980, Malta's capital crams over 300 historic monuments into just 55 hectares, making it a living and breathing open air museum that brings you face-to-face with 7,000 years of history. A few must-sees are St John's Co-Cathedral, which is now considered to be one of the best examples of high Baroque architecture in Europe; the Grandmaster's Palace, built in 1571; and the Church of the Shipwreck of St Paul, one of Valletta's oldest and most impressive churches.

Cityscape of Valletta, Malta's capital city

Inside the Co-Cathedral in Valletta


The coastlines are stunning and unspoilt

If brilliant beaches are the deal-breaker for you when it comes to booking holidays, we have good news! Malta is home to some of the cleanest and most idyllic stretches of sand in the Mediterranean, many of which are accompanied by rocky plunge pools, towering cliffs and inviting, turquoise lagoons.

View of Ramla Bay from above

Beautful Blue Lagoon in Comino island in Malta


It's a photographer's paradise

There's one rule that applies to anyone visiting Malta: pack your camera and carry it everywhere you go. From post-card worthy beaches, craggy coastlines and bobbing rainbow boats to Valletta's glistening waterfront and backdrop of Baroque-style architecture, there's an abundance of beautiful scenery waiting behind every corner.

Bright lights of Valletta

Colourful alleyways and tall buildings in Malta


And then there's Gozo! 

As if Malta didn't offer enough, its sister island presents visitors with even more to explore - and plenty of peace and quiet too. Smaller, greener and ticking by at a much slower pace, Gozo is the perfect place to visit if you fancy a spot of seclusion. It's easily accessible too; you can travel there by ferry in 25 minutes from Malta's northern tip.

Gozo may be small but what it lacks in size it certainly makes up for in attractions. When you're not soaking up the serene countryside or strolling along unspoilt beaches, you can visit the island's famous Ġgantija Temples - which are even older than the Egyptian pyramids - or even hop in a kayak to explore the island's irresistibly azure waters and jagged coastline.

Cittadella Victoria in Gozo

Kayaks in beautiful blue water in Gozo

Uncover the magic of Malta for yourself and browse our selection of holidays to Malta & Gozo for single travellers. From sun-kissed beach holidays to walking and activity holidays, we have trips to excite every type of traveller!


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