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The Islands

If you are yet to discover the English-speaking Maltese Islands, it’s time to book a trip and visit the small archipelago situated in the heart of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. Just a short three-hour flight away, the Maltese Islands are perfect for a beach holiday or a city break.

Explore 7,000 years of history, yet live passionately in the present. The Islands’ scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop to explore megaliths and medieval dungeons; the Maltese Islands are positively mythic. Malta has rightly been described as an open-air museum, boasting over 320 historical monuments and three UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the Megalithic Temples, the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum and the City of Valletta.

Charming Gozo offers visitors a slow-paced lifestyle with the chance to discover natural caves, world-class diving, rock climbing and picturesque walking routes boasting wildflowers and wildlife. Visitors can immerse themselves in spectacular natural beauty, Mediterranean cuisine and colourful feasts and festivals throughout the year.

It boasts some of the oldest free-standing stone structures in the world, the UNESCO World Heritage Ggantija Temples. From Knights’ watchtowers to mythical caves, tiny chapels to the towering Gozo Citadel, nineteenth-century aqueducts to timeless hills and valleys, Gozo has plenty of natural and historical sights and all conveniently packed into a small Island that is easy to get around and always welcoming.

Comino – the smallest of the Maltese Islands measuring only 3.5 square kilometres – can be explored easily in a day-trip. Take a 20-minute boat ride from Malta to Comino or a shorter 10-minute boat ride from Gozo. The serene environment of Comino appeals to nature enthusiasts and holiday-goers in search of escape.

Comino’s rocky coastline offers beaches, bays and caves perfect for relaxing and basking in the Maltese sun. San Niklaw Bay and Santa Marija Bay offer a tranquil and quiet backdrop for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing. 

The Maltese Islands have an array of minor roads, country footpaths and off-road trails to explore magnificent valleys, scenic routes and distinct topography. Take in the breath-taking scenery and go off-road to realise rugged countryside, spectacular cliffs, jagged coastline and hidden inland valleys.

Choose to explore the Maltese Islands on horseback to experience the unspoilt peaceful countryside and picturesque views at your own pace. End your day horse riding at Golden Bay, watching the sunset on the azure-blue Mediterranean Sea.

The Maltese Islands are also a climber’s paradise; there are over 1,300 excellent climbing routes in Malta, Gozo and Comino. The rocky terrain and sheer cliffs that characterise much of the Maltese archipelago are ideal for practising this adventure sport. Traditional climbing, sport climbing, bouldering, deep water soloing, sea level traversing and abseiling are just a few of the climbing styles practised here.

The Maltese Islands are set in the sparkling Mediterranean Sea and boast over 300 days of sunshine a year. Eclectic music festivals, adventure activities and thriving nightlife await, just a three-hour flight from the UK.

Malta has become a popular destination for the clubbing scene; allowing travellers to party all night and spend the following day relaxing on picturesque beaches in the warm Maltese sun. Party until dawn in Paceville – located in St.Julians – where the club scene is buzzing, and enjoy an abundance of bars and restaurants in Birgu, Mdina, Valletta and Sliema.

Malta attracts a number of music festivals featuring high profile acts to its picturesque shores each year. With accommodation and flight packages to suit all budgets, music enthusiasts have every reason to check out this Mediterranean hotspot.

The Mediterranean islands boast an abundance of water-based activities for adventure seekers. There are plenty of idyllic bays to encourage windsurfing, kayaking, paragliding and kite surfing away from the tourist trail; perfect for visitors who want to reconnect with nature.

Picturesque coves and caves enable snorkelers to explore the ocean’s surface. Witness natural magical light-shows in the transparent azure-coloured waters. Be on the lookout for marine life including jellyfish, octopus, parrotfish and the blue damselfish.

The enticing Mediterranean Sea – boasting warm water and excellent visibility all year round – calls to scuba-divers. The Maltese Islands consistently rank as one of the top three in the ‘Best Diving Destination in the World’ category at the Diver Magazine Awards, offering an array of unique dive experiences with an abundance of reefs, caves and wrecks to explore.

Malta offers a huge variety of activities to keep the whole family entertained and occupied. The English speaking Maltese Islands boast over 300 days of sunshine each year and are just a short three-hour flight away from the UK.

You and your loved ones can discover more than 7,000 years of history on the Mediterranean archipelago by Segway, Quad Bike and ‘Rolling Geek’ tour. The Maltese Islands are home to a host of historic sites including the Megalithic Temples, the oldest freestanding structures in the world, predating the Great Pyramids of Giza by 1,000 years.

The Mediterranean Sea and topographical island landscape are perfect for a wide range of activities from; diving, mountain biking, climbing and sailing. Malta has been named one of the Best Dive Destinations in the world at the Diver Awards for a number of years, and children can gain their PADI certification from the age of 10. To find out more about what Malta has to offer, please click here.

A trip to Malta offers the LGBTQI+ community the freedom to relax whilst feeling accepted and safe. Just a three-hour flight away from the UK, there’s every reason to visit the Maltese Islands.

Over the years, Malta has experienced a definite and positive shift towards greater cultural acceptance of LGBTQI+ in all aspects of life. This, together with changes in legislation introduced by the government, saw the Maltese Islands rank at first place on the ILGA-Europe Rainbow Europe Index in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Malta has consistently led the way in LGBTQI+ legislation including; being the first country in the world to ban sterilisation and invasive surgery on intersex people in 2015, the first European country to ban gay conversion therapy in 2016 and has also introduced gender-neutral identification documents. To find out more, click here.

Malta’s quaint streets; baroque architecture, plethora of bars, cafes, restaurants and other experiences offer the perfect opportunity to connect and deepen existing ties. 

Malta is also a popular wedding destination for straight and LGBTQI+ couples.

The serene archipelago presents a stunning array of wedding and honeymoon backdrops; sapphire waves kiss dramatic coastline, elegant winding streets lead to impressive Baroque structures and the untouched countryside basks in the year-round sunshine.

A gastronomy haven, Malta boasts delicious Mediterranean and North African influenced cuisine and an array of local Maltese wines. Heritage Malta offers couples the chance to get married in a range of stunning historical sites including Fort St Angelo, Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Temples and Inquisitor’s Palace. Visit heritagemalta.org to find out more. To find out more about what Malta has to offer couples click here.

With its unique blend of cultural influences, fascinating history and diverse landscapes Malta has an immense amount to offer to those who like to immerse themselves in a destination. 

The Islands are one of the centres of Baroque architecture and culture in Europe, with Valetta’s beautiful St John’s Cathedral containing the largest (and only signed work) by the famous Italian painter Caravaggio. 

In fact, beauty and aesthetics are present throughout the urban and natural areas of Malta. The entire capital city Valetta has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its stunning architectural beauty. 

The Island also hosts other UNESCO sites like the Ggantija Temples, along with numerous quaint wine bars, cafes and restaurants. To find out more click here.

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