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Malta Holiday Guide

Malta is an island state in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily, above the North African coast. Malta provides visitors with beautiful and well-preserved medieval architecture and a fascinating history; here you’ll find some of the oldest standing structures in the world.

Start your exploration of Malta in Valletta, the capital of the country. The city was founded in honour of the Grand Master of the Order of Malta, Jean Parisot de la Valette Malta, after he had successfully defended the island against a siege by the Ottoman army. Visit the St. John's Cathedral, a breathtaking edifice built and decorated by the Hospitallers. The floor is inlaid with marble tombstones, while works by Caravaggio and other famous artists hang on the walls, amongst the other impressive collection of art treasures.  

Visit Casa Rocca Piccola, a sixteenth-century palace full of antique furniture and ancient art. If military history interests you, you should definitely visit the National War Museum, where you will learn about Malta's long and fascinating involvement in European and global conflicts – especially its heroic effort holding out against the Luftwaffe during World War II. Check out Fort Rinella, a preserved British colonial fort and visit the Lascaris War Rooms to learn even more about the role of Malta in World War II.

Take a tour of the old city of Mdina, a perfectly preserved medieval town. Stroll through narrow streets between houses and churches. For a real dose of history, visit Hal Saflieni Hypogeum in Paola, an underground necropolis that’s over 5,000 years old. Take the ferry to Gozo and explore the megalithic temples of Ggantija, some of the oldest freestanding monuments in the world, which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Malta is one of the smallest countries in the world, but thanks to its strategic location, the island has played an important role in European history. Over the centuries it has been occupied by numerous powers, including the Greeks, Romans, French and British. The cultural history is just as impressive as the diversity, so you definitely do not have to worry that you’ll run out of things to see or do.


Guide to Exploring Malta


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Spinola Hotel

Spinola Hotel

Triq il-Qaliet, St. Julian's
4.0
of 5, from 66 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of St. Julian's, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Spinola Garden and Paceville. Bay Street Shopping Complex and St George's Beach are also within 10 minutes.

€199
Corinthia Hotel St. George's Bay

Corinthia Hotel St. George's Bay

St. Georges Bay, St. Julian's
4.3
of 5, from 661 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in St. Julian's, this beachfront resort is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Paceville, Portomaso Marina, and Palazzo Spinola. Dragonara Casino and Sliema Promenade are also within 2 mi (3 km).

€171
Grand Hotel Excelsior

Grand Hotel Excelsior

Great Siege Road, Floriana
4.4
of 5, from 1,356 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Set beside the 16th-century bastions of the waterfront city of Valletta, this luxury modern hotel is amid landscaped gardens, 200 metres from the city centre.

Paradise Bay Resort

Paradise Bay Resort

Cirkewwa Paradise Bay, Mellieha
3.4
of 5, from 213 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Mellieha hotel is located by the sea, within a 15-minute walk of New Dimension Scuba and Paradise Bay. Mellieha Bay is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.

€183
Hilton Malta

Hilton Malta

Portomaso, St. Julian's
4.6
of 5, from 581 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly St. Julian's hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Palazzo Spinola and Portomaso Marina. Paceville and Dragonara Casino are also within 10 minutes.

€157
Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort

Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort

St. Georges Bay, St. Julian's
4.2
of 5, from 474 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort overlooks the beach at St. George's Bay, a 15-minute walk from the popular nightclubs, restaurants, and beaches of St. Julian's. Guests can drive 20 minutes to Valletta for shops and restaurants, or hop on the hotel's free shuttle to explore the area.

€128
Radisson Blu Resort, Malta St. Julian's

Radisson Blu Resort, Malta St. Julian's

St. George's Bay, St. Julian's
4.2
of 5, from 391 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Offering an element of seclusion within St. Julian’s, this 5 star resort sits at the water’s edge and features exclusive spa and leisure facilities.

€173
The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta

The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta

Dragonara Road, St. Julian's
4.4
of 5, from 406 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated on a private peninsula in St Julian's, this luxury hotel is next to the sea with two private beach lidos; Valletta is eight kilometres from the resort.

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