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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.


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Grand Hotel Excelsior
Grand Hotel Excelsior

Grand Hotel Excelsior

Great Siege Road, Floriana
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 1,798 reviews
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    Located in Floriana, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Opera House and Mediterranean Conference Centre. Fort St. Elmo is 1.3 mi (2 km) away.

    The Palace
    The Palace

    The Palace

    High Street, Sliema
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 1,265 reviews
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      Located in the heart of Sliema, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Bisazza Street and Duck Village. Upper Barrakka Gardens and Lascaris War Rooms are also within 2 miles (3 km).

      Sunny Coast Resort & Spa €63
      Sunny Coast Resort & Spa

      Sunny Coast Resort & Spa

      Qawra Bay, St. Paul's Bay
         
        3.6
        of 5, from 477 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Situated by the sea, this spa aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Malta National Aquarium, Bugibba Beach and Birdpark Malta. Golden Sands Beach and Mediterraneo Marine Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        Corinthia Palace Hotel Malta
        Corinthia Palace Hotel Malta

        Corinthia Palace Hotel Malta

        De Paule Avenue, Attard
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 705 reviews
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          This family-friendly Attard hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of San Anton Gardens and Villa Bologna. St. Paul's Cathedral is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.

          Corinthia Hotel St. George's Bay
          Corinthia Hotel St. George's Bay

          Corinthia Hotel St. George's Bay

          St. Georges Bay, St. Julian's
             
            4.3
            of 5, from 1,429 reviews
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            Located in St. Julian's, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of St George's Beach and Dragonara Casino. Duck Village and Bisazza Street are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Preluna Hotel & Spa
            Preluna Hotel & Spa

            Preluna Hotel & Spa

            124 Tower Road, Sliema
               
              3.6
              of 5, from 712 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              This family-friendly Sliema hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Point Shopping Mall and Bisazza Street. Mediterranean Conference Centre and Fort St. Elmo are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Radisson Blu Resort, Malta St. Julian's
              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 735 reviews
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                Located in the heart of St. Julian's, this luxury resort is within 1 mile (2 km) of St George's Beach and Dragonara Casino. Duck Village and Bisazza Street are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort
                Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort

                Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort

                St. Georges Bay, St. Julian's
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 1,189 reviews
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                  Located in St. Julian's, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of St George's Beach and Dragonara Casino. Duck Village and Bisazza Street are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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