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Diving

Although the islands of Malta doesn't really invite you for a nice beach holiday, the diving conditions are perfect. The water is nice and warm, all year round, and you will have a clear view. Dangerous animals normally don’t visit this part of the Mediterranean sea so you can fully concentrate on the underwater nature. Several archaeological findings rest at the bottom of the sea. Reefs, caves, shipwrecks from World War II and remains dating out of the Roman era await your exploration. The waters of Ghar Lapsi are only about 12 metres deep, perfect for unexperienced divers. Advanced divers can try to dive to the 50-metre-deep tunnels at Lantern Point. At some places you can easily dive into the water from the shore, other places provide boats. Want to go diving without a instructor? Then you need a diving buddy and a diving license.

Art & Culture

The museums on the islands of Malta bring a sheer amount of art. The Maltese islands always have been a source of inspiration for many artists. The rough landscape and deep colours apply to the imagination of painters, photographers and sculptors. The museums display all of this. Ancient and modern art, in all its ways, tell you the history of Malta. For 2018 Valleta is named the European cultural capital.

Religious buildings

365 churches and chapels are spread all over the islands. The shiny red or silver roofs of baroque churches display an intense contrast against the blue skies. As a firm part of the landscape they form the heart of the social and cultural life on the Maltese islands. Most of the churches have really delicate ornaments sculptured out of the soft limestone by local artists. All the small chapels alongside the roads offer a place of quietness and contemplation.

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The Republic of Malta is situated in the middle of the Mediterranean, just under Sicily and on the right side of Tunisia. The main island is Malta, the smaller islands are named Gozo and Comino. A holiday on Malta means nice weather and going back in time with great sights. Don't forget to enjoy the Maltese culture in Valletta and other places in Malta.

Dingli Cliffs Malta Image gallery
Time zone
No difference
Visa
Not required
Vaccinations
None required
High season
June – September
Currency
Euro (EUR)

Where to stay?

Where to stay?

Malta is well-known for:

  • Culinary and cultural experience
  • Diving near Gozo
  • Mountain biking on Comino

Keep in mind:

  • Just a few natural sandy beaches
  • Small diversity in nature

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Diving in Malta
Diving

Although the islands of Malta doesn't really invite you for a nice beach holiday, the diving conditions are perfect. The water is nice and warm, all year round, and you will have a clear view. Dangerous animals normally don’t visit this part of the Mediterranean sea so you can fully concentrate on the underwater nature. Several archaeological findings rest at the bottom of the sea. Reefs, caves, shipwrecks from World War II and remains dating out of the Roman era await your exploration. The waters of Ghar Lapsi are only about 12 metres deep, perfect for unexperienced divers. Advanced divers can try to dive to the 50-metre-deep tunnels at Lantern Point. At some places you can easily dive into the water from the shore, other places provide boats. Want to go diving without a instructor? Then you need a diving buddy and a diving license.

Catacombs of Saint Paul
Art & Culture

The museums on the islands of Malta bring a sheer amount of art. The Maltese islands always have been a source of inspiration for many artists. The rough landscape and deep colours apply to the imagination of painters, photographers and sculptors. The museums display all of this. Ancient and modern art, in all its ways, tell you the history of Malta. For 2018 Valleta is named the European cultural capital.

Madonna church Gozo
Religious buildings

365 churches and chapels are spread all over the islands. The shiny red or silver roofs of baroque churches display an intense contrast against the blue skies. As a firm part of the landscape they form the heart of the social and cultural life on the Maltese islands. Most of the churches have really delicate ornaments sculptured out of the soft limestone by local artists. All the small chapels alongside the roads offer a place of quietness and contemplation.

Street in Valleta
Sights

Lots of people consider Malta as a huge open air museum. 7000 years of history displayed in open air, enable you to see all these sights very easily. Cities like capital Valleta of Mdina, Rabat and the ‘Three Cities’ (Birgu, Senglea and Cospicua) harbour numerous cultural treasures. Castles, temples, churches and much more remains of historic times. 

On top of the world
Active

Apart from hiking and cycling you can also do some climbing. Dare to climb the multiple cliffs and get a real adrenaline kick. Rather stay safely on the ground? Try a round of golf, some miniature golf, tennis or cricket. Horse racing is Malta’s most popular sport. During the winter you can enjoy a Sunday at the racetracks. Horseback riding and exploring the islands is possible. Get off the beaten track, like you would with a mountain bike, and discover Malta. You can also try some open air bowling, or maybe you fancy shooting some clay pigeons. Marathon runners come to Malta in February to run the Malta Marathon. The Maltese athletics federation organizes several athletic tournaments all year round.

Altars Ggantija
Historical

There are so many archaeological sites on the islands of Malta that you almost don’t know where to begin. The National Archaeological Museum in Valleta or the Hypogeum are good places to begin with. The Hypogeum is a labyrinth of underground chambers, probably used by the Maltese population as burial place and temple. The temples on Malta and Gozo are the oldest free-standing buildings of mankind and part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The castles are either from the time of knights or the British invasion. Only to be followed by megalithic monuments, dolmens from the Bronze era, Punic burial tombs and remains of Roman villas. Mysterious are the unknown ‘cart tracks’ of prehistoric men.

Filigree silverwork
Local culture

After the Arabs introduced cotton and their weaving technics to the Maltese population, crafts became their main source of income. Weaving, embroidery and lace-making are passed on generation after generation. Their superb filigree silver and gold artwork is exported all over the world. Music is another big thing in the Maltese culture. You will experience this during your stay because of the numerous festivals they organise. Local festivals and feasts, big pop concerts, classic concerts and performances from the best DJ’s of the world, it all happens on Malta. Marching band music especially is popular. The most important festival of the year is the ‘festa’, the feast of the parish.

Blue Lagoon in Camino
Water sports

The waters around Malta are perfect to sail and surf. The wind is your all day friend and let you skim across the water. Equipment can be rented everywhere. You can also rent a jet ski, kayak or go parasailing. The ‘Blue Lagoon’ is the most famous place to go at the practical uninhabited Comino. A cosy beach with an almost white sandy beach, slowly sloping down into the beautiful blue Mediterranean Sea. Especially in the winter the coastline near Dwerja on the Island of Gozo shows amazing views over the rough sea.

Maltese tapas
Dining

The Maltese culture is also known for their traditional foods. Sipping a glass of local wine with galletti (crackers), gbejniet (sheep cheese) and zalzett (sausage with coriander). Or, on cold days, hot pastizzi (fried pastry with ricotta). The meals follow the seasons. Cold winter nights guarantee a sturdy vegetable soup, served with Maltese bread and olive oil. During summer festivals you can buy imqaret (sweet pastry with grounded dates) or qubbajt (nougat) at street carts. During holidays like Easter or Christmas, special sweet, desserts are eaten. Accompanying these local dishes are glasses of Maltese wine. Although Malta isn’t very famous (yet) for their wine you can buy it in several European countries.

Music festival Malta
Events

Arts always played a big role in the cultural life of the Maltese population. Several cultural events occur whole year around. You can pretty much always find an exhibition of modern art. Theatres and open air podiums offer plays, musicals, opera’s and classic or pop concerts. Local festivals and feasts, big pop concerts, classic concerts and performances from the best DJ’s of the world, it all happens on Malta. Marching band music especially is popular. The most important festival of the year is the ‘festa’. The feast of the parish. Saints, fireworks, food and entertainment are the ingredients of this cultural phenomena.

 Dingli Cliffs
Hiking

The islands of Malta offers several hiking trails. Remains of the oldest human constructions are spread throughout the islands. Hike through green valleys and find prehistoric sites with chapels or a long lost knight’s castle on your way. A hike along the Dingli Cliffs on the island Gozo is really spectacular! The cliffs go down for 220 meters. The view is breath taking, especially during sunset. Maybe even more suitable for a hiking trip is Comino. The island, prohibited for cars, measures only 2,5 at 1,5 kilometres and really is the place to be when you're looking for a peaceful and quiet area. In history, the islands supposedly functioned as a place to hide for pirates and smugglers....

 

 

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