If you want a real taste of the Mediterranean, then book flights to Malta and truly surround yourself with it! We honestly can’t imagine a more peaceful and beautiful place to while away a few lazy days than on one of the Maltese Islands. Fascinating history, stunning scenery, wonderful weather, and a really superb choice of restaurants, bars and hotels all make Malta a marvellous choice for a really memorable holiday. Book flights to Malta with Ryanair today, and see for yourself how brightly this little Mediterranean jewel sparkles!
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410,000
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+17 ...20°C
There are various places of interest that you can visit in Malta, and the good thing is that all places are easily reached by public transport via Valletta. There are also plenty of different events around the island, especially during the summer months. One of the most spectacular ones is the Malta Fireworks Festival in Valetta in the end of April every year. For three days different countries and firework suppliers compete in making the best firework-show. Don't be sad if you miss the Firework Festival. Almost every weekend, the different villages hosts religious Festas. During a whole week, they celebrate their saint with church bells, processions, confetti and in the weekend they end the folk festival with an outstanding firework-show.
Valletta - The capital of Malta

Valletta, the capital of Malta, was built by the Knights of St John in the 16th-century. It has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site due to the various monumental buildings. It is a baroque city which has often been described as an open-air museum due to the amount of historic buildings concentrated in the area such as St John’s Co-Cathedral and the Grand Harbour, all built by the Knights as well as over 25 churches all concentrated in an area of 900m x 630m.

​Address: Valletta​Website: http://www.cityofvalletta.org
Mdina

Mdina, the old capital of Malta, is a typical medieval town situated on one of the highest hills of the island. The “Silent City,” as it is known, commands a magnificent view of the island. It is one of the few remaining Renaissance fortified cities in Europe.

​Address: Mdina
Wied Iz- Zurrieq

Here one can have a swim or visit the Blue Grotto and the surrounding coastline by a trip on the “daghjsa,” a traditional Maltese fishing boat. The Blue Grotto is famous for the clarity of the water and the brilliant colours around the rocks and in the caves.

​Address: Wied Iz- Zurrieq
The Three Cities of Cottonera

Across the Grand Harbour, to the south of Valletta, are the historic fortified towns of Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea, commonly referred to as the three cities of Cottonera. If you only have time for one of them, Vittoriosa is the one most worth a visit. Here you find Fort St Angelo, the Inquisitor's Palace and the Vittoriosa Waterfront was refurbished in the early 2,000's to once again reach up to its former glory.

​Address: Cottonera
Marsaxlokk

This is the main fishing village in Malta but if you visit the town any other day than a Sunday morning it might be hard to see. That is when the large and famous fish market is held on the dock. It's a true spectacle and something you shouldn't miss. If you feel like shopping something else than fish you find various articles such as souvenirs and handicrafts too. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch at one of the picturesque restaurants when you are satisfied with your purchases.

​Address: Marsaxlokk
Megalithic Temples

The remains of numerous temples erected in the Fourth and Third Millennium B.C. are unique in the world. Stone idols, animal representations carved in relief, stone tablets, altars and screens decorated with spirals and other patterns enhance the attraction of these magnificent sanctuaries. You find the remnants on various locations around the islands. Some of the places worth a visit are Hagar Qim in Qrendi. Tarxien Temples in Tarxien and Ggantija in Gozo.

​Website: http://www.heritagemalta.org
Diving

Malta is famous for its clear blue water and the perfect conditions for diving. Plenty of reefs, caves and wreck make it an unforgettable experience. Take the chance to go on a boat cruise to one of the many fenced ponds with giant Tunas. To swim among these 2-meters and 500 kg big fish are fascinating. For the beginner or the person who never even have tried to dive there is big array of different schools to choose from.

Gozo

The sister island, Gozo, is well worth a visit on its own. Hire a car or book one of the many day trips with jeep safari that is offered at the different tour operators. After disembarking the ferry you will directly notice the difference between the islands. Gozo has a more tranquil atmosphere and is lusher with its many agriculture farms. While you are here don't miss the Citadel in Victoria, the Saltpans, the Inland Sea and the Azure Window, one of the most famous landmarks of Malta.

​Address: Gozo
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

A unique pre-historic site, accidentally discovered in 1902. Over 500 square metres of chambers, halls and passages made out of stone shows the history from 3,600 - 2,500 BC. To conserve the walls and rocks the microclimate has to be under careful observation and therefore the number of visitors each day is limited. Book ahead on the website to be sure to get in to this magnificent monument.

​Address: Burial Street, Paola​Phone: +356 2295 4330​Website: http://www.heritagemalta.org
Mediterraneo Marine Park

Just a short ride from St. Julian's you find this marine park, a fun attraction for both children and adults. The park offers shows with Sea Lions, Parrots and Dolphins and if you want to get even closer with these animals you can book a swim or interaction with them. Snakes, turtles, frogs and spiders are some other animals you can watch here.

​Address: White Rocks, Bahar ic-Caghaq, Sliema​Phone: +356 2137 2218​Website: http://www.mediterraneopark.com
St. John's Co-Cathedral and Museum

This grand cathedral in the centre of Valletta is known as the home of the knights and Grand Masters of Malta. It is filled with baroque art, interior and architecture. One of its most famous paintings is maybe The Beheading of St John the Baptist by Caravaggio.

​Address: St John Street, Valletta​Phone: +356 21 239 628​Website: http://www.stjohnscocathedral.com​Opening hours: Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays
Hastings Garden

Just outside the city gate of Valletta this public garden is located. From here you have views over Sliema, Floriana and Manoel Island. The name of the garden comes from Marquis of Hastings, who was a governor of Malta. He died in 1827 and is buried in the garden.

​Address: Hastings Garden, Valletta
Manoel Theatre

This beautiful theatre, a contribution to Malta's cultural scene, from 1732 is well worth a visit. António Manoel de Vilhena, the Grand Master of the Knights of Malta, personally paid for this to be built and it was incredible constructed in only ten months. The theatre holds a museum and you can go on guided tours if you don't feel like seeing the show performed during your visit.

​Address: 115 Old Theatre Street, Valletta​Phone: +356 2122 2618​Website: http://www.teatrumanoel.com.mt
Fort Rinella

This fort was built by the British to support Malta from Italian navy. To make it extra safe, a 100 ton gun, designed to be the world's biggest, was placed at its entry. Fortunately it never had to be used but it is still there for visitors to watch. Besides the gun, don't miss the museum to learn more about the military history of Malta.

​Address: St.Rocco Road, Kalkara ​Phone: +356 2180 9713​Website: http://www.fortrinella.com​Opening hours: Open Tue - Sun from 10.00 till 17.00
Limestone Heritage

It is said that the name Malta comes from the Italian word Melita that means honey. This because of when sailors first saw Malta, the islands' silhouette was coloured in dark yellow just like the colour of honey. This golden colour came from all the limestone that Malta consists of. To celebrate this natural treasure, Limestone Heritage Park & Gardens shows the stone's 22,000,000 years of history and all that it can be used for.

​Address: Mons. M. Azzopardi Street, Siggiewi. SGW 2050​Phone: +356 21 464 931​Website: http://www.limestoneheritage.com​Opening hours: Closed on Sundays
Eating in Malta is an exuberant experience as you witness a choice of different menus ranging from fresh fish to the traditional rabbit stew. Most restaurants offer a range of very good wine lists where you can find both local and foreign wine.
Blue Creek

At the Blue Creek restaurant diner you will always be warmly welcomed, irrespective of whether you want to savour a light snack, a relaxing lunch or a sumptuous dinner.

​Address: Ghar Lapsi , Siggiewi​Phone: +356 21 462 800 / + 356 21 462 786​Website: http://www.bluecreekmalta.com
Ciappetti

A Baroque restaurant with a wonderful yard, Ciappetti is one of the nicest restaurants on the island, situated at the centre of the noble city, Mdina. At Ciappetti you can find a vast menu of Mediterranean cuisine that you definitely will enjoy.

​Address: 5, St. Agatha’s Esplanade, Mdina​Phone: +356 21 459 987
D´Office

D’Office Bistro and Wine Bar lies right smack in the city centre of Valletta. The menu consists of Maltese Mediterranean and the tasty dishes are artistically presented.

​Address: No 132, Arch Bishop Street C/W 1 & 2 Fredrick Str, Valletta​Phone: +356 2722 1475​Website: http://www.d-officevalletta.com
Palazzo Preca

Palazzo Preca is a popular restaurant that has succeeded in creating an appealing ambience combined with exquisite food.

​Address: 54, Strait street, Valletta​Phone: +356 2122 6777
Tarragon Restaurant

Restaurant Tarragon has a familiar feel to it. Don’t be surprised if the chef comes to visit by your table, just to make sure you’re happy with your meal. The gorgeous surroundings and the great views over St. Paul’s Bay combined with the delicious food makes for an unforgettable experience.

​Address: Church Street, St. Paul’s Bay​Phone: +356 21 573 759 / +356 27 266 999​Website: http://www.tarragonmalta.com
Zeri´s

At a luxurious location in the Portomaso Marina with all its yachts, you find the warm and welcoming restaurant Zeri's. The service minded staff serves excellent dishes, particularly fish and seafood. The sommeliers also know exactly what kind of wine goes with your dish and they have a good array of foreign and local wines.

​Address: Portomaso, St.Julian's​Phone: +356 21 359 559​Website: http://www.zerisrestaurant.com
Blue Elephant

In 2008 this scenic restaurant was awarded as the most romantic restaurant. It is decorated with Orchids, waterfalls and authentic Asian details to give you an exclusive sense of tranquillity. The menu offers the top quality Thai-food with a mix of old traditional and new modern dishes.

​Address: Hilton Hotel Portomaso, St.Julian's​Phone: +356 21 383 383​Website: http://www.blueelephant.com
Bacchus Restaurant

In the silent city of Mdina, fine dining, Bacchus Restaurant is hidden in one of its Medieval alleys. Under historic vaults, traditional Maltese dishes are served. A romantic and cosy restaurant.

​Address: 1 Inguanez Alley Mdina ​Phone: +356 21 454981 ​Website: http://www.bacchus.com.mt
Zest

In the restaurant area of Spinola Bay, St. Julian's, Zest offers fusion dishes in a chic decor. Continental and Asian cuisine meets in a modern twist. A fine selections of wine and a sushi bar makes this restaurant complete.

​Address: Hotel Juliani, 12 St. George's Road St. Julian's​Phone: +356 2138 7600​Website: http://www.zestflavours.com​Opening hours: Monday - Sunday: 19.00 - 23.00
Baia Beach Club

At Baia Beach Club, with a location in one of Malta´s most hidden bays, their restaurant is a perfect choice for a culinary experience on a day out in the sun. It holds a casual feeling but serves excellent food and drinks. They also provide the Beach Club with lighter snacks.

​Address: Mellieha ​Phone: +356 21 570942​Website: http://www.baiabeachclub.com
Barracuda

In one of the beautiful limestone buildings along the promenade from Sliema to St. Julian's you find this elegant, award winning restaurant, Barracuda. For more than 30 years they have served exquisite dishes and is one of the island's top restaurants.

​Address: 194 Main Street, St. Julians​Phone: +356 21 331817​Website: http://www.barracudarestaurant.com
Da Pippo

A charming and rustic restaurant in the city centre of Valletta, mostly visited by locals. They are only open for lunch so it is a perfect place to visit during you sightseeing day in the capital.

​Address: 136, Melita Street, Valletta​Phone: +356 21 248029
Piccolo Padre

Enjoy a delicious freshly baked pizza at this family-run pizzeria and trattoria. It is located in an 18th century Maltese villa with a fantastic view over Balluta Bay. It makes the restaurant a perfect place for a romantic dining experience.

​Address: 195 Main Street, St. Julian's ​Phone: +356 21 344875​Website: http://www.piccolopadre.com
Hugo's Lounge

If you want to be close to the clubs and most hectic night life Hugo's Lounge is the right spot for you. In the heart of Paceville, the party area in St. Julian's, this Asian restaurant and bar is located. Sushi, Indian and Thai dishes are on the menu together with a wide array of drinks and cocktails.

​Address: St. George's Road, Paceville​Phone: +356 21 382264​Website: http://www.hugosloungemalta.com
Ristorante Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita offers you to sit on the top balcony of the magical and romantic Spinola Bay. In the elegant and classic dining room some of the best seafood and fish dishes are served by the service-minded and professional waiters.

​Address: 159, St George’s Road St. Julians​Phone: +356 2138 8600​Website: http://www.dolcevita.com.mt
Whether in the heart of a village or on the seafront a good cafeteria can always be found in Malta. Prices are very reasonable and most of the cafeterias on the island offer a good choice of light snacks.
282 Coffee Garden

This is one of the most popular cafés in the capital. Here you can experience the relaxing and nice atmosphere of a 17th-century building. When you visit this café you must ask for the Pasta Speciality.

​Address: 282 Triq ir-Repubblika, Valletta​Phone: +356 2122 2111
Caffe Oasis

This nice cafeteria on the seafront has been serving its clients for the past 20 years. Its story of success is mainly attributed to the good service and genuine products that clients are offered over here.

​Address: 19, Tigne Seafront, Sliema​Website: http://www.caffeoasismalta.com
Café Cuba

Café Cuba aspires to satisfy their clients’ physical needs with tasty pizza, and their spiritual needs with salsa dancing, fast service and appreciation of life! -"Not only because we aim to brew the best coffee in Malta and brew only the finest roasted 100% Arabica coffee beans, but also because hard working people just need to chill out and have fun".

​Address: Triq Ix-Xatt Ta’, Tigne, Sliema​Phone: +356 2010 1313​Website: http://www.cafecuba.com.mt
Fontanella Tea Garden

Fontanella Tea Garden has indoor and outdoor seating with breathtaking views of the picturesque island Malta. They’re famous for their home made cakes, especially the chocolate cake, and pastries.

​Address: 1, Bastion Street, Mdina​Phone: +356 21454 264 / +356 21450 208​Website: http://www.fontanellateagarden.com
Caffè Portomaso

Caffè Portomaso is a great place for a snack, a cup of coffee, tea (herbal or other), a bite to eat or a hot chocolate. The latter comes in sixteen different flavours - hazelnut, coconut, mint, you name it. Inside and outdoor seating, with free WiFi.

​Address: Portomaso Business Tower, Portomaso, Saint Julian's​Phone: +356 2137 1238​Website: http://www.themarinarestaurants.com
In Malta the nightlife is young and lively. Particular areas such as Paceville, Bugibba and Sliema offer a wider range of pubs, clubs and discos for all tastes. The largest clubs often get visited by world famous DJ's. During the weekend pubs and discos stay open till four in the morning.
Fuego

Housed in atmospheric venues the Fuego’s skilled DJ's run the music formula whilst animation helps to uplift the crowd – and that is just the beginning! Free salsa classes to pure or traditional Latin music! The two clubs are located in the most popular tourist areas of St. Julian's and Qawra.

​Address: Triq Santu Wistin, St. George's Bay, Saint Julian's​Phone: +356 21 386 746​Website: http://www.fuego.com.mt
Trabuxu

Trabuxu was Malta’s first authentic wine bar and is located in a 350-year-old cellar that sets the mood and creates a fantastic atmosphere. It is a very popular drinking spot in Valletta.

​Address: 1 Strait Street, Valletta​Phone: +356 2122 3036​Website: http://www.trabuxu.com.mt
Gianpula

Gianpula is an old farmhouse with 30 acres of land that has been transformed into an amazing nightclub. The main room has been Malta’s number one open air night club during the summer months for more than 20 years.

​Address: Limits of Rabat, Rabat​Phone: +356 9947 2133​Website: http://www.gianpula.com
Hard Rock Cafe

The pleasant ambiance and soothing music will appease even the most vigilant of vanquishers. A wide variety of music from the recent Rock Age is played for you to seek out and examine. At the Valletta Waterfront you also find the Hard Rock Bar. At their terrace you can enjoy a cold beer to a beautiful view over the Grand Harbour.

​Address: Bay Street Tourist Complex, St. Julian's / Vault 17, Valletta Waterfront​Phone: +356 23 722 253 / +356 2123 3346 ​Website: http://www.hardrock.com
Twenty Two

This stylish lounge, located on the 22nd floor of the Portomaso Business Tower in St. Julian's, attracts a more exclusive crowd. In the earlier hours of the evening this is a good place to sip a crispy cocktail while enjoying the amazing view over the island. If you choose to stay longer, the design-decorated bar transforms into a hip club with a DJ filling up the floor with popular beats.

​Address: Portomaso Business Tower, Portomaso​Phone: +356 2138 6802​Website: http://www.22.com.mt
For all your shopping needs the capital city Valletta is the ideal destination. Here you can find a large variety of shops and every day there is a market which opens around 08.00 in the morning. You may find a bargain, but even if you don’t, the market is an entertainment in itself! Sliema is another good destination to go shopping and here, at the Plaza Shopping Centre, you’ll find the largest shopping centre in Malta. Shops are open from 09.00 till 13.00 in the afternoon, and then open again at 16.00 till 19.00. If you are looking for something particularly Maltese, the Ta’ Qali Crafts Village is the place to go. Amongst other souvenirs, Malta has several glass producers. Craftsmen and women can be seen busy at work throughout the many ’huts’ at the Ta’ Qali. At Ta’ Qali one can also find lace, pottery, silver filigree jewellery, ironwork, woodwork and leather-work. Prices are reasonable, but look out for bargain ’seconds’ in the glassware - some products are greatly reduced in price for very minor blemishes. Some of these products can also be found in areas popular with tourists such as Bugibba, Sliema and Valletta. Note that on the following public holidays most of the shops are closed: February 10, March 31, June 7, June 29, August 15, September 21 and December 13.
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Malta International Airport

Malta International Airport is located between the villages of Luqa and Gudja, 10 kilometers from Valletta. The Airport is only about 40 minutes away from popular tourist destinations such as Sliema and Bugibba. Although the most viable form of transport on the island are buses, from the airport it is easier to take a taxi. Taxis can be found at the airport entrance.

​Website: http://www.maltairport.com
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