7000 years of history combine with near all year round sunshine to make this a perfect short break or summer destination.
Malta is an island lying just south of Sicily which has everything from cobblestone streets and rich history to colourful countryside and busy towns. Malta's sister island, Gozo, is just a short ferry ride away.
The Blue Grotto is one of the must-see attractions of Malta, an absolutely beautiful place. There's also the ancient capital city of Mdina in the centre of the island and the traditional seafront resort town of St. Julian's.
Malta enjoys long summer months and is just under 4 hours away from most UK airports making it a great easy-reach destination that feels a world away from normal life.
Time Difference: GMT +1
Malta experiences pleasantly warm and sunny weather during the summer months with an average of 12 hours of sunshine each day. July is the hottest month with average temperatures of 27 degrees Celsius, while in winter there is an average of 13 degrees. November is the wettest month.
Valletta is the spectacular capital city of Malta. It is stunningly beautiful with its narrow streets which crisscross the town, sometimes with steep inclines. There are many attractions to experience including the cathedral, the harbour and museums. Refreshments are readily available at the numerous cafes and restaurants and it’s the perfect destination to pick up holiday souvenirs.
The third largest rotunda in the world is well worth a visit. Construction took 27 years and it was opened in 1865. During the second world war a 200Kg bomb fell through the dome without detonating and, miraculously, all 300 worshipers inside the building were unharmed. There is a replica of the bomb inside the church.
Situated in the south of Malta, the Blue Grotto is a selection of naturally formed caves. Its famous for its impressive sea reflections within the cave area. There are many boat trips you can take in the vicinity as well as restaurants.
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