Holidays in Malta - Why Choose Malta?

It isn't difficult to see why so many visitors are temped to Malta's shores each year. Located in the southern Mediterranean guarantees Malta year-round sunshine, clear blue skies, top temperatures in the summer and pleasant heat in the winter. Whilst the dramatic coastal scenery and warm, indigo sea tempt the beach lover, the marks left by its complex history ensure there is something for everyone.

The remainder of thousands of years of history lie all around: in fact, the oldest stone standing structures on earth can be found on Malta, pre-historic temples which out date Stonehenge and predate the Pyramids by thousands of years. Those wanting more up-to-date history can explore the ancient walled city of Mdina and the fortifications of Valletta built by the Knights of Malta in the 1500's.

Malta has begun to be regarded as another Mediterranean package holiday destination and with cheap accommodation, active nightlife, excellent beaches and water sports, it's easy to see why. But this sun-and-sand image does not sum up the real Malta. In an island so small, so densely populated and with such a complex history it is the stone-built towns and the cities, and the ever fiesta-ing people that are Malta's true highlights.

If you want to get away from it all, Malta's sister island Gozo is smaller, less built-up and far less hectic. Although only a short distance away, Gozo is a world apart both in appearance and manner. Gozo's tabletop hills and looming cliffs make an unusual landscape, and its terraced hills make it far greener than Malta. Gozo is a place to linger, relax and soak up its natural beauty; its dramatic underwater landscape offers the best scuba diving on the archipelago and its beaches retain their natural, alluring beauty.

Malta's small size means you can pack a lot of sight-seeing in to a short space of time if you want to, but it may be more relaxing to take it easy and let yourself absorb the atmosphere slowly. Malta really does have something for everyone, whether you want to explore the narrow streets of the ancient cities, party hard in the bars and clubs of St Julian's, or recharge your batteries with a cliff top ramble or a little snorkelling. Whatever you decide, you'll find the Maltese people friendly and welcoming and a culture that is richly endowed.

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