Sun-worshippers and those who love a relaxing and lazy holiday would love to spend some time vacationing in Malta. Housed at the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is the biggest of the three major islands that make up the Maltese archipelago. Its gentle weather, translucent turquoise waters,long stretches of beaches along with a rich and illustrious historical heritage are some of the key reasons why Malta is such a popular tourist destination.
Kick-start the trip by heading over to the capital of the country - Valletta. It is brimming with a treasure trove of preserved 16th century architectural wonders and old-world artistic glory. First, spend some time at the imposing Fort St. Elmo and learn more about its past, despite it belonging to the Police academy today. The Grand Master's Palace is now the Presidential Office and Malta's Parliament House. Stroll around the Council Chamber, former Hall of the Supreme Council of the Knights, the Hall of the Ambassadors and the Armoury.
Some of the other notable highlights include St. John's Co-Cathedral for it is one of the biggest and most spectacular churches in Europe; Hal Saflieni Hypogeum - one among the many Malta's pre-historic temples and attend the Malta Experience - audio-visual show talking about the history of the island.
When in St. Julian's, spend some time at the Balluta Bay, housed on the north-east coast of Malta. Popular for being a recreation area, swimming, diving and other water sports can occur there. One of the notable highlights is the Carmelite Parish Church along with the art nouveau Balluta Buidlings. If travelling with kids, then be spend a day at the Mediterraneo Marine Park and Splash & Fun Water Park, perched on the coast road at White Road, 6.5 km (4 miles) north-west of St. Julian's. One can even swim with the dolphins at affordable rates.
One of the key attractions of the Blue Lagoon of Comino is that the epic classic film Troy was filmed there. The sparkling turquoise waters are popular for swimmers and the rocky & sandy beaches suit the sun worshippers very well. Don't forget to visit the magnificent Blue Grotto - the most famous cave in Malta. The shimmering waters range from turquoise to deep-blue and is indeed a dazzling sight.
When in Gozo, do visit the 7,000-year-old fortress, featuring an arresting facade, fascinating Baroque architecture and offers breathtaking views. Spend some time at the Santa Maria Cathedral, home to painted dome and marble floor tombstones. The cathedral is home to one of the globe's biggest unsupported domes. When in Malta, don't afford to miss out on the Mdina citadel. Some of its notable highlights are its imposing walls, cobbled streets and beautiful architecture.
Shop-a-holics can indulge in their retail therapy by stopping over at Sliema. It is the country's largest and most modern shopping destination. The streets are lined up with an array of international brands such as Zara, Top Shop, Mango and several other favourites. Some of the souvenirs to look for in Malta is the Mdina Glass, Maltese gold and silver jewellery, pottery, hand-made lace and embroidery and so forth.
Most of the night-life in centred around St. Julian's, especially around Paceville and St. Paul's Bay. There, one will find a plethora of trendy bars and dance clubs where one can let their hair down and groove until the crack of dawn. The stay options in Malta are abundant with the best luxury hotels, swanky rental apartments and cheap accommodations available. The tourists can decide what kind they prefer based on their budget and taste.
Malta experiences sub-tropical-Mediterranean climate, with very mild winters and warm to hot summers. The best time to visit would be during spring and autumn when the temperatures are a little cooler and much more pleasant.