Luxury Malta Holidays
Situated about the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta has long been an important stopping off point for traders from surrounding countries, and as such, it has developed a unique and fascinating culture. It is a beautiful island with a pleasant climate, dominated by a well-preserved historic city that makes the perfect spot for a luxury holiday.
When to visit
Malta has mild winters that make it attractive to people wanting to hike and avoid the crowds, but the most popular time to visit is from June to September when it’s warm enough to stretch out on the white sandy beaches or go for a dip in the sea. During this time of year there is rarely a cloud in the sky.
To sum up
A superb choice for luxury travellers looking for five-star holidays, Malta combines modern sophistication with historic splendour. Offering unique cultural experiences and a beautiful landscape, it is much more than just another beach resort and deserves to be fully explored.
Hiring a car is the best way to get around Malta as it offers the chance to explore the more remote parts of the island. Mountain bikes are also a good option for this but cycling in the city is not very safe. Maltese people drive on the left hand side of the road. Within Valetta, there’s a very good bus service, with some routes going outside the city (but these services generally stop earlier in the day). Taxis are also an option. Though they frequently ignore their metres, it’s possible to get right across the island for little more than €35.
Although it’s possible to find accommodation to suit all budgets, Malta really specialises in the upscale travel market, and has a number of impressive 5-star luxury hotels, both traditional and modern. Valetta’s elegant historic hotels are ideal for those wanting to be right in the heart of it, while people seeking an escape can find excellent resort hotels located in bays with a lot of open space and enchanting sea views.
The Maltese have a real talent for packing a lot into a small space and that’s certainly true of the local sights. These are some of the best:
• The Grand Master’s Palace - built in the 16th century to house the Knights of St. John and now a splendid museum containing no fewer than 5,000 suits of armour.
• The War Museum - a highlight of St Elmo – many visitors go on Sundays to see the military parade with participants in traditional costume.
• St John’s Cathedral - a spectacular building enhanced by original Caravaggio paintings and Medieval tapestries.
• The Ġgantija Temples of Xagħra - ancient megalithic structures of unknown origin that were once believed to have been built by giants.
• The Inland Sea of Gozo - the most amazing underwater site in the area, where divers can see seahorses, octopuses, and spectacular coral reefs.
It may be small, but Malta has no shortage of exciting shops, from huge malls such as The Point and La Plaza to tiny boutiques selling impressive examples of local crafts including blown glass, handmade lace, and filigree jewellery. Hand woven garments in beautiful colours can also be found in the marketplaces and specialist traditional shops.
Festivals and events
The most exciting public event in Malta is Carnival, held in late February or early March and involving a great many events including street dances with colourful costumes and a huge parade. A distinctive feature of the Maltese version is the wearing of elaborate and often grotesque masks. With a folk festival in June and a jazz festival in July, the Maltese demonstrate their love of music, and around the beginning of August there is a very popular beer festival that attracts enthusiasts from all over the world.
Malta has several impressive dining establishments and even one Michelin starred restaurant. The local specialty is rabbit marinated in wine, and excellent pork sausages derived from traditional Italian recipes are worth seeking out. Delicious fresh fish is widely available and there are some excellent local cheeses made from goat and sheep milk.
Malta Essential Facts
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