Malta is a small island state located in Europe, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, and is a popular holiday destination for many Europeans, mainly from the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France and the Netherlands. Tourists visit the island for a variety of reasons and the island offers a variety of facets that will appeal to most travellers. This article gives you the top 10 reasons why booking a trip to Malta is a great idea, not just for the summer vacation season, but all year long.
1. Language and money in Malta
Maltese have their own language (“Maltese”), but the country has two official languages, the second official language being English. Malta was under British rule for 160 years, became independent in 1964, but left the Maltese with a relatively thorough knowledge of the English language, although Maltese is spoken much more widely and is the mother tongue of the vast majority of Maltese. For anglophone tourists, this means that communication is almost not a problem, which is certainly a benefit on vacation. Although the Maltese lira remains the only valid currency at present, the euro will be introduced from 1 January 2008 and many retailers in tourist areas already accept euros in cash.
2. Sports and leisure activities
Malta is a great place to enjoy a variety of sports such as hiking, mountain biking, climbing, paragliding, windsurfing and sailing. Many activities to occupy you whatever the time of the year. Most of the materials needed for these sports are available for cheap rent and there are different places on the islands where these sports can be practised. Gozo is particularly popular for climbing, thanks to its steep cliffs, and for mountain biking, thanks to its quiet roads and excellent climbs.
Events such as pop concerts and theatrical performances, as well as historical reenactments such as In Guardia, are popular with tourists and locals alike and offer quality entertainment for the whole family. Are you a sports fan? Do not worry not to miss competitions or major events – satellite reception is widely used by the most popular pubs and you will find plenty of snacks and beers nearby to practice your favourite sports.
3. Getting around in Malta is easy and cheap
Do not you hate this when you go on vacation and take a lot of time to go to the beach or visit some cities, museums? Do not you hate it when it takes a whole day to go on an excursion when you lose so much time travelling from one place to another, wondering if it was worth it? If your answer is yes, then Malta is the holiday destination for you. It takes less than an hour to get from one end of the island to the other and there is such a concentration of tourist sites, beaches, resorts and entertainment venues (restaurants, nightclubs, cinemas, etc.). Known about Malta before!
Many tourists decide to visit Malta a second time and sometimes more, simply because there is so much to do and see and it costs very little money and time to travel and have a good holiday.
4. Gozo offers a peaceful setting for your summer holiday
Malta is not only about Malta. Yes, it is true, the Republic of Malta also covers Gozo, the sister island of Malta, and would be the island that Malta was once – rural, calm and untouched. Gozo is an ideal place for a quiet holiday (family or couple), with beautiful beaches and views over the countryside. Visit the capital Victoria, with its citadel in the centre – a fortified part of the village that housed the inhabitants of Gozo against foreign invaders, similar to the surrounding walls of Mdina on the main island of Malta. The seaside resort of Xlendi is a popular tourist destination and offers a magnificent view of the bay surrounded by high cliffs. Ramla l-Hamla and San Blas Bay are beautiful beaches for swimming. One is larger and more crowded, the other is more isolated and more difficult to reach (steep descent to the hill), but it is worth it.
A shuttle has recently been made available to you. It will take you directly from the airport to the ferries at the northern tip of the island of Malta, which will make planning your holiday in Gozo a little easier.
5. Malta has a rich culture and heritage
Over the centuries, the Maltese Islands have seen various foreign leaders succeed and leave their mark on the Maltese culture. As a result, Malta is steeped in culture and heritage and offers a wealth of cultural and historical attractions within short distances of each other, making Malta a unique place on the world map of culture and heritage. In the Maltese language and culture, there are still remains of Phoenician, Carthaginian, Roman, Arab, Turkish, French and English invaders and this melting pot of cultures is of interest to many tourists who visit the Maltese islands on holiday.
6. Good quality hotels and accommodation
Quality hotels and self-catering apartments are available everywhere at very reasonable prices. Arrangements are usually the best choice, but bookings are separate costs and quality of accommodation are very good. The most important areas for holiday resorts are St. Julians, Bugibba / Qawra and Sliema, all located in the northern part of Malta. It is recommended to stay in St. Julian if you wish to spend your nights, but being close to the entertainment centre of Malta is not recommended for couples and families in search of peace and serenity. For these travellers, places like Mellieha and St. Paul’s Bay are much better places.
7. Malta is an all year round destination
A flight from London to Malta takes less than three hours, but the difference in climate is enormous. The mild winters and hot summers, with an average temperature of 32 ° C, guarantee an ideal climate for the summer holidays and an ideal time for winter holidays, to escape the cold house. There are many activities to keep you entertained throughout the year and, for example, hiking is a popular way to spend the winter days in the countryside, enjoying the scenery and tranquillity. Most cultural and historical hot spots are open all year round. Although outdoor clubs are not open during the winter months, Malta’s nightlife continues throughout the year.
8. Malta offers a great nightlife to complement your daily activities
The nights in the city are very fun because Malta has a real club centre called Paceville (St. Julians) and offers a lot of clubs that are literally door-to-door and different genres play music for all tastes. However, outdoor clubs make club visits to Malta special. Cool dancing in the new clubs and trance hymns or enjoying R & B and hip-hop beats under the stars are simply different and indispensable for your Malta holidays.
9. Malta holidays now come with cheap flights
That’s right – cheap airlines have found Malta and offer return flights to the island outside the high season and regular cheap flights in the summer. These airlines offer flights from a number of European countries, such as London, Dublin, Barcelona, Oslo, Stockholm, Pisa (Italy) and Bremen (Germany). Look for airlines such as Ryanair, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Clickair, but do not forget to check out Malta’s national airline, Air Malta, which regularly offers cheap flights to more European destinations.
10. Malta offers more than any other Mediterranean destination
You could say that the main reason for visiting Malta is a combination of all the other reasons mentioned above: you can do many different things during your Malta holidays and you will never be bored if you get the right information. Cooking in the sun on the beach is great for relaxing after a long year of work or school, but most people prefer to add a little variation to the time spent on vacation. So, if you want to go somewhere other than on the beach, why not visit the island’s many sights? For example, visit the ancient capital Mdina, surrounded by bastions and steeped in history and an atmosphere you will never forget. Why not take a trip to Gozo’s sister island, with its serene rural views and attractions such as the Azure Window, a rock formation carved by the sea.