Malta is an island in the Mediterranean Sea that’s situated between Sicily and Tunisia, with the island of Gozo to its north and the archipelago of Comino to its south-east. The main island has a rich history and culture, which makes it both beautiful and popular with tourists, especially those who love islands where they can enjoy both sandy beaches and historic cities. Here are five reasons why you should visit Malta if you haven’t yet.
1) The foodWith dishes from all over Mediterranean, European and Middle Eastern cuisine and influences, Maltese food can be quite unique. Maltese cuisine is not limited to Maltese food and is influenced by many different cultures. Freshly caught seafood (fish, shellfish, lobster), lamb, and pork are used in typical Maltese recipes that are slowly cooked in an underground oven called a pignata. Like most Mediterranean cuisines, rice is a staple ingredient in many Maltese dishes. Maltese pasta dishes include macaroni pie (similar to macaroni cheese) and spaghetti bajjada which consists of thin spaghetti tossed with olive oil, garlic and parsley.
2) There is something for everyoneThe Maltese Islands are one of a kind. There is an abundance of sightseeing opportunities and you can enjoy them to their fullest. From museums, to churches, to scenic views and much more. There is no shortage of activities to do while on holiday in Malta. It’s a small island but it packs a lot of action! Every year thousands of tourists flock there because it offers something for everyone! Here are 5 reasons why you should consider taking your next vacation in beautiful Malta.
3) The temples!There are literally hundreds of temples spread throughout Malta, and each one holds its own unique history. So much so that UNESCO World Heritage Sites have even been declared for many of them. Be sure to check out Hagar Qim, Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, Mdina Temple and Ta’ Ċagħaq if you have time! They’re an important part of Maltese culture—and ancient history!
4) The sunsets are incredibleThe Mediterranean climate ensures that you’ll be enjoying warm, long days and relaxing sunshine every day of your stay. As if you needed another reason to visit. Plus, as Malta’s second-largest city (second only to Valletta), Sliema boasts one of the best nightlife scenes in all of Europe. No longer do you have to catch a flight to Mykonos or Ibiza; they’re coming to you, at a much more affordable price.
5) Go diving and snorkelingOnce you’ve arrived in Malta, check out some of its famous dive sites such as St. Paul’s Islands and Blue Lagoon, or explore Europe’s deepest underwater cave system—the Azure Window and Inland Sea of Gozo—using a local guide. The Maltese archipelago is made up of three islands: Gozo, Comino and Malta itself.
Malta is truly a fascinating place to visit. By the way, if you're a fan of Game of Thrones, you'll recognize many sites on your guided tour through the country.