If you are longing for a getaway in only 3 hours and 10 minutes flight time* you can find yourself having a sunny long weekend break in Malta.
The beautiful island in the Mediterranean sea has everything you could hope for in a short holiday break; sun, sea, sand, and even some culture thrown in for good measure.
Here’s some top must see locations in Malta for a short stay. Ideally a 4 or 5 day trip
The capital city Valletta
The city of Valletta is a bustling city that is steeped in history. Said to be "a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen" the story of this city dates back to the Knights of St John in the 1500’s. Today the World Heritage City a brilliant mixture of modern shops, gorgeous restaurants, stunning views, and its history still very much in tack.
Points of interest
The Upper Barracca Gardens found at the highest point of the city offers amazing panoramic views of the Three Cities and the Grand Harbour of Malta. Everyday at 12 noon and 4pm there is a traditional gun salute that is worth seeing - make sure you are on time though!
If you are in the mood for a sweet treat then Amorino ice cream shop is a treat for the eyes and the taste buds. The skilled people behind the counter will create a beautiful flower ice cream with whatever flavours you like. Gluten free cones and sorbets are also available. It’s worth the queue.
Slightly off the beaten track but well worth a visit is the small opera house Teatru Manoel. Found on a side street it has stood since 1732 and is still used today for many shows. They also offer tours of the historic theatre but be sure to check before you go as you may need to book.
Known as the silent city Mdina is the old capital of Malta. Located in the middle of the island it is a walled citadel that has roots tracing back over 4000 years. The narrow streets of Mdina are a treasure trove of links to the past along with perfect sights, sounds, and smells for the wandering tourist. The nearby town of Rabat is closely linked to the story of Mdina and has a variety of catacombs and archaeological sites to be visited. Be warned these include steep steps.
If you need a day away from the history of Malta then the Blue Lagoon is a gorgeous clearwater beach on the smallest of the Maltese islands, Comino. Offering a place to sunbathe, swim, scuba dive, explore or just generally relax the Blue Lagoon is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. There are day boat trips that can be booked onto which will include lunch and usually access to a bar but if you’re doing things a bit more budget you can get to the Blue Lagoon by means of public transport (a bus and a ferry).
A popular place for tourists to stay in or just visit is the town of St. Julian’s. It has frequent buses that go to Valletta and the Comino or Gozo ferries and is within walking distance to a popular nightlife area called Paceville. Full of tasty restaurants, plenty of bars, and even a bay all its own St Julian’s is always a bustle with something.
All the above places will give you a real taste of what Malta life is like but if you plan on staying longer in Malta other places to note are the Island of Gozo, especially the Citadel in Victoria, the Dingli Cliffs, and the fishing village of Marsaxlokk.
*Flying from London Gatwick to Luqa International Airport, Malta.