Tucked in a mere 316km2, the Maltese Islands offer stunning natural beauty and all-year sunshine. Whether you’re into history and culture or simply into rest and relaxation, you are spoilt for choice. With its millennial history, Malta truly has something for everyone: pristine beaches, charming old cities, stunning fortifications, cultural heritage together with nature and adventure.

The country is packed with medieval castles, imposing fortifications and Baroque churches. Yet, you’re always a few metres away from stunning blue-flag beaches and sparkling sea.

A visit to Malta means an immersion in centuries of history while enjoying the very best of modern life, stunning scenery, and the very best Maltese cuisine, which combines tastes from Maltese and the countless civilizations that occupied the island.

The country’s capital, Valletta, a UNESCO heritage site brings together rich heritage and breath-taking architecture. It has been recently given a massive facelift after earning the accolade of European Capital of Culture 2018. The older capital, Mdina, also known as the Silent City, adds a nostalgic atmosphere with ancient roads, and is guaranteed to fill a good chunk of your photographic memories.

What’s more, you can comfortably enjoy the entire island in a few days. Boats to the quaint, beautiful sister islands of Gozo and Comino take less than half an hour – and take you to a different world where time stood still.

For sports fanatics, the islands offer perfect locations for swimming, running, trekking, or cycling while enjoying idyllic views. An exciting nightlife, multi-ethnic cuisine and a varied music scene allows you to unwind after your sporting accomplishments.

Health considerations

Local health authorities have been at the forefront in fighting the coronavirus pandemic in Malta, with the World Health Organisation highlighting Malta’s example in addressing the current realities. The country has a very strong vaccination programme and is the leading EU charts in the rate by which it is vaccinating its population.

Information on travel requirements and restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic are available here.