The Maltese archipelago lies at the centre of the Mediterranean, 93km south of Sicily and consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. The islands have a populatuion of over 400,000 inhabitants occupying an area of 316 square kilometers.
Malta is the largest island and the cultural, commercial and administrative centre.
Gozo is the second largest island and is more rural, characterised by fishing, tourism, crafts and agriculture.
Comino the smallest of the trio, and famous for its crystal blue waters.
If Malta isn't on your radar yet, it's time to add it to your travel bucket list; brimming with cultural and natural beauty, Malta is a uniquely charming and world class holiday destination with a lot to see and do. It's size makes it easy to explore, and with over 300 days of sunshine, Malta is a year round destination and perfect for winter breaks. The English speaking islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino are just over 3hrs away, with a large selection of direct flights from across the UK, and accommodation for all budgets.
With over 7000 years of history and host to three UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Maltese Islands have been described as one big open-air museum. What makes them unique is that so much of their past is visible today and wherever you go, the Islands' scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop. The narrow meandering streets of Malta's ancient towns and villages are crowded with Renaissance cathedrals and Baroque palaces, while the countryside is dotted with the oldest known structures in the world.
Maltese cuisine is the result of a long relationship between the Islanders and the many civilisations who occupied the Maltese Islands over the centuries. Traditional Maltese food is rustic and based on the seasons. Look out for Lampuki Pie (fish pie), Rabbit Stew, Bragioli (beef olives) and Kapunata (the Maltese version of ratatouille). Three restaurants in Malta were recently awarded Michelin stars; de Mondion, Under Grain and Noni. The island's climate and rich clay terrain have resulted in distinctive wines, with Maltese vintages winning several accolades at international competitions. There are several wineries on the islands, all offering guided tours and tastings.
Malta has beaches and shorelines for everyone from windsufers to sunbathers. Choose from golden sand, red sand, rocky shorelines and crystal clear lagoons. Some are off the beaten track, but worth seeking out for their seclusion. Due to Malta's climate, beach life lasts until the start of November and diving can be enjoyed year round. The Archipelago is consistently voted the second best diving location in the world with a vast array of wrecks, reefs and caves to explore in the calm, clear seas surrounding the islands. There are dives suitable for all levels of experience and children can take PADI courses from the age of ten.
Whatever you look for in holiday, Malta has something for you and there's always more to explore.
Britain is Malta's largest inbound tourism market and it is, therefore, disappointing to learn that the UK Government placed Malta on the travel quarantine list. The decision is respected, and Malta will continue to work closely with the British Government for the decision to be reversed.
Malta has one of the highest testing rates in Europe, meaning new cases have been quickly identified, located and those affected are placed in quarantine. Testing, contact tracing and quarantining are key to Malta managing the virus to make Maltese citizens and tourists feel safe.
In 2019 Malta welcomed 650,000 British travellers. The country has strong air connections with the UK with five airlines operating from 16 regional hubs.