Malta - Touring Holidays
Take an escorted tour to Malta and you’ll discover an enticing destination with year-round mild weather and a rich history and heritage.
Situated almost at the centre of the Mediterranean, the Maltese archipelago also includes Gozo, and Comino, and a handful of smaller uninhabited islands. It has been an important strategic base since the earliest days of navigation, and thanks to the many different cultures that have visited and left their legacy, Malta is often described as one big open-air museum. You can delve into the island’s mysterious prehistory, retrace the footsteps of St Paul or see where the Knights of St John defended Christendom. There’s a medieval walled citadel, churches and chapels aplenty, and when a break from history is called for, the island’s secluded bays and sandy beaches are fabulous for soaking up the sun.
The historic capital Valletta
Head to the capital Valletta and you’ll discover beautiful gardens, an attractive harbour and atmospheric narrow streets full of historic buildings, statues and fountains.
Be sure to visit the city’s unforgettable highlight, the magnificent St John’s Cathedral, a 16th century masterpiece dedicated to the Knights of St John. From 1530 to 1798, the Knights ruled Malta. They overcame attack from the Ottoman Turks during The Great Siege of 1565 and bequeathed the islands with a wealth of architectural treasures, some fine works of art and the famous eight-pointed Maltese Cross. After the Great Siege, the Knights built the magnificent baroque city of Valletta by hand, in just 15 years, and to this day it remains a delightful place to explore.
The Three Cities
For an authentic glimpse into Maltese life, The Three Cities of Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua are unmissable. Lesser-visited than Valletta, the Knights of St John made the Three Cities their first home on the island, consequently the palaces, churches, forts and bastions are even older than those of the capital. Soak up the atmosphere as you stroll through the enchanting narrow streets, pausing for a while to admire the stunning views.
The ancient walled city of Mdina
Even more unique history can be uncovered in Mdina, an ancient medieval walled city which sits on top of a hill in the centre of the island. According to local legend, the Apostle St Paul lived in Mdina after he was shipwrecked off the coast of Malta in 60AD. Today, the city’s winding streets and alleyways are home to an array of impressive palaces – many of which are private homes – and Mdina is often referred to as the ‘Silent City’ as very few cars are allowed inside the walls.
Sandy beaches and clear blue waters
For a spot of relaxation, Malta’s beaches offer something for everyone. It’s possible to sunbathe and swim from the rocky parts of the shoreline and along the northern coast, large sandy beaches are lapped by clear-blue waters. One of our favourite beaches is Mellieħa Bay where, if you wish, you can try your hand at an array of watersports or simply sit back and enjoy the sunshine.
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Malta's Megalithic Temples
Malta’s history is rich and intriguing. Some 5,000 years ago, before records began, the islands were home to an ingenious civilisation. Little is known about these prehistoric people, but their legacy stands to this day in the form of some extraordinary UNESCO-listed megalithic temples, which were constructed around the time of the 3rd and 4th millennium BC.