Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Book a Holiday to Malta

By: Edward Penza

Malta is a small island state in Europe, in the middle ofthe Mediterranean and is a popular holiday destination for many Europeans,mostly from the U.K., Germany, Italy, France and Holland. Tourists visit theisland for various reasons and the island offers a variety of facets that willbe of interest for most types of travellers. This article provides you with thetop 10 reasons why booking Malta holidays is a great idea, not only for nextsummer’s holiday season but all year round!

10. Language and money in Malta

The Maltese have their own language (‘Maltese’) but thecountry has two official languages, with the second official language beingEnglish. Malta was under British rule for 160 years, gaining independence in1964, but leaving the Maltese with a relatively strong knowledge of the Englishlanguage, although Maltese is much more widely spoken and is the mother tonguefor the vast majority of Maltese. For English speaking tourists this means thatcommunication is almost no problem, which is definitely a benefit when on holiday.Although at the moment the Maltese Lira is still the only valid currency, theEuro will be introduced on January 1st, 2008 and many retailers in touristareas already accept Euros for cash payment.

9. Sports and leisure activities during your Malta holidays

Malta is a great location for a variety of sports, includinghiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, para gliding, wind surfing andyachting. Plenty of activities to keep you entertained, no matter the time ofyear. Most materials needed for these sports are available for low-priced rentand there are various locations on the islands where these sports can beexercised. Gozo is a particularly popular location for rock climbing, thanks toits steep cliffs, and mountain biking thanks to its quiet roads and excellenthill climbs.

Events, such as pop concerts and theatre shows, but alsohistorical re-enactments such as In Guardia are popular among both tourists andlocals and provide great entertainment for the whole family. Are you a fan ofwatching sports? Don’t worry about missing any big matches or events –satellite reception is widely used by the more popular pubs and there areplenty of appetizers and beer around to enjoy your favourite sports.

8. Getting around in Malta is easy and cheap!

Don’t you hate it when you go for a holiday and it takes youages to get to the beach or to visit a few cities, museums? Don’t you hate itwhen it takes a whole day to take one excursion, when you waste so much time ontravelling from place to place which makes you wonder whether it was even worththe hassle? If your answer is yes, then Malta is definitely the holidaydestination for you. It takes less than an hour to get from one side to theisland to the other and there’s such a high concentration of places of interest,beaches, holiday resorts and places for entertainment (restaurants, clubs,cinemas etc.), you’ll wish you’d have known about Malta earlier!

A lot of tourists decide to visit Malta a second time andsometimes more, simply for the reason that there’s just so much to do and tosee, and it takes so little money and time to get around and spend qualityholiday time.

7. Gozo offers a peaceful setting for your Malta holidays

Malta is not just about Malta. Yes, that’s right, TheRepublic of Malta also covers Gozo, which is Malta’s sister island and is saidto be the island that Malta used to be a long time ago – rural, quiet anduntouched. Gozo is a great place for a peaceful (family or couples) holidays,with beautiful beaches and countryside views. Visit the capital Victoria, withits Citadel in the centre – a fortified part of the village which used to offerthe inhabitants of Gozo shelter against foreign invaders, similar to Mdina’ssurrounding walls on the main island Malta. The seaside town of Xlendi is apopular tourist destination, offering a beautiful view of its bay surrounded byhigh cliffs. Ramla l-Hamla and San Blas Bay are beautiful beaches to go for aswim, one being larger and busier, the other being more secluded and moredifficult to get to (steep hill descent) but much worth the effort.

As of recent, a shuttle bus service is available, taking youstraight from the airport to the ferries in the Northern most tip of the islandof Malta, making arrangements for a Gozo holiday a little easier to plan for.

6. Malta has a rich culture and heritage

Throughout the ages, the Maltese islands have seen variousforeign rulers coming and going, and leaving behind their stamps on Malteseculture. As a result, Malta is soaked in culture and heritage and offers alarge number of cultural and historical sites in very short distances from eachother, making Malta a unique place in the world map of culture and heritage.Both in the Maltese language and culture remnants of Phoenician, Carthaginians,Romans, Arabs, Turks, French and English invaders can still be found today andthis melting pot of cultures is of interest to many tourists visiting theMaltese islands on holiday.

5. Good quality hotels and accommodation

Good quality hotels and self-catering apartments are widelyavailable at very reasonable prices. Package deals are usually the way to go,but booked separately the cost versus quality of accommodation is very good.The main areas for holiday resorts are St. Julian’s, Bugibba/Qawra, and? Sliema, which are all situated in theNorthern part of Malta. Accommodation in St. Julian’s is recommended if youenjoy spending your nights going out but, being close to the nightlife hub ofMalta, is not advisable for couples and family who are looking for peace andserenity. For those travellers, places like Mellieha and St. Paul’s Bay aremuch better places to stay.

4. Malta is an all year round destination

A flight from London to Malta takes less than three hours,but the difference in climate is huge. Mild winters and warm summers with anaverage temperature of 32C means excellent weather for both hot summer holidaysas well as great holiday weather in winter, to escape from the cold back home.There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained all year round and forexample hiking is a popular way of spending days out in the countryside inwinter, enjoying the scenery and serenity. Most cultural and historicalhotspots are open all year round, and although open air clubs don’t open duringthe winter months, nightlife in Malta goes on throughout the whole year.

3. Malta offers a great nightlife to complement your dailyactivities

Nights out on the town are a ton of fun, since Malta hosts atrue clubbing hub that goes by the name of Paceville (St. Julian’s) and whichoffers a large number of clubs which are situated literally door to door andwhich play different genres of music to suit everyone’s tastes. Open air clubs,however, are what makes clubbing in Malta rather special. Spending your warmsummer nights dancing to the latest club and trance anthems or smooth R&Band hiphop beats under the stars is just something else and a must do on yourholiday to Malta.

2. Malta holidays now come with cheap flights

That’s right – low cost airlines have found Malta and offerdirt cheap flights to the island outside of the high season and regular cheapflights in summer. These airlines offer flights departing from a select numberof places in Europe, such as London, Dublin, Barcelona, Oslo, Stockholm, Pisa(Italy) and Bremen (Germany). Look for airlines the likes of Ryanair, NorwegianAir Shuttle and Clickair, but don’t forget to check Malta’s national airlineAir Malta, which regularly offers low cost flights to a much larger number ofEuropean destinations.

1. Malta holidays offer more than any other MediterraneandestinationYou could say that the top reason for visiting Malta is acombination of all other reasons listed above: There are a lot of differentthings you can do during your holiday in Malta and you’ll never be bored if youget the right info. Baking in the sun on the beach is great for relaxationafter a long year of work or school, but most people would prefer adding alittle variety to the time they spend on holiday. So if you’d like to gosomewhere else besides the beach, why not visit on the many places of interestaround the island? Visit the old capital city of Mdina, for example, surroundedby bastions and oozing with history and an ambiance you’ll never forget. Whynot take a trip to sister island Gozo, with its serene country views andattractions such as the Azure Window, a rock formation sculpted by the sea.

Evenings will never be boring when you know where to go.There is plenty of choice when it comes to dining out, as quality restaurantscan be found in most parts of the island. Wine bars and pubs are also popularin Malta and provide quality wines and both local and international lagersScience Articles,beers and various popular brands of liquor. There’s plenty of opportunity forclubbing and open air clubs and parties are a must see if clubbing is yourideal night out.

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