Malta is part of a wider archipelago of islands in the Southern Mediterranean Sea, alongside Gozo and Comino. Malta is by far the most popular island in terms of tourism, with plenty of established resorts and excellent amenities.
Data obtained from Luqa weather station, Malta
Malta is ideal for a relaxed beach holiday with its peaceful towns and tranquil bays with sea temperatures higher than any other part of Europe. It is an immensely peaceful destination; idyllic sandy stretches like Armier Bay, Golden Sands Beach and Paradise Bay all jostle for the affections of sun worshipping tourists, while remaining some of the least hectic beaches in the Mediterranean.
The country is also rich in culture and ancient heritage. Phoenician traders used the island as an important trading outpost; the Carthaginians and the Romans battled for primacy here and the Byzantines ruled for a number of years. Long before this though, Malta became home to buildings which are now recognised as some of the world's oldest megalithic structures. UNESCO has thus been keen to designate a number of protected heritage sites across the island.
In Valletta - Malta's capital - you have artistic and religious treasures such as St John's Co-Cathedral, where the large vaulted ceilings provide solace from the hot summer sun. Inside the cathedral you're advised to see the magnificent Caravaggio's, as well as the striking artefacts donated through the years.
The waterfront at Valletta is a rival for any harbour in the Med, with visitors happily sitting with a drink or a meal on those balmy summer Mediterranean evenings - the night time temperatures in Malta are higher than in most other European destinations tending to average around 20 °C in the summer months.
Last updated: 14 March 2014