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Malta & Gozo Holidays

Megaliths, medieval dungeons and Calypso’s Cave - Malta is positively mythic. The neighbouring island of Gozo has a distinct character all of its own; here, the colourful countryside is prettier, the pace is slower and there are fewer tourists. 

There’s something intriguing about Malta. This curious island is a place where old cobblestoned towns whisper storied tales of mythical legends, and winding backstreets lead you to Renaissance cathedrals, Baroque palaces and beguiling Norman architecture. Malta is fuelled by history and culture, while its honeyed sands and craggy coastlines are never too far away. Discover remote coves tucked into the hillside, shallow shores where little ones can paddle, and natural swimming pools where the water flashes in every shade of blue. What’s more, Malta sees over 300 days of sunshine a year, and its local people are some of the friendliest you’ll ever meet.

Hop on the ferry to Gozo and you’ll notice the change in tempo the second you step onto the island. Gozo is quieter and less crowded than its big sister Malta. This untamed isle will charm you with its wild beauty, sleepy bays and peaceful countryside. Recharge on beaches backed by cliffs and caves, go reef and wreck diving in glassy seas, walk among the walls of an ancient Citadel, and taste traditional Gozitan wood-fired ftira (pizza) in rustic village bakeries.

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Malta & Gozo - Perfect for

  • History & heritage

    Malta is a small island that’s packed with fascinating historic sites.

  • Stunning coastline

    Find hidden bays and rocky coves where the land meets the cerulean sea.

  • Island culture

    Vibrant festivals take place throughout the year and showcase traditional culture.

  • Off-grid Gozo

    Rustic and rural, Malta’s sister island is more than worth a visit.

Malta & Gozo Hotels

Our recommendations for the best places to stay in Malta & Gozo

AX The Palace

This lavish hotel has a fantastic central location in Sliema.

The Phoenicia Malta

Ideal for couples, this luxurious landmark hotel is the perfect gateway to the capital city of Va...

Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz

An elegant old-world retreat on quiet Gozo with an award-winning spa.

Corinthia Hotel St. George's Bay

This grand retreat has fabulous views and excellent watersports for relaxing and recharging.

Rosselli AX Privilege

Located in the heart of Malta’s capital city, this 17th-century boutique hotel is a haven of styl...

Highlights of Gozo by Jeep & Comino Cruise

Malta is actually an archipelago and its two smaller inhabited islands, Gozo and Comino, have distinctive personalities that are well worth discovering. See Gozo at its authentic self on a 4x4 safari that will take you to the heart of its unspoiled rural landscapes, along winding lanes and off-road tracks. The jam-packed itinerary includes visits to a host of sites, from architectural marvels such as the charming fortified capital, Victoria, to natural wonders including caves, salt pans and an inland sea. From here, you’ll take to the water for a sailing trip around diminutive Comino, whose natural landscapes make it a popular day-trip destination for the Maltese as well as foreign visitors. You’ll pause to swim and snorkel in the limpid waters of the famous Blue Lagoon, explore the caves and bays around the island, and fit in another swim-and-snorkel session before returning to the mainland.

• Duration: full day
• Time: 10am to 5pm
• Departs on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
• Operates May to Oct only
• Group experience

Good to know
There’s a freshwater shower on board the boat, so you won’t have to sail home with salt-encrusted hair.

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Hidden Gozo By Tuk Tuk

A tuk tuk may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Gozo, but these nippy little open-sided vehicles turn out to be perfect for exploring its enchanting landscapes and historic sights. You’ll spend a happy day zipping along quiet lanes, visiting a dizzying range of highlights. When it comes to natural wonders, there are rock formations created the same way as the now-vanished Azure Window, sweeps of red-sand beach and caves that inspired Homer - not to mention several viewpoints with panoramas to die for. As for the manmade attractions, there are historic churches of all sizes, signal towers and salt pans, plus the delightful capital, Victoria, an ancient fortified city perched on a rocky outcrop in the heart of the island. Many of the places on the itinerary are not accessible on mainstream tours or by public transport, so this is a fabulous way to get under the skin of this captivating island.

• Duration: full day
• Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm
• Monday to Saturday departures
• Operates April to December
• Group experience

Good to know
Lunch is not included, but there’s a 45-minute stop at Marsalforn Bay where there are plenty of small restaurants and cafés.

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Get to know Malta & Gozo and those important practicalities when planning your perfect holiday.

Capital
TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT +1 hour

CURRENCY

Euro

FLYING TIME TO DESTINATION

3¼ hours

RELIGION

Christianity (majority Roman Catholic)

LANGUAGE

Maltese & English

Where is Malta?
One of Europe’s smallest countries, Malta is a culture-rich archipelago in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily. There are three islands that belong to the archipelago, including Malta, Gozo and Comino, and capital city Valletta is on the main island of Malta.

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Mdina
Malta’s ancient capital, Mdina is a typical medieval town located in the centre of the island. Boasting some of the best Norman and Baroque architecture on the island this is a serene town with endless squares and narrow alleyways to explore. Largely off limits to cars, and known as the ‘Silent City’, Mdina is reminiscent of a bygone era.

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Valletta
To the northeast, the walled capital of Valletta delivers resplendent Upper Barraka Gardens, wall-to-wall frescoes in the magnum opus of St John’s Co-Cathedral and fascinating underground catacombs. North of Valletta, lively St Julian’s delights with impressive spa hotels, a dynamic promenade and rocky beaches, perfect for sun soaking.

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St Julian's
St Julian’s is a traditional seafront resort town, lined with a variety of yachts, fishing boats and charming Maltese luzzus. A quaint backdrop of sun-drenched town houses line the harbourfront, whilst a string of cafés and bars welcome passers-by with the aromas of local cuisine.

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Sliema
To the east of St Julian’s lies the sophisticated resort of Sliema, One of Malta’s more popular resorts. Enjoying an idyllic three-mile-long seafront and rocky platforms, Sliema is a swimmer’s heaven. Why not end a sublime day of sunshine and relaxation with fine cuisine at a Maltese, Mexican or Italian restaurant, followed by a romantic horse and cart ride.

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Mellieha Bay
Mellieha Bay boasts the longest sandy beach in Malta - Gadira Beach. Perfectly complemented by its shallow waters, and the perfect amount of beach bars and restaurants to accompany, Mellieha Bay is a fantastic resort for families and groups alike. Get your adrenaline pumping with parasailing, enjoy a leisurely paddle with pedalos, or head to stunning Golden Bay where the 2004 movie Troy was filmed.

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Gozo
Gozo is known to provide a tranquil haven for a tempo and scene change. The charm of Malta’s sister island is immediately apparent; it’s greener, more rural and smaller, with life’s rhythms dictated by the seasons, fishing and agriculture. Steeped in myth, Gozo is thought to be the legendary Calypso’s isle of Homer’s Odyssey – a peaceful, mystical backwater. Baroque churches and old stone farmhouses dot the countryside.

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