Discover Malta, The Jewel of The Mediterranean

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  • Malta

  • Arts & Culture

  • Boutique Travel

  • City Travel

  • Couples Travel

  • Family Travel

  • International Travel

  • Local Culture

  • Local Food

  • Island-Life

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Curator’s statement

Considered the "Jewel of the Mediterranean", Malta is an exceptional destination and is best known for its crystal blue waters (with skies to match!) along with its beaches. Malta offers a colorful mix of cultures, history and of course: the food!! Whether you are grabbing a quick, but savory Pastizzi from the local bakery, a demitasse of espresso in Valletta or brunch with a local in Melliha - Malta has it all. From the historical churches and temples to the breathtaking architectural structures to the cobblestone streets, there is always a place to explore in Malta. A place where all the convenience of the modern world has not overtaken the old world charm. Malta is not just a vacation, it's an experience.

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Where to stay in Malta

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Lure Hotel & Spa

Spa hotel for adults-only with elegant, relaxing rooms and suites.

Grand Harbour Hotel

Refined hotel with a rooftop terrace located within walking distance of the harbor and main street in Valletta.

Hotel Ta' Cenc & Spa

Luxurious clifftop hotel boasting three restaurants, pools and its own beach club.

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Things to do in Malta

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Comino - Only accessible by boat, you can experience the breathtaking Blue Lagoon, Crystal Lagoon and sea caves. If you are adventurous, consider hiking the old trails and exploring the area.

Mdina - Travel back in time with a visit to Malta’s former capital. Take your time and walk all the wonderful narrow streets and alleys. Make sure to check out Mdina’s dungeons and catacombs if you dare. Insider tip: Visit the city at night when the crowds are gone. it will be easy to forget you are in modern times as the city becomes quiet and every step echoes of the walls and hearing the bells in the distance.

Gozo - If a more laid-back and quieter vacation is more your style, then you may prefer to stay in Gozo. But if you are staying on the main Malta Island, Gozo can easily be reached via ferry from Ċirkewwa which carries cars as well as passengers. Your trip to Gozo will start with your arrival in Mġarr Harbour with views of The Lourdes Chapel. Drive (or better yet, walk) to the city centre, and after exploring, enjoy a meal at Tepie’s Coffee Bar or Roża Bistro. The food has a fresh homemade feel and the staff is quite friendly. On your way back to the harbour, take some time to stroll along the promenade. There you will find a monument to the last luzzu boat with sails or if you feel adventurous, go for a swim at the end of the promenade at Iz-Zewwieqa with the locals.

Valletta -The capital city of Malta, Valletta is a must-see destination for anyone who visits this lovely island nation. Spend the day walking and exploring all its historical sights. View the Baroque artwork and architecture of St. John’s Co-Cathedral. The upper and lower Barracka Gardens have the best view of the city’s waterfront. If you are there between 12 noon and 4pm, you will hear the 8-gun saluting battery. Walk the famous steps of Saint Lucy’s Street and dine at the many outdoor cafes and bars. In short, every corner of Valletta is worth exploring as you will find something special.

Places to eat & drink in Malta

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Lunch in Malta

  • Is-Serkin Crystal Palace Bar in Rabat - Famous for its pastizzi and Maltese baked goods

  • Ocean Basket Qawra. No nonsense freshly made seafood in a casual dining atmosphere with views of the Maltese ocean.

  • Tepie's Coffee Bar, Gozo - Enjoy Mediterranean cuisine with delicious rosé wine, beer or white wine.

  • Bar-Bara Cafe Bistro, St. Paul's Bay - For a quick bite after a day of exploring, this restaurant overlooking the bay is relaxing.

Dinner in Malta

  • 59 Republic, Valletta - Maltese, Mediterranean and European-fusion cuisine. Fine dining with views of the Presidential Palace.

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