Flights to Malta this weekend
Cheap flights to Malta
Malta may be one of the world's smallest countries but it's a holiday destination that packs a punch with a wealth of historic sites, a rich architectural legacy, and great beaches and coves. Enjoy a range of watersports such as snorkelling and scuba diving. Explore the islands on foot, horseback or by bike. And find out more about the island's long history and culture at one of the many museums.
Step back in time with an audio guided tour of the Ggantija Temples, the oldest Megalithic buildings on Malta which stand over 6m high and span over 40m. Don't miss too the 16th-century Grand Master's Palace, once home to the Knights of St John with its sumptuous interior and grand state rooms. Visit St John's Co-Cathedral, also built in the 16th-century, with its Baroque interior.
Take the family to Mediterraneo Marine Park where you can watch dolphins put through their paces and swim with them. The attraction also has sea lion and parrot shows and children's rides.
Malta has a number of museums exploring different aspects of its culture and history. Find out more about the siege of Malta during World War II at the National War Museum. Check out prison cells at The Inquisitor's Palace where those suspected of heresy in the 17th century were imprisoned. Visit the Palazzo Falson, a beautifully preserved medieval mansion with collections of silver, art and weapons, and include time for a stop at the small archaeology museum in Victoria.
Arts and culture
Malta has a thriving cultural scene and stages a number of international festivals during the summer months including the Malta Arts Festival, Malta Jazz Festival and the Festival Mediterranea. It has the third-oldest working theatre in Europe which hosts plays, concerts and opera throughout the year. There is a national symphony orchestra which performs for 11 months every year. You can also watch films in English at Eden Cinemas, a 17-screen multiplex. Art enthusiasts should not miss a visit to St John's Co-Cathedral which is home to two stunning masterpieces by Caravaggio.
Eating and drinking
Malta's cuisine reflects a variety of cultural influences resulting in an eclectic Mediterranean style. Traditional Maltese food is rustic and seasonal and includes dishes such as rabbit stew and fish pie. For a great value meal out try Legligin in Valletta where you can enjoy hearty fare such as curry chicken washed down with local wine. Or for something more upmarket head to Tartarun in Marsaxlokk which offers a sophisticated take on seafood. For food on the go try Maxokk Bakery in Nadur which serves pizzas and pies. Grab some beer from a nearby bar and head to Ramla Bay.
Malta has a vibrant nightlife centred on the areas of Paceville and St Julians which is studded with discos, bars, restaurants and casinos. Drop in at Level 22 for a cocktail or two, before heading to the Ibiza-styled Gianpula, a huge open air nightclub east of Rabat which hosts international DJs.