Luxury holidays to Malta are perfect for discovering the wonderful sights and sounds of Maltese life. There are few places in the world which offer as much variety per square mile as Malta. This diminutive and sunny island nation, just fifteen miles by nine, located in the very middle of the Mediterranean, wears its many delights on its sleeve. An elegant and aristocratic capital city, carved from a creamy, golden limestone, sits proudly above the glorious grand harbour of Valletta.
Malta's bustling streetscape is populated with delightful baroque churches and regularly invaded during the summer months by exuberant local festivals, or fiestas, known as festas. Luxury Malta holidays are a fantastic immersion into the Maltese culture designed to experience the island at its fullest.
The island's earliest archaeological sites and beautifully preserved megalithic temples are the oldest free-standing buildings in the world - pre-dating the Egyptian pyramids - whilst imposing medieval fortress towns have dominated the landscape since the times of The Knights of St John. Sandy beaches may be few and far between but the surrounding waters are renowned for their sparkling clarity and stunning shades of blue.
Luxury Malta holidays are fantastic for incorporating all that Malta has to offer. Both Malta and Gozo boast archaic archaeological sites famed for their embedment in Maltese mythology. The food too is an attraction of the island from homely traditional Mediterranean dishes to more modern dishes influenced by the neighbouring Sicilians.
Places to visit
With every road on the island leading to the islands capital, Valletta is ever accessible and a key place to visit on holidays to Malta. Originally built for the Order of the Knights of St John this extraordinarily beautiful city boasts fantastic architecture with the charm of a Renaissance city.
St Paul’s Bay
For Luxury Malta holidays, St Paul’s Bay is the premier area to visit along the north coast. Stretching from Mistra Bay down to the mouth via Xemxija, up to Bugibba to Qawra, the beautiful beaches and vibrant atmosphere make it an ideal destination. St Paul’s is also home to some of the islands most magnificent churches.
As an extension of Silema, St Julian’s is a picturesque fishing village despite being a major tourist centre. Just beyond St Juilan’s is Paceville which offers a range of pubs, cafes and nightlife. The recently added Bay Street also offers visitors stylish shops and restaurants.
Malta holidays are not fully experienced without tasting traditional Maltese cooking. The dishes originally started out as rustic, peasant dishes dependent on seasonal local produce and the freshest offerings of the fisherman’s catch. Dishes were baked communally in the village oven after the baker had delivered the crusty hobza bread. Nowadays Sicilian influences are evident in the ubiquitous pasta and pizza dishes offered.
More traditional dishes include, hobza, delicious sourdough bread, aljotta, a nourishing fish broth made with rice, tomato and garlic and pastizza, flaky pastry stuffed with ricotta or mushy peas. Timpana goes head to head with fenek in the vote for the islanders’ favourite dish. The former is a baked macaroni pie, stuffed with cheese, egg, minced beef, tomato, onions and garlic. The latter is rabbit, whether stewed, roasted, fried or baked in a pie. Traditional sweets include dates, almonds, hazelnuts, honey, treacle and light pastry.
A wide selection of beers, spirits and liqueurs are available including wines from the local winehouses of Marsovin and Delicata. Amongst the huge number of restaurants on the island, English, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Lebanese and Thai cuisine are all widely available.