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Things to do in Malta

By Karen Sheehy

For a small sun-kissed archipelago in the Mediterranean, the Maltese Island's pack amazing variety. You can find everything from prehistoric architecture and breath-taking scenery to thrilling scuba diving and a lively nightlife. And, then there’s the crown jewel and capital city, Valletta, which is a must-visit city.  Indeed, the popularity of Malta will only grow with Ryanair’s launch of twice weekly flights from Cork to Valletta in April 2019.   

Things to do in Malta


1. Explore Valletta - 'The Sunniest City in Europe' 

It’s hard to believe that Valletta is Europe’s smallest capital city because it’s crammed with culture, beautiful scenery and an incredible history. The city was crowned 2018’s European Capital of Culture and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980. With 320 historic monuments including St. Johns Co-Cathedral and Grand Master’s Place, you won’t be stuck for things to see and do.

Things to do in Malta


2. Dive into some fun at the Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is considered one of the most beautiful locations on the Maltese Archipelago. The small shallow bay of turquoise water attracts thousands of tourists year after year. It is located in Comino, the smallest of the 3 Maltese islands. The shallow waters make it ideal for families with kids or water enthusiasts of all ages. 

Things to do in Malta


3. Soak up the sun at Ramla Bay

Ramla Bay is the largest sandy beach on Gozo, Malta's sister Island. It is known in Maltese as “Ramla il-Ħamra”, meaning Red Sands and is often regarded as one of the most beautiful red sand beaches in the world. The surrounding area is wonderfully undeveloped, providing an authentic Maltese vibe.

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4. Stroll through the winding streets of Victoria

Victoria, the capital of Gozo, is known for its medieval Citadel and fortified walls. The city is bursting with history and there are so many museums to visit. The Gozo Museum of Archaeology and the Folklore museum are two favourites among tourists.

Things to do in Malta


5. Try your hand at Diving

Dwerja Bay is home to the Blue Hole which is a very popular diving site. It has simply been described as a cave without a roof. The site reaches a maximum depth of roughly 60 metres but, for scuba divers, the best opportunity to see the teeming marine life is at 10-30 metres. Swim with parrot fish, schools of bream and even octopus! If you aren’t keen on diving the iconic azure window is close by. Many Game of Thrones fans like to visit here as it was the setting of Daenerys and Drogo’s wedding.

Things to do in Malta


6. Experience Malta's Nightlife

Party the night away in Paceville. This town is dotted with bars, clubs, casinos and much more. Most of the clubs have free entry and are open until the early hours of the morning. Malta’s annual pride week is a great way to experience the country’s nightlife, this takes place from the 6th-15th September this year. For music fans, Annie Mac’s AMP Lost and Found comes to Malta every May and Isle of MTV kicks off the Malta Music Week in late June. Big names have headlined in the past such as Lady Gaga, Jason Derulo and Rita Ora! For electronic music fans, the Glitch Festival runs for 3 days in August.

Things to do in Malta


7. Discover Gozo Island's sights by Quad Bike

What better way to explore Gozo’s rugged coast and countryside than by quad?  Gozo Pride Tours offer an incredible quad bike adventure, which includes a visit to Calypso Cave, Ramla Valley and so much more. You can also expect some complimentary food tasting, lunch, soft drinks, dessert and even a powerboat ride back to Malta.


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8. Watch the sunset from the Dingli Cliffs

The Dingli Cliffs are located on the west coast of Malta. They are the highest point of the Maltese Islands, standing at 253 metres above sea level. The views from the cliffs are breath-taking, many people love to watch the sunset here, the perfect romantic evening. Others love to admire the views of the cliffs from the sea on a boat tour.

Things to do in Malta


9. Admire the architecture of St.Paul's Cathedral, Mdina

The walled city of Mdina is home to St. Paul’s Cathedral. This stunning cathedral dominates the landscape of Mdina’s narrow streets. The art work inside is world renowned. It is a must-see architectural gem!

Things to do in Malta


10. Explore Malta's Blue Grotto by Kayak

Many believe sea kayaking is the best way to experience the Maltese Island’s beautiful shorelines. Explore caves, natural sea arches and even take time to swim and snorkel. A favourite stop on a sea kayaking tour is the Blue Grotto. This is a sea cave system filled with colour. Sunlight passes through an underwater cavity and shines through the water, creating a blue reflection that illuminates the cavern. It is a must-see attraction on a Malta holiday! Don’t worry, most tour operators welcome beginners so technique and skill are not at a premium!

Things to do in Malta


Just a short 3-hour flight from Dublin or Cork, Malta is perfect for a beach holiday or city break. There really is something for everyone! If you’re looking for a sun paradise, a party or a piece of history, a Malta holiday offers it all. So, make sure to visit Malta in 2019.


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