Need to know the place everyone seems to be pinning on their summer season 2024 vacation moodboard? We’ll spare you suspense: it’s Malta.
In relation to sun-soaked journey locations – we’re pondering outsized hats and frozen margaritas – this Mediterranean island is attracting a variety of chatter throughout TikTok, Instagram and the nice barometer of human curiosity, Google search.
Identified for its white sand seashores, glowing turquoise sea and gorgeous cliff walks, Malta is quick turning into this 12 months’s go-to European vacation.
We’d like to notice we have been forward of the gang — Metro.co.uk’s Chris Rickett visited the island in Could 2023 and created some severe ‘journey inspo’ content material as he went.
The island has served as a backdrop for a string of iconic movies together with Gladiator and Troy, in addition to for the cult favorite TV sequence Recreation of Thrones.
However what makes Malta the final word 2024 vacation spot is that it’s terribly reasonably priced, with flights from London ranging from simply £22 a technique.
Effectively over three million vacationers visited the island in 2023 alone, however that doesn’t imply it’s filled with vacationer traps. Metro has the inside track on all issues Malta so that you can plan the Mediterranean getaway of your goals…
Methods to get to Malta
Malta is slightly over three hours flying time from London, with one-way flights from £22 per individual.
You’ll be able to fly from any London airport, together with Heathrow and Gatwick, in addition to Luton and Stansted.
A 6am flight from Luton will get you to Malta at 10:20am and a 5pm return will get you again to London at 7:30pm, which suggests you possibly can profit from your time away.
When you’re trying to journey to Malta in its peak season, which is July and August, flights begin at £39 for a one-way ticket, which remains to be not too dangerous should you ask us.
Costs don’t fluctuate a lot should you’re flying from Manchester or an airport additional north, which is extra excellent news.
Malta climate and finest time to go to
Cruise professional and money-savvy traveller Hannah Dorling has given us the low down on the most effective time to pack your baggage for Malta.
She tells Metro.co.uk: ‘The most effective time to go to is April by October when the climate’s fabulous and the crowds are smaller.’
However should you’re not a sunworshipper and don’t thoughts a crisp to the air, journey professional Jackson Groves tells Metro.co.uk it’s value contemplating a visit between October and Could. That is known as the “low season”, he says.
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Malta is the smallest nation within the European Union with a inhabitants of simply 516,000.
Jackson provides: ‘Throughout these months you possibly can keep away from large summer season crowds and get a extra actual really feel for the islands. The climate can also be good whereas sights and occasions have smaller teams.’
Typically talking summer season in Malta is scorching and dry, with temperatures reaching 32°C in July and August.
Winter is delicate and moist, however the mercury solely drops to round 15 – 17°C between December and February. The UK might be taught a factor or to.
Issues to do in Malta
Malta has pure white sand and turquoise waters at standard seashores similar to Golden Bay and Mellieħa Bay that can genuinely take your breath away.
There’s additionally the world-famous Blue Lagoon on the island of Comino, considered one of Malta’s not so hidden gems.
It’s a bucket-list location identified for crystal clear waters and jagged cliffs, plus winding trails the place you possibly can seize a few of the finest views within the nation.
However our vacation guru Hannah says it’s value studying up on native legal guidelines earlier than you dive in — some areas have strict guidelines about apparel for swimming and sunbathing.
And should you’re after solutions for issues to do and see in Malta that aren’t seaside or bikini based mostly, then Metro has you lined.
Hannah says: ‘A few of my favorite hidden gems have been seeing a conventional folklore present on the Limestone Heritage Park, exploring the previous road indicators there, and attending the unbelievable Notte Bianca competition in Valletta.
‘I additionally liked touring the Meridiana Wine Property since wine making has such deep roots on the island. Certainly one of my high suggestions is to remain within the fishing village Marsaxlokk and watch the fishermen haul of their catch at dawn – it seems like one other world!’
The Limestone Heritage Park is within the conventional Maltese village of Siggiewi, which supplies you the prospect to immerse your self within the limestone of the Maltese Islands which was shaped in shallow waters about 22 million years in the past.
Malta’s conventional dishes to strive in your travels
- Pastizzi – These savory pastries are usually full of ricotta cheese, eggs, onions, and peas. They are often present in cafes, bakeries, and road meals locales.
- Rabbit Stew – Usually served with herbs, tomatoes, greens, or pink wine, no dish on the island represents the agricultural way of life like this one.
- Aljotta – A easy but flavourful Mediterranean seafood soup.
- Timpana – A Maltese basic, Timpana combines pasta with meat, tomato sauce, and cheese for a scrumptious pasta pie!
- Kapunata – This mouth-watering salad is full of sliced zucchini, contemporary tomatoes, high-quality olive oil, and a big selection of herbs and spices. Served with Maltese bread, it may be loved in any respect temperatures.
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Then there’s Notte Bianca, considered one of Malta’s largest annual arts and tradition festivals. On the primary Saturday of October, the Valletta cityscape lights up with a spectacular celebration of the humanities that’s open to the general public freed from cost.
Jackson provides: ‘One actually cool distinctive place is the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. That is an underground space carved out 1000’s of years in the past as burial chambers. Stepping inside was surreal – it was like touring again in time. Slender paths opened up into large rooms, some with previous spiral work that glowed on the partitions.
‘You need to crouch by tight areas carved by hand way back. The echoing sounds within the “Oracle Room” made it really feel creepy. Better of all, solely 300 individuals per day can go to, so it by no means feels packed.’
We additionally acquired professional recommendation from Lucia Polla, founding father of Viva La Vita – a journey weblog that covers hidden gems and standard locations in Southern Spain.
Lucia tells Metro.co.uk: ‘Neglect boring previous snorkeling – it’s important to strive paddleboarding. Gliding throughout the crystal clear waters whereas faculties of vibrant fish swim beneath you, it actually does really feel such as you’re Ariel exploring her underwater realm. No Ursula right here!
‘And for all you Recreation of Thrones followers on the market, the traditional temples of Mnajdra can have you totally feeling like a Khaleesi. After all, there aren’t any dragons, however you’ll spot some lovable iguanas absorbing the solar should you’re fortunate.’
The traditional temples on Malta are the oldest free-standing buildings on the planet, in order that they’re undoubtedly value a go to.
For an additional dose of historical past, Lucia suggests the Previous Jail of Gozo, which is Malta’s oldest jail. It was utilized by the Knights of Malta to intern their extra disruptive and unruly members, the jail remained in use for over 400 years!
‘It’s really one thing particular,’ she says. ‘The haunting but intriguing historical past virtually oozed from the place. It actually let me faucet into the spirit of the islands in a approach nothing else has. Better of all, hardly any vacationers! I had the run of the place and will actually take my time absorbing each element. The displays have been excellently finished, too.’
One other of Lucia’s hidden gems is the Wied il-Mielah cave, a pure marvel carved right into a cliffside.
She says: ‘Swimming by that translucent turquoise water was unreal, like being in my very own non-public pool. And exploring the hidden nooks and crannies, it actually did really feel like I’d stumbled upon paradise! Simply be ready for a little bit of a climb down – journey all the time comes with train as they are saying.’
Getting round in Malta
It’s advised that strolling is among the finest methods to take in Malta in all it’s glory however a) this isn’t ultimate for these with disabilities and b) strolling is fairly tiring.
You may get round simply advantageous by bus if you have to. The daytime fare for a bus ticket is £2.14 (€2.50) whereas the night-time fare is £2.56 (€3). Don’t waste your time looking for a ticket stand as a result of you should buy direct from the bus driver.
These money tickets are single journey fares, legitimate for journey to any location inside two hours, together with transfers.
When you’re in Malta for every week you should purchase a tallinja card and the Seven-Day Discover Card means you possibly can go to all of Malta’s websites of curiosity, in any a part of Malta and Gozo. You’ll be able to hop on or off anytime, as many occasions as you need.
This can value you simply £21.36 (€25) for your complete week.
When you would relatively have entry to your individual automobile, automobile rent begins at £15, in response to KAYAK or you possibly can lease a motorcycle.
The place to remain in Malta
The excellent news simply retains coming with this journey vacation spot, with accommodations ranging from £30 to £40 per night time.
When you’re joyful to splash out and loosen up within the lap of luxurious, upscale accommodations such because the AX ODYCY Resort in St Pauls Bay, Qawra, supply rooms from round £130 per night time.
It’s a surprising seafront lodge only a 30-minute drive from the capital Valletta. Proper reverse the resort is a bus cease with providers to the remainder of Malta. The closest rocky seaside is simply 5 meters from the pool.
You’ll be able to go for an excellent cheaper keep in an Airbnb, the place costs begin from £16 per night time. Offered.
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