Quality snorkelling, great nightlife and historical buildings
In need of some time away? Get a last minute holiday to Malta and you'll be relaxing in the sunshine in no time...
On last minute holidays to Malta, you can fast–forward your way to Renaissance buildings, buzzing nightlife and top–notch snorkelling. Here's a taste of what's in store...
The island might be small, but it packs a punch when it comes to beaches. Mellieha Bay has got Malta's largest sandy number, coming in at 800 metres. Qawra, on the northwest coast, is another good sunbathing spot, with big, flat rocks for you to lay down your towel on. The banana boat rides here are a blast, too.
Malta's capital city is a UNESCO–certified maze of Renaissance streets. The place hasn't really had a revamp since it was built in the 16th–century – there's still the well–preserved cathedral and the Grand Master's Palace. The Grand Harbour is a bit of a looker, too. This is where you can break up your sightseeing with a seafood lunch.
Strap on a mask and have a look at the colourful reefs and mysterious shipwrecks beneath St Paul's Bay. The dolphins can be very friendly, although you might want to avoid the scorpion fish and black sea urchins! Stop in at one of the diving centres to learn the ropes and rent the kit.
When it comes to partying, head to Tourist Street – Triq it–Turisti in Maltese – in Bugibba. It's right around the corner from the main square and has lots of English and Irish pubs, which put on theme nights, live music and karaoke. The drinks here – especially the local Cisk lager and ciders – are cheap, too.
pThis tiny island right next to Malta has a big claim to fame – the oldest free–standing temple in the world. The Ggantija Temples are at the end of the Xaghra Plateau and date back as far as 3,600 BC. Fast–forward a couple of thousand years to another of Gozo's sights – Calypso Cave. It features in Homer's Odyssey as the place where Ulysses was held as a slave.
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