The coast of Malta at sunset
The coast of Malta at sunset


A Mediterranean island paradise

Published: 05 May 2023, 11:17

Malta is small but nice and has almost everything to offer. A holiday on the Mediterranean island between Sicily and Tunisia is a city break, beach holiday and educational trip all rolled into one. Malta offers a good mix of Arabic architecture, Mediterranean lifestyle and an international atmosphere. English is still the official language in the former British royal colony. Malta is the smallest and southernmost member state of the European Union. It comprises the main islands of Malta with Gozo and Comino, as well as three uninhabited islands.

With more than 300 days of sunshine a year and a 180-kilometre coastline with turquoise, crystal-clear waters, Malta offers the perfect conditions for a holiday and water sports. An ideal starting point for your journey of discovery is the island’s capital Valletta with its fortifications – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the island’s eventful history through the Stone Age temples, more than 370 churches and palaces as well as the watchtowers and fortresses.

Figures, dates, facts

  • Time difference: none
  • Population: 520,000
  • Official language: English
  • Currency: Euro

Ten Malta highlights

Gozo and Comino: discover Malta’s sister islands

You can’t fly to Malta without visiting the two neighbouring islands of Gozo and Comino. Both islands can be reached quickly and easily by ferry from the north of Malta. Because of their moderate size, they can be explored wonderfully in one day. Gozo is characterised by a rural atmosphere, secluded beaches and spellbinding landscapes of salt pans and rugged cliffs. Gozo’s attractive hiking trails are very distinctive and there are wonderful underwater sports for diving fans to discover here. The much smaller, car-free island of Comino is even more secluded and is best known for its Blue Lagoon, a fantastic bay with turquoise water.

Gozo and Comino highlights

Malta from BER

Five travel tips for ...

1. Sail through the Grand Harbour by ferry

2. Take a stroll and go shopping on Republic Street

3. Drift through the old town’s medieval alleyways

4. Discover the ancient tombs of knights at St John’s Co-Cathedral

5. See the new parliament building by architect Renzo Piano

1. Take the boat to Gozo, Comino and the Blue Lagoon

2. Rent a SUP board on the beach

3. Discover caves, reefs and wrecks while diving

4. Kite and windsurfing for those who love adventure

5. Watch the colourful parrot fish while snorkelling 

1. Go swimming at the beaches in Mellieha or Golden Bay

2. Discover exotic fish at the Malta National Aquarium

3. Admire the interesting backdrops on the Popeye Village film set

4. Discover the neighbouring island of Gozo by Jeep

5. Enter the depths of the limestone cliffs in Ghar Dalam Cave 

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