Malta is an archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast, made up of three Islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino.
Malta is the largest and most developed of the three, whilst the others offer a more relaxed pace of life. The landscape of Malta offers astounding views and the climate is one of the warmest in Europe, with seven months of summer and high temperatures of 31°C.
The islands’ long and colourful history has been described as an open air museum and reflects a succession of rulers including Romans, Moors, Knights, the French and the British.
This history and can be seen in the capital city, Valletta, a bustling seaport fortified by the Knights of St John who ruled for 250 years from 1530 and who gave the world the eight-pointed Maltese Cross.
It was here the Grandmaster’s Palace was built as their stronghold between the 16th and 18th centuries. Inside the palace, the armoury of the Knights is still on display and their triumphant battles are detailed in many historic paintings.
Malta’s striking coastal scenery is a must-visit. The breath-taking Dingli Cliffs are the highest point of the islands at 250m above sea level. This is the perfect place for watching migrant birds, walking and for taking in the stunning sunset.
For truly magical beaches, the Blue Lagoon on Comino Island is a slice of paradise, with azure blue waters and the perfect place to relax, swim and snorkel. The Comino Hotel is barely any distance from the lagoon and is an excellent place to enjoy relaxed island life.
For a more cultural experience, why not visit the historical attractions in Mdina and Rabat, on the island of Malta, or the Ggantija temples on the island of Gozo?
To appreciate everything Malta has to offer, take a boat trip or full day cruise around the archipelago.
Malta has a vibrant bar and restaurant scene, and offers an eclectic mix of Mediterranean cooking, reflecting the many civilisations that have occupied Malta over the centuries.
Fly from Exeter Airport to Malta with Ryanair on Tuesdays and Saturdays.