Islands of History – Holidaying in Malta
Located to the south of the idyllic island of Sicily, the archipelago of Malta are islands with a history which stretches back to the times of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. The islands’ rich history makes it a popular draw for tourists looking to explore the architecture and landscape, and of course relax on one of the many beaches along the Maltese coast.
Malta is renowned for its natural landscape and ancient ruins littered around the island, which travelsupermarket.com describes as being “very dry and the resulting scenery is very beautiful when combined with the stunning architecture.”
The island has a number of monuments – ranging from the prehistoric to the Bronze Age – and the islands’ Megalithic Temples, the oldest free-standings structures in the world - are a popular tourist draw.
The island enjoys a Mediterranean climate, and can be the perfect location for a short break – whether you’re looking to chill out on the beach or explore the many World Heritage Sites located around the tiny island, Malta is certainly a place to consider should you want to go somewhere a little different on your holidays.
One of these sites is Malta’s capital – Valletta – the ancient city has a rich mixture of architecture, as well as a number of majestic palaces and cathedrals to explore. The city also plays host to a number of theatre events and exhibitions, including historical re-enactments and the annual Maltese Carnival – a celebration of the islands’ rich history.
Malta is also a fantastic destination for those who have an interest in photo-tourism, with the islands’ landscape, historical sites and picturesque coastline providing plenty of photographic opportunities for snap-happy tourists.
The coastline around the island also has a collection of fortresses and watchtowers, which help to chart the rich history of the island through a number of guided tours and hiking excursions. The clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea around Malta are a prime destination for scuba divers and windsurfers, and there are a number of beachside resorts that offer you the chance to partake in a variety of watersports along Malta’s coast.
Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach or take a stroll around ancient cities, Malta is a destination you should consider visiting as part of your visit to the Mediterranean region.