Malta’s fortuitous Mediterranean location, south of Sicily and boasting ideal harbors, made it a perfect stopping and settling point for some of history’s most powerful civilizations: from the Phoenicians to the Greeks and Romans, all the way through time to the French and eventually the British.

All of this occupation left indelible marks on the culture, cuisine, language, and appearance of this rocky archipelago. There is a rich history, amazing archaeological monuments, ornate architecture, and a dynamic culture to experience. Couple that with beautiful beaches lining the tiny islands, and you have the makings of an ideal holiday destination!

The are numerous lodging options, with the Island of Malta owning the lion’s share of hotels and inns. From bed and breakfast inns to boutique hotels to resorts, there is something for a every travel taste and budget on Malta.

Hotel Juliani, located on the main island of Malta, is a great value. Large and comfortable guest rooms, a complimentary car service for getting around the island, friendly and helpful staff, and a cafe in the lobby are among the features of the picturesque hotel. The hotel features a rooftop pool, with sweeping ocean views, as well.

The Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz can be found on the island of Gozo, one of only three inhabited Maltese islands. The hotel is highly rated for its superior service, relaxing atmosphere, first-rate spa facilities, and spacious guest rooms. The hotel offers guests several different excursions, including a popular wine-tasting tour.

The streets of Malta can be crowded, noisy, and chaotic. Finding a quiet, out of the way place to lay your head at night can be a lifesaver. The Chapel 5 Palazzo Suites Bed and Breakfast is just that sort of place. Tucked away on a quiet alleyway, you will be removed from the bustle and have a place to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing. Bohemian furnishings mixed flawlessly with modern amenities, creating an oasis of comfort.

Most of the cuisine available on Malta has a distinctly Italian influence: pastas, seafood, and plenty of garlic. While authentic Maltese cuisine is around, you have to go off the beaten path to find it. True Maltese cuisine is a sort of peasant fare, favoring rabbit, vegetables, and fish.

Bouquet Garni is a highly-rated and popular restaurant on the Island of Malta, featuring a varied menu of seafood dishes, meats, and a good selection of wines. It is cozy without feeling crowded, and is reasonably priced.La Trattoria Restaurant specializes in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine at a very reasonable price. The restaurant sees many repeat customers, thanks to its outstanding and attentive service, fresh ingredients, generous portions, and relaxed environment. It is a perfect place for families to eat, very kid-friendly, and others will enjoy it as well.

For a quick bite, a cup of coffee, and a place to rest whilst on your Malta adventures, stop at the Piadina Caffe. They sever freshly brewed coffee, homemade Italian breads and pastries, salads, and sandwiches. It is a great place to stop for a delicious and inexpensive breakfast, brunch, or lunch.

Malta is a history buff’s paradise, with ruins and monuments dating back thousands of years and spanning the timeline of Western civilization. In addition, there are beautiful gardens to explore, beaches to relax upon, and outdoor adventures to be had.

Lovers of history and culture will have no problems finding things to see on Malta. You can literally span the annals of time in just a few days’ worth of exploration. Mdina Old City, the medieval capital, is a must see while in Malta. Explore the Casa Rocca Piccola, a 16th century palace. Explore exquisite old churches, St. Paul’s Catacombs, and Fort Rinella. Explore the megalithic ruins of Hagar Qim.

The outdoor beauty of Malta is obvious, but if you dig deeper, you will find truly spectacular natural sights. The caverns of the Blue Grotto should not be missed. The Upper Barrakka Gardens are a serene and scenic place to visit. Go diving around the islands, and take in the gorgeous sights beneath the water’s surface.

Malta’s Mediterranean climate means that you have your pick of seasons to visit Malta. The summers tend to be hot and dry, and also crowded.

There are plenty of festivals during that time, so if that’s your thing, that’s the time to visit! The spring is the least crowded season to visit, meaning the hotel rates are also lower.