Valletta is packed with historical sites, as well as some of the island’s best shops, an open-air market and several theatres, and the fortified city of Mdina is a warren of intriguing small alleys.
Churches are a great place to witness Malta’s legacy, whether at the Mosta dome, or the sanctuary at Ta’ Pinu in Gozo, while the sight of traditional fishing in Marsaxlokk or a walk on the promenade in Marsascala makes for a relaxing afternoon.
Gozo has a charming citadel towering over its capital, Victoria, but many of its villages too are impressive. Marsalforn and Xlendi are bustling summer resorts while the Inland Sea and Azure Window at San Lawrenz are picture-postcard perfection.
There are numerous rocky coves offering extraordinary swimming and diving in Malta. Small boats take visitors to the Blue Grotto caves from the picturesque village at Wied iz-Zurrieq and there are watersports on offer at most beaches. Try a harbour cruise around Valletta or a boat trip to the stunning turquoise waters of Comino.