The island seamlessly morphs from day to night, and as the shops close in Valletta and Sliema, the bars, restaurants and theatres of the island start to hum. At night, the crowds move on to the many nightclubs, most of which are clustered in and around the area of Paceville.

The waterfronts at Valletta and Vittoriosa are popular for their regular night cruises; while roulette, baccarat, blackjack and boule can be played at casinos such as the Dragonara’s in St Julian’s and the Casino de Venezia in Vittoriosa.

There are numerous cinemas showing the latest releases from Hollywood, while the theatres offer drama and dance, as well as opera and pop concerts. The spring carnival in Valletta is a colourful, family affair; while the Nadur carnival is an all-night festa. During the day, there is a water park at Bahar ic-Caghaq which opens in summer, a bowling alley in St Julian’s and a go-karting track at Ta’ Qali.

A seaplane offers scenic tours of the island while various companies arrange white-knuckle off-road jeep safaris. Professional dive centres provide trips to wrecks and caves, with crystal-clear waters making night dives a unique attraction.