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 centred in and around the area of Paceville in St Julian’s, which is also home to a vast cinema and bowling complex.
In Valletta, there are also numerous wine bars, pubs and restaurants that cater to a variety of tastes and palettes, while theatre-lovers can complete an evening’s entertainment in the capital city with a trip to one of Europe’s oldest – and most beautiful – theatres, the Teatru Manoel.
Those seeking to absorb some of the local flair will enjoy one of the many parish feasts taking place over the summer months, when each town and village has a vibrant street party in celebration of their patron saint.
Those visiting Malta around the end of February may have the chance to experience another of the island’s traditional festivals, the Malta Carnival. In this colourful week-long event, revellers dress up in fancy dress costumes and join street parades of extravagantly-decorated floats. For a more macabre take on Malta Carnival, head to Nadur in Gozo, which is famed for its unique celebrations of the annual festival.
Malta is becoming well-known for its one-of-a-kind music festivals. With big names headlining such events as Isle of MTV, Earth Garden and the Glitch Festival, they attract thousands of music-lovers from around the globe every year.
There are also many opportunities to enjoy the Malta and her sister islands from the crystal-clear blue waters surrounding them. There are plenty of boat cruises available both day and night, including to one of the island’s most popular attractions, the Blue Grotto, while ferries offer passengers a scenic way to travel from Sliema to Valletta and to Birgu.
There is ample opportunity to find entertainment not just on the water, but under it too. There are several professional dive centres across the islands, which offer trips for everyone from diving beginners to experts, in which to experience underwater wrecks and caves and the colourful local marine life.
Back on land, there’s also plenty to enthral avid trekkers and ramblers in the sprawling Maltese countryside and the stunning coastal trails – just don’t forget your camera!