Malta is packed with enough attractions to fill any holiday on the island.
For shopaholics, the capital city Valletta and the nearby bustling town of Sliema have hundreds of stores and boutiques – from big name brands to independent shops selling locally-crafted wares. Malta also boasts several open-air markets, at which you can buy the freshest local produce and unusual souvenirs.
While in Valletta, why not also check out one of the many historical sites in the city? Here you can explore the city’s museums, indulge in a cultural event at one of the theatres, or visit the beautiful Upper Barrakka Gardens to watch the authentic cannon salute that takes place every day at noon.
As always, no visit to the Maltese islands is complete without at least one boat trip upon the sparkling surrounding sea. Fortunately, there are many ways to do this, including crossing to the famous Three Cities via one of the regular ferries from Sliema, taking a harbour cruise touring the historic Grand Harbour, or hopping onto a ferry to visit Malta’s sister islands of Gozo or Comino. A boat tour is also the ideal way to get to the Blue Grotto, a world-famous complex of seven caves with amazingly clear turquoise blue waters.
One of Malta’s most Insta-ready attractions remains Popeye Village. With images taken in this beautifully-located former movie set often appearing in the social media feeds of visitors, this is the chance to experience a little slice of Hollywood paradise.