Whether you’re in need of a pre-wedding break to de-stress from the planning or you are planning on booking a short holiday to celebrate afterwards, a minimoon now holds a firm place in a couple’s wedding to-dos.
With blissful sunshine and picture-perfect coastlines, all without stepping foot out of Europe, Malta should be a big contender for your minimoon hitlist. Which is why, when it comes to minimoons, Malta may just be the winning contender. Here’s exactly why Malta is the perfect choice for an unforgettable romantic break.
What separates the Maltese archipelago apart from other Mediterranean islands is its aptitude for romance. The island’s rolling landscapes, private coves and history-soaked cities are infused with imħabba (love). It makes every day spent in Malta a dream date. During the afternoon, you can take a slow stroll through the lovingly tended Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta. Later, pop a cork while gazing out at the sunset over the Dingli Cliffs – it promises to be your most memorable sundowner yet. Follow an ambient candlelit dinner in the Silent City with some stargazing. Take a perch beneath the bright Milky Way and soak up the tranquillity.
‘Beauty’ is a word that frequently arises when conversation turns to Malta. Valletta, the country’s capital, is one of the prettiest places in Europe. Charming narrow streets wind past cheerful boutiques and elegant townhouses decorated with potted plants. The grand interior of St. John’s Co-Cathedral, with its ornate gold embellishments and frescoes, is also breathtakingly stunning. To the historian, such a place has profound significance, but even a visitor with a fleeting appreciation for art and beauty is bound to be impressed.
There’s a different kind of beauty in the city of Mdina, where the dusty roads are sun-baked and rustic, and the houses bloom wildly with flowers in terracotta pots. Its special atmosphere makes this one of the most romantic locations to share a bottle of wine and watch the evening slip across the city.
Outside Valletta’s city walls, there is even more to see. The Blue Lagoon, between Comino and the Cominotto Islands, is the most photogenic archipelago in the Mediterranean. Reach it by boat for a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters or stay on-board to simply admire the view. A visit later in the day, once the day-trippers have dissipated, offers a more private, intimate atmosphere.
Other hotspots for fun-filled days are St. Paul’s Bay and the island of Gozo. Head to St. Paul’s Bay, in the North of the island, if you fancy scuba diving among shipwrecks or getting stuck into some watersports. Taking a trip to the Maltese island of Gozo is also highly recommended. Whether you’re a nature-loving couple, a sun-worshipping pair or an adventure-seeking duo, you’ll find something to entertain you on this island.
Malta’s miniature stature means getting from one place to another is relatively simple, so romantic walks from one beautiful spot to another are commonplace. If you’re looking for a chilled-out minimoon that’s close to home, you’ve found the perfect one right here.