Things to do in Malta
Malta is an island situated in southern Europe, 50 miles south of Italy and 175 miles east of Tunisia. The capital of Malta is Valletta and the country has Maltese as its national language and English as an official language. Valletta is a stunning harbour city, known worldwide as one of the best preserved fortified cities in the world, with architecture dating back to the sixteenth century. The city offers a good choice of things to do in Malta, cultural attractions including museums, palaces, parks and churches, located along Republic Street.
Sliema and St. Julians (which are just 2km apart) are good places to base yourself as they are only 20 minutes away from Valletta, and 30 minutes from Bugibba/Qawra by hire car or bus. Sliema is a laid-back haven, situated between the elegant capital, Valletta and the vibrant resort of Paceville. Sliema´s beaches are rocky, but this doesn´t put the locals off. A choice of water sports are available and lidos are dotted along the sea front. St. George´s Bay is also a 20 minute bus ride from Sliema and offers a wide choice of bars and restaurants along its seafront promenade.
If you’re looking for things to do in Malta that are away from the crowds, the island of Gozo is still a land of farmers and fishermen. As it has an area of only 26m2 and a population of 30,000, it is possible to stroll along Gozo´s country lanes for an hour or more without seeing another soul, making it the perfect place for a tranquil holiday. The George Cross was awarded to Malta by King George VI of the United Kingdom in a letter dated 15 April 1942 to the island's Governor Lieutenant-General Sir William Dobbie, to "bear witness to the heroism and devotion of its people" during the great siege it underwent in the early parts of World War II.
There are lots of things to do in Malta during the more favorable spring and autumn months. No searing heat, the greenery is green and you'll be able to both swim and sight-see comfortably without crowds on beaches, shops and restaurants. The countryside is in full bloom with bulbs like wild narcissus and wild fennel and other herbs in flower too.