MALTA LUXURY HOLIDAYS

Abundant history blends with modern lifestyle

Malta Luzzu

History abounds in Malta from Roman catacombs to the relatively recent Grand Harbour, originally fortified by the Knights of St. John. Car hire is inexpensive and the Maltese claim to drive on the left!  However, bus services are excellent and very cheap. 

Eating out in Malta is fun and there are restaurants to suit every taste. Do try the fish, especially the Lampuki Pie, or Fenek, rabbit cooked in wine. Maltese wine is inexpensive and improving every year. 

Things to do in Malta and Gozo 

History, Culture and Art 

History really does surround you here.  If this is what interests you then it is a paradise with 7000 years of it on your doorstep.  There are so many historical, archaeological and cultural things to see and do that to list them here would be impossible.  We simple mention a few… our representative would be happy to give you much more detail on your area of special interest or on what not to miss. 

Megalithic Temples (including Ggantija, in Gozo, the oldest freestanding temple in the world), the underground St Paul’s and St. Agatha’s catacombs, The Knights of St. John’s significant sites, such as Fort St Angelo and Fort Rinella (home to the world’s largest canon). WWII significant sites, such as the Mgarr war shelter, Mtarfa ex-British military buildings, The Armoury and the Maritime Museum in Vittoriosa are not to be missed.

The Museum of Roman Antiquities (commonly referred to as “The Roman Villa”) and various catacombs are to be found in Rabat. In the fortified medieval city of Mdina, visitors will come across everything from Napoleonic troops to flower festivals. The Cathedral and its museum are not to be missed, as well as the torturous Mdina dungeons and the Mdina Experience. For a romantic stroll like no other, wander the lamp lit streets of Mdina at night. Don’t miss the renowned chocolate cake at Fontanella Tea rooms, situated right on the bastion with a spectacular view. 

For those who love art, the possibilities are endless – visit the impressive artistic collection at the National Museum of Fine Arts, see the Caravaggio’s Beheading of St. John at St. John’s co-Cathedral and visit the restored al frescos at ‘Norman House’, Palazzo Falzon in Mdina. To view more contemporary work, walk around the exhibits at the St Johns Cavalier Art Centre. 

There's something for everyone!

Malta is known for its historical sights and also for its beaches and clear Mediterranean waters. For such a small island it is amazing the range of things that are available to you.  We would be happy to supply more information on any specialist area that you are interested in. 

Beaches in Malta

Malta has beaches for everyone, from windsurfers to sunbathers. Choose from golden sand, red sand, rocks, blue lagoons and even inland seas. Some beaches and rocky shores are off the beaten track, but worth seeking out for their seclusion.  On larger beaches, you will find cafes or snack bars open during the summer season.  With Malta’s climate, beach life lasts well into October. Enjoy water sports and activities like windsurfing, jet and water skiing, para-kiting and fun rides. You can hire equipment from beach cafes or shops nearby. 

The main coastal resorts and larger sandy beaches are in northern part of Malta.  Malta’s most popular beaches are Mellieha Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha and Golden Bay.  For smaller, quieter beaches, try those at the tip of Malta, overlooking Gozo – Paradise Bay and Armier. 

On or in the water

Scuba Diving The Maltese Islands’ clear blue Mediterranean sea is ideal for scuba diving and is very accessible. All three Islands offer excellent diving experiences with reefs, caves and wrecks to make the dive one of the most interesting in the Mediterranean. The calmness of the sea makes for excellent visibility and the wildlife danger risk is extremely low, so ideal for first time divers and beginners. For the more experienced divers, there are various sites that include archaeological artefacts, some from WWII, some even dating back to the Roman era. The depths of the dives vary, from the very shallow 12-metre Ghar Lapsi dive to Lantern Point, which takes divers to an underwater tunnel that leads down well over 50 metres. There are several types of scuba diving courses & scuba diving activities offered by locally licensed diving schools. Divers who wish to dive without accompaniment should have the appropriate PADI certification and are required to have a buddy. 

Sailing The islands are superb for sailing, there are many boat companies to select from and you could charter for a day (or more) with or without a skipper.  Visit in October and see the exciting Middle Sea Race 

Windsurfing is a sport well suited to the Maltese Island's. There is always a location where the winds are favourable.

Canoeing or jetskiing Most beaches or lidos offer some water sports. You can rent jet-skiis, canoes, paddle boats and even windsurfers. Water skiing and paragliding are also offered in some places. 

Boat Trips There are a wide range of boat trips including Captain Morgan’s Harbour Cruise seeing the fortifications from the water is quite an experience and the history of the battle that ensued here is fascinating: a full day sailing cruise with lunch takes in all the lovely bays of all three islands; Sunset cruises with music and dancing; round Malta cruises which again take in lovely sites that you may never come across on land and have interesting commentary on the islands history.  Don’t miss the opportunity to take a boat trip to Comino’s Blue Lagoon, the ultimate in azure water. 

Fishing There are sport-fishing charters that take up to 6 customers for half day and full day trips, we recommend restricting your party to 4, for comfort.  Game fishing: June to December, Extreme bottom fishing: All the year round except August. 

Other sporting activities 

Horse riding including hacking, lessons for beginners and even polo lessons. Go-karting - fun for all the family. Paintballing great for a group of friends. 

Tennis and Squash Many hotels provide their own tennis and squash facilities. However if you are interested in playing at a sports club this is easily organised.

Trekking/walking Malta has an abundance of historical places and wonderful sites. If you are an avid walker and enjoy discovering new places on foot, then there are a number of splendid walks. Abseiling and Rock-Climbing and Para-gliding are extremely popular as they can be done almost all year round and there are over 1,200 established climbing routes available. Archery If you've never had a bow and arrow in your hands then this is an interesting sport to try.

Clay Pigeon Shooting If you've never tried this before either, then Malta is a great place to do it for the first time as it is such a popular sport.

Mountain Biking If you enjoy exploring new places on your own terms then renting a mountain bike is the ideal way of doing it. You can cycle through old villages (but be aware on some of the more rural roads) as well as through the Maltese rough terrain. You can rent bicycles from most scooter and car hire companies. 

Jeep Safari this is a fun day out for large groups or individuals. You get the chance to drive round the island and see places that you wouldn't normally see. You can organise a Jeep Safari through our representative. 

Want to try your luck? 

There are four casinos on the island, the Dragonara Palace Casino situated within the Westin Dragonara grounds, Portomaso Casino located next to the Hilton hotel, Oracle Casino which is in Qawra and  Casino Di Venezia in Birgu 

Golf 

Malta has just one course, which is one of the oldest golf clubs in Europe, outside the UK, the Royal Malta Golf Club offers 18 holes of golf on a very well maintained course of parkland and flat terrain, It is a par 68 and the men’s length is 5487 whilst the ladies is 5125.  Founded in 1888, the Club moved to its present site in the early 1900s and was designed by British Services Engineers stationed on the island at the time.  It is Adjacent to the Marsa Sports Country Club and many hotels offer a courtesy transport service. Visitors can play any day except Thursday and Saturday mornings. 

Visiting players must have a valid handicap certificate to produce if this is not available then the course will accept proof of membership of your home golf course. 

Spas in Malta

Spas are generally found in hotels on the island, several of the hotels we offer that have spas and/or beauty salons.

Places to visit 

Blue Grotto – Spectacular caves where legend has it sirens spell-bound seafarers with their songs.

Mdina – medieval walled city, ancient capital and citadel perched on a plateau and known as the Silent City.

Comino – Malta’s third island, with the fabulous Blue Lagoon.

Co – Cathedral of St. Johns,

Valletta – sumptuous interior, and the nearby Grand Master’s Palace. 

Car hire 

A hired car gives you so much freedom and adds an extra dimension to any holiday except in Valletta! We would be delighted to quote you prices, including baby seats if required.