A luxury travel guide to Malta
With narrow streets, Baroque churches and limestone buildings, Malta is a dream for anyone who has the desire of experiencing a truly memorable and romantic time abroad.
The small archipelago lies only 50 miles south of Sicily and offers travellers magnificent food, wine, beaches and rich history. Those who visit will fall deeply enamoured with the idyllic island of Malta, so be prepared to extend your stay.
Unsurprisingly, Malta has been rising in popularity over the last few years due to its charming treasures and appearances in Hollywood productions, therefore visiting the island has never come at a better time.
In order to help you experience a truly luxurious escape in this marvellous Mediterranean island, we have created the perfect guide to visiting Malta. And if you would like to experience your dream getaway to Malta, then head over to choiceholidays.eu/sliema-malta.aspx and book one of their incredible packages today.
Where to stay
Known as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Valletta is perhaps the best place to base yourself when visiting the island as you are in close proximity to the most desirable locations in Malta.
In Valletta, you will find the five-star Phoenicia Hotel — the islands most iconic hotel — which overlooks the City Gate and offers its guests breathtaking views of the city and harbours. With charming gardens and a stunning infinity pool, this divine hotel showcases excellent facilities whilst only being within a 10-minute walk from exquisite restaurants and sites such as the Casa Rocca Piccola; a must-visit 400-year-old baroque palace.
Similarly, if you are looking for a luxurious stay outside of Valetta, then staying at the five-star Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux is also a fantastic option. This 17th-century palace is hidden away in the medieval city of Mdina and offers a variety of luxurious facilities that are perfect for those who are looking for comfort and class.
Here you will have the opportunity to really appreciate ‘The Silent City’ in the evenings, as all the tour groups have left, whilst enjoying stunning views and magnificent food.
Where to eat
Known as Valetta’s best restaurant, Giannini offers its guests to enjoy some of the most spectacular views of Manoel Islands and Marsamxetto Harbour, whilst serving traditional Mediterranean delicacies, all prepared with fresh ingredients.
Restaurant Bobbyland, based in Dingli Cliffs, is also one to visit as it serves the best rabbit on the island – a beloved traditional Maltese dish. However, ensure that you book ahead as it will undoubtedly be busy due to its popularity as a local hotspot for Sunday lunch.
If you are staying at the Xara Palace hotel then make sure to book a table at its exquisite restaurant, De Mondion, as it’s one of Malta’s best restaurants due to its ‘soul-nourishing cuisine’ — truly one to not miss.
Where to go
When visiting Malta, one simply has to visit St. John’s Co-Cathedral to witness its jaw-dropping architecture and gold-covered displays, as well as two of Caravaggio’s most famous paintings, including the ‘Beheading of St. John the Baptist’.
If you are one to appreciate the culture of a city, then take a stroll through the narrow streets of Valetta, peeking into churches and gardens as you wander towards the Grand Harbour, where you can sit, enjoy the incredible views and of course log onto Lotto Malta and check out those all important winning lottery numbers.
If you decide to stay in Valetta and would like to do some treasure hunting, then why not hop on a traditional dghajsa taxi boat and head across the Grand Harbour to Birgu on a Sunday morning? Here you will find lifetimes of memorabilia ready to be purchased.
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