What to Do in Malta for a Week1 December, 2012
Despite being one of the world’s smallest countries, the island of Malta offers travellers a rich cultural experience as well as a classical Mediterranean beach holiday. The island’s 122 square miles are packed with historical sites, coastal activities and natural beauty. The top- ranked attractions can be enjoyed even within one week.
Malta’s coast does not only offer beautiful beaches that will please families and sun-worshippers, but there are also multiple opportunities for the more adventurous holiday-maker. For example, situated on the southern coast is the collection of Blue Grotto caves which display a natural light show when explored at certain times of the day. Abseiling down the limestone rock-faces is possible at various sites across the island and provides a chance to experience the views from a completely different angle.
Much of the coastline is suitable for snorkelling and diving in the clear Mediterranean waters. Less than 25 minutes on a boat will take tourists to Comino Island’s Blue Lagoon, popular for its blue, shallow waters. Back in Malta, diving lessons and equipment can easily be acquired from a number of reputable companies, giving visitors the chance to observe the marine life and explore the Maltese ship-wrecks.
UNESCO’s World Heritage website describes Malta’s capital city Valletta as “one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world“, making it a desirable destination for history buffs, art lovers and architecture enthusiasts alike. Valletta’s main tourist attractions include St. John’s Co-Cathedral, The National Museum and the Manoel Theatre – justifiably popular for the history they hold inside and for their architectural value. Alternatively, the Valletta Waterfront is lined with shops, cafés and restaurants, and leads to the attractive Grand Harbour.
This harbour is the departure point for informative cruises that skim the coastline providing a chance to see numerous villages and views up close. Boats are not the only way to tour the island – bus and coach operators offer tours that traverse much of Malta in just a few hours. Most of the tours are guided, enabling travellers to learn the most relevant information about Malta’s history and current attractions. Many of the tours are hop-on/ hop off, so it’s possible to be spontaneous, rather than having to fit in with tour operators’ agendas.
The possibilities for a great week in Malta are so numerous that it may be wise to consider buying a three-day “Malta Pass”, which is valid for the most popular tourist sites. This will allow you to make the most of your week and save a little too as you discover this wonderful small country.