See The best way to explore Malta is hire a vehicle (you can try the public transport if you`re feeling adventurous!) and get out there, going from village to village leaving no stone unturned. You have thousands of years of history to go through, and all along the way look out for the signs of our past and origins. Park on the outskirts of a village and spend hours walking through. You will see subtle (and not so subtle) hints of Malta`s rich past wherever you look. Milestones inscribed VR and GR (Referring to King George V and VI and Queen Victoria), Old watchtowers all along the coastline dating back to the time of the Great Siege, cart ruts in San Gwann, Roman ruins in Rabat, the bastions, the list is endless and is all around us. You will also find an array of well-preserved ancient buildings from temples going back to Neolithic times, Roman era catacombs, palaces from the time of the Knights plus of course fortifications from the Second World War. So if history interests you then Malta should definitely be on your list of places to visit. Make it a long trip because there is just so much to see and do.
Taste Maltese cuisine is typically Mediterranean, and has a great deal of Italian influence due to the proximity between the two nations. However there are also Arabic, Spanish and British hints in many Maltese dishes. Having said this there are also many Maltese and Gozitan dishes which are completely unique and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Maltese bread and pastizzi are among those rarities found nowhere else, and is absolutely addictive. Indeed many travellers leave the Islands taking a Maltese recipe book with them so as to try the dishes with family and friends back home. During the summer months Al Fresco dining is extremely popular due to the mild climate, and most restaurants offer this, often on the very edge of the sea. Many resorts, such as St. Julian`s, Marsaxlokk and St. Paul`s Bay specialise in fresh fish, and are often home to a fleet of fishing boats whose catches can be on your plate mere hours after they were caught.
Enjoy If you`re a bit of a night owl then Malta has a lot to offer in the way of nightlife. Choose from an array of clubs, lounge bars, casinos and more. The little town of Paceville consists mainly of restaurants, a bowling alley, a beach, a casino, various discotheques, a large selection of lounge bars, live music venues, cinemas, basically anything to do with entertainment in all it`s forms! Everything is located in one area so the best way to get around by far is on foot. You will also find many such venues in other (coastal) resorts such as St. Julians, Bugibba, St. Paul`s Bay and Qawra. If you prefer more cultured evenings then perhaps Valletta would be more attractive to you. Besides a large choice of very good restaurants you could finish off your evening with a good play at the Manoel Theatre or perhaps take in an evening exhibition, play or niche film at the St. James Cavalier creativity centre. Whatever way you like to spend your evenings, you can be sure that you can find it in Malta!
Learn If you are keen to learn more about Malta`s rich and vibrant history, there are so many was to do this. There are varied interactive shows to watch such as the Malta Experience and the Mdina Experience to mention just two. There is a choice of a multitude of museums both in Valletta (such as the Museum of Natural History and National Museum of Archaeology which exhibit a multitude of interesting items related to life in Malta throughout it`s long and chequered history) and in most other parts of Malta. You can experience some of Malta`s more brutal past by visiting the Inquisitor`s Palace and if the sea is your thing then it`s definitely worth visiting the Malta Maritime Museum. If you would like to learn more about Malta`s ties with the Romans then it`s worth having a look at the Roman Villa in the town of Rabat, which are actually remains of an ancient Roman House and which give an idea of life under the Roman masters who ruled over the Maltese Islands at the time. There are also a huge variety of prehistoric temples and similar sites dotted all over the Islands and going back to the dawn of time. Some of these are truly the oldest known buildings in the entire world so if you want to travel back to the emergence of known civilisation then Malta is an ideal starting point. You will also find a vast number of local publications imparting the different facets of local history, customs, folklore and more. Most of these publications are available in English, although many are also available in the more commonly used European languages such as Italian, German and French.