Malta is the perfect combination of culture, sun and atmosphere, as I discovered on my recent holiday there in June. Being such a small island I was able to easily visit places such as Valletta, the capital, with its quirky, colourful streets full of colonial style buildings decorated with jutting balconies and verandas leading down to the sea and Medina, the silent city, full of bright sandstone buildings contrasting with myriad small winding streets. If you are in to clear, dazzling blue waters a trip to the Blue Lagoon is a must, but don’t make the mistake of taking a 9 hour boat-trip as part of the package, like we did! Once there you can swim and snorkel to your heart’s content in the crystal clear waters. It’s quite touristy but worth it for the incredible views. Where we stayed, in St Julian’s, there were many rocks which proved ideal sunbathing spots away from the busier beaches, although beware of sea urchins; I had a nasty surprise and returned home with a spine lodged in my foot!
As for evenings and nightlife, everything is extremely cheap yet good quality and quite stylish. There are lots of young people about but hardly any English, which is quite refreshing! You can get a really good main course for 6 euros and drinks are fairly cheap too. Bars are lively and fun – it’s the ideal place for a short break in a destination which is a bit different to the normal holiday scene such as Malia or Magaluf!