This article was written by Grown-up Travel Guide contributor Nikolia Rudenko
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Malta is a firm favourite among sun-seekers, families and culture vultures. So what makes this Mediterranean island so special?
Perhaps the best thing about holidays to Malta is the diversity on offer. For fascinating heritage and to uncover the island’s past – both centuries ago and in recent years – Valletta is the place to be. The island’s capital city is a network of forts and historic defences, the tales of which are told through its museums and art galleries. Wander among its ancient streets and marvel at its historic architecture and beautiful open squares, before taking a well-earned pit stop at a pavement cafe for a frothy cappuccino, or perhaps a glass of locally-produced wine.
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Malta doesn’t boast a mass of sandy beaches like some other Med favourites, but that hasn’t harmed its holiday appeal one bit. Most resorts front onto shingle bays or rocky bathing platforms, which offer warm rock pools and plenty of opportunities to go exploring with the kids! If you are hankering after golden sands, the resort of Mellieha Bay is the place to be – it’s home to a huge sandy beach and is well-equipped with plenty of local amenities. It’s also easy to reach from most of the other popular resorts on the island.
What else can you expect to find in marvellous Malta? A lively nightlife for one, particularly in bustling Bugibba, which comes alive after dark with all manners of cheerful bars, pubs and clubs.
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The island’s rocky coastline makes for some great shore excursions too. It’s full of caves, inlets and rock pools, and a popular experience among visitors is a boat trip to the Blue Grotto Caves, where you can swim in beautiful turquoise waters and soak up the spectacular local scenery.
Malta is nothing if not versatile, and that’s why so many holidaymakers choose to come back to this beautiful friendly place, year after year…
About the author: Nikolia Rudenko is a freelancer in advertising and marketing who enjoys travel, photography and sharing experiences with friends.