Malta & Gozo at a glance
Blessed with a mild climate, Malta and its sister island of Gozo have an intriguing landscape packed full of historic ruins, regal palaces, Baroque cathedrals and a fantastic crystal water sea offering a memorable year-round short break experience.
Both islands occupied an important strategic location and were ruled by a succession of powers including the Phoenicians, Romans, French and British. In 1964 Malta and Gozo gained a republic status within the British Commonwealth. Both islands boast a number of well-preserved historical sites including the Megalithic Temples, which are among the world’s oldest free-standing structures, and the prehistoric Hypogeum, a well preserved underground burial site.
A number of popular seaside resorts and beaches can be found on Malta and Gozo, but the atmosphere of a quiet paradise remains intact on many of the islands’ uncrowded sandy shorelines. Popular seaside attractions include the Alabaster Caves filled with stalactites and stalagmites and Gozo’s Calypso Cave, long associated with Homer’s Odyssey as the location in which Calypso held Odysseus captive.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- A peaceful short break
- Historic attractions
- Picturesque setting
Due to their small size and natural beauty, cycling and walking around Malta and Gozo is a great way to see the sights and take in the scenery. A public bus network is also in operation on both islands and hiring a car is a good value option.
A regular ferry service links Malta to Gozo with a crossing time of about 20 minutes.
Dining in Malta & Gozo
The cuisine of Malta and Gozo shows heavy influence from Italy with a twist of Provencal flavours and unique native tastes, offering special dishes in each region.
Must-try local dishes:
- Fenkata – stewed rabbit often served with vegetables
- Ross il-forn – a tomato based baked rice most often containing pork and cheese
- Maqrut – a diamond shaped date pastry that is deep fried
Shopping in Malta & Gozo
Good shopping can be found in all the major towns and villages, however there are a handful of open air markets which are synonymous to Maltese village life, these are great for the mingling of locals and international visitors.
Osprey Holidays Top Tips
Comino is a small island, just 3.5 square kilometres in total, located between Malta and Gozo. There is just one hotel on the island and it is otherwise uninhabited. One of the most beautiful spots in these islands, The Blue Lagoon, is located in Comino. A crystal clear, azure inlet of water, it is extremely popular with day trippers during the summer months.
Get your tailor-made city break itinerary
Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Malta designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:
- All travel and transfers on days of your choice
- Accommodation from our handpicked range of Malta hotels, to suit your budget and requirements
Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.
- Important information
Population Malta: 418,366 Gozo: 31,053 Languages Maltese, English Currency Euro Visa Information No visa required for UK citizens
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- Interesting facts
Sip the local Cisk lager and enjoy an imqaret - a deep fried pastry parcel filled with a date mixture.
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