More than 2.3 million tourists visit Malta each year. Some visit on cruise liners and spend the day here; some spend days or weeks; while others, like many UK pensioners, even choose to spend winter here to get away from the wintery cold at home!
Malta is by far one of the most interesting tourist destinations in the world. Megalithic structures, medieval dungeons, Roman remains, innumerable baroque buildings built by The Knights of St John, Calypso’s Cave – the list is endless.
The narrow intertwining streets of the towns and villages are swarming with churches, Renaissance Cathedrals and Baroque Palaces. Many sites in Malta have been recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Valletta’s 320 monuments, all within an area of 55 ha, make it one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world and have earned the whole city recognition as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO.
But notwithstanding all the historical treasures that are rife on this archipelago, Malta attracts a lot of tourists who are simply after an idle, relaxing holiday. With a mild climate all year round, the country is renowned as “the land of sun, sand and sea!” Kilometres of sandy and easily accessible rocky beaches adorn the islands, and the crystal-clear blue seas of the Mediterranean make it the ideal place to spend time relaxing on the beach, swimming, enjoying water sports, or strolling on promenades. Malta is also a paradise for deep sea diving, and has many beautiful underwater caves and numerous wrecks.
Malta’s tourism industry is its main blood stream as evidenced by the innumerable accommodation facilities in Malta – from 5-star hotels run by the most prestigious international hotel chains to one-star guesthouses.
Malta also has a vivid entertainment industry. Thousands of pubs, bars and restaurants, clubs and other entertainment venues are found everywhere on the islands. Paceville, one of the most renowned entertainment areas, is nested with bars, restaurants and nightclubs next to each other, making for interesting and varied evenings for all types of holidaymakers.
The long relationship between the Islanders and the people of various nationalities that occupied Malta over the centuries has created a unique identity of styles and traditions, giving the Islands a fascinating eclectic culture.
The Maltese are well-known for their friendly nature and are always willing to chat with foreigners and assist in any way possible