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Malta is an amazing choice of destination for those looking for laidback summer holidays that offer true relaxation. You won't find the bright lights of big cities here – even the capital city of Valletta has a 'step back in time' feel. Instead you'll find historical sights, hidden coves, a dramatic coastline and sleepy resorts.
Starting in the island's seaside capital, Valletta, you have a richness of history that belies the island's minuscule dimensions. Crumbling ochre builds are seemingly stacked on top of each other looking over the Mediterranean, with the domes and spires of the city's elegant cathedrals and churches reaching up towards the blue sky. This entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it's easy to see why when you take in the mesmerising mix of baroque, neoclassical and modernist architecture, including the Grand Master's Palace, the St James' Cavalier Centre for Creativity, and St John's Co-Cathedral. If you want a break from sightseeing, the Barrakka Gardens will provide welcome relief and some stunning views of the Grand Harbour below.
Outside of the capital, Malta sticks with the olde worlde vibe. Highrise hotels and built-up resorts are a real no-no here. Instead you'll find traditional resorts cut into hillsides, craggy coastlines, pretty harbours and winding backstreets. While Malta isn't big on beaches, you'll find a couple of prime sandy spots, and Mellieha Bay boasts the longest. This family-friendly resort is great for holidaymakers of all ages, combining clear, shallow waters, a traditional old town and all the facilities you could need for a comfortable stay. Within 30 minutes of this resort you have the Medieval City of Mdina and the temples of Mgarr, showing that, wherever you choose to stay on Malta, there's a historical gem around every corner.
While Malta is undeniably tiny, at just 300 square km, a holiday here can easily be a three for the price of one experience. Sister island Gozo has a gorgeous coastline that's begging to be explored – must see's include the postcard favourite Azure Window rock formation and the Xlendi Beach cliffs and caverns. Teeny tiny neighbour Comino is another easy boat ride away and boasts the breathtakingly beautiful Blue Lagoon.
Feeling relaxed already? Imagine what a week or two in Malta can do. Book your flights now with Thomascook Airlines and look forward to a blissfully tranquil time.