About Island of Malta

Relaxed and easy-going, Malta is jam-packed with things to see and do. This pretty island is a Mediterranean cocktail of cultures just waiting to be explored by vacationers looking for history and sun. To find your Malta vacation rental, browse FlipKey.

About Malta, Malta

Located in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and Libya, Malta is an island nation slightly less than the size of Washington DC.

Famous as a European summer beach destination, Malta is also rich in history having been ruled over by the Romans, Moors, Knights of Saint John, French and British. Numerous fortresses dot the island that served as fictitious places in the hit HBO series “Game Of Thrones”. Malta also has several megalithic temples and the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, a burial chamber that dates back to 4,000 B.C.

In the capital, Valletta, a city built by the Knights of St John, you’ll be treated to Malta’s time-honored tradition of hospitality and a cuisine that reflects the best of both Southern European and Middle Eastern food. Malta may be a small island, but it packs a big punch as a vacation destination.

What to do

St John’s Co-Cathedral, from the inside, is one of the most stunning Baroque buildings in Europe, while the outside blends in with Valletta’s fortifications.


The must-see sight on Malta has to be the Hypogeum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site built between 3600 BC and 2500 BC.


Take a guided tour of Mdina to learn about the many civilizations that called Malta home and then return again in the evening to wander the atmospheric alleys before dinner in one of Mdina’s renowned restaurants.


Tour Malta’s Grand Harbor in a traditional dghajsa, a colorful little boat somewhat similar to a gondola. Learn about the Great Siege by the Ottoman Turks in 1556, and the part the harbor played during WWII.


Malta is awash with dive centers and for good reason as over 50,000 people visit the island each year just to go diving. Visit Malta’s sister islands of Gozo and Comino for the best beaches.

Top Malta travel tips

To see Malta at her best, visit during the hot summer months of June to September so that you can enjoy the water and eating outside at night.

Make sure you try the local fizzy drink, Kinnie – it contains orange and aromatic herbs and is only available in Malta.


Some of the underground tours in Malta can be chilly even during the hottest months so pack a sweatshirt.

Mellieha Bay is home to the best sandy beach on Malta, but if you like quieter beaches head to Ghajn Tuffieha near the popular Golden Bay.

With warm friendly people and great food, Malta makes for a wonderful vacation. Whether you come to dive on the many wrecks, soak in the rich history or just laze on the beach FlipKey has a Malta vacation rental that will suit every need.