With its laidback lifestyle, beautiful beaches, Instagram-worthy landscapes and over 300 days of sunshine a year, you can see why Malta’s a crowd pleaser.

If you’re looking for a culture-heavy holiday, you’ve come to the right place. Malta’s capital city, Valetta, is Europe’s culture capital for 2018, so expect lots of things you can get stuck into. There are over 7,000 years’ worth of history to discover so if you’re a bit of history-buff, you’ll be in your element! The Valletta city gate, Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Siege Bell Monument, National War Museum and Fort St. Angelo are all worth a visit.

You won’t be short of beaches where you can soak up the sun either. One of the best and most beautiful is The Blue Lagoon. This long, narrow bay has gorgeous blue waters that are perfect for getting your feet wet, either swimming or snorkelling. Speaking of snorkelling, did you know that Malta is the diving capital of Europe? Make sure you head to Valletta where you can discover the sunken wreck of the HMS Maori.

You’ll have a wicked night in Paceville, it’s the hub for nightlife in Malta filled with bars, clubs, restaurants and loads more. Line your stomach with a traditional Maltese meal in one of the many restaurants and then onto the pub for a couple of drinks, before ending up at an open-air nightclub. If you’ve not been to one before, you’re missing out; where else can you dance all night to the hottest hits under the stars?

Wake up your inner party animal at St Julian’s Bay. You’ll find the legendary Bar Street here, the name might give it away but this whole street is lined from top to bottom with bars, pubs and several nightclubs.

For a more chilled-out pace, take a walk along the seafront in Silema. You’ll find plenty of bars from traditional pubs to beer gardens.

The Isle of MTV music festival is always a highlight of the summer in Malta. It’s a must for music lovers, who come to spend a day in the sun and listen to the biggest beats from the world’s hottest artists like Rita Ora, Jason Derulo and David Guetta. The best bit? Entry is completely free! It’s like no other music festival we’ve been to, and it’s no wonder thousands of people head for Malta in June.

Think pool parties, booze cruises and all-night raves and you’ll be pretty close to the Lost & Found festival. This new contender to Malta’s festival scene has only the best DJs and MCs, so if you like your beats harder, faster and heavier, this is the one for you.

Valetta is filled with the smooth sounds of jazz music in July during the annual Jazz Festival. You’ll hear only the best up-and-coming jazz musicians during this four-day event.

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