Break away to Malta; ADVERTISING FEATURE MALTA'S MEDITERRANEAN ISLAND CHARMS ARE WINNING MORE SHORT-BREAK VISITORS THAN EVER.
WITH more frequent flights, the travelling public are discovering that there is more to Malta than just sun and sea.
The islands consist of Malta, Gozo and Comino and the uninhabited islets of Cominotto and Filfla. The Maltese archipelago is situated at the heart of the Mediterranean, just 93 km south of Sicily and 290 km north of Africa.
Malta attracts tourists with its unique sites such as the old capital Mdina, the St Paul's Catacombs in Rabat, and the Ggantija Neolithic Temples in Gozo, dating back to 3600BC. These are the oldest free-standing structures in the world, older than Stonehenge or the Egyptian Pyramids.
Magnificent architecture from the time of the Knights of St John dominates the towns and villages you'll visit. And with the capital Valletta confirmed as the 2018 European city of culture, Malta's popularity as a tourist destination is bound to grow further.
For those seeking adventure and an adrenaline rush, popular activities include a host of sea water activities including diving and rock climbing.
In Malta, you can indulge in some great shopping in the main centres of Valletta, Sliema, and St Julian's. If you're shopping for traditional arts and crafts, look out for the renowned Malta lace, delicate silver and gold filigree or the colourful and creative Malta mouth-blown glass.
In the evenings, enjoy a buzzing night in one of Malta's many nightlife venues such as pubs, wine bars, jazz clubs, discos, nightclubs, and casinos offering entertainment for all ages.
If you prefer a more relaxing setting, the stunning historical settings of Valletta, Mdina or St Julian's make the perfect backdrop for relaxation or sightseeing.
In Malta you'll find sunshine, history, and culture, delicious Mediterranean food and a vibrant nightlife - perfect for recharging energy levels and making every moment of your holiday count.
Air Malta, the islands' national airline, operates four times weekly from Manchester. Prices always include one free piece of checked-in baggage allowance weighing up to 20kg.
For more information visit www.airmalta.com, or www.facebook.com/AirMalta