Choose Malta in 2013

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If you’re looking for a versatile, family-friendly escape this year, you can’t go far wrong with a trip to Malta. Cast out into the Mediterranean Sea, this tiny island – just over 120 square miles – is a vibrant little place that’s packed with diversity. Beaches, cities, culture, ancient history, modern hotels – you name it, this fabulous island has got it.

If you choose Malta holidays 2013 you’ll have plenty of local resorts to tickle your fancy. For golden sandy beaches, Mellieha Bay is a must. This lovely resort is based on the island’s northeast coast, and is one of few spots in Malta that offers fine golden grains. The rest of the island’s coastal areas are generally rocky or pebbly which, for sunbathers or watersports enthusiasts, won’t matter a jot. After all there are still plenty of great places to lay your towel or pull up a sunbed!

Other resorts include Qawra and Bugibba. Both locations form part of St Paul’s Bay, a predominantly tourist-orientated area that’s packed with hotels, bars, pubs and restaurants. It’s a fun place to be and if you like a home-from-home vibe, you’ll often find bars showing English football on the big screen and plenty of cheerful English-speaking restaurateurs. In fact, following its recent independence from British rule in the 1960s, Malta has retained much of its British culture.

On the subject of culture, you’ll find this in abundance in Valletta, the island’s capital. Explore Baroque architecture and ancient stone forts that rise high and imposing over the crashing surf below. Wander along its historic winding streets or step into a museum to discover Malta’s vital role in World War II, during which Valletta was heavily bombed – but the nation fought back to deny occupation, playing a vital role in the eventual outcome of the war.

There is much to discover in Malta – far more than a week’s holiday will allow – and plenty of reasons to come back time and again. If you’re looking for Malta holidays 2013, look for package holidays through a tour operator like Thomas Cook or go your own way by booking a flight and hotel separately. However you get there, you’ll find that Malta is a fantastic holiday island and one that’s certainly worth visiting again… and again…

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