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  • Malta luxury family holidays

    Maltese Fishing Boats

    The Westin Dragonara

    Kempinski Resort

    Relaxation at the Kempinski

    Malta luxury family holidays: the Mediterranean in microcosm

    It’s less than 60 years since the British empire’s sun set on Malta, but still there is no more exotic spot on the European holiday map. Only 40 miles off the southern tip of Italy, and awash with influences from nearby North Africa, Malta is the Mediterranean in microcosm, from its Sicilian-inspired cuisine and Catholic fiestas to its Moorish Alhambras and Ottoman ruins. Throw in stunning beaches and a fabulous climate – lying on roughly the same latitude as Tangiers, it can be hot enough here for the beach just when back home we’re still on winter duvets – and Malta offers a superb escape, especially in spring and autumn, when its clifftops and valleys are sifted by sea-breezes and carpeted in herbs and flowers.

    Comprising three islands – Malta, Gozo and Comino – the Maltese archipelago is linked by regular and inexpensive ferries, making it an island-hoppers delight. Of the three islands, Malta is the largest and most popular with visitors, not least because of the chain of sandy beaches that fringe its northern coastline near Mellieha. Here Golden Bay and Ghadira Bay both have fine, honey-coloured sand lapped by clear turquoise shallows, but for our money, smuggled away at the bottom of an amphitheatre of cliffs, Imgiebah Bay is a much quieter, prettier bet, a local secret with excellent snorkelling and not a beach umbrella or cafe in sight.

    Only 17 miles long and 8 miles wide, the main island of Malta is a brilliant place to explore by public transport or hire-car, with a concentration of sights that means you could see most of its treasures in a couple of days – though linger at any of the myriad beach bars and seafood cafes, and you may find a fortnight is barely enough.

    Overlooking two beautiful harbours from its hilltop perch on Malta’s central northeast, Valletta is a tiny gem of a town, a World Heritage Site so densely packed with Baroque and Renaissance architectural treasures that is more open-air museum than European capital. Built in the 16th century by the Knights of St John following their victory over the Ottoman Turks in the Great Siege of 1565, Valletta’s principle attraction is the stupendous St John’s Co Cathedral and adjoining museum, home to the Beheading of St John the Baptist by Caravaggio, who once lived in Valletta himself.

    However, get lost along the quiet, twisting, narrow back streets off Triq ir-Repubblika and Triq il-Merkanti, and you’ll discover a world of hidden cafes and tiny shops, pretty churches and crumbling houses that is every bit as enchanting as Valletta’s formal attractions. And if you do nothing else in Valletta, make sure you try the mussels with lemongrass or ravioli of rabbit at Fusion Four, set into the city ramparts just opposite St John’s Cavalier.

    If Valletta is Malta’s most interesting city, Mdina is surely its most beautiful. Fortified for over 3,000 years, it perches on a rocky outcrop 10 miles west of Valletta like some impossibly beautiful fairytale town, crisscrossed by twisting lanes all seemingly leading back to the 17th century cathedral at the ancient heart of town. As for its most happening part of the island, that has to be Sliema, St Julian’s and Paceville, just north of Valletta, the see-and-be-seen playground for Europe’s party people, littered with hip bars and cool cafes, and home to the fabulous Westin Dragonara, our favourite hotel on the island.

    Finally, on Malta itself, don’t leave until you’ve visited the Hypogeum, an extraordinary network of 5,000-year old, underground Neolithic halls, chambers and passages hewn from the rock 30ft below Paola.

    With so much to keep you busy on Malta itself, it’s little wonder Gozo and Comino are often overlooked. And while Comino is little more than a few shepherd’s huts and a spectacular Blue Lagoon which you can visit by daytrip from Malta, Gozo is definitely not to be missed. A smaller, sleepier, country bumpkin version of Malta, Gozo is an absolute delight, with 14 tiny towns each boasting their own church and wonderful cafes. As for beaches, we think the likes of San Blas and Ghajn Barrani are every bit as good as the beaches on Malta – but with a fraction of the crowds.

    Dominated by the citadel that sits atop the main town Victoria offering sweeping views out over the entire island, Gozo offers wonderful rewards for walkers and explorers, particularly along its coastline, which is sprinkled with vivid-coloured saltpans, and studded with ancient watchtowers and deep indented coves sheltering some of the best snorkelling in the Mediterranean. The best known spot on Gozo’s coast is the Azure Window, a natural arch on the rugged west coast, and while viewing it from the road is reward enough, we say get away from the daytrippers and take a little boat out from Dwejra Bay – it’s the best five Euros you’ll ever spend. “Gozo’s coast may truly be called pomskizilious,” wrote Edward Lear in 1866, “being as no words can describe its magnificence.” Nearly 150 years on, we still know exactly what he means.

    Our suggestions for family  holidays to Malta

    We are finding that Malta is becoming an increasingly attractive destination for summer holidays for families year-round. We are working closely with the Westin Dragonara, an excellent hotel.

    The Westin Dragonara
    The Westin Dragonara benefits from a waterfront position in St Julien’s, with its own sandy cove, just 15 minutes from the Maltese capital of Valletta, with its astonishing array of historical sites. The hotel is superbly equipped for families with rooms accommodating up to four and with inter-connecting rooms. Not only is there a complimentary kids’ club for children aged 3 to 12 years, there is an excellent water sports centre with PADI diving. Bedrooms have undergone a recent programme of refurbishment and are up to date and very comfortable.
    Prices from about £1890 for 2 adults and 2 children on bed and breakfast sharing one deluxe room, including flights with Air Malta and private transfers.

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