The med’s new ‘it’ island
Sun-drenched coastlines, cultural hot-spot Valletta and fabulous food. This is a winter destination you need to know about.
Malta, an island 50 miles south of Sicily, is hot on holiday must-haves. Think over 300 days of sunshine, buzzing art and food scenes plus it’s just a three-hour flight from London (and Holland!). What’s more, its beautiful capital city Valletta is the European Capital of Culture for 2018, delivering a cool line-up of jazz, literature and film festivals, alongside hip boutique hotels and superb shopping.
A World Heritage Site, Valletta is a charming mix of beautiful baroque buildings (like the opulent St John’s Co- Cathedral and sculptural icon Auberge de Castille), striking church domes and sweeping vistas from the city walls. Soak up the rich architectural history while walking through the cobbled streets, and discover the city’s plethora of trendy bars and bistros nestled among Valletta’s postcard-perfect palazzos.
Seasonal menus and elegant terrace dining come as standard at the Harbour Club – a converted 18th-century warehouse where sensational views of the Med and super-fresh seafood platters draw Malta’s in-crowd. Culture vultures will also love Casa Ellul – a stunning Victorian boutique retreat a short stroll from Valletta’s Museum of Fine arts. Offering up luxury design details behind an authentic Maltese facade, this family run hotel has a penthouse hot tub, roll-top baths and a piano in your suite. Fancy.
To discover more Malta hot-spots, visit malt auk.com/valletta-city-break