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Malta is an archipelago located in the Mediterranean, consisting of three large inhabited islands and several smaller uninhabited islands. The biggest land mass in the archipelago, simply called Malta, is best known for its tiny capital city, Valletta, which houses the 16th-century Grand Master’s Palace and the formidable St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Many other highlights can be found outside of Valletta and on the beautiful islands of Gozo and Comino.
If you wish to travel to Malta by air, you will have to fly into Malta International Airport (MLA). This is the only airport serving the islands of Malta – it is located next to the villages of Luqa and Gudja. A number of European airlines fly in and out of Malta, which makes it very easy to reach the island from most major European cities. The airport also offers many opportunities to shop, dine and relax - the building even boasts a private VIP terminal, where you can wait for your flight in comfort and luxury.
Many airlines operate out of Malta International, including Air Malta. For a low-cost flight, consider booking with a budget airline such as Ryanair, easyJet, Wizz Air or Norwegian Air Shuttle. It’s also possible to enjoy a luxury journey by booking a business class or premium economy seat with carriers such as Lufthansa and Swiss. Like most Mediterranean destinations, Malta’s high season falls in the months of June, July and August. If you’re looking to save money, you may want to book outside of this period. Lastly, if you are unable to book a direct flight to Malta, you can use Expedia’s multi-flight booking function to find the cheapest and most convenient options.
Once you’ve arrived on Malta, you should find it relatively easy to travel around. From the airport, you can catch public buses to all the major towns and cities on the main island. Airport shuttles and taxis are also available, although these will cost more than the bus. And it’s easy to hire a car at Malta International Airport, however most journeys can be made easily using the public buses. For travel between the islands, you can take the ferry from Cirkewwa on Malta to Gozo or Comino, both of which take around thirty minutes.
There’s an endless list of things to see and do on the islands of Malta, but many tourists like to start in the capital, Valletta. After exploring the medieval architecture, you might consider taking the ferry to Sliema, a cosmopolitan beach town known for its party atmosphere and cool vibe. The ancient fortified city of Mdina is also well worth a visit, and wildlife lovers can’t miss a trip to St Paul’s Bay, where they’ll find an aquarium and the wildlife sanctuary Birdpark. No trip to Malta would be complete, however, without a tour of beautiful Gozo where you’ll find the stunning Dwejra Bay and, in Xaghra, the Ggantija Temple.