Ally Wybrew is a travel addict who writes about her adventures for Time Out, High Life, Solo Magazine and more, following stints as online editor for British Airways and Red Bull Formula One Team. She’s an aficionado of all things Malta, which she visits multiple times a year to visit family, scuba-dive, stargaze and enjoy a cool glass of Kinnie. Keen on everything outdoorsy, her favourite travel memories include hiking across volcanoes in New Zealand, bear-spotting in British Columbia and bumping into zombies in Georgia.
The 14 best things to do in Malta
History is huge in Malta. Truly, it’s everywhere. The isle of Malta – plus its smaller neighbours, Gozo and Comino – had already played host to all manner of peoples for 7,000 years by the time the Knights of St John arrived on these tiny mid-Mediterranean specks of land in 1530. But while the past certainly defines these sun-drenched isles, the Maltese islands aren’t all about the old school. Ancient walled cities, Punic temples and Phoenician catacombs are just the start – Malta’s attractions also include world-class dive sites, dramatic cliff-edged coastlines, some of Europe’s sunniest weather and ocean views that just won’t quit. Here’s where to start… RECOMMENDED: The best hotels in Malta
The 9 best beaches in Malta
Malta’s coastline is a delightful mix of craggy cliffs, pebbled coves and sandy inlets, many of which have been deemed picturesque enough to feature in blockbuster movies. And, while its undulating edge often consists more of boulders, stones and sloping rock ledges than sand, there are a few golden gems to dig your toes into. What’s more, with 12 Blue Flag beaches and seriously sizzling summer temperatures (Malta regularly hits the mid-to-high 30s) the archipelago’s clear, warm waters draw visitors in their droves. So remember, wherever you choose to catch some rays, always, always, get there early. Alternatively, you could always visit in winter, when crowds are thinner – despite the mild weather. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in Malta