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The cove of San Blas Photo: Getty Images
The cove of San Blas Photo: Getty Images

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Magical Malta - the best of the island

Historic sites, restaurants, shops, blue lagoons and beaches – here is Malta at its best.

Ġgantija temples Photo: Shutterstock

Ġgantija temples

If you are going to visit a historic site in Malta, make it this one. The Ġgantija temples are among the oldest ­man-made religious structures in the world – older than the Egyptian ­pyramids. The Ġgantija temples were built of limestone during the Neolithic period and were awarded Unesco World ­Heritage Site status in 1980.

Triq John Otto Bayer, Ix-Xagħra 2161, Malta

Savina

Savina is a shopping heaven for anyone looking for souvenirs and gifts to bring home. Not only do you get to taste all of the food produce before you buy, you also learn how everything is made. Check out the handcrafted lace items, carvings in limestone, knitted scarves and sweaters.

Triq-l-Ghassara, Xewkija, Gozo
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Restaurant Diar Il-Bniet Photo: diarilbniet.com

Diar Il-Bniet

This is one of Malta’s best restaurants. It offers a fresh blend of the old and the charming, the traditional and the genuine, the trendy and the cool. The motto of this family-run treasure is “directly from farm to table” and the recipes have been in the family for generations.

Main Street, Had-Dingli, Malta
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The Blue Lagoon

Take a boat from Cirkewwa harbor and spend the afternoon on Comino Island where you can swim in the crystal-clear turquoise water of the Blue Lagoon. Don’t expect a sandy beach or any kind of privacy, but the sea more than makes up for it. If you get hungry there are plenty of little food stands. And if you tire of the crowds, you can trek around the island (a 2.5–3 hour hike) and see the watchtower from the 2002 film version of The Count of Monte Cristo.

Malta’s top 3 beaches

Marsalforn Bay

Marsalforn is a village buzzing with hotels, restaurants, bars and cafés on the seafront. The small sandy beach offers shallow waters and protection from the wind, making it child friendly, while for those eager to explore underwater, the bay is great for diving.

Rambla Bay

The water is clear blue, shallow and safe for swimming, the sand is a golden reddish color and there are several places to buy snacks and ice cream. Rambla Bay is overlooked by Calypso Cave, allegedly the cave referred to by Homer in The Odyssey.

San Blas Bay in Gozo, Malta Photo: Getty Images

The cove of San Blas

This hidden treasure is near the village of Nadur, at the end of a beautiful and fertile valley. The steep hike down to the beach ­offers a gorgeous view although it is a tough climb back up. The beach is sandy – most have pebbles – so it’s great for kids and there is a snack stall.

Text: Sofia Zetterman

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