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27th Jan 2022

Places to go: 5 fab things to do on a trip to Malta this weekend

Melissa Carton

Planning your first trip of the year?

If you’re planning on booking a last minute trip within Europe, I highly suggest that trip be to Malta.

The Mediterranean Island, while small, has everything you need, from gorgeous weather, historical monuments, to cultural festivals, and of course great food.

1- Visit St.John’s Co-Cathedral

Built between 1573 and 1577, this cathedral contains two masterpieces by Caravaggio.

It was built as the conventual church for the Knights of St John and its marble floor is said to contain the tombs of 400 knights.

2 – Take a trip on the Gozo ferry

Gozo is the second largest of the seven island chain and basks in the Mediterranean off the coast of Sicily.

Inhabited for thousands of years, it shows evidence of historic immigration & rule by the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Sicilians, French, British, among others.

The ferry ride takes around 20 minutes and offers views not to be missed.

3 – Spot some stars at Malta Film Week

You don’t have to go all the way to Hollywood to rub shoulders with celebrities, as Malta Film Week will have them landing into town.

The week long festival has everything from film industry talks to the Malta Film Awards that will be hosted by David Walliams and hosted live on TV!

4 – Stay at the Phoenicia Hotel

Located in a superb spot, just outside the vibrant capital of Valletta on the edge of the city’s 16th Century bastions, The Phoenicia has long been regarded as a national treasure.

A favourite with stars and socialites, it is one of the most beautiful hotels in Europe.

5 – Try the food

Due to its location and history, Malta has food with influences from all over the world.

Whether you’re a fan of traditional pastries, stews or pasta, there’s truly something to suit everyone’s palette on this little Mediterranean Island.