Valletta, the historical and cultural gem

For a city break that ticks all the boxes, from culture and nightlife to shopping and fine dining, head to the Mediterranean island of Malta. Within easy reach of the UK (flights are just 3 hours) its beautiful capital Valletta is a historical and cultural gem, with fascinating heritage, a calendar packed with events and a thriving music scene offering everything from classical and opera to music festivals with world renowned DJ’s.

By day, Malta is a cultural explorer’s paradise. Valletta boasts UNESCO status thanks to its stunning baroque churches, palaces, streets and temples. Throughout Malta, there are ancient monuments aplenty from the Hypogeum –  a labyrinth of underground chambers so ancient only 80 people are allowed to visit each day – to St Agatha’s Catacombs situated deep beneath the streets of Rabat and home to ancient 12th century frescoes in roman-built catacombs. The Megalithic Hagar Qim is a fascinating temple complex believed to be one of the first known human settlements, and for longer trips the Megalithic Ggantija Temples in nearby Gozo are a must-see.

Don’t miss a stroll through Valletta’s bustling streets and markets where there’s fantastic shopping, not to mention delicious, unique Maltese cuisine. International flavours combine for a mouth-watering experience in local cafés or one of Malta’s renowned fine dining restaurants.

After a busy day shopping and seeing the sights and eating fabulous food in the European Capital of Culture 2018, you’d be forgiven for heading back to one of Valletta’s boutique hotels for a quiet night in – but that would mean missing out on Valletta’s nightlife. Once the sun goes down, the sleepy city of Valletta gets ready to party.  There are wine bars, cinemas and fantastic, atmospheric dining down on Valletta’s waterfront with its line-up of great restaurants and a stunning view of the Grand Harbour.

Valletta is ranked first in Europe for welcoming the LGBT community (always a good sign if it’s nightlife you’re after), and the clubs and music on offer won’t disappoint. This Autumn, as well as the thriving bar and nightclub scene, Malta is home to the Glitch Festival: a two-day dance extravaganza taking place in a secret fortress over 7-8th September deep in the woods at Buskett. Soak up the last of the summer sunshine with some house and disco tunes, before techno, acid and electro take the party through the night with a line-up of top DJs.

For an unforgettable end of summer party, visit the stunning island of Malta.

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