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Malta has been an increasingly popular holiday destination over the years, with more and more people choosing to head to the country. With lots of history and culture, it's easy to see why people want to visit. So what is on offer and why would you want to go?
Things to see
Malta is steeped in Christian history and is thought of as an Apostolic see; otherwise known as a centre of Christianity. This long history has contributed to some of the many old structures found around Malta, while a whole host of other ancient buildings can also be seen. Ggantija is one of the oldest megalithic temples on earth, thought to be over 5,500 years old. The complex is the world's second oldest manmade religious structure in the whole world and is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Malta has several local festivals for various different occasions that are worth a visit. One study found the Maltese people to be the most generous in the world, so expect to be welcomed with open arms. These local festivals will also give you the chance to see what everyday life is like in Malta and try out the local cuisine. There are restaurants and bars aplenty in Malta, so make the most of them and visit a different one every day. There's also a lively nightlife scene so if you do fancy hitting the clubs, head to Paceville. As well as the usual bars and clubs, you'll also find casinos and cinemas.
Malta isn't particularly large, which makes getting around relatively easy. Hire a car and head out to some of the ancient temples and churches off the beaten track. You'll get to visit parts of the island you may not have considered otherwise and it'll give you a chance to experience the true beauty of Malta. One of the benefits of driving in Malta is that they drive on the left, something you'll already be used to from driving in the UK.
You might want to take a boat trip to see the Blue Grotto. This series of caves has been carved out of the rock by the sea and is found on the west coast of Malta. At the right time of the day, the sun reflects off the water, revealing several shades of blue and creating a stunning view. You can get some beautiful photographs and enjoy a day on the sea in the sunshine to boot. Finish it off with dinner and cocktails in a local restaurant.
Head to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk in the south-east and pay a visit to the fish market. If you're looking for the best catch of the day, this is the place to be. If you don't want to buy fish, there are plenty of stalls selling other fresh produce and souvenirs so you're bound to find something to take back with you. This area is full of little restaurants along the seafront so you can easily wile away the afternoon with a beautiful view of the fishing boats bobbing on the sea.