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Head to Malta’s cities to find More to Explore
The Maltese archipelago is a perfect destination for a city break. From the capital Valletta to the medieval walled settlement of Mdina, cities across Malta and Gozo are bursting with historic sites, vibrant bars and restaurants, and beautiful boutique hotels.
Just a three-hour flight from the UK, and with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, the Maltese islands make a perfect holiday choice for those who want to combine the buzzing atmosphere of a city with scenic coastlines and charming beaches.
Valletta, on the east coast of Malta, is known as the sunniest city in Europe
Valletta, on the east coast of Malta, is known as the sunniest city in Europe. The historic capital, which is a Unesco World Heritage Site, boasts more than 320 historical places of interest and, due to the city’s small size, they can all be explored on foot. The 16th-century St John’s Co-Cathedral, with its magnificent artworks, is one of the most impressive places to visit.
The Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens are also well worth visiting for panoramic views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea. They are also home to the Saluting Battery, a 16th-century artillery battery, and sit next to the Lascaris War Rooms, which is worth recommending for those interested in more-recent history.
When the sun sets, the city comes alive with al fresco restaurants and eclectic wine bars, so suggest clients take a stroll through the winding streets to discover some of its local haunts.
Less than 30 minutes inland is medieval Mdina. It’s an ancient walled city and a great example of baroque architecture. Mdina was once the island’s capital, but after losing that honour it gained the name Silent City. It’s still home to Malta’s noble families and impressive palaces line its winding streets.
Just across from Valletta are the Three Cities, comprising Senglea, Birgu and Cospicua. Though small, these fortified cities boast a lot of character. From restaurants and cafes lining the marina to historic landmarks and statues peppering the winding streets, the Three Cities are ideal for those looking to get off the beaten track. They also offer quick and easy access by bus or water taxi to Valletta.
Mdina was once the island’s capital, but after losing that honour it gained the name Silent City
At the heart of sister island Gozo is the quaint capital of Victoria. Traditional Gozitan culture can be seen at every turn here, with boutique hotels, opera theatres and the beautiful Villa Rundle Garden among enticing shopping streets and outlets.
There are a whole host of city-break options to book for your customers with Mercury Holidays, and if you make a booking before October 6, you’ll be in with a chance of winning a three-night city break to Valletta.
Win a city break to Valletta
For the chance to win a three-night city break to Valletta for two, make a Mercury Holidays booking to the Maltese islands by October 6.
The prize draw includes a three-night bed-and-breakfast stay at the boutique Rosselli – AX Privilege, a luxurious restored 17th-century palazzo, with flights and transfers in Malta.
For more information on how to enter and for terms and conditions, click here.
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