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See why there’s more to explore in the Mediterranean archipelago
A visit to Malta is a chance to discover its well-known gastronomy scene. Whether it’s Michelin-starred meals or home-cooked dishes, all are served with a generous dose of Malta’s famous hospitality. And your clients can be assured that wherever they stay, their trip will abound with excellent food and drink.
Malta has 7,000 years of history, and as a result its cuisine has been heavily influenced by the many civilisations that have occupied the islands. As with other destinations across the Mediterranean, sampling some of the seafood is a must on any visit to the islands.
The fish market in Marsaxlokk is among the best places to see the high‑quality catches of the day, and aljotta, a white fish soup, is one of the most mouthwatering fish dishes to try.
Date-filled pastries called imqaret are another delicious, sweet snack
Platters of bread, meats and cheeses are the classic Mediterranean meal, and the Maltese variations can often include bigilla, a smashed bean dip, and kunserva, a tomato spread. For clients seeking something a bit more substantial, stuffat tal-fenek (rabbit stew) is Malta’s national dish.
The fine-dining scene is expanding too. There are now five Michelin-starred restaurants across Malta, with creative dishes on offer to those who want to add a bit more luxury to their stay. Those with a sweet tooth will find plenty of treats to indulge in.
Malta is known as the land of honey, with its name deriving from its Greek name, meli, and there are lots of sweets and desserts that use this nectar. Date-filled pastries called imqaret are another delicious, sweet snack.
There are plenty of ways to appreciate gastronomy in Gozo too. See cheesemakers at work, producing the famous ġbejna cheese, or visit the Xwejni Salt Pans to learn how salt is harvested.
Wine on the rise
Malta has a fledgling wine industry, and as well as putting its own spin on favourites including merlot and sauvignon blanc, it also makes its own from indigenous grape varieties.
There are several wineries in Malta and Gozo, and visitors can take tours to learn about how the grapes are cultivated and how they’re used in wine production.
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