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Malta: A romantic retreat

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The islands are open to those who haven’t yet been vaccinated, provided they can show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel. In Malta, there is always more to explore. With beautiful beaches, rocky landscapes and the smaller islands of Gozo and Comino, it’s a place to feel free again.

Double the fun

Malta is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. Whether couples are looking to indulge in local delicacies at alfresco cafes, sample some adventurous activities such as scuba diving or quad biking, or simply explore historic towns and villages, Malta has it all. The country has also been ranked first on the ILGA-Europe Rainbow Index since 2016, making it a welcoming destination for LGBT+ couples.

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Get active

There are three main islands in the Maltese archipelago and a lot of coastline to discover. The warm waters of the Mediterranean make for great snorkelling and scuba diving, while those who prefer to stay above the surface can head out to sea on kayaks or paddleboards.

The warm waters of the Mediterranean make for great snorkelling

But the adventures don’t end on the water. Malta has a unique rocky landscape, perfect for quad biking and jeep safaris. Adventurous couples can also have a go at rock climbing.

Stay relaxed

Malta is a year-round destination, boasting more than 300 days of sunshine a year, so it fits the bill for a much-needed relaxing escape whenever your customers are ready. Swimming in the famous Blue Lagoon is a great way to kick off a laid-back holiday, as is sunbathing on Ramla Bay, a beautiful red-sand beach on the east coast of sister island Gozo.

Swimming in the famous Blue Lagoon is a great way to kick off a laid-back holiday

Exploring one of Malta’s most interesting towns, Mdina, can even be done at a slower pace on a horse-drawn carriage, where couples can spot the cathedral and fortified citadel. Sunset is one of the more peaceful times of the day. Visitors can take in the craggy coastline from a sunset boat trip or admire the beautiful sea views from Dingli Cliffs. After sunset, head into the capital Valletta to listen to some live jazz at Bridge Bar.

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Tuck in

For couples looking to indulge in the island’s gastronomy, Malta is now home to five Michelin-starred restaurants, while traditional cuisine and fresh seafood are often on the island’s menu. There are also foodie experiences to try, including Gbejna cheese making and an olive farm visit. Malta is a fledgling wine destination, and couples can taste some of the local produce not exported anywhere else at one of the island’s wineries.


Win a holiday to Malta

Visit Malta is offering travel agents the chance to win a holiday by making a booking to Malta with specialist operator Belleair Holidays. Each booking made between May 10 and July 16, for travel in 2021, will earn an entry into the prize draw. The prize is a three-night stay at the Hilton Malta in St Julian’s for two people, on a B&B basis. Flights and transfers are also included. For more information and how to enter, visit: comp.travelweekly.co.uk/VisitMalta.

The prize can be redeemed for stays between September 7 and December 17, excluding the school holidays. Terms & conditions apply.

Belleair Holidays has worked closely with travel agents for over 50 years, perfecting holidays to Malta and Gozo.

PICTURES: Simone Florena, Roberto Mango

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Find out more: belleair.co.uk/maltaincentive

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