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Some visit for the family-friendly sunshine and blue seas, some visit for the historical sightseeing, others for the incredible roster of dance festivals that take place on this large Mediterranean island each year. Whether you’re in Malta to live it up or slow down, there’s a corner of the island for you. For a scorching summer holiday or a blue-sky winter getaway, Malta’s always a fine choice.

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The capital, Valletta, expertly combines the old and the new – from its ornate cathedral to the Renzo Piano-designed city wall, it’s a place where you can take in the local icons just by strolling down its pretty 16th-century streets. The traditional allure steps up somewhat in Mdina, an ancient citadel that was the island's capital until the medieval era. Outside the cities, fab beaches beckon – from empty little coves to long swathes of golden sand. Love the water? Check out the island’s scuba sites, hop on a yacht for a day at sea or grab tickets to one of the festivals, combining partying on land and dancing in the middle of the Med.

After all that, Malta’s little sister Gozo calls for a day trip. Here, you can cycle along empty country roads before tucking into hearty Maltese cuisine, like steaming plates of roasted rabbit, quail and plenty of pasta. Whether a scorching-hot summer holiday or blue-sky winter getaway, Malta’s always a fine choice.