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Longing for your next holiday? Malta has something for everyone

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Lounging beside a huge pool, soaking up new sights, sipping sundowners on the beach… Oh, how we’ve missed holidays. There’s no better antidote to endless Zoom calls than satisfying our wanderlust – and when it comes to our next trip, we’ve got our eyes on the Mediterran­ean archipelag­o of Malta. Just a three-hour flight from the UK, with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, an epic coastline and cobbled streets steeped in history, it makes for a dreamy getaway, whatever your holiday style.

BEACH LOVERS

If you’re all about catching rays, the islands of Malta are the perfect place to kick back, offering year-round warm weather, turquoise waters and stunning shorelines. The golden-red sands of Ramla Bay on Gozo have seen it named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, while the secluded rocky bay of Ghar Lapsi on Malta is a local favourite. For an Insta-worthy gem, don’t miss the Blue Lagoon on Comino (between Malta and Gozo) – it’s an ideal spot for a chilled-out day trip.

CULTURE VULTURES

With Malta’s strong heritage and historic sites, there’s plenty of rich culture to enjoy. Surrounded by fortified walls, Europe’s smallest capital Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage site with fascinatin­g museums, churches and grand palaces to explore. Pick up some handmade souvenirs in L-Għarb, one of Gozo’s oldest villages, which is renowned for its traditiona­l crafts. And for a slice of prehistory, the Megalithic Temples of Malta, scattered across the island, are well worth a visit.

FOODIES

It’s said that the best way to get a taste of a destinatio­n is through its cuisine, whether that means nabbing a table at one of Malta’s five (yes, five!) Michelinst­arred restaurant­s or scouting out the pastry delicacy kannoli at a street stall. For rooftop views, head to the striking walled city of Mdina to dine at De Mondion, which has a Michelin star; as does Bahia, located in a 200-year-old townhouse on a narrow, winding street in Lija. If you’re a seafood fan, catch the Sunday-morning fish market in the harbour town of Marsaxlokk.

ADVENTURER­S

Looking for an action-packed vaycay? Then Malta has you covered, with everything from scuba-diving and jet-skiing to kayaking and rock-climbing to get your heart pumping. For something a little more mellow, head for the islands’ lush valleys and coastal paths, which offer some incredible scenic hiking trails. There you can spot local wildlife (hello, shaggy-coated goats) as well as ancient ruins and rustic farmhouses. Cosmopolit­an readers can save up to £100 on 2021 holidays to Malta with Travel Republic. Visit Travelrepu­blic.co.uk/malta-cosmo or call 020 8974 7200 quoting ‘Malta Cosmo’. For latest entry requiremen­ts, check Visitmalta.com/covid-19

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