Malta: Three Islands, 1,001 Options
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The Maltese archipelago lies 60 miles due south of Sicily, and consists of three islands: Malta is the largest (though at 124 square miles, it's smaller than England's Isle of Wight); Gozo ranks second in size, and Cominothe smallestis sandwiched between the two. Its climate affords year-round comfort; in winter it seldom drops below 54 degrees, and you'll encounter uninterrupted clear skies and soaring temps between April and September. All flights arrive at Luqa's Malta International Airport; Air Malta, the national airlines, offers direct flights from a number of European cities. There is also regular summertime ferry service from Sicily and northern Italy. Once on the island, travel on Malta and between Malta and the other islands is easy; almost everything on the main island lies within 30 minutes of Valletta, while ferries operate between the isles. English is widely spoken. Contact the Malta Tourist Office (65 Broadway, Suite 823; New York, NW 10006; 212.695.9520; www.visitmalta.com) for additional information.
Subway Scuba Diving School ( www.subwayscuba.com) is a PADI-certified dive center, offering classes and guided tours for all skill levels.
Formed in 1995, Bugibba-based Malta Outdoors (+356.942.5439; www.maltaoutdoors.com) offers guided cycling, trekking and camping, sea kayaking, rappelling, snorkeling, and scuba trips, as well as jeep exploration of the islands. They also rent bikes and camping equipment.
Where to Stay:
Comino Hotel and Bungalows Watersports Center (+356.215.29821; www.cominohotels.com) overlooks the San Niklaw and Santa Maria bays. The hotel has 95 rooms spread over two floors, while the bungalows offer a more secluded retreat. Contact the reservation center for current rates.
Where to Eat:
Trubuxu Wine Bar, 1 Straight Street, Valletta, Malta (+356.212.23036)
Zeris Restaurant 19 Paceville Avenue, St. Julians Bay, Malta (+356.213.59559, email@example.com)
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication