07 July 2010 15:29

With approximately six hours sunshine per day and average winter temperatures of 20 Celsius, the winter season in Malta is even milder than it is in Cyprus. The island is recommended as a winter walking holiday destination with many travellers taking advantage of the pleasant weather to explore the Maltese countryside.

Maltese cuisine is exceptionally good and national dishes include stewed rabbit, various pastas in tomato and wine sauces, and a range of seafood.

The Manoel Theatre is a very popular tourist attraction and during the winter it puts on famous operas, plays (which are often in English) and many celebrity concerts.

The night life is also excellent off-season with bars and clubs that stay open until the early hours of the morning, and if you fancy trying your luck at gambling you can always visit the Palatial Casino in the coastal resort of St. Julians.

To find out more about holidays in Malta see: http://www.heartofmalta.com

 Why go there? The unspoiled beauty of Malta’s towns and cities and the experience of shopping in picturesque streets has many tourists return to Malta time and time again.

 How do I get there? For bargain flights from Cyprus to Malta visit: www.farecompare.com

 Where do I stay? Many visitors choose the Metropole Hotel to stay in Malta in the Sliema area because it is minutes away from the sea side promenade and a short walk away from Malta’s shopping centre.

 Where is good to eat? The Mondion at the Xara Palace was recently rated the best restaurant for over all service and food by the 2009 edition of the Definitively Good Guide to Restaurants.

 Useful tip: Malta is a very Catholic country and if you happen to visit a historical church such as the Mosta Dome, be aware that there is a strict dress code which stipulates no shorts or tank tops.

 Cost? An average price for a ticket to Malta will cost €230 and you can expect a flying time of two and a half hours.