If youre after a fresh spin on the city break look beyond the usual big names for more cool culture and great sights. Heres our list for 2016
Why go? The island of Malta itself is a sight to behold but within the walled city of its capital, Valletta, built by the Knights of St John in the 16th century, there is plenty more. Maltas oldest fort, Fort St Angelo, and the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum an incredible burial complex cut into rock are some of the unmissable sights, but the city isnt without contemporary touches, such as Renzo Pianos city gate, completed two years ago; and in 2018 Valletta will celebrate the title of City of Culture. Along the narrow, bustling, Strait Street youll find bars and live music, elsewhere restaurants, including the unpretentious Da Pippo Trattoria (+356 2124 8029), serve delicious Italian cooking, while chic bistro Guze in a 16th-century building specialises in local cooking, with rabbit and pork dishes, alongside staples such as pasta and risotto.
Where to stay A real treat is the boutique Valletta Suites: three luxury boltholes in converted townhouses. Each has stunning, opulent decor throughout freestanding bathtubs, vintage furniture, gilded mirrors and balconies and is exactly the kind of place youll want to stay if you fancy getting lost in your own secret adventure.
Suites from 124, minimum stay 3 nights, vallettasuites.com