Malta – The Younger Generation’s Destination
Tuesday 8, March 2011
With year round sunshine, events and activities to suit every interest and situated only a short flight from a number of airports throughout the UK, Malta is fast becoming the next big destination for Britain’s younger population.
Whether wanting to hit the vibrant nightlife, chill out on the beach or by a pool with friends, try a new extreme sport, or experience the history at this mecca of cultural offerings, Malta really does tick all the boxes.
Malta is a night owl’s dream, playing host to a number of top music events and festivals throughout the year- it attracts top DJs including Calvin Harris, David Guetta and Eric Prydz. Malta hosts the hottest festival in the sun the- Isle of MTV – Malta Special, and this year’s Malta Music Week is rumoured to be hosting huge nights from recognised favourites – more details on the way soon!
Open air parties and sand covered dance floors at Paceville and the superclub Gianpula - home of the Ministry of Sound’s festival - guarantee the ultimate night out. In-house gardens and swimming pools have attracted the likes of Sasha and Timo Maas. Party goers looking for a hidden night under the stars can head to Numero Uno - the largest open air venue on the island, it’s surrounded by Ta’ Qali National Park ensuring an undisturbed night of vibrant tones from world class DJs.
Those who fancy exploring a more local haunt can jump on the ferry to La Grotta on Gozo. Ideally located under the stunning backdrop of Xlendi Valley and, the venue boasts breathtaking views, not to mention a demon sound system, visuals, lights and lasers.
Known as the quieter island of the two, Gozo is the perfect place to kick back and relax after partying the night away. Perfect for larger groups or a couples getaway it offers a range of affordable yet luxurious farmhouses. These ideally located villas provide the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy bars and restaurants, offering an alternative night in with friends. Whether staying here or across the way in Malta, there are numerous beautiful coves to discover with silky white sand and bath warm water that represent the best of the Mediterranean. The warm sun and cool breezes are bound to blow away any reminiscence of a sore head.
Activity and Culture
For adrenaline junkies there is an abundance of activities available - with stunning backdrops, cycling, climbing and paragliding allow visitors to explore the islands and take in the scenery from the ground or above. Water-babies can sail the coast enjoying Malta’s outline, explore some of the world’s most beautiful diving sights or test their strength and fear limits at deep-water soloing. There are numerous schools and rental companies around the island providing professional expertise and guides.
Young holiday makers will find the cultural highlights in easy reach of the fashionable bars - reaching back over 7,000 years, Malta and Gozo are home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites; the oldest freestanding temples in the world stand alongside Roman ruins. The numerous side streets are perfect for exploring, finding quirky yet rustic hideaways, whilst the beautiful harbours are ideal for sitting back, enjoying the views and watching the world go by.
And the price to pay for this hidden gem of the Mediterranean? - Surprisingly reasonable. Accommodation is plentiful, offering a variety of accommodation from hotels to farmhouses to suit all needs and budgets. Hassle free local transport makes exploring a doddle, and unpractised linguistics need not fear as English is an official language throughout the islands. With all this at a short 3 hour flight away, and fairly priced amenities throughout, Malta is definitely in line as one of the top party destinations in Europe.
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