Malta offers laidback summer holidays and you won't find the bright lights of big cities here – even the capital city of Valletta has a 'step back in time' feel. Instead you'll find historical sights, hidden coves, a dramatic coastline and sleepy resorts.

In the seaside capital of Valletta, there’s a richness of history that belies the island's minuscule dimensions. Crumbling ochre buildings are seemingly stacked on top of each other, looking over the Mediterranean, with the domes and spires of the city's elegant cathedrals and churches reaching up towards the blue sky.

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Outside of the capital, Malta sticks with the olde worlde vibe. High-rise hotels and built-up resorts are a real no-no here. Instead you'll find traditional towns cut into hillsides, craggy coastlines, pretty harbours and winding backstreets. You'll find a couple of prime beaches, and Mellieha Bay boasts the longest. This family-friendly resort combines clear, shallow waters, a traditional old town and all the facilities you could need for a comfortable stay.

Within 30 minutes of this resort you have the Medieval City of Mdina and the temples of Mgarr. Wherever you choose to stay on Malta, there's a historical gem around every corner. Feeling relaxed already? Imagine what a week or two in Malta can do. Book your flights now with Thomascook Airlines and look forward to a blissfully tranquil trip.

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