Golden Bay and Mellieha Bay are popular beaches with direct bus routes from St. Julians, Qawra, Bugibba and Sliema. Qawra and Bugibba have rocky sea coves.
Malta's capital, the magnificent walled city of Valletta, is rich in intriguing history and cultural heritage. Built in the 16th-century by the Knights Hospitallers, it overflows with magnificent churches and Baroque buildings. An amazing view of soaring steeples and ochre-coloured domes rises up to greet you as the city gazes out over turquoise seas. A ride in a horse-drawn carriage is a pleasant way to see the many sights.
Island of Gozo
Smaller, lusher and more rural than Malta, Gozo is believed to be the isle of Calypso mentioned in Homer's Odyssey. You can discover spectacular scenery, quiet harbour villages and the capital Victoria, with its cathedral, main square and museums. Out of the towns, there are idyllic rocky inlets for snorkelling and swimming.
You shouldn't visit Malta or Gozo without witnessing some of their famous underground caves. Perhaps the most spectacular is the Blue Grotto: a string of sea caves with stupendous rock arches that can be reached by boat trips from Zurrieq in Malta. On Gozo, the two caverns of Xerri's Grotto and Ninu's Cave in Xaghra are filled with incredible stalactites and stalagmites.