Blessed with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, magnificent medieval architecture and hotels that will make your Instagram account explode, Malta has all the qualities required for a wildly romantic escape. Just three hours’ flight from the UK, it’s ideal for a destination wedding (everyone speaks English so planning is a cinch), and there’s nowhere more stylish for your honeymoon either. Being in Malta is like being on a film set, especially in the city of Valletta, one of the trendiest hotspots in Europe right now. With ancient cobbled streets, quirky artisanal markets and 7,000 years of history oozing from every pore, it’s no wonder UNESCO declared the whole place a World Heritage Site. Watch this exclusive video to discover why Valletta is the perfect honeymoon destination.
Things to do
There’s so much to see and do in Valletta. Don’t miss St John’s Co-Cathedral for its jaw-dropping Baroque architecture; the Upper Barrakka Gardens for their never-ending views across the Grand Harbour, and Meridiana, for, well, unlimited vino – it’s one of Europe’s prettiest vineyards. For nature lovers, the nearby islands of Gozo and Comino offer sandy beaches, gin-clear waters (check out Comino’s Blue Lagoon), and a raft of diving adventures just a short boat ride away (the whole archipelago has been voted the 2nd best diving destination in the world), and after a day at sea, you can be sure of a warm welcome back in Malta’s friendly trattorias.
Where to stay?
Brides has three top choices: 66 St Paul’s, a sizzling boutique hotel in the heart of Valletta (book the suite on the top floor); Domus Zamittello (a sumptuous restored 17th-century palazzo) or the dreamy De Vilhena, famous for its picture-perfect rooftop terrace – hello, bubbles at sunset.
Party all night, sunbathe all day…
As well as Valletta’s buzzy bars, al fresco restaurants and dance-til-dawn clubs, the island has a roster of year-round festivals: film, jazz, art, fireworks, you name it… MTV hosts an annual music festival, there’s Gay Pride and even Malta’s own Fashion Week.
To plan your wedding, honeymoon or hen party, visit maltauk.com/weddings/