OutUK's Adrian Gillan is mesmerised by those melt-in-your-mouth manly Mediterranean men!
Small islands can offer big surprises. In fact, of the Maltese Republic's three small islands, even the largest - eponymous Malta - is only 18 miles by 9!

Yet, with a population of around half a million - half of whom are men, nearly all of whom can speak English - the possibilities soon seem endless!

The EU's smallest member certainly pumps up and punches above its weight. Throughout history, it has withstood a right old ramming - from Roman and Ottoman invasions to British rule and Nazi bombardments - and emerged with one of the proudest, most colourful cultures anywhere in the region. A right Med mix!

WHERE TO STAY

St. Julian's is the best place for a gay to stay in Malta, merging - as it does - into neighbouring coastal towns of Sliema and capital Valletta; yet boasting a more vibrant nightlife than both.
And there's nowhere better to lodge than Le Méridien St. Julian's, right on the seafront, overlooking shimmering Balluta Bay (pictured right). Check out the hotel's luxurious Lotus Spa!

You can book this hotel at special online rates through our hotel partner Booking.com.

WHAT TO SEE

It's amazing what riches are crammed into Malta's tiny capital, Valletta! Check out the St James Cavalier Arts Centre; The National Museum of Archaeology, containing important finds like the famous 5000+ years old "fat lady" statuettes; St. John's Cathedral, with its richly carved interior and Caravaggio paintings; the sumptuous Grandmaster's Palace, today the seat of the President and Parliament of the Republic of Malta; the Palace Armoury, with fine examples of mediaeval armour and weapons, many used by the Knights of St. John; the peaceful vantage-point of the Upper Barrakka Gardens; and the narrow grid of ancient balconied sloping streets throughout, that almost seem to scream out their "World Heritage" status!

Then, head inland to Malta's former, ancient capital of Mdina - an immaculate mediaeval, walled city situated in the centre of the main island. Also known as the "Silent City", the lofty citadel commands magnificent vistas all-round. Take a 30 minute boat ride from the southern coast, on a typical Maltese Luzzu, to the Blue Grotto.

This is an unspoilt beauty spot consisting of a natural rock arch and a deep sea cave. A short distance inland from the Blue Grotto, the 5500+ years old Hagar Qim Temples stand on a hilltop, overlooking the sea and the islet of Filfla. Important items found here include a gloryhole-resembling oracle and the famous "fat ladies" - now on display in Valletta.

And don't forget "The Three Cities"! The streets of clustered Cospicua, Senglea and Vittoriosa - just across the Grand Harbour from Valletta - take on a glorious warm orange ochre glow in Malta's dazzling sunshine.

WHERE TO EAT

Gay-frequented Luciano's on Valletta's main artery, Merchant Street, offers delicious food in ambient surroundings, in an old site built by the Order of St. John, right next to the Cathedral. Or, in vibrant St. Julian's, pop into Peppino's - a busy, authentic Italian affair, overlooking Spinola Bay, and visited by the likes of Madonna, Brad Pitt and Russell Crowe! And - for especially fine fish dishes - you must try bright and cheerful, great-value Ta Peppi, along the front of Malta's main fishing village, Marsaxlokk, just south of Valletta.

WHERE TO BOOZE, DANCE 'N CRUISE

Stylish club-bar for the young, right on the Sliema front, Long Island stays busy Wednesday to Sunday nights. Small but perfectly-formed Paceville nightclub, Closet, gets crammed with young cuties cum weekends - many of whom climax here after Long Island. And, a short walk from Valletta's City Gate and the Grand Harbour, Tom Bar hosts visiting sailors and a slightly older crowd.
City of London bar, on Balluta Bay, near Le Méridien hotel, gets packed with lesbians and their gay male pals, especially at weekends. Saints Bar, in Hamrun, near Valetta, is popular with TVs. And OBar & Spa is a discreet, modern and stylish "men's health complex" in Paceville, near Closet.
Cruising is pretty safe in Malta, if kept discreet. Good spots include the Port de Bombes, a lightly wooded park near capital Valletta's old gates; and the Gzira Marina Gardens just north of Valletta.

GETTING THERE

Air Malta, Lufthansa and Easyjet all operate flights to Malta. You can check out the best fares at .

THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK
City of London (Balluta Street, St Julian's; no phone)
Closet (Paceville, St. Julian's; no phone)
Le Méridien St. Julian's (39 Main Street, St Julian's; T: (+356) 2311 0000)
Long Island (138 Tower Road, Sliema - next to Europa Hotel; T: (+356) 2133 4070)
O Bar & Spa (St. Augustine's Street, St. Julian's; T: (+356) 9940 5861; www.omalta.com)
Saints Bar (New Street, off Notabile Road, Mriehel, Hamrun; no phone)
Tom Bar (1 Crucifix Hill, Floriana, Valletta; T: (+356) 2125 0780)

Revised February 2015.

 

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