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Late summer active escapes in Malta

17th September 2011 Print
Harbour view from room

Malta is a great choice for a late summer activity break, with its warm Mediterranean waters and 200 miles of coastline ideal for sailing and other sports, as well as offering some of the best scuba diving in Europe. Stay at the charming Phoenicia Hotel for easy access to a wide range of activities, whilst still enjoying the cosmopolitan city of Valletta, for the perfect holiday balance.

Whether your idea of activity is a chartered cruise to the mesmerizing islands of Comino and Gozo or a more energetic half-day sea kayaking adventure, the concierge team at Phoenicia Hotel will be happy to arrange it for you. Late summer is the perfect time to indulge your adventurous side, as temperatures are still high but less humid.

At beaches such as Mellieha and Golden Bay, you’ll find water-skiing, wake boarding, parasailing and more, with a choice of established providers such as the family-run Gneja Water Sports which also offers sea-taxis to some of the islands most secluded beaches.

Keen divers, meanwhile, continue to flock to Malta through September and a mild October to enjoy its renowned dive sites. There are some fascinating wrecks to explore too, such as HMS Maori located in Marsamxett Harbour at a depth of 17 metres, making it suitable for divers of all abilities. Phoenicia Hotel can arrange dives with local experts including training courses, kit hire and transport.

Sailors will find that winds are strong and frequent in Malta, promising great sport for both yachts and dinghies. If you’re visiting in October, you’ll also have the chance to see the Rolex Middle Sea Race, which attracts around 80 yachts, departing on the 22nd from Valletta’s Grand Harbour.

After a busy day out, the historic Phoenicia is the perfect place to relax with its acres of exquisite gardens and a pool deck set into the city walls. However, it’s also an easy stroll into Valletta, where you can soak up the cafe culture and marvel at the spectacular mix of architecture that illustrates the island’s intriguing heritage.

Prices at the five-star Phoenicia Hotel start from £96 per person sharing a Classic Room, including breakfast, based on travel in September. To book visit

Fly to Malta from 16 UK departure airports, with prices from as little as 73.99**.

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Harbour view from room The Rolex Middle Sea Race