Why go now?
Because early spring is just about the best time to be in the Maltese micro-capital. Located in the southern Mediterranean, between Sicily and the Libyan coast, Malta is seriously hot in summer – and seriously overrun by mass tourism. Time your visit for the ‘shoulder’ season and you’ll get plenty of sunshine without contending with the crowds.
In addition, a shake-up in flights now means better access to the island. At the end of March, Easyjet is taking over GB Airways’ Gatwick-Malta and Manchester-Malta services, converting them to no-frills. BA is going head-to-head on the London route, starting its own full-service flights from Gatwick on the same day as Easyjet. And from 1 May, Air Malta launches an extra Friday flight from Manchester.