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Although Malta isnt noted for its sandy beaches, the rocky coastline and clear waters are a mecca for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts. Sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing are on the water sport menu too, together with banana boats and jetskis. One of Malta's main attractions is its fascinating history, spanning over 6000 years and covering everything from the Knights of Saint John to the Second World War. An efficient bus service enables you to easily visit the island's various historical sites, or take a guided tour to find out more. For shopping and culture, head to Valletta and Sliema. Take a boat trip to the neighbouring island of Gozo, for sperb beaches and tranquilty. Families should head to the Popeye Village Fun Park in Mellieha Bay. Visit the TaQuali Crafts Village to watch local artisans at work and buy filigree jewellery, lace, glass and other traditional handicrafts. Carnivals and fiestas bring Malta's towns to life throughout the summer months.
For a quiet night head for St Julians harbour area lined with bougainvillea clad restaurants and bars. Party animals should head for Paceville, between Spinola Bay and St Georges Bay, where theres something for everyone: trance clubs, R&B and hiphop joints, salsa bars and alternative/rock bars. Footloose, Havana and the huge Axis club are among the funkiest venues. Besides clubs youll also find other kinds of entertainment in Paceville, including Maltas largest cinema, a bowling alley, sports bars and gentlemens clubs. Close to the cities of Mdina and Rabat in the Eastern part of Malta youll find Gianpula an openair club playing R&B and hiphop surrounded by fields. Another openair venue worth a visit is Numero Uno in TaQuali Craft Village, which has Maltas largest dance floor.