Escape the chill in the air for sunnier climes by visiting the Mediterranean island of Malta this May.

It’s the perfect time to explore its charming coast and architecture with a full calendar of events and festivals lined up.

From May 4-6, the Valletta Green Festival will transform Pjazza San Gorg, one of the largest open urban spaces in Valletta, into a huge floral carpet composed of some 80,000 potted plants.

The weekend of family-friendly activities offers visitors rare glimpses into some of the capital city’s little-known historical treasures, including the 400-year-old gardens of the Archbishop’s Palace and the Convent of St Catherine.

The Malta World Music Festival takes place on May 18 and 19 with a great line up of local bands as well as international world music acts performing.

Car enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Valletta Concours d’Elegance on May 20 which will see the city host a selection of the finest vintage and luxury vehicles.

Alternatively, if ‘the three Rs are your thing’ (that’s rest, relaxation and retail therapy), there are no end of top hotels with pools and saunas to choose from. Modern shopping centres also abound, including the acclaimed Point Shopping Mall in Tigne Point.

With Budget Travel you can depart Dublin on May 13 and stay a week at the 3-star Topaz Hotel, Bugibba (room-only basis) for €379 per person, or you can depart May 24 and stay at the 3-star Carlton Hotel, Sliema (room-only basis) for €539 per person. Prices include flights, accommodation, transfers and taxes.

With Mercury Holidays, you can depart Dublin on May 14 and stay a week at the 4-star Qawra Palace, Qawra (all-inclusive basis) from €569 per person. Prices includes flights, accommodation, taxes and return transfers in resort.

With Concorde Travel, you can depart Dublin on May 14 or 15 and stay a week at the 4-star Hotel Kennedy Nova, Sliema (B&B basis) from €554 per person, or at the 5-star Le Meridian Hotel, St Julian’s (B&B basis) from €909 per person.

Prices are for two people sharing and include flights, accommodation, taxes and transfers.
Visit www.maltaireland.com for further information and details of events that will be taking place in Malta this May.

Prices correct as of March 21, with limited availability and are also based on Ryanair flights so therefore are subject to change. Prices include flights, accommodation, taxes and transfers.