Every couple wants to find the perfect location for their wedding or honeymoon. If you want your nuptials to be that bit more special, consider the wonderful Mediterranean island of Malta.
Once one of Europe’s best kept secrets, Malta is fast becoming the jewel in the Mediterranean’s eye. An archipelago consisting of Malta, Gozo and Comino, the Maltese Islands are only three hours from the UK and offer a destination with enough history, culture, nightlife and year-round sunshine to keep every traveller happy – not least gay holidaymakers.
In 2016, Malta topped the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association’s Europe Rainbow Index for its progressive laws around LGBT+ issues.
You will be spoiled for choice with an array of stunning venues options available for a civil marriage. From the majestic Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta’s Grand Harbour to rustic farmhouses, five-star beachside hotels, castles such as Castello dei Baroni or luxury stately homes like Palazzo Parisio, there are plenty of impressive locations for your wedding.
Some 60 miles south of Sicily, the Maltese Islands enjoy year-round sunshine — minimising the risk of rain spoiling the event. Malta’s capital Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The fortified coastal city is a breathtaking monument to the rich medieval history on display, where visitors can haggle with the locals at Marsaxlokk fish market, walk amongst centuries of history through the ancient silent city of Mdina, and visit some of the oldest examples of free-standing megalithic temples. If you’re one for a relaxing water activity, you can sail across the glistening Mediterranean seas in Gozo and Comino to discover the islands caves and pristine beaches.
Even if you aren’t planning to get married any time soon, there’s no time like the present to visit Valletta, which will be the European Capital of Culture in 2018. You can enjoy traditional Maltese food in one the many fine restaurants tucked away in the narrow streets.
For those looking for nightlife, Malta is attracting world-class DJs to its many music festivals and venues, including the gay club AXM in St Julian’s.
Whether you are looking for a wedding destination, honeymoon or holiday, it’s time to visit Malta. Go to maltauk.com/weddings for more information.