For sandy beaches, head to Malta's Melleiha, Paradise Bay and Golden Sands. On family holidays, you'll probably want to avoid Blackpool-like Buggibaa and clubby Paceville in St Julian's.
Explore the narrow alleyways and fine architecture of Valletta, the capital, steeped in history from the days of the Knights of St John up to the part the island played in World War II. There are fantastic views from Valletta across to the Three Cities that surround this international port.
Take a drive around Malta or Gozo to discover the churches with their splendid domes and steeples. On Malta, the Rotunda of Mosta's dome had a bomb drop on it during the war, which never exploded and is still in the church.
Explore Malta's silent city of Mdina, with spectacular views and a warren of small passages and streets.
Visit Gozo in spring, for the spectacular flowers alone.
Venture to the Blue Grotto on the southern coast of Malta, with caverns lit by phosphorescent underwater plants.
Take a day-long boat-trip around the coast of Malta, including lunch and stops for swimming.
You might also take a day-trip to Sicily, to see Mount Etna.