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Your money is probably a bit tight at the moment. But by Easter you may well be looking for a nice holiday to alleviate the strain of academia.

MaltaAn island with stunning scenery, excellent beaches and topped off with a world-class clubbing scene probably sounds good. A trip to Malta won’t break the bank, the Mediterranean island oozes value for money.

With a bit of a search you can find some incredible deals to stay on the island – a TNS writer managed to secure six-bed farmhouse with a pool for €70 a night last year, vodka in a club costs around €2.50 and quality food is some of the cheapest in the region.

The island enjoys a typical hot Mediterranean climate, and its stunning scenery has made the island a firm favourite with Hollywood celebrities and other A-listers looking for a get-away.

For those after a laid-back break full of culture has a thriving cultural scene, holding a fantastic array of events over the year to tempt visitors to its shores. From traditional food, wine and religious
festivals, to the Malta Arts Festival and the Malta Jazz Festival, the country’s annual programmes attract names from around the globe.

But if it’s a more exciting time you’re after Malta Music Week in June could be the perfect excuse to make a visit. A week of music last year’s event saw a vast array of quality acts spear-headed by the Isle of MTV concert that played host to the likes of Scissor Sisters, Kelis and David Guetta.

For dance-fanatics the Creamfield’s event drew big DJ names Eric Prydz, Pete Tong and Ferry Corsten. This year’s line-up is yet to be announced but now in its fifth year the event will not disappoint.

Aside from the price and culture, one thing is a real selling point for Malta. The island has become internationally renowned for its diving. In fact, it was voted the best diving in Europe by Diver Magazine in 2009, and has also been voted the third best place for diving in the world.

With the sport becoming increasingly popular amongst visitors. Filled with shallow reef dive sites, an abundance of wreck dives and some newly scuttled boats, the Maltese waters are suitable for beginners and pros alike. The Professional Diving Schools Association maintains over 30 diving centres offering diving for all levels of diver.

This is a small introduction to the island of Malta. For more information visit www.visitmalta.com and for more on the islands diving experiences go to www.pdsa.org.mt




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