'Absolutely beautiful' European holiday spot is '10 out of 10' and budget-friendly

Valletta in Malta
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An influencer who has journeyed through the likes of Thailand and Iceland has hailed a European treasure as '10 out of 10'.

Dreaming of the perfect getaway often conjures images of Athens' ancient Acropolis or the sun-kissed shores of Ibiza.

Yet, according to Hannah, a TikTok travel aficionado, there's an overlooked gem that tops them all - and it's ideal for those seeking a budget-friendly escape this summer.

On her TikTok account (@hannahshols), she enthused: "Malta is by far the most underrated country I think I've ever visited. This is why you need to put it on your 2024 travel list."

She shared a cost breakdown of her trip, revealing: "We paid just over £400 each, five nights in Solana Hotel and spa. That included flights, accommodation, breakfast, baggage and transfers... So, here's a couple of things that I would not miss out if you're heading to Malta this year."

Despite its diminutive size, Malta is steeped in history with ancient temples predating Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids, alongside stunning sea caves and the renowned Blue Lagoon.

Hannah suggests starting with the walled capital, Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for being 'one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world'. She advised: "Please just spend a day in Valletta roaming around, street dining, going to the boutique shops, wandering in and out of the gardens, seeing the cannons being fired at the saluting battery and checking out the harbour front.

"Once you're bored of city life, please book a boat trip! So, we booked the Gozo, Comino and Blue Lagoon tour through Get Your Guide."

Gozo, though less populated than Malta's bustling capital, boasts its own array of attractions. Hannah's boat excursion to this island cost her only £29, and she described it as her 'favourite day'.

She added: "Just one thing I loved about Malta was that it was like nowhere I'd ever been before. It's got such strong Arabic and Roman influences, it was just absolutely beautiful.

"And everyone we met just seemed so proud to be Maltese. So, overall Malta gets a 10 out of 10 from me and I could not recommend it enough."