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Malta Discovery Private Tour Tour

Malta Discovery Private Tour

"Very knowledgeable about the area and the history of Malta- perfect!" Claire, traveled in May 2023

Malta at Freedom,6 Days Tour Tour

Malta at Freedom,6 Days Tour

"Beautiful country, good food and very nice people. I would definitely recommend." Deborah, traveled in July 2022

Malta Experience 7D/6N Tour

Malta Experience 7D/6N

"The tours themselves were interesting but much more directed at people much older than I was so I felt out of place and it wasn't as enjoyable of an experience as I had hoped." Leah, traveled in July 2019
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Malta and Gozo Discovery Tour

Malta and Gozo Discovery

"The tranquility of Gozo was a delight, providing a serene contrast to the Grand harbour." Max, traveled in September 2023

Tailor-Made Best Malta Tour with Daily Departure and Private Guide Tour

Tailor-Made Best Malta Tour with Daily Departure and Private Guide

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Highlights of Malta & Gozo Tour

Highlights of Malta & Gozo

Easy Pace Malta (Small Groups, 6 Days) Tour

Easy Pace Malta (Small Groups, 6 Days)

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Tailor-Made Private Malta Islands Tour with Daily Departure Tour

Tailor-Made Private Malta Islands Tour with Daily Departure

Explore Malta 5 Days, Self-drive Tour

Explore Malta 5 Days, Self-drive

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Our tour was excellent. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and nice personable people. The hotel the tour provided was excellent. All and all I would highly recommend our tour.
We had an amazing time with the tour planned in Malta. Julia was our guide for most the time with Jonathan as our driver. Our last tour guide was Dennis. Julia was so Informed and clearly inspired to share her wealth of knowledge of Valletta and Malta. She left no stone unturned. She was kind, funny, accepting of our physical restrictions, always on time, and very courteous, “Sir” Jonathan was a terrific driver and even volunteered to help us out the day after our stay. Always prompt, VERY safe driver and funny. Dennis was also terrific for the one day we had him instilling humor and knowledge with his tour. Omar was our initial arranger and he communicated quickly with every question I had. Nothing was ever left undone or not answered. Hotel arrangements went without a hitch as well as all our planned days. He even made concessions to make sure we had a ride to the other hotel and the airport with Jonathan even after our initial tour. I have nothing but high praises for our entire experience with TourRadar. We will certainly use them again for future trips. Thank you SO much Omar, Julia, Jonathan and Dennis!!!!
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"Fantastic short stay tour. Anthony the guide was phenomenal all three days. The accommodations were great with a solid location. All of the Maltese people were wonderful. Would definitely go back and highly recommend

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"There was an indiscretion of times for one of my tours and so I missed it completely. I tried to contact the number I was given for the person looking after me but received no reply. I then received an email and 2 x separate calls all from different people later that day/the next day to find out why I didn’t attend, but 2/3 of them gave no apologies for the mix up and there was nothing offered to compensate this. I later needed to contact my guide looking after me to confirm my airport pickup time as there was nothing in writing about this and again received no reply. The time difference meant the main office overseas was closed and so I couldn’t get through to anyone. A driver arrived but the lack of communication after attempting to make contact multiple times was disappointing. The tours themselves were interesting but much more directed at people much older than I was so I felt out of place and it wasn’t as enjoyable of an experience as I had hoped. I payed a fair bit of money for this package and my hostel was one of the cheapest in the area - a real budget hostel and in the middle of a heatwave had no air conditioning and was a 20 minute walk up a hill from our daily drop offs. For the amount of money I paid I would have expected a bit more from the accommodation. That said, the hostel I was in was incredibly homely and welcoming and as someone who enjoys making new friends in hostels this suited me perfectly. If it weren’t for the people there (both travellers and staff) I would have requested to move because the heat was almost unbearable (43°C). Overall my trip was okay - the daily guides were informative and the hostel staff friendly. However I don’t feel as though I got any value for money for my package and was disappointed with the communication overall.

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Beach and Bay by Catamaran Tour

Enjoy a fantastic day out on the Mediterranean’s newest and largest sailing catamaran

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BEST SELLER – experience Comino and Malta Islands on the Power Boat

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Gozo Self Drive Quad Tour

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With a Malta vacation package, you can forget about planning hassles and simply focus on experiencing all this interesting destination has to offer. The easiest way to plan your trip to Malta is to start with its most renowned cities, which include St. Julians , Sliema and Floriana . Expedia is your one-stop shop for planning your Malta vacation. From accommodations and flights, to car rentals and activities, we're here to help you curate a travel experience like no other.

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There are 4,093 hotels in Malta starting at $129 a night. Want to save some serious money? With Expedia’s Malta Vacation Packages, you can bundle your hotel and flights and score great discounts. You can also add extras like car rental and experiences to your package. If you want to explore the famous Blue Grotto, book a boat tour of this amazing cave system with the money you save.

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Day 1-3: Once you’ve collected your luggage at Malta International Airport, make your way to nearby Sliema, a popular coastal resort. The magnificent promenade, lined with bars, cafés and restaurants, is the place to see and be seen. Also take advantage of this town’s terrific shopping, bustling nightlife and picturesque rocky beaches. 

Day 4-6: Malta’s beautiful capital, Valletta, is just a short ferry trip from Sliema. One of the most popular attractions here is St. John’s Co-Cathedral, which houses a huge painting of John the Baptist by Caravaggio. Marvel at the City Gate, Parliament Building and Royal Opera House, visit fascinating museums and take a cruise around the city.

Day 7-9: Located just across the water from Valletta is Birgu, the largest part of an area known as the Three Cities. There’s plenty to see here, including the Inquisitor’s Palace and Fort St. Angelo. Continue to Gozo Island to explore its pristine beaches. 

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Explore the waterfront in Mġarr with a trip to Gozo Ferry Terminal. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or visit the spas in this relaxing area.

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Enjoy a show at Malta Experience, a storied theater in Valletta. Stroll along the area's marina, or simply savor its top-notch restaurants.

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Why not spend a carefree afternoon at Paradise Bay Beach during your travels in Cirkewwa? Stroll along the area's seaside or simply enjoy its restaurants.

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Malta is a mesmerising destination that has a definite charm to it, which can make anyone feel relaxed and ready for adventure. Situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, between Sicily and the North African coast, Malta has plenty of sights and attractions that’ll appeal to overseas visitors with all sorts of tastes. From taking in spectacular views at St Paul’s Bay to cruising through the spellbinding Blue Grotto caves, the experiences you’ll have on a Malta holiday are guaranteed to stay with you forever. With a mild climate and a rich history and heritage, it’s easy to understand what makes a Malta guided tour holiday so enticing. Malta escorted tours with Travelsphere cater for travellers with a wide variety of interests. If you’re a fan of culture, you’re in the right place: Malta is a nation known for its historic sites relating to a succession of powers, including Roman, Moorish, Knights of Saint John, French, and British. And then there’s Mosta Village and its remarkable church; modelled after the Pantheon in Rome, it became famous during WW2 when a bomb crashed through its dome but – some might say miraculously! – failed to explode. With Travelsphere, you’ll also get the chance to explore the Maltese capital city of Valletta, home to the Barrakka Gardens, which offer magnificent views of the famous Grand Harbour, and the majestic St Paul's Church. Make Malta your go-to destination and enjoy it to the fullest with Travelsphere!

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Uncover vibrant culture, ancient history and mouth-watering cuisine on an unforgettable escape to the sun-kissed island of Malta.

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Sample the culture, cuisine and ancient heritage of the sun-kissed island of Malta on this Christmas break.

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For an all encompassing Malta experience - you cannot beat our Discover Malta tour. Set over 8 days, there is plenty of time to learn about the island's culture, taste its cuisine and relax in the seemingly endless sunshine. With trips to Valletta, Mdina and three cities of Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa - you will see several historic buildings and churches and get a real sense of the country's heritage as well as enjoying its natural beauty. 

The roar of the Saluting Battery - Valletta's ceremonial cannons - traditionally used to fire salutes to visiting naval vessels.

The stunning coastline - with the views across Grand Harbour of Valletta across to Fort St Angelo and the Three Cities to the beaches of St Paul's Bay

The food & drink - on the  Discover Malta tour - we are lucky enough to spend a day on a traditional farm, learning about the making of olive oil and enjoying a lunch of specialities which have been cooked by the family for generations. And don't forget about the Maltese wines!

Malta is GMT + 1h during Standard Time and + 2h during Daylight Saving months

Malta's climate is typically Mediterranean. Summer is hot and dry with temperatures reaching 32 °C in July and August. Winter is mild and wet, and temperatures only dropping to around 15 - 17 °C during December to February.

Malta is a small country in the middle of the ocean, meaning even if you're inland it's almost always breezy - so we always recommend layers, even in summer time. 

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A tiny island nestled off the coast of Sicily, Malta basks in over 300 days of Mediterranean sunshine making it a perfect destination year-round. With mythical underwater caves, stunning temples, and a medieval aura; Malta holidays are packed with magic.

Where streets wind effortlessly around quaint villages and bustling towns, through colourful markets and ancient castles, it's easy to become lost in the mystic beauty of this island. An idyllic getaway for families and couples alike; Malta’s picturesque harbours, lively nightlife, and rugged beauty call British travellers to its shores every year.

Malta may be small, but it packs a punch with things to do and its size makes it a doddle to explore. Known for its fossil-scattered cliffs, the coastline of Malta is mainly rocky and sprinkled with peaceful, seaside resorts like Bugibba, St Paul's, and Qawra.

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With a wonderful Mediterranean climate, Malta welcomes year-round sunshine. Generally, between June and September are the best months to visit this idyllic island.

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Malta's clear waters are a mecca for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts. Sailing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing are on the menu too, together with banana boats and jet skis for sun-drenched days of action-packed fun. However, if you’re looking for golden sands, Mellieha Bay is just the ticket.

Malta’s ancient past is everywhere. The UNESCO-listed capital Valletta is top of the list. Spanning over six millennia and covering everything from the Knights of Saint John to the Second World War; a day spent ambling through sleepy side streets towards the Saluting Battery to hear the famous cannons echo across the Grand Harbour is a must.  

Visit the film sets of blockbusters like Gladiator, Alexander, and Troy. Spend a lazy day cruising over to Blue Lagoon Bay for snorkelling, swimming, and coastal cocktails in the sun. Shop till you drop in Sliema. Head to the Popeye Village Fun Park in Mellieha Bay for some family fun.  

Visit the TaQuali Crafts Village to watch local artisans at work and buy filigree jewellery and other traditional handicrafts. Enjoy al fresco dinners beside pretty harbours. Or unleash your party animal at Paceville with trance clubs, R&B, hip-hop joints, salsa bars, and alternative rock venues. 

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Malta holidays are a foodie’s wonderland. An eclectic marriage of Mediterranean tastes, Maltese cuisine is reminiscent of Italian styles, sprinkled with flavours of the island's past residents. Valletta and Mdina are packed full of elegant restaurants offering luxury dining experiences, while St Paul’s Bay is renowned for its authentic Maltese street food.

Enjoy Maltese olives and traditionally baked Ħobż tal-Malti or try pastizzi – a fluffy pastry stuffed with either ricotta cheese or a paste of peas. Indulge in fresh seafood and pizzas washed down with locally brewed Ċisk or divine Marsovin or Delicata wine. Once you taste the flavours of Malta, you won't want to leave.

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Surrounded by the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea and drenched in unmatched natural beauty, Malta is an exceptional holiday destination. From crystal clear beaches to fabulous history and culture seamlessly blending with everyday life, there is so much to do and see in Malta and Gozo. Whether it’s a romantic getaway for two or a vacation for the whole family, Malta will certainly leave you with delightful memories of your stay.

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Malta Paradise is fully ATOL protected, to ensure your holiday is completely secure financially for your peace of mind. Your holiday is important to us and our goal is to exceed the expectations of everyone who travels with us – you can book your holiday to Malta with Malta Paradise safe in the knowledge that you are in reliable hands and are booking with a reputable company with expert Malta specialists. 

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Whether this will be the first time you visit Malta, or you are a holiday-maker who returns to the island each year, Malta Paradise should be your first choice. Our close relationships with our hotel partners put us in a privileged position to craft bespoke holidays for our customers. Being a UK-based Malta specialist we have lots of experience in selling holidays, offering a wide range of hotels, so you can entrust your holiday plans to Malta Paradise with confidence.

Gozo is a popular island in the Mediterranean which is famous for its temple ruins and hiking paths, historical sites and scuba diving. The tranquil island is the best place to relax and experience an extra unique holiday.

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Sliema is a large tourist resort located to the east of Malta. As one of the most popular regions, Sliema is home to some of the most varied accommodation options as well as a plethora of activities day and night. The region is also quite rich in architectural styles, putting the diversity of Maltese tradition on perfect display.

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Located to the northeast of Malta, Qawra is one of the liveliest regions on the island. It is not only home to an exciting promenade and plenty of water sports activities, but it is also rich in history with ancient temples and monuments scattered around its beautiful landscapes. Qawra is a vibrant destination throughout the year.

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  • Seashells Resort At Suncrest
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  • Sunny Coast Resort
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St Julians, located to the east of Malta, is one of the most vibrant regions on the island and attracts many tourists. Along with its beaches and promenade, St Julians is also the entertainment hub of the island with many restaurants, bars and clubs for an exciting night out.

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  • Cavalieri Art Hotel
  • Corinthia Hotel St. Georges Bay
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  • Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort
  • Marriott Hotel and Spa
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  • St Georges Park Hotel
  • Urban Valley Resort and Spa
  • Valentina Hotel
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Located to the north of Malta on top of a hill surrounded by valleys, Mellieha is one of the most charming regions of Malta, with the town full Maltese character and tradition overlooking the island’s largest sandy beach Mellieha Bay. Being a popular tourist resort, the area is very rich in tourist activities.

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  • Solana Hotel and Spa

Call one of our expert holiday advisors or visit our hotel pages below to find your perfect holiday in Malta, Gozo or Comino. We offer tailor-made holidays to suit every budget, with luxurious 5* accommodation, great value 4* hotels and all inclusive resorts, all at amazing prices!

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One of the most popular tourist destinations amongst UK travellers for years, a holiday in Malta will never fail to please. With fantastic sun-kissed beaches, incredible arechitecture and impressive history, Malta is an ideal location for your Mercury Holiday.

Mainland Malta, along with its sister islands Gozo and Comino, offer a significant benefit to holidaymakers in their use of English as a national language and the prospect of simply packing up and going without the need for a visa, making the archipelago perfect for both a convenient and stress-free holiday. Malta is also a great choice for singles as well as couples and families providing vast amounts of entertainment and places to visit throughout the island.

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Floating smack-bang and isolated in the middle of the shimmering Mediterranean Sea, minuscule Malta trots along to a charmingly laid back pace.

A consortium of 3 bite-sized islands containing countless blue water lagoons backed by stunning surrounds, the country presents a beguiling mish-mash of Arabic and European languages, architecture, cuisine and traditions - the legacy of having been alternately raided, invaded, or occupied by virtually every Western power to have attained conquering capacities over the past 2,000 years. Little wonder then that the locals are so versed in sharing their island’s spoils with the latest foreign hordes to reach their shores.

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Best time to visit malta.

Malta’s summer season - stretching from April right through to October - is the best time to visit, with daytime temperatures generally sitting in the high 20s that are tempered by sea breezes along the coast.

Over July and August, the temperatures can climb above 30 degrees C - perfect for some, unpleasant for others.

From November to March, temperatures range around 16 degrees C and it can be quite rainy in December and January.

Geography and environment

Malta’s largest island (which goes by the same name) consists of low-lying, hilly and mostly arid terrain covered by terraced fields and bounded by a rugged coastline of coves, harbours and beaches.

Gozo is noticeably greener and more densely vegetated, with craggy cliffs and flat-topped hills.

Top 5 movies shot in Malta

1. gladiator.

Fans of Ridley Scott’s historical Roman epic, charting the rise, fall, rise and death of wronged General Maximus Decimus Meridius (played by Russell Crowe) will be interested to hear that the scenes of Ancient Rome and the Colosseum were actually shot in neither. Instead, a million dollar replica of the city and its illustrious fighting stadium were constructed and filmed in Malta’s Fort Ricasoli. The film, which dominated the 73rd Academy Awards, included some brilliant scenes of Rusty doing somersaults while battling tigers.

Starring Brad Pitt and Australia’s own Eric Bana, Wolfgang Peterson’s loose adaptation of Homer’s Iliad was shot almost exclusively in Malta’s Mellieha, Fort Ricasoli and on Malta’s sister island Comino. An epic tale of wanton murder and betrayal, fuelled by an illicit royal affair, the film was purportedly produced on a budget of approximately $175 million – making it one of the most expensive ever made. In a damning demonstration that people learn nothing from history, the Turkish town of Canakkale accepted Pitt's gifting of the giant Trojan Horse maquette used in the film.

3. World War Z

When a zombie outbreak threatens the planet’s very existence, United Nations worker Gerry Lane (played by Malta-crazy Brad Pitt) decides to step in. Citing inspiration from All the President’s Men and The Bourne Identity, this 'politically-penetrating apocalyptic horror film' featured scenes shot in Malta’s Valletta, Cospicua, Vittoriosa and Senglea.

4. Orca - The Killer Whale

A captivating piece of 70s filmmaking wizardry, Orca: The Killer Whale tells the tale of a great white shark hunt gone horribly wrong. Captain Nolan, a salty Irish seadog looking to return to the country of his birth, accepts one last job to catch a great white shark for a local aquarium. But just as he is about to catch the shark, which is about to kill a canoeing scientist named Ken, a killer whale appears out of nowhere and kills the shark. Infuriated, Nolan harpoons the whale, but hits the wrong one – the whale's pregnant whale girlfriend! Understandably irate, the canny Orca bachelor now sets out laying waste to the entire fishing village; sinking boats, exploding the community’s fuel reserves, and chomping Nolan’s friend’s leg off when he attacks their seaside dwelling.The final, nail-biting scene, in which the Killer Orca lures Nolan out to the remote polar region of Labrador and sinks his boat by knocking an iceberg into it, was fabricated and filmed off the coast of Malta.

5. Swept Away

Popularly lauded as one of the worst movies ever made, Guy Ritchie’s Swept Away – starring his then-wife Madonna – marked the director’s filmmaking nadir. A right box-office disaster, the film scooped the 2002 Raspberry Awards and was the only movie ever to have won both Worst Picture and Worst remake or Sequel. What the film does have going for it is the setting, with Blue Lagoon, Vittoriosa and Mdina all featuring prominently as the stunning backdrop to the mismatched couple’s shipwrecked shenanigans.

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Is tipping customary in Malta?

A service charge isn't generally included in restaurant bills. If the food and service has been good, adding a few Euros to the bill is the norm. Likewise for taxis (which won’t generally run their meter).

What is the internet access like in Malta?

Internet access is good in Malta and internet cafes are easily found in most cities and major towns. Some hotels will also have wireless.

Can I use my mobile/cell phone while in Malta?

Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in Malta. Ensure global roaming is activated before you arrive if you plan to use your mobile phone.

What are the toilets like in Malta?

Western-style, flushable toilets are the standard in Malta. Expect to pay a small fee when using public toilets in some parts of the country.

Can I drink the water in Malta?

The water is safe to drink in Malta, though it may taste a little brackish as it’s desalinated sea water. For environmental reasons, try to use a refillable water bottle rather than buying bottled water

Are credit cards accepted widely in Malta?

All major credit cards are widely accepted by stores in Malta. Smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards, so ensure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases.

What is ATM access like in Malta?

ATMs are readily available throughout Malta.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling?

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

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Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

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Does my trip support The Intrepid Foundation?

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. Trips to this country directly support our global Intrepid Foundation partners Eden Reforestation Projects and World Bicycle Relief. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

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Malta at a glance

In the middle of the Mediterranean, Malta offers warm weather, inviting bays, and exploration opportunities. This small but vibrant island with a 7,000-year history attracts both history enthusiasts and younger crowds. Notable sites include the 16th-century St John's Co-Cathedral, home to the largest signed work of artist Caravaggio, and the grand palazzo Casa Rocca Piccola.

Malta also showcases natural wonders such as the Blue Grotto and Blue Lagoon, charming hilltop villages, and fishing harbours. Comino, an unspoiled and peaceful getaway, is perfect for snorkeling, walking, and photography, plus it's renowned for its seafood and Maltese cuisine influenced by Middle Eastern and Sicilian flavours.

Holidays to Malta are ideal for both, couples and families, and are just a 3 hour flight from the UK. Accommodation options range from waterfront hotels in Gozo to luxury stays in Valletta or St George's Bay resorts. 

The coast's blend of rocky coves and sandy shores is great for sunbathing, with Bugibba , Qawra , and Mellieha Bay being popular spots. Divers cherish Malta for its captivating underwater world, featuring wrecks and caves.

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Gozo, Malta

Malta's sister island, Gozo is a haven of tranquility with a mix of sandy and rocky beaches; Ramla Bay with its red sand, and Xlendi Bay with its charming fishing village.

Valletta, Malta

The capital city resort of Valletta has a fantastic city atmosphere and is home to the largest signed work of famous artist Caravaggio at St John's Co-Cathedral.

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St. Pauls Bay

The pretty village is full of  rich history and has a welcoming atmosphere. Dive into crystal waters, explore historic sites, and savor a blend of relaxation and adventure.

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St. Julians

A traditional fishing harbour with bustling nightlife, and azure waters. Enjoy waterfront dining and a perfect blend of coastal relaxation and urban excitement.

Popeye Village Mellieha Bay

Sliema is a trendy resort with a great combination of leisure activities, sophisticated eateries and excellent shopping areas.

Popeye Village Mellieha Bay

Qawra is relatively new among Malta holidays. This seaside town has a decidedly upmarket feel with a selection of shops.

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Mellieha Bay

With the largest sandy beach in Malta, Mellieha Bay is situated in a tranquil location on the north side of the island.

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When is the best time to visit malta.

With year round Mediterranean sunshine, the weather and temperature in Malta is delightful whenever you choose to visit. Sunseekers will prefer spending time on the beautiful beaches between June and September, with the hottest month of the year being July when the average daily maximum is 32°C and the minimum average temperature is 23°C. The coolest month of the year is January when average temperatures hit a high of 15°C and a low of 9°C.

Even though there are plenty of activities and events which take place throughout the year, the famous Malta International Arts Festival in Valletta typically takes place throughout June and July, and in December the capital city is lit up with beautiful Christmas decorations, stalls and attractions creating a winter wonderland which is a delight for all ages. Those looking for some family fun will also love Popeye Village which is open from June to October.

A Mediterranean island surrounded by many countries, Malta's food is a fusion of European and Middle Eastern influences, while the traditional fare is rustic and based on seasonality. Why not try Pastizza, a traditional snack of flaky pastry filled either with ricotta cheese or mushy peas available in bars and street kiosks? Bragioli is a thin slice of beef wrapped around breadcrumbs, chopped bacon, egg, and parsley which is then braised in red wine. The favourite dish in Malta, however, is Fenek which is rabbit cooked in garlic and wine. The local cheese is called Gbejniet, made from unpasteurised sheep or goat's milk, it is hard and white and is often served in seasoned olive oil.

Who are holidays to Malta for?

There is something for all on a holiday to Malta which makes it one of our most popular destinations for package holidays. Sunseekers will love the blue skies, beautiful beaches and year round Mediterranean sunshine, lovers of watersports will enjoy discovering the delights of the breathtaking Mediterranean Sea which is ideal for snorkelling, scuba diving, and embarking on fascinating and adventurous boat trips to the various Maltese islands, all of which offer something different to the next.

Malta is also perfect for family holidays, with plenty to do for travellers of all ages, from the Malta National Aquarium in Qawra, to the Popeye Village in Mellieha which was the actual film set for the 1980 film Popeye. There are also plenty of family friendly hotels with child friendly activities to keep the little ones entertained.

Culture vultures and history lovers are in for a treat on their holiday to Malta. The capital Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage site and offers plenty of fascinating history, and the medieval city of Mdina is both breathtaking and intriguing, it is well worth a visit. There are also a plethora of ancient temples scattered around the island which offer allow you to delve into the many varied layers of Maltese history. We also recommend taking a stroll through the Upper Barrakka gardens in the capital city, for astonishing views and its interesting historic relevance.

Malta’s vibrant nightlife includes clubs, wine bars, and waterfront restaurants which serve delicious freshly caught seafood. Couples will love the abundance of luxury hotels available throughout the island. Wandering through a small fishing village or embarking on an evening stroll down by the sea can feel incredibly romantic, and for those who are looking to celebrate their love we offer a wonderful selection of weddings in Malta in various beautiful locations.

Twin Centre Malta & Gozo island hop

Embark on an incredible escape where you’ll enjoy 4 nights in incredible Malta and 3 nights in captivating Gozo, Malta’s sister island which offers a haven of tranquillity.

This 7 night Malta & Gozo island hop has been carefully curated by our experts, but you can fully customise your holiday so if you’d like to spend a little extra time on either island, our Holiday Specialists will tailor make a unique trip just for you.

Malta Travel Advice

The Maltese Islands are not very large and so getting around does not present much of a problem. Boat: A regular ferry service run by the Gozo Channel Company links Malta to Gozo, taking about 20 minutes each way. A sea plane service also links Grand Harbour in Valletta to Mgarr Harbour in Gozo and there are regular boat services between each island and Comino, though these are less frequent and do not carry vehicles. A water taxi service using traditional Maltese 'dghajsa' boats is available in Grand Harbour. Bus: The public bus service on Malta and Gozo serves all the major tourist areas, go practically everywhere and are cheap and efficient. No trip is longer than the 50 minutes it takes to cross the island. More info can be found on http://www.visitmalta.com/public-transport. Taxi: All taxis are fitted with meters and charge regulated fares. The white taxi service can pick up passengers from anywhere, except bus-stops. Taxi services from the Malta International Airport and the Seaport Terminal to all localities in Malta are based on a fixed tariff. Car Hire: A perfect way of seeing more during your Malta holidays, this way of getting around gives flexibility and independence. It's a good option if you want to get to take in the farther reaches of the island. All the road signs are in English and driving is on the left. Both international and national driving licenses are acceptable. A number of car hire firms and local garages offer chauffeur-driven cars. Renting scooters, motorbikes or mountain bicycles is an option, but can be rather limited as not all roads are suitable for only two wheels.

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Join our  expert local tour leader  on a  small group  discovery tour of Malta to uncover an array of historical sites, temples and monuments, as well as experience the laid-back lifestyle of this colourful Mediterranean island. 

Start your Malta adventure with a trip to the verdant island of Gozo. Visit the hill-top Cittadella in Victoria for panoramic views over the city’s sandstone rooftops towards the vast countryside beyond, and head to the west coast to view the famous Dwejra, a natural limestone arch hanging precariously over the turquoise sea. Back on the mainland, wander along the steep backstreets of Valletta Old City, uncover remote megalithic temples and sample home-grown delicacies including sun-dried tomatoes, Maltese bread and wine.

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Self-cure your malaise in Malta. The Mediterranean archipelago, occupied throughout the centuries for its strategic location, is now a popular holiday spot – thanks to its comfy year-round climate, gorgeous coastlines and cheerful harbours. The European paradise is ideal for a quick break. However, you can easily linger longer if you desire more than a mini ‘Malteser’ of a holiday.

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You will naturally lapse into a slower pace of life as you watch colourful boats bob on cerulean waters and wander through picturesque limestone cityscapes in Valletta, Mdina and the historical Three Cities: Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua. Although Malta only established independence in 1964, its grand buildings belie a rich heritage with influences from the Phoenicians through to the French, during Napoleon’s reign, and the British.

Since the land is sparsely vegetated, the best views lie seaward. Clamour up a cliff in Ta’Cenc to drink in the scenery – or climb the stairs of a 17th Century watchtower, built by the Knights of Malta. Feel the salt breeze tousle your hair from Mellieha Beach, and deep dive to explore the dramatic subaquatic Bottleneck and Cathedral Cave. Re-emerge only to relish the fruits of the sea – gilthead seabream and bluefin tuna. Other local flavours include carob, fig and olive. Planning the perfect package couldn’t be easier with our direct flights to Malta .

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Jetsetters should hunker down in trendy St Julian’s. Hilton Malta St Julian’s boasts five pools and a gym – and it comes with glamorous marina views. Alternatively, the all-inclusive db San Antonio Hotel and Spa entertains with a selection of pools and a Moroccan-themed spa oasis in St Paul’s Bay.

Bring the family to AX ODYCY , where you can whizz down the water slide overlooking the ocean and savour family meals with zero hassle at the seven on-site restaurants. Or go slow at the luxurious Grand Hotel Excelsior – the only beach resort in Valletta. Its spa houses an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, hydrotherapy bath, steam room and sauna. Meanwhile, The Phoenicia Malta exudes glamorous vibes with gargantuan glossy marble slabs and ornate décor, as well as the pristinely manicured gardens.

     

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  • Embark on a capital experience in Valletta – join the Valletta and Malta Experience tour to witness a traditional cannon firing ceremony, which is how the city used to welcome foreign vessels into the harbour. Admire panoramic views of the Grand Harbour from Barrakka Gardens – and climb a bit higher to glimpse the Three Cities: Cospicua, Senglosa and Vittoriosa.
  • Play ‘coast guard’ atop Malta’s watchtowers. Constructed by the Knights of Malta during the 17th century, a series of watch towers presides along the coast. Historically, fire signals spread from lookout-to-lookout, warning of potential threats. Today, you can follow in the knights’ footsteps up the historical towers. A handful open to the public on specific days or by appointment.
  • Come to Comino for its lagoons and hop on a ferry from Malta to the island of Comino. Most day trippers race to the Blue Lagoon, famed for its unbelievably clear waters and tranquil setting. If it’s too busy with banana boats and the like, walk 20 minutes to Crystal Lagoon. It’s sheltered by cliffs – and classified as a bird sanctuary, so you can add cliff diving and bird watching to your list of beach activities.
  • Dive alongside wrecks, reefs and caves and peruse underwater treasures at great depth during memorable dive trips. If history takes your interest, scuba dive at shipwreck sites, like the 'Le Polynesien' passenger line, which was sunk by a German U-Boat in WWI. There are sunken plane wrecks, too, including the Bristol Blenheim WWll bomber. With just a snorkel, you can also swim around sea caves and over coral reefs.
  • Take a day trip to Gozo for a little bit of greenery. The island’s sloping hills and countryside contrast with the typical landscape of Malta. Book a tour to get escorted around Gozo’s highlights: Citadel in Victoria, the famous Inland Sea in Dwejra and the rocky cliffs in Xlendi Bay. Most days of the week, the tour will stop at the Ggantijja Temples, deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Either way, you’ll be given independent free time to indulge in whatever strikes your fancy.
  • Begin or end your trip with a visit to Marsaxlokk , a harbour village not far from the airport. Stop by the market on Sundays for fresh fish. If you arrive before sunrise, you may spot the last few fishing boats returning to the bay. Book a guided tour if you prefer to visit Marsaxlokk later in the day, after an outing to the Blue Grotto.
  • Although Valletta is the current capital, the former capital Mdina lies on a lofty plateau, much further inland. Its blend of Baroque and medieval architecture remains on full display. Once admitted within its towering walls through impressive entrance gates, you can leisurely stroll the alleys, which will eventually lead you to Archbishop Square, surrounded by imposing palaces.
  • Malta will absolutely spoil you with its selection of stunning coastlines, but head north-east to Golden Bay – one of the island’s few sandy beaches, flanked by weathered cliffs. If you’ve energy to spare, round off the day at the bars and restaurants of St Julian’s.
  • Families can make their way north to Popeye Village at Anchor Bay, the former film location of the eighties Popeye TV show. Even if the kids don’t appreciate it, indulge for your own childhood nostalgia.
  • For those looking for a family-friendly, all-inclusive you should check out the db Seabank Resort and Spa in Mellieha, with family rooms and plenty of child-friendly facilities: a splash pool for toddlers, kids’ pool with a pirate ship, playhouse gymnasium, arcade and bowling alley. There’s also a dedicated kids’ club area and daily activities with the animation team.
  • Live it up in the lap of luxury at the InterContinental Malta , indulging in soothing spa treatments and lounging on the private beach. The six on-site restaurants will satisfy your thirst to explore far-flung cuisines – and should you wish to (physically) venture out, you’re perfectly situated in popular St George’s Bay.
  • AX The Victoria Hotel in Sliema is another option for a touch of opulence. Although named for its Victorian style, there’s a contemporary air. (The pillowcases featuring pugs in crimson regalia speak to this aesthetic.) Spend summer days in the spectacular rooftop pool, gazing over Sliema, or head down one floor to the indoor pool – it’s accompanied by a sauna and steam room.
  • Sail off the beaten waterway to lodge in the luxurious Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz on Gozo. Traipse the tropical gardens before retreating to the hammam and steam bath in the award-winning spa and Ayurveda Centre. While children are busy making friends at the kids’ club, you can splash in the five pools and gear up for a squash or tennis match. Then, satiate your appetite with fresh seafood, Italian fare and grilled dishes at the hotel’s four restaurants.

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Where to Stay in Malta: Best places and Malta resorts

Knowing where to stay in Malta and knowing the different resorts in Malta before you book can make or break your  Malta holiday .

There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to suggesting the best places and resorts to stay in Malta, but I’ll do my best to provide you with several options based on my local knowledge.

I’m a tourist-turned-expat and have helped thousands of visitors to the Maltese islands have a memorable trip.

Here’s what I’ve put together in this article:

  • A guide to the different resorts in Malta
  • Info on what it’s like to stay in different areas of Malta (and Gozo)
  • Suggestions for different types of travellers and their general needs

Looking for accommodation in Malta? Have a look at  my best Malta hotel recommendations , check out my selection of 33 Best Malta Airbnb holiday lets or take a look at my overview of accommodation in Malta  for other options!

What are the best places to stay in Malta?

The best places to stay in Malta are:

  • Valletta – Malta’s capital, great for culture-seekers wanting to do a lot of sightseeing. Less suitable for beach-goers. A small city packed with history.
  • Buġibba, Qawra or St. Paul’s Bay – A cluster of seaside towns with a wide range of accommodation. Good base for sightseeing across Malta and Gozo.
  • Sliema – Seaside town in a more urban part with a charming inner town area and wide open sea views.
  • Julian’s and Paceville – Busier, urban parts but best for nightlife and dining out.
  • Mellieħa – A quieter, more traditional Maltese town in the North, close to the bigger sandy beaches and quieter than the above resorts.
  • The Three Cities – A group of three fortified towns, great if you love history and sightseeing. Not suitable for beach-goers and party-goers.
  • Mdina and Rabat – The medieval Silent City and its authentic suburb, Rabat offer a quieter and more romantic option for those who prefer sightseeing over beaches.
  • Gozo – Second-largest island that’s part of Malta. A lot quieter, more rural, and has lots of natural beauty, bays, and beaches. Great for a quiet holiday or retreat.

Read on for more details and recommended hotels for each of these resorts to decide where to stay in Malta.

Where to Stay in Malta: My Top 8 Resorts and Destinations

One of many scenes you'll see in Valletta on some of the best Malta tours.

Valletta is Malta’s capital city , offers a high concentration of points of interest and museums/attractions, making it an ideal destination for where to stay in Malta. This walled city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was named the European capital of culture back in 2018.

It’s not really a tourist resort, but it is still a popular place to stay and not as busy as you’d expect a capital city to be. Valletta is where some of the best hotels in Malta can be found.

Notes to consider:

  • A unique place to stay all year round , full of history and hustle and bustle of a popular place of work for locals with a setting of Baroque architecture all around. Best place to stay in Malta off-season as well.
  • Good choice of quality restaurants and you can easily spend 3 full days exploring  what is actually a very small city. More info in  my travel guide for Valletta here .
  • Beaches: No beaches in Valletta, bar a few rocky places to take a dip.
  • Accommodation: Luxury 5-star resorts and boutique hotels are most popular here, and hard to find budget accommodation. Privately rented apartments offer affordable options.
  • Location: Best location for exploring and discovering Malta’s past and seeing its present. The main public transport hub (bus station and terminus, located less than 10 minutes away from the Upper Barrakka Gardens) means you can literally go anywhere in Malta from here. Ferries to Sliema and The Three Cities. Also, the ferry to Sicily (from Marsa, a nearby town at the end of the Grand Harbour).
  • Suitable for: Curious travellers of all ages whose primary aim isn’t lazing around at the beach or hanging out by the hotel pool all day. Budget travellers will have a hard time finding a place to stay here, though.

Why stay in Valletta?

  • Centrally located,  full of character
  • Good holiday base to  explore Malta’s history and culture , hub of local public transport
  • High-quality (also luxury) accommodation available
  • Good choice of restaurants and (wine) bars.

Things to consider

  • Accommodation limited , so early booking is recommended
  • Nightlife limited to restaurants and bars
  • No sandy beaches nearby – requires a trip by bus with pretty long travel times (1+ hours, for instance, to go to Golden Bay).

Hotels in Valletta: My recommendations

( View all of my hotel recommendations in Valletta here. )

Casa Ellul: Rooftop jacuzzi at one of the more exclusive Malta hotels.

Barrakka Suites

Barrakka Suites offer comfortable apartments in one of the nicest areas of the city.

Osborne Hotel

The facade of the Osborne Hotel in Valletta.

Buġibba, Qawra and St. Paul’s Bay

The main square at the seafront of Bugibba.

Buġibba ,  Qawra  and  St. Paul’s Bay  are three villages located along the northern coastline of Malta that border each other, offering various options for where to stay in Malta. Quick notes:

  • One of the most popular tourist resorts
  • Busy in summer, quiet during the off-season. St. Paul’s Bay, originally a fishing village, is the least busy in summer.
  • Beaches:  Artificial sandy beach at Buġibba, rocky beach at Qawra (referred to as  Ta` Fra Ben ) and several smaller spots in St. Paul’s Bay
  • Accommodation:  Mix of budget hotels and a few nice 4-star hotels. No luxury resorts.
  • Suitable for:  Couple of all ages, families (family-friendly location) and (except for the high season) seniors.
  • Location: With the local bus terminus, public transport can take you to pretty much anywhere. You’ll be well-located between the sandy beaches further up North and culture/history-rich places like Valletta and Mdina. You can also catch boat tours to Comino and Gozo from here.

Why stay in the Buġibba area?

  • Good for  family holidays  and budget travellers
  • Good options for going out
  • Good choice of accommodation
  • Good public transport connections
  • Easy to get to Gozo and Comino  (and the  Blue Lagoon ).
  • Relatively few bathing areas. One (artificial) sandy beach, rocky swimming spots otherwise
  • Very  little culture  and not really offering a feel of life in Malta
  • Busy during summer months, very quiet in winter.

Hotels in the Buġibba area: My recommendations

View all of my recommendations in this area here:

  • Best St. Paul’s Bay hotels
  • Best Bugibba hotels
  • Best Qawra hotels

db San Antonio Hotel + Spa

The DB San Antonio Hotel & Resort's outdoor pool.

Salini Resort

Entrance at the Salini Resort hotel in Malta on the outskirts of St. Paul's Bay..

Sliema  is another popular tourist resort located along the northern coast of Malta, close to Valletta. Quick notes:

  • Popular tourist location all year round. Convenient location to stay in Malta. Known locally as a good location for shopping. Shark contrast between high-rises and busy coastlines and the beautiful and mostly quiet streets of the quaint village core.
  • Good choice of restaurants , also pubs.
  • Beaches: Only rocky beach areas. Sandy beaches are quite far away.
  • Accommodation: Mostly budget accommodations and what’s advertised as 3/4-star needs refurbishment. Look for B&Bs or apartments here to get good value. Good hostels for budget travellers and backpackers.
  • Good location for visiting Malta on a budget. Public transport connections are OK. Ferry to Valletta and boat tours around Valletta’s harbours and to Comino and Gozo are the biggest benefits. It’s a crucial point to consider when deciding where to stay in Malta. Look for accommodation on the Valletta-facing side for easy access.
  • Suitable for: Couple of all ages and seniors.  Family-friendly , but there are better options.
  • Note: Big pain to get public parking, at any time of year. Often congested with traffic. Don’t stay here if you’re looking to rent a car (unless your accommodation offers private parking).

Why stay in Sliema?

  • Good base for sightseeing
  • Good choice of hotels
  • Charming character in the old village core
  • Easy to reach Valletta (ferry)
  • Gozo, Comino and Valletta are easy to get to from Ferries area
  • Long promenade along the coastline for seaside strolls.
  • Touristy and built up.  More modern than typically Maltese
  • Bus connections good but  long trips to popular places
  • Notorious for traffic congestion and lack of public parking
  • No sandy beaches
  • Not much culture/history around .

Hotels in Sliema: My recommendations

( View all of my hotel recommendations in Sliema here. )

AX The Palace

Rooftop pool at AX The Palace Hotel in Sliema.

Pebbles Boutique Aparthotel

One of the comfortable rooms at Pebbles Boutique Aparthotel.

Mr. Todd Hotel

Bedroom at Mr. Todd Hotel in Sliema.

St. Julian’s and Paceville

St. Julian's is one of the best places to stay in Malta for nightlife.

Once just a quiet fishing village, St. Julian’s is located to the West of Sliema and is a resort with two faces: The old seaside town with quaint features (which, like Sliema, features high-rise buildings too) and the nightlife centre referred to as Paceville. If you’re considering where to stay in Malta, St. Julian’s offers different options to suit your preferences. Quick notes:

  • Popular tourist location all year round. It’s a busy, more modern part of Malta (far from the fishing village it was once), which is very popular with tourists and youths looking for nightlife and clubbing .
  • Good choice of quality restaurants and some really great little bars even outside of Paceville, especially at Spinola Bay.
  • Beaches: Artificial sandy beaches at St. George’s Bay (not super clean, despite best efforts of local government) and  Spinola Bay (small). For decent rocky beach options: Sliema in walking distance. Otherwise: 1-1.5h bus rides to sandy beaches.
  • Accommodation: The most varied mix of options from luxury 5-star resorts to affordable 3/4-star hotels, privately rented out apartments, B&Bs and hostels for budget travellers.
  • Location: Great for lazy resort holidays, good dining out and nightlife. Not great for beaches and exploring. Public transport connections are good, which means you can get to Sliema Ferries in 10-15 minutes. Hop-on-hop-off for quick day trips is also an option.
  • Suitable for: Mostly singles and younger couples. Families: Resorts on the westernmost tip or edge of Paceville. Seniors: Be careful not to book in the Paceville area – noisy!
  • Note: Looking to rent a car? Make sure that: 1) Private parking is available with your place of stay and 2) You’re a confident driver – this is a busy part of Malta!

Why stay in St. Julian's

  • Great place for  dining and relaxed/fun nights out
  • Good choice of hotels  – from value to 5-star luxury resorts
  • Paceville is  the place for nightlife in Malta
  • Central location .
  • Busy and not really child-friendly
  • One artificial sandy beach at St. George’s Bay, but  not always clean in summer
  • Little culture/history
  • Incidents and petty crime are not uncommon in Paceville  (mostly drunk brawls and pickpocketing).

Hotels in St. Julian’s: My recommendations

( View all of my hotel recommendations in St. Julian’s here. )

Hyatt Regency Malta

The exterior of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in St. Julian's.

Hotel Juliani

Hotel Juliani offers a great location for a holiday in St. Julian's.

Hotel Valentina

The rooftop pool at Hotel Valentina in St. Julian's.

Mellieħa is one of the northernmost resorts in Malta and the main reason for its popularity is its close location to  Mellieħa Bay , Malta’s largest sandy beach. That makes it a great choice for where to stay in Malta.

Although it is a tourist resort as such, and it can get a little busy in summer, the village itself isn’t as busy as you’d think it would be. That could be caused by the beach-lovers looking to stay as close to Mellieħa Bay as possible, but also because of the limited accommodation available. My notes:

  • Highly sought-after location for beach holidays and a great overall option for families looking for that type of trip. The village itself still offers a view of daily village life in Malta , not being spoilt too much by tourism as some of the other resorts on this list.
  • Good dining options and a few bars around, but not a place to expect great nightlife . A car will offer more flexibility for that.
  • Beaches: Apart from Mellieħa Bay, you can easily get to other beautiful sandy beaches on the west coast like Għajn Tuffieħa (also called Riviera Beach) and Golden Bay .
  • Accommodation: Focused on 3-star/4-star hotels and resorts. Only one luxury option and a few budget options. Apartments and villa rentals can be found here as alternative options.
  • Location:  Great for beaches but for exploration you will want to  rent a car . That allows you to visit other places of interest around the country and even hop over to Gozo (a separate island, part of the country) easily. If you decide to stay up in the village, keep in mind that you’ll need transport to get down to/up from the beach. Some hotels offer free shuttle buses.
  • Suitable for: Younger couples and families with kids. Not suitable for people with limited mobility, since Mellieħa is built on top of a hill and has a few steep streets and many steps to get to different street levels.
  • Note: Mellieħa Bay gets busy in summer, particularly on Sundays when the locals head to the beach.

Why stay in Mellieħa

  • Great for  beach holidays
  • Good choice of hotels  (although in limited numbers)
  • Good selection of  restaurants  around
  • Easy access to Gozo and Comino
  • Good  balance between tourism and village life  in Malta
  • Not as touristy as you’d expect , in the village itself primarily.
  • Limited nightlife  but several bars/pubs around
  • A little remote  – not ideal for exploring the rest of Malta, unless you hire a car
  • Early booking required .

Hotels in Mellieħa: My recommendations

( View all of my hotel recommendations in Mellieħa here. )

Lure Hotel & Spa

Spa and indoor pool at the Lure Hotel & Spa luxury hotel in Malta.

Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa

Rooftop outdoor pool at the Maritim Antonine.

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands

Radisson Golden Sands hotel location and view at Golden Bay, on the outskirts of Mellieha, Malta.

The Three Cities

Alley with colourful balconies in the Three Cities.

The Three Cities are a group of three medieval towns located in the north of Malta and facing Valletta from the opposite side of the Grand Harbour.

Whether you opt for Birgu (also called Vittoriosa) , Senglea (also called Isla) or Bormla (also called Cospicua), each of them is a great place to stay in Malta for those who love historic cities, with all the sights and restaurants within a walking distance. Self-catering apartments and houses, as well as boutique hotels, are the main accommodation options in the Three Cities. Quick notes:

  • Historical cities that are the first fortified cities built by the Knights of St John in Malta.
  • A picturesque location to stay in Malta , with traditional buildings, houses, baroque churches, winding alleys and great views over the Grand Harbour .
  • Beaches: The Three Cities are not a resort town and there are literally no beaches. I would not advise you to swim in the Grand Harbour (not the cleanest water). If you were wondering where to stay in Malta to enjoy beach holidays, it is not there!
  • Accommodation: A few luxury hotels – don’t expect to find any budget accommodation there. Self-catering apartments and townhouse rentals are another option.
  • Location: Great location for sightseeing, with many historical places, museums, restaurants and all the facilities. Downsides: If you rely on public transport, the Three Cities might not be the best choice as it is not very efficient and you will most probably need to change buses. However, the ferry crossing the Grand Harbour to Valletta is a perk.
  • Suitable for: Curious travellers, history buffs and couples of all ages who can afford some luxury. Not suitable for travellers looking for budget accommodations.
  • Note: You might want to rent a car to avoid struggling with public transport, but make sure your accommodation offers private parking, as parking options within the Three Cities are very limited.

Why stay in the Three Cities?

  • A unique place full of history and character
  • Good restaurants , especially in Birgu
  • Some luxury accommodation options to indulge yourself.
  • Accommodation is limited , so try to book in advance!
  • No beaches nor decent spots to swim. To get to the most beautiful beaches (located in the north of the island, like Riviera Beach), you need to take a long bus trip (at least 1h40 min).
  • Not the best place to stay in Malta if you are solely relying on public transport .
  • Limited nightlife , although there are some good restaurants and bars.

Hotels in The Three Cities: My recommendations

Cugó gran macina malta.

View of the Cuga Gran Macina hotel from across Grand Harbour at the Three Cities, Malta.

BOCO Boutique Hotel

BOCO Boutique Hotel is one of the best places to stay in the Three Cities.

IBB Hotel Palazzo Bettina

IBB Hotel Palazzo Bettina in Birgu, Malta.

Mdina and Rabat

Mdina's main gate as seen from underneath in the ditch.

Mdina and Rabat are a must-visit to anyone who’s looking to get to know the main island, but it’s not always an obvious place to actually stay in Malta. Mdina, the Silent City, has a few luxury and boutique hotels. Accommodation is limited otherwise, but with Airbnb and Vrbo, you can find stunning places, and it’s pretty quiet (particularly Rabat and its rural outskirts). Notes to consider:

  • Historical and picturesque places to stay in Malta . Perfect for travellers looking for an authentic experience. Mdina sits beautifully on a hill overlooking Malta.
  • Less popular and quieter than resorts like Sliema, St. Julian’s or Buġibba .
  • Beaches: Mdina and Rabat are not seaside destinations, so the only opportunity to swim or sunbathe there will be at your hotel’s swimming pool. Beaches are not easily accessible by bus (trips of more than one hour and no direct buses, except to Buġibba).
  • Accommodation: A few boutique and luxury hotels. Some nice Airbnb and Vrbo options.
  • Location: Great location if sightseeing is your priority. Beautiful towns both by day and by night. If you stay in Mdina, you will understand why this fortified town is called the “Silent City”. There are a few restaurants. The area is well connected by public transport thanks to its main bus station (expect long travelling times to other places of interest in Malta though).
  • Suitable for: History buffs and couples looking for a romantic vacation. Not suitable for budget travellers or beach lovers.

Why stay in Mdina or Rabat?

  • Very picturesque towns
  • Quieter than the most popular places to stay in Malta (even though a popular tourist destination)
  • Luxury and/or charming accommodation .
  • Limited accommodation options
  • Definitely not a beach destination
  • Quiet at night and not the best place to stay in Malta if you are looking for a lively place with a vibrant nightlife .

Hotels in Mdina and Rabat: My recommendations

The xara palace.

Entrance to the Xara Palace Hotel Malta in Mdina.

Palazzo Bifora

The stunning Palazzo Bifora hotel in Mdina.

116 Townhouse

116 Townhouse in Rabat, Malta.

Gozo is the second-largest of Malta’s three islands (the third being Comino), and I like to describe it as “what Malta used to be like” – Quieter and more rural. When considering where to stay in Malta, Gozo offers a peaceful and authentic experience.

  • A great option if you’re looking for a quiet holiday  and touring the main island of Malta isn’t a must.
  • No particular standout location on the island to stay.  Perhaps Victoria is a little busier than other parts, but then it’s the best location if you depend on public transport.
  • Beaches:  Good choice and largely untouched by man. More info here:  The best beaches in Gozo .
  • Accommodation: Varied choices from luxury 5-stary to affordable hotels and a few budget options. Self-catering apartments and villa (farmhouse) rentals are popular options that can provide better value for money.
  • Location: Great location for a quiet holiday, with plenty to see and do, lovely beaches that don’t get nearly as busy and a good respite away from busy everyday life. Downsides: Public transport isn’t very reliable/efficient, and for accommodation, it’s hard to get value.
  • Suitable for: Couples of all ages and families (but probably not with teenagers – very, very limited nightlife).
  • Note:  Even if you might not be inclined to  hire a car , I highly recommend you do so. Not only because public transport isn’t great but also because driving there is pretty easygoing, and it just offers so much more flexibility.

Why stay in Gozo?

  • Quieter location  than anywhere in Malta, even though summers are always busier.
  • Good option to stay for returning travellers  who want to see a different side of Malta.
  • Beaches: Raw nature at its best, but only a handful of sandy beaches and more pebbly/rocky beaches. Great for snorkelling and diving!
  • If you want to explore, local transport isn’t super efficient or reliable.  Having said that, bikes and scooters are a good solution, with relatively short distances
  • Gozo doesn’t have much to offer in terms of nightlife:  Only a few nightclubs and mostly small bars and restaurants.

Hotels in Gozo: My recommendations

( View all of my recommended Gozo hotels here )

The Duke Boutique Hotel

A comfortable spacious suite at The Duke Boutique Hotel in Gozo.

Calypso Hotel

Hotel Calypso with the beach in the foreground, at Marsalforn, Gozo.

Quaint Boutique Hotel Xewkija

The peaceful Quaint Boutique Hotel in Xewkija, right on the town square.

Other (quieter) places to stay in Malta

Looking to stay away from the busier tourist resorts? These are a few options to consider:

  • Marsaxlokk is one of the few remaining fishing villages in Malta and – except for Sundays when it’s a popular location for the market and lunch – it’s quiet and quaint, making it an interesting option for where to stay in Malta. Without a car, it might not be ideal though, especially if you’d like to go sightseeing. Not many hotels around but these are great places on Vrbo to have a look at, all well-located close to the seafront: Apartment 1 | Apartment 2 | Apartment 3 .
  • Mġarr is a lovely little village on the western side of Malta, close to some of the most beautiful sandy beaches the country has to offer ( Għajn Tuffieħa  and  Golden Bay ). It’s a great location to experience village life in Malta and have a quiet base to explore its surrounding nature from (or to explore Malta by car). The locals are very friendly and helpful and you can get all the basics easily here. You’ll need a short let/rental option here, as there are no hotels in town.
  • Marsaskala is a quiet seaside village on the southeast coast of Malta. Although Marsaskala is more remote than the resorts listed further up, it offers a quieter alternative for a relaxing holiday in Malta, with a few restaurants, bars and swimming spots such as St. Thomas Bay. Accommodation options are not much there, though I can recommend: the Akwador Guest House and Portside Lodge . You can also find some nice apartments on Vrbo.com, like this apartment .
  • Naxxar , a town in central Malta which has kept its village-like atmosphere, is probably an underrated place to stay in Malta. Yet, this off-the-beaten-path location has a few nice hotels and accommodations, such as Chapel 5 Boutique Suites , an 18th-century property whose spacious rooms are adorned with a travel-inspired decoration, or Villa Selmunett , a well-kept and charming property located on the edge of Naxxar.

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Where are Malta’s most popular resorts?

You can find the location of Malta’s best resorts to stay in Malta listed above on this map. Keep in mind that distances are relatively short so travel time is rarely a deciding factor on the best place to stay.

FAQs: Best places in Malta for different types of travellers

In this section, I provide quick suggestions for specific types of travellers – to make your search a little easier when it comes to where to stay in Malta.

What are the best places in Malta for couples?

  • Good selection of hotels and other accommodation
  • Decent choice of restaurants and bars/pubs
  • Bathing options around: Artificial sandy beach and rocky bathing areas.
  • Well-connected with public transport, boat tours and hop on/hop off.
  • Downsides: Touristy and busy in summer, very limited public parking
  • Mostly modern, small traditional village core
  • A good mix of accommodation options, also the best luxury resorts are here.
  • Few places to swim in the sea and far from sandy beaches such as Golden Bay.
  • Public transport connections are good but there are better places to stay as a base for exploring
  • Downsides: Construction projects are ongoing and the city gets busy easily, also outside of the high season.
  • Modern side with high-rises but still has a quaint village core with colourful houses.
  • Good for budget travellers looking for hostels and apartments. Hard to get value from 3/4-star hotels.
  • Rocky beaches and lidos with pools are good for swimming
  • Good for exploring: Ferry to Valletta and boat trips to Comino/Gozo.
  • Downsides: Sliema is one of the busiest places in Malta with heavy traffic congestion and notoriously difficult to find a parking spot in.
  • If you’re looking to explore Malta and swimming/beaches are less important, consider staying at Malta’s capital city, Valletta . Full of culture and history, great restaurants and wine bars, good quality accommodation and well connected with other parts of Malta through public transport.
  • Close to the best sandy beaches in Malta
  • Still has the character of a traditional Maltese village.
  • Relatively peaceful, although the beach at Mellieħa Bay gets very busy in summer.
  • A few nice restaurants and bars around, but not much nightlife.
  • Downsides: Can get a little too quiet for some.

What do you recommend for Senior couples?

  • Although it’s Malta’s capital city, Valletta is not as busy as you’d expect and apart from good quality accommodation and great restaurants, there’s plenty to explore in terms of culture and history. All bus routes start and terminate in Valletta, meaning it’s an easy place to get around.
  • Mellieħa is a charming, quiet village in the north of Malta, with good options for hotels and restaurants and several smaller (sandy) beaches where it’s quieter to swim if Mellieħa Bay (largest beach) is too busy for your liking. I recommend hiring a car if you’re considering staying here.
  • Mdina (an old bastion city full of history) and Marsaxlokk (a quiet fishing village on the East coast of Malta) are alternatives to consider as well, although you’ll definitely need to hire a car if you decide to stay there.
  • Gozo (a smaller island) is also an option to consider. Quiet, largely rural, yet offering several places to explore, it’s a charming place to stay. Although public transport is available, it’s recommended to hire a car here as well (and driving is relatively easy in Gozo).

What are the best places in Malta for families with kids?

  • Without a doubt, Buġibba and Qawra are your best bet. There’s a good choice of hotels around with pool facilities, a good selection of family-friendly restaurants and it’s a safe area. Bathing areas (artificial sandy beach of Buġibba and Ta`Fra Ben at Qawra) are child-friendly and you can board hop on hop off buses and boat excursions in the area. There is also a large playground, the Malta National Aquarium, a cinema and other places of entertainment around.
  • If you’re looking for something a little quieter, there are a few all-inclusive resorts close to the beach at Mellieħa you could also consider. Renting a car is recommended here, though.

A lot more on that topic here: Family holidays in Malta with kids .

What's the best place to stay for nightlife?

If you’re looking for clubbing, pub crawls and nightlife, Paceville (St. Julian’s) is the place to be. If you feel adventurous or you’ve got your own transport, there are open-air clubs located in the countryside (surroundings of Mdina and Rabat) that open during the summer months and are a must to party at.

One downside: Drunken brawls are not uncommon here, but as long as you stay out of trouble, you’ll be fine.

What's the best place for a beach holiday in Malta?

If hanging out on the beach and sunbathing are your top priorities, these are the options to consider:

  • Staying at Mellieha means you’ve got Malta’s largest beach at your doorstep and smaller (sandy) beaches further up North. It’ll also be easy to cross over to Gozo to check out beaches like the beautiful Ramla l-Hamra beach .
  • Want to combine a beach holiday with staying in a proper Maltese village? There are apartments rented out privately in Mġarr and Manikata that allow you to be close to some of the best beaches around and also give you a taste of Maltese village life. You’ll definitely want to rent a car, however.
  • Super lazy and not on a budget? The Radisson Golden Sands hotel sits right on the edge of one of Malta’s best beaches: Golden Bay.

Where should I stay in Malta for backpacking?

If you’re looking to backpack through Malta, these are a few suggestions to consider:

  • You can find fairly good and cheap hostels in Sliema , from where it’s easy to catch a quick ferry to Valletta (and another quick ferry to the Three Cities) or boat trips to Gozo and Comino.
  • Look for short let/rental options in Mġarr , Manikata or Rabat are a great base to explore some of Malta’s natural beauty.
  • Gozo is also great for hikes and exploring on foot. You really have two main options: Victoria in the centre (busy but the main hub for the local bus network) or pretty much anywhere else – Gozo is mostly made up of small villages surrounded by nature.

Where to stay in Malta for diving?

A bunch of the better diving schools in Malta are located in  Sliema  and organise reasonably priced diving excursions to the best dive sites around the Maltese islands. (More info here on that topic:  Diving in Malta .)

Gozo  is also a great option with a few family-run diving schools that specialise in the best dive sites there.

Where to stay in Malta in December?

December is one of the colder months of the year in Malta, which means some of the more popular places to stay in summer will be pretty quiet, being mostly about beaches.

If you’re interested in sightseeing, I always suggest Valletta (or the nearby town Floriana) as a great base during the winter months. Also because the choice of restaurants is great. This would also be the best area to stay if you’re spending Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Malta .

For nightlife, it’s very much St. Julian’s (as it is in summer) and its Paceville district, although it is a more urban (and busy) part of Malta.

Nature walks or hikes in winter can be a great way to spend your holiday as well, in which case I’d suggest Mġarr , Manikata , Rabat , or sister-island Gozo.

Decided on where to stay in Malta? Next steps!

Great! Here are a few next steps with more tips and recommendations on how to:

  • Decide on when best to go and other tips for your  Malta holiday
  • Book your  flights to Malta (and get the cheapest deals)
  • Choose from the  best hotels in Malta  and other  options for accommodation
  • Explore options to  hire a car and get  tips on driving in Malta

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My wife and I are thinking of spending 6-7 weeks in Malta during February/March, 2018. We enjoy absorbing different cultures and wonder if Malta in the winter would be an attractive option for us? We are both active seniors whose beach holiday days have passed. We are leaning towards Valletta but wherever location we decide, we would like to be close to shopping and sightseeing and are willing to rent a car for our holiday.

Any advice you could give us would be appreciated.

Thanks, Nick

Hi Nick, I think that makes perfect sense and if you decide to push that trip to March, possibly April you’ll get the best of the weather, plus it’ll still be relatively quiet and peaceful. Valletta is a great option as a home base and really and truly with it being the central terminal for the local buses you wouldn’t necessarily need to rent a car. In fact, being a busier part of Malta (on the roads as well) perhaps that’ll be the better option for you.

If, however, you decide to stay in or around some of the smaller villages, particularly those towards the West of Malta (or perhaps even Gozo), a car will make it easier and more efficient to get around.

I hope that helps!

Hi Edward, I have come across your amazing site and feel so lucky to have done so. Wow! Well done it’s a credit to you. I am just in the process of planning a trip for next April/May that will be including just on 1 week in Malta at the end, before we fly home to Australia. I don’t have a question at the moment but am sure to have a few in the future. i just wanted to praise you on your brilliant site.

Wow, thank you for that Lyn, appreciate you leaving a quick note and do let me know if there’s anything I can help with!

I would like to book accomodation in Marsaxlokk in September. What would you recommend

Hi Brian, I’d recommend Port View Guesthouse – Lovely location, modern and gets good reviews.

I will be travelling with a group of friends (max 10) to Malta in July. I think our main needs are to sunbathe & go out at night, and we are looking to stay in a villa. We will want to do culture day trips as well but dont mind travelling to do these! where do you suggest?

Hi Fionnuala, it sounds like St. Julian’s might be the best fit for you, since you’ll be near Paceville, which is the nightlife centre of Malta .

There aren’t an awful lot of villas that I’m aware of in the area that would still be available on pretty short notice, however. I would try Airbnb.com and search for places in St. Julian’s (on the side of Paceville) or Swieqi.

Hi Edward, my husband and I are visiting early June we are staying with family in the south for a few days then want to stay elsewhere for a few nights. We are in our forties but young at heart. We would love to experience authentic Maltese food with a friendly atmosphere day and night. We are interested in historical War Museums. We would like to do a harbour tour and possibly Gozo. Another option is we hire a car and venture Malta, if so is it easy to find car parks at the historical sites? Thank you

Hi LeeAnne, it really depends what historical sites you have in mind. Some offer ample parking, in other places it’s quite a challenge. Happy to guide you further with more info on what places you’re planning to visit.

Hello Edward Wonder if you can help with pointing us to the area which would suit us better. My wife has a bad spine and arthritis, she can walk a bit, but we often get out the wheelchair. This also means really hilly towns are no good for us. We can hire a car or use the buses, but where we stay needs to be flat, ideally a harbour we can stroll along in the evening. Can you suggest what area(s) would be a good idea to look at for basing ourselves ? Many Thanks Matt

Hi Matt, I would consider Sliema or St. Julian’s (avoid the Paceville area towards the West, however) or the Buġibba area.

Is Gżira a good base to stay and explore the rest of Malta?

Hi David, if you’re not afraid of a little walk (to get to Sliema Ferries) it’s not a bad base for exploration. Bus connections to routes coming out of valletta (main hub) are pretty easy to get. If you’re renting a car, however, make sure your accommodation includes private parking as it’ll be a challenge to find a parking spot in the area, pretty much all year round.

Hi Edward, My sister and I are hoping to visit Malta during the Isle of MTV concert. We were wondering where would make the most sense to stay, since we would like to explore the rest of the island too and be away from the crowds wherever we stay. We are hoping to self cater. Thanks! Layla

Hi Layla, I’d have a look at an Airbnb in or just outside Valletta. It’s the capital but most of the crowds around the event will be stuck in traffic or on buses trying to get in/out of the area. Plus, the main bus terminus is located just outside of the capital city.

I’m Charlie I am 54 and planning to go to Malta in May to see family, I will be staying in Saint Paul’s Bay could you please recommend some places to visit while I’m there? I will be in Malta for 21 nights. Cheers Charlie.

Hi Charlie, here’s a good start: 59 Points of Interest, Places to Visit and Attractions in Malta and What to do in Malta and Gozo: 101+ Ideas .

Hi, I’m travelling with my friend on the 27th July this year and we will be staying two full days. We will be going to the Grotto one day and perhaps a tour around the island the 2nd day with a visit to Valetta. We are looking for a lovely spot to stay which has access to restaurants, nice strolls at night and pretty views but where we can also get the bus to places as well. We will be in Santorini for 5 nights, so we will be partied out – so that’s not a priority. My friend said to stay in Sliema, which looks nice. We are looking at the Carlton Hotel in Sliema or the Victoria Hotel – do you know which one would be better for location, views and public transport?

Thank you in advance!

Hi Faye, If budget isn’t an issue I’d actually stay in Valletta. Trouble there is that it’s hard to find low-cost accommodation, particularly at that time of year. If you’re lucky perhaps you can find a good listing on Airbnb, even if it’s just outside Valletta (distances are short!). Valletta is the main hub for public transport, plus there’s a lot to see there.

Sliema is an option but ideally, since you want to visit Valletta, I’d look for something on the side of Sliema Ferries (where you can take a quick ferry right to the North side of Valletta). Public transport isn’t great if you want to go to places like the Blue Grotto to be fair, but accommodation might be a little cheaper. The Victoria Hotel is within a 10-minute walk so that one’s alright, plus it’s a nice hotel. If you’re on a budget have a look at the Pebbles Boutique Hotel and the Waterfront Hotel is also worth considering.

I’m going to Malta & Gozo with my husband in October. He hopes to get some good dives in? We are staying near St Pauls Bay for 3 nights, with 3 nights planned for Gozo & 3 nights elsewhere in Malta, to also dive but also see another side of the country. We enjoy eating out & seeing the country & will hire a car for part of the trip. Any recommendations of places to stay? Can we take the hire car over to Gozo?

Hi there! October should still be good for diving, it’ll just be less busy, so good timing! Seeing as St. Paul’s Bay is a little busier/touristy and Gozo has a character of its own (in a good way!) I’d consider staying at a smaller village like Rabat, Mgarr (in the West) or Marsaxlokk (in the East of Malta). Happy to recommend a place in Mgarr with a host who’s very knowledgeable of local dive sites btw. Yes, you can take a hire car over to Gozo without problems (in fact I definitely suggest you do so, with public transport not being super efficient there).

Hi I love the information you have on this site! I am looking at visiting Malta but am in a wheelchair, where would be the best area to stay please? Needs to be accessible, enjoy markets, shops, stroll along prom, bars and restaurants.

Hi Charissa, thanks, glad you lie the site! That’s not the easiest question I’ve been asked – to give you a safe answer, probably Valletta is your best bet. Although you can find seaside promenades around the St. Julian’s/Sliema and Buġibba areas, it can get pretty busy there around the high season and, unfortunately, local government isn’t always proactive in ensuring pavements are up to scratch and accommodating for everyone. If you decide to go for Valletta it’s perfectly possible to get good transport for sightseeing, though.

Hi Edward! This is by far the most helpful guide I could get for my planning to go to Malta. I’m planning to go there with 3 friends probably this upcoming 22/3-26/3. We plan to see the beaches (but maybe not swim) and have a relaxing holiday, with much sight-seeing in mind. Maybe we would rent a car for that purpose. One friend would love to dive, and we’re looking forward to visit Gozo & St Peter’s Pool as well. We don’t need pubs & bars kind of nightlife, but would prefer somewhere we can easily shop for grocery as we’d prefer to cook at the accommodation. Can you advise us where to stay? Also, would the weather be nice for swimming in diving? Thank you so much for your help 🙂

Hi Farhana, glad the site’s of help! 🙂 Late March will be a little early for swimming usually, though it could be that you’re in luck and it’ll be doable. For diving, unless you’re unlucky to find bad weather, it should be fine with the right kind of gear. Since you’re not too fussy about pubs/bars and that sort of thing I’d consider looking at either Mellieha and outskirts, or places like Rabat and even Mgarr through an Airbnb rental. Happy to suggest a few addresses to check! 🙂

Hello! I’m planning on going to Malta in May for my birthday. Do you know if the water is warm at that time? I would love to have bothad, some nightlife or just some bars/pubs around and beautiful sandy beaches and to do some boat trip or something. We are a couple of 25 years old. Do you have any idea? Love your website. Many thanks

Hi Cláudia, May is right around the time when the weather starts warming up and early bathers start swimming and going to the beach. The water will likely be pretty chilly still though, so you’ll have to suck it up for the first couple of minutes and enjoy the fact that the water will be super clean and it’ll be quiet on the beaches still. 😉 If beach is priority, definitely have a look around in Mellieha or even Gozo (which is quieter than Malta but best to rent a car there!), if nightlife/bars/pubs are priority better go for St. Julian’s/Sliema. You can do boat trips from there but to get to sandy beaches it could take 1-1.5h by bus.

This website is very useful, thanks a lot! My girlfriend and I are going to Malta around mid-April for 8 days, we’re 27 and 30 years old, we love beaches, cycling and exploring nature and historical places. We don’t care too much about nightlife (we live in London!) although as Italians we love good food. We would also like to visit Gozo and Comino. What would you suggest for us? Also, Malta looks very small, do you think we can cycle around and vsit the island by bike? Many thanks again! Regards, Francesco

Hi Francesco, thank you – glad you like my site! 🙂 It sounds like Mellieha or even Rabat/Mgarr might be a good area to stay (in which case an Airbnb stay could be a good option for you as hotels are limited in the area). It’s a quieter part of the country and both Comino and Gozo are within reach. You _CAN_ get around by bike though in Malta I would advise you to be careful and stick to the roads further up North since unfortunately the roads in Malta were never designed with cyclists in mind and the country isn’t known for its courteous drivers, to say the least.

In fact, I would recommend spending a few days in Malta (to do some sightseeing at Valletta, Mdina and perhaps a few other places) and spend a few more days in Gozo. That’s a MUCH better place to go around on a bike and explore nature and some of the sights there.

Hi Edward, So pleased I stumbled on your site, so much helpful advise. We are a couple of Aussies travelling to Malta in June and after reading your info I am tossing up with whether Valletta or Sliema area would suit us best. We usually prefer to stay in self contained accommodation and was wondering if you can recommend any reliable sites to book through ? We will have four days to explore. Thanks

Hi Coleen, I would definitely suggest staying in Valletta if exploration is important to you. Sliema isn’t the best place for that unfortunately.

What is the south of Malta like in the height of summer such as Birzebbuga

Hi Andy, it’ll be less busy than in the North/centre of Malta at that time of year, though with schools closed it’ll be pretty busy with locals. As a location, although I like Birzebbuga as a town, there may be better places to stay. I’d consider Marsaxlokk as well, which will definitely be quieter (assuming that’s what you’re after).

Hello Edward, Wonderful website! Very helpful. My husband and I are going to Malta in January for two weeks. We are from a very cold part of Canada and I will be in Germany for work and we thought we would try and experience some warmer weather while we are in Europe. +15C in Malta is far better than -30C in Canada! We were attracted to Malta because of the warmer weather and the beautiful and diverse culture and nature. We are hoping to experience a little taste of everything Malta has to offer and are open to suggestions on where to stay. We aren’t into very touristy areas but would like a “pinch” of nightlife in the evening – for example go out for a nice dinner and a place for drinks and people watching. 🙂 I’m not opposed to splitting up our accommodation to broaden our experience. Based on my research I was thinking Valletta, Gozo and Mellieha and staying in Air B&Bs. What do you think? Thanks in advance for your help. Best Regards – Erin

Hi Erin, It’ll definitely be warmer than -30 C, and with a bit of luck you’ll get some good sunshine too! 🙂 I think you’re on the right track with those places – Valletta is the first place that came to mind, particularly for culture. Although it’s the capital it’s not as touristy as you’d expect. Mellieha and Gozo are great to explore for nature more than culture. Enjoy your trip!

This is a wonderful site, thank you!

My husband and I are planning to go to Malta from April 21-29/2017. We are big foodies and prefer to be close to great restaurants and wine bars. We also want to be close to sandy beaches. We hate being in overly touristy areas, and want to find the perfect balance between restaurants, beaches, experiencing the local charm of the island without the tourist traps. We won’t have a car unfortunately so will need to stay in an area with easy transportation access. What area do you best recommend? Thanks

Hi Fazlin, April is a great time of year to visit although it’ll probably be a little early in the season to enjoy days at the beach. Usually that becomes much more doable towards the end of May. In any case, I don’t have a perfect solution for you. The St. Julians and Sliema area offer a good number of nice restaurants to try, but then it’s very touristy and busy. Valletta is probably a slightly better option for foodies (and for culture seekers), but then to get to the beach with public transport (buses) can take 1-1.5h and it can be tricky to find affordable accommodation. The Mellieha area is best for staying close to the beaches but there aren’t an awful lot of restaurants around (albeit there are some really great options to try) and not renting a car while staying there isn’t super practical.

Hi, Heading to malta for the first time and was hoping for a bit of a clue as to where is best suited for us. We love Crete, Loutro, Paleochora, also places like Milos and Serifos are among our favourites. We love the small villages that have great swimming nearby, either sand or rocky. Some nice local restaurants would be great but full-on nightlife is not necessary. Quaint and quiet is fine. What would you suggest for us? We are mid-50s, active and will be in Malta end May for 8 days. Thanks!

Based off the info you’ve provided as to your preferences, it sounds like Mellieha and surrounding area could be a good fit. You’ll find some of the largest and best beautiful (sandy) beaches within easy reach and Mellieha offers a few good restaurants as well. Considering accommodation options are a little limited I’d highly recommend booking that as soon as possible, however!

Hi Edward, some fantastic info on your site!

Myself and my boyfriend are getting married in Malta in September next year and went over last April to check out venues etc. It’s such a beautiful country but we couldn’t get over the amount of building work in St. Julian’s. I’ve never seen so much in such a small place! It really put us off staying there. We were only in Malta for 3 days so didn’t get to see much. Are the other resorts like that as well? We would hate to recommend somewhere to our guests that has a building site outside the window. Beaches are not a huge priority but would love somewhere with some Maltese charm and not too quiet as it will be mid September.

Any advise you can give would be great! Thank you,

Hi Sinead, first off – Big congrats! 🙂

I get what you’re saying and agree. Both St. Julians and Sliema are unpredictable when it comes to construction at the moment. I’ve emailed you to get a better understanding of what you’re looking for meanwhile.

Hi Edward we are thinking of going to Malta late September for 7 to 10 days and don’t really know where to base ourselves. Your advice is great for others so I hope you can advise us! We are in our mid 50’s, interested in culture, walking along the coast and in the countryside. We like eating out and going to bars but not interested in clubbing, beach life etc. We don’t intend hiring a car so it would be good to be able to start our walks from either a city/town without having to take a bus if possible, but it’s ok if we need to. We are also interested in a 2 centre stay between Malta and Gozo , but how do we get to the ferry departure points for Gozo, for example if we were in Valetta, is it a taxi ride away? Where would we locate ourselves in Gozo? We are probably looking at staying in 4 star hotels, but staying in an interesting, historical bed and breakfast setting would also do. Any advice welcome! Thank you, Cathy and Gordon

Hi Cathy and Gordon,

This is a tricky one to answer, since you’ve listed quite a few requirements and no location meets all of them. 🙂 The options that come to mind (in order of preference and considering you’re not hiring a car) are: 1) Valletta, since there’s a lot to explore inside the city and along both harbours and you can cross over to Sliema with a ferry quite easily, plus most bus routes start/terminate at the Valletta terminus. The downside is that there isn’t much countryside to explore as you’ll be located at the busier part of Malta. 2) St. Julians/Sliema is a better location if you’d like to stay near the coast, with a long promenade and a variety of restaurants in the area. From Sliema you can take the ferry to Valletta 3) Mellieha is a good location if countryside exploration is more important, plus you’d be staying in a village that’s less touristy

Getting to Gozo is pretty easy with several bus routes taking you up to Cirkewwa (have a look at the journey planner of Transport Malta for routes from whatever place you’ll be staying at in Malta). I usually suggest hiring a car in Gozo to really explore the island and considering it’s much quieter than Malta I would reconsider, especially since local public transport (buses) isn’t very reliable. Stay at Marsalforn to be close to the coast and salt pans, etc, stay at or near Nadur, Xaghra or Qala for some of the better countryside walks, or stay at Victoria (the local capital a the centre of the island) if you prefer being close to restaurants, shops, etc.

Hi there…. Great website. my husband and I have never been to Malta. we do a lot of walking ( just back from Madeira ). we will not be hiring a car so bus connections are vital. is Malta a good place for a walking holiday ? where would you recommend we stay. we do not do night life and adore peace and quiet, Beaches are not important. thankyou Dee

Hi Dee, thanks, glad you like the site! 🙂

Is Malta a good place for a walking holiday? Generally, yes, and the area around Mellieha and Rabat would be my recommendation. Having said that, I’d also definitely consider staying at Gozo, which in general is much quieter (and less developed) than Malta. Bus connections to other parts of Malta are good, although transit times can be a little longer (say 1-1.5h from Mellieha to Valletta). In Gozo public transport isn’t the most reliable but if you’re not in a hurry or too fussy about punctuality it’ll do the job.

Hi Edward, Fantastic website! My girlfriends and I are a planning a trip to Malta at the end of March 2017. We are a youthful group in our mid-40’s to early 50’s. We would like to stay in a place that has access to some swimming (will it be warm enough at the end of March?) and it doesn’t have to be a sandy beach as I see that there are rocky bathing areas available. We would like to be in a location that has good dining and may have some nightlife (not a priority). Since we’ll likely be staying in the same hotel for the entire a week – a location where we can walk around as well as a nice hotel to hang out at (eg. poolside etc) would be ideal. We will likely not rent a car but could either take buses or hire a guide/take a tour to check out other places on the Island eg. Gozo, Blue Lagoon.

In March it’s unlikely to be warm enough to swim in the sea I’m afraid. Usually, the earliest is May and the latest time of year October – not just because of the sea temperature but also from a safety point of view with undercurrents, etc.

Based on what you’ve told me you’re probably best of staying in St. Julians or Sliema. Good choice of restaurants, pubs and other nightlife, long seaside promenade and (at Sliema Ferries) easy access to Valletta by ferry and a choice of boat tours to Comino, Gozo, etc.

Great website Edward! Just wondering if you know anything about camping. We are a party three; myself, my husband and our 8 year old daughter. We are interested in camping in beautiful spots near beaches that would be good for snorkelling. I have researched that I might need to apply for some kind of liscence to camp. Just wondering if you have any tips of advice in this area. Thanks in advance!

Unfortunately I don’t have much advice to offer you on that myself, though if you use Facebook I’m sure you’ll be able to get expert advice from locals in this public group .

I find this webpage very very helpful. It gave me a whole map and great idea of Malta 🙂

Happy to hear that Jill, thanks for leaving a comment! 🙂

Fantastic website Edward! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. Myself and the partner are heading to Malta for 14 days in July. We are splitting it half n’half with a stay on Gozo. Intend on hiring a car on landing and exploring both islands. We’d love an area quiet and relaxing in the evenings, preferably with nice views…but can’t decide. Thanks for any help you can give! X

Hi Jacqui – thank you, happy to hear you like the site! The first place that comes to mind in Malta is Mellieha. In Gozo it’s a bit tougher to recommend a place because the whole island is pretty quiet and peaceful. The places that come to mind are Xlendi (overlooking a bay) and Marsalforn (both on the coast) or if you prefer something more inland Qala and Għasri.

Hi Edward, this is a terrific site. I have read most of the information, and I am still unsure of where to go. My husband and myself have been to Malta twice now, and stayed at Quara. On the last trip we took my parents, and they had a fabulous time, and would like to go again. We are thinking more in November/December this time, a little cooler. My parents are elderly and very sprightly. There is no need to be near a beach, but would like to see more of the history of Malta. We like to eat out, and explore. Where do you advise us to stay. I await your reply, and Thank-you very much. x

Hi Susan, Thank you, glad you like the site. It sounds like you might want to stay in the capital of Valletta. It’s not nearly as busy as you’d expect from a capital city, you can get anywhere from there by bus, there’s a lot to discover within the city itself and plenty of choice for dinner.

We are a retired couple, planning to visit Malta in November. We would like to explore the Islands during the day, and visit nice bars and restaurants in the evening. we have seen a nice apartment in Birzebbuga, but don’t if there is much there. Could you advise. Many thanks John

Hi John, Birżebbuġa is a tricky one – some people love it, others hate it. Personally, although I have great memories there, I don’t think it’s the nicest place to stay nowadays, particularly at that time of year. I’d much rather recommend Valletta or Sliema to you.

Hi there, I’m going to Malta next month, and even though we’ve booked a place in Sliema, we can cancel without a fee, and I’m really inclined to do that after reading this post! According to your post Mellieha is the place to be. My question is: is that difficult to go around by bus from there? We don’t have a driving license, so renting a car isn’t a option! But at the same time, all the nice beaches are close by, so I was wondering if taxis are very expensive for one beach or another that is not so accessible. We are staying 4 nights in Malta and 3 in Gozo. I would like to go to Valleta, and to some beaches around the island, but 90% of the beaches are on the north. Thanks!

Hi Liliana, If beaches are your #1 priority it’s either Mellieha (quieter) or Bugibba/Qawra/St. Paul’sBay (more touristy) you want to stay at. There are good connections to/from Mellieha but you’ll spend more time on buses to go around simply because it’s more remote. If, again, beaches are most important, you’re good there. If, however, you want to explore other parts of Malta, Mellieha will be quite remote, whereas you’ll get shorter trips from the Bugibba area – you’re kind of in between the beaches to the North and places like Valletta and Mdina to the South/East. In June it won’t yet be swarming completely with tourists in Bugibba, though you can opt to stay on the side of St. Paul’s Bay and you’ll avoid the very busy parts of the area. Taxis can be pretty pricey – think 25 euro for a one way trip from Mellieha to Valletta. Hope you enjoy your trip! 🙂

Thanks, Edward! Beaches are my number 1 priority, for sure! I don’t plan to spend more than 1 day and a half sightseeing.I ended up cancelling the hotel in SIiema and booking another one in Mellieha. I saw there are couple of sightseeing buses in Malta that go to most historical places, and I could go to Bugibba to get it from that, and this would make the trip considerably shorter and quicker! As most beaches I plan to visit are not so far from Mellieha, I think it should be ok. I can use buses and take taxis to shorter trips. I’ll be staying just next to the beach in Xlendi for 3 nights as well, so it will be pretty much a beach holiday. By the way thank you very much for your tips, your website is a bible for whoever is planning to visit Malta!

Sounds like you’re all set Liliana – Enjoy your stay and thank you for the compliment! 🙂

What a wonderful website. Thank you. My wife and I are looking to come to Malta July 2-8. We like a hotel room where we can see the sea. Good restaurants, good strolling and shopping, seeing the cultural highlights. We will not be renting a car, but want to explore as much of Malta as we can on day-trips. Can you offer a recommendation on which town to stay in? We are not on a tight budget.

Hi Joe, thank you – I’m happy you like the site! For sea view hotels, good restaurants and walks you’ll be happy to stay at St. Julians and Sliema (where you’ll find some of the better shops in Malta) I reckon. You’ll also be able to take day trips from the South side of Sliema to places like Gozo and Comino and you can take a ferry across Grand Harbour to get to Valletta. High-end hotel choice is limited at that time of year in Sliema and you’ll find there’s more choice in St. Julians. The downside there is that you’ll need a 10-15 minute bus ride to get to “The Ferries” in Sliema to take day tours and shop (various routes pass from this stretch). Restaurant choice is very good in St. Julians, however (although you’ll find good options just the same in Sliema).

A few hotel options for Sliema: Preluna Hotel & Spa 115 The Strand Hotel

A few options for hotels in St. Julian’s: Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay The Westin Dragonara Resort Marriott Hotel & Spa (closer to Sliema) Hilton Malta (closer to Sliema)

I would HIGHLY recommend booking as soon as possible as these hotels are in high demand at that time of year and will be fully booked soon.

I hope that helps and I hope you enjoy your stay!

Hi, We are planning a holiday to Malta between 30 May – 6th June .. and have kids aged 9, 4 and a 9 month old. From reading your very helpful article I have come to the conclusion that perhaps Valleta or Mellieha might suit us best as we aren’t going to be involved in the night life that most of the other places offer. We don’t want to be anywhere too crowded and don’t mind hiring a car get around to explore the rest of Malta. We have also looked at Gozo and are not entirely sure how rural this is and how easy it would be to get to Malta from here. We don’t want to be totally isolated either and /but the kids would love the beaches. I need your advise on what would be the best place to rent Villas / holiday homes as this would suit us best with a baby.

Hi Amber, since you’ll be travelling with the family and the kids will enjoy the beaches, I wouldn’t recommend staying in Valletta, especially not when hiring a car. It’s an amazing place to visit on a day trip but not the best place to stay with a family and with the idea of spending time on the beach, simply because of the commute and the traffic congestion in the area. With Mellieha as a home base and renting a car, you can easily reach different beaches and places like Mdina (a must-visit) are easy to reach by car as well.

Gozo is much quieter than Malta and you would only stay there for the full duration of your trip if you’re not too interested in exploring the island of Malta. The ferry crossing to Malta takes 25 minutes alone so you’d have a pretty big commute every time and especially with kids that won’t be practical. The options I see are: 1) Plan to spend a day in Gozo, which is easy to do from Mellieha (10 min drive to ferries at Cirkewwa in far North) – or multiple trips 2) Split your stay between X days in Mellieha and X days in Gozo, although perhaps logistically that wouldn’t be practical for you either.

This is the best info I have seen about how to explore Malta and thanks for your patience for the questions as well. Tried to read all comments to see if the answer is hidden but still want to ask. We are at early 30’s and will visit at the first week of July for 6 nights with my husband. It is really hard to decide where to stay. Main goal is the best beaches, but would like to see what is to explore in city centre too. so was planning to stay in Mellieha bay or golden by( radisson) for a few days. Then mostly at st julian( corinthia may be) but you say st george bay not clean to swim? Raddison comments say there is not much options to eat out. Is that true? Because we dont plan to rent a car. So i decided on db seabank+spa but requires 5 nights stay. How are the options to go to the blue lagoon, golden or paradise bay from there? Also cruises schedule from mellieha? So we will have one more night to stay in centre, could be st julian for the best? What about masaxlokk side? Seems perfect clean for swimming

Hi Burcu, a few quick replies to your questions: * The issue with St. George’s Bay is that it’s right at the edge of Paceville, which is the country’s main nightlife area. That means that the beach gets dirty pretty quickly, especially during the night. So although the local authorities make a good effort to clean the beach in the early morning I wouldn’t recommend it as one of the best beaches on the island. Is it safe to swim and an option if you’re staying? Yes, it is. Is it the most beautiful/clean beach around? Not in my opinion, no. * The Radisson at Golden Bay is a great place to stay, though aside from the few restaurants the hotel has to offer there’s only one other restaurant on the beach. You’re a little isolated there if you’re not renting a car (which, if you’re staying in that part of the island or at Mellieha is perfectly doable – not very busy at all on the roads, apart from Sundays). * The Seabank was refurbished pretty recently and it’s a nice hotel to stay at, plus you’re right opposite the largest sandy beach. You can reach Paradise Bay and Golden Bay quite easily, although the latter requires a switch of routes at Xemxija and takes around 30 mins I’d say. Blue Lagoon and boat trips you can find at Cirkewwa, near the ferry to Gozo (also recommended) – which you can reach easily and quickly by bus from the Seabank hotel. * St. Julians is nice to stay at for hotel choice and restaurants, although Sliema makes it easier to find boat trips/cruises around the Grand Harbour and to Comino (Blue Lagoon) and Gozo. You also get a ferry connection to Valletta if you want to explore the capital city. Marsaxlokk is very quiet and you’ll be a little isolated without a car I’d say. It is clean for swimming but it’s not the most beautiful beach you’ll find in Malta.

Hi My friend and I are planning on visiting Malta from 11th June for a week, we are in our late 30’s. We would like different options, we would like to visit some of the traditional Maltese villages/towns and experience the authentic way of life and we also want the option on some days of good beaches and complete relaxation, we would like the option of some nightlife (good restaurants and bars with the option to stay out late if we choose too). We are not planning on hiring a car. We would like the option of boat trips and don’t mind a bus trip to a good beach. Can you please recommend the best resort and some good hotels with nice pools? We are looking for comfort but good value for money. Thanks.

Great helpful website 🙂

Hi, the info on this page is absolutely brilliant. My fiance and I are going to Malta 13th May for 7 nights. We enjoy going out, beaches, water sports but want to have an authentic experience of the country. Trying to do it on a budget- but will probably splash out for the last night for fiances birthday. We won’t be driving. I’m considering staying in St Julians for 3 nights,-to go enjoy the nightlife and to visit the Blue Lagoon- is that easy to get to without a car? Might spend the fourth night in Gozo, and 3 nights at the beaches at Mellieha- is that where the nicest beaches are? Any recommendations for somewhere nice to stay there? Is there public transport from Mellieha to the airport..we’d be flying back on a Friday. Thanks in advance! Claire

Hi, me and my boyfriend will be travelling to Malta during week 34 in August and are not sure where to stay. We don’t want to be among loads of tourists or the busiest place with nightclubs, however we do like to go on restaurants and have some choosing options where to eat. We enjoy going on adventures and travel around a bit to get that genuine feeling of the country we’re in. We also like to mix it up with some beachdays and relax. So a little bit of citylife and a little bit f the Maltese countryside I guess would suit us pretty good, or what do you think?

Hi there Emma! Are you guys looking to rent a car during your stay? That makes a big difference as to what to suggest.

Hi Edward. We will be a party of 3 travelling to Malta for 10 days from around 19 July. All inclusive hotel but doesn’t have to be The Ritz just good location/facilities and pleasant food/drinks. My 13 year old son would like a large pool near beach with pool table/table tennis etc where he can make friends. Partner likes a good pool/good food/entertainment in the evening and a location with a few live bars/entertainment etc. Having never been Malta before I’m keen to explore – especially Gozo/Como and the Capital Valetta – hopefully our timing might coincide with a Fiesta? We plan to hire a car. Could you recommend anywhere in Malta which might suit everyone? Thanks, Steph

Amazing website – thank you!

Your help would be much appreciated – you seem to be the guru of Malta 🙂

Myself and 2 of my girlfriends are planning on coming to Malta in August. We would like a destination which has good beaches and somewhere with a buzz in the evening.

We would like somewhere with pretty restaurants to enjoy long dinners before heading out afterwards. we aren’t so fussed about big night clubs but would like to go somewhere we can go to lively bars after dinner, beach bars perhaps?

We are all on our early 30’s, any recommendations on where to stay?

Hi Rachel, thanks – glad you like it 🙂

So it sounds like nightlife is pretty important to you, in which case your best bet is St. Julians, and more specifically the Spinola/Balluta Bay area, NOT the area known as Paceville because you’ll be right in the middle of the busiest part with night clubs. There are plenty of bars and pubs around the area and some great restaurants to try as well.

The only downside is the beaches – there’s no place I know of that offers both good nightlife AND sandy beaches in the same place unfortunately. The nearest bathing area is in the neighbouring town of Sliema (5-10 min bus ride) but it’s a rocky beach. Good for sun bathing, easy to get in and out of the sea, but no sand. The area is known as Exiles. Alternative 1: Go to a lido (there are a few good ones around in St. Julian’s and Sliema, alternative 2: Take a bus to Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha (pron. aajn too-fee-hah) – two beautiful sandy beaches on the West coast of Malta. Bus route is 225 and trip is around 1 hour.

As for timing – if you do plan to stay at St. Julian’s in August, I’d recommend going around 25-28 August. That weekend the local village feast is held – bit of culture, fireworks over the bay, food & drink – you get the picture. Another tip: Open air clubs like Gianpula (and particularly Marrakesh, part of the Gianpula complex) are worth going to. You’ll need to take a taxi, however – probably around 30 euro between the three of you, to and from St. Julians.

Hope that helps!

Excellent information! Really helped me make up my mind Thanks!

My husband and I will be travelling in Spain then across to Malta for a 6 night stay this July. We have never been there before and we are thinking about hiring an apartment but not sure what area would be best for us. We do like to have some nightlife as in bar/restaurant but not really night clubs, we do like to walk every where we can especially out at night , have a choice of dining options and if possible be close to a beach where we can swim. We are 46/47 years old. What area would you recommend that we stay in please?

Hi Jacqui, St. Julian’s (The part adjacent to Sliema) as well as Sliema itself will be good options if you enjoy a little nightlife and good dining. Beaches, however, are limited to rocky bathing areas with. There are no sandy beaches around, but bathing areas in the area are still fine for swimming and sunbathing. If a sandy beach is important to you, you could consider Bugibba (which also offers decent options for dining and nightlife – although not as good – and there’s an artificial sandy beach) or Mellieha, which is closest to some of the best beaches on the island but then nightlife is pretty limited, despite there being some great options for dining. You’ll be better off hiring a car if you choose to stay here, however, as it is a little remote. You’ve also mentioned to me separately the wish for accommodation with character/history. Your best bet in that case is probably Valletta, which is also good for dining/nightlife, and although no sandy beaches are nearby you can reach any beach of your choice pretty easily with the main bus terminal sitting right outside the city. For accommodation, you’ll mostly find modern buildings in Sliema and St. Julian’s (also Bugibba/Qawra). I hope that helps!

Very good points to help choose a location Thanks

This information is the difference between a really enjoyable family holiday or a 2 week nightmare. I really appreciate this, thank you very much

Glad it’s helpful to you, Anthony! 🙂

This is extraordinarily helpful information. Thank you very much!

I found this concise Guide to Malta a great help, never having stayed in Malta before. Thank you.I think Sliema would suit us best. Now to choose a hotel!

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