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Malta

An island of breathtaking beauty, holidays in Malta transport you to a place peppered with wonderful views and blessed with warm weather. The stunning Malta coastline is a prime attraction, from the enigmatic coves and inlets of tiny Comino to the sweeping sands of Mellieha Bay, not to mention the great diving sites.

A visit to Malta means a peaceful holiday to a unique culture with spectacular views, welcoming people, and delicious food. Visitors looking for want cheap holidays in Malta’s neighbouring less-developed islands of Gozo and Comino won’t be disappointed. Gozo is home to the oldest standing temples in the world, while Comino is home to Malta’s famous Blue Lagoon.

Great for…

Culture lovers – History and culture can be found in every corner, town, and city of Malta.

Rest and recuperation – Malta is tranquil and beautiful, making it perfect for relieving stress.

Ocean fans – The coastline around the island is gorgeous and the sea ideal for admiring and snorkelling.

Flight time:

Just over 3 hours


Average high temperature:

13°C (January) – 27°C (August)


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Gozo

If you're looking for a mix of Mediterranean sunshine and a laid-back vibe, Malta's little brother Gozo, could be the ideal holiday destination for you. Much quieter and greener than its bigger neighbour, holidays in Gozo mean that everything you could need can be found within a small area. This includes the town of Xaghra whose Neolithic temple is, at 5,600 years old, the oldest free-standing building in the world. Gozitans are especially proud of their local fish and seafood-based cuisine, which is delicate and delightful.

Mellieha

From the moment you cast eyes on its wide, sweeping beach lapped by calm, clear waters, you'll realise why Mellieha is the top choice for families who love just chilling out and relaxing. Mellieha is the quieter cousin to the neighbouring resort of Bugibba, and the main attraction – apart from the coastline – is the gorgeous nature reserve which lies behind the sandy beaches.

Qawra

Qawra is a laid-back resort that caters for families and couples, yet still offers the island's beaches close at hand. The quieter and more upmarket ambience is what makes a holiday in Qawra so popular with families, and while the resort has a good crop of shops selling anything from locally-made souvenirs right up to designer clothes, there are more mainstream stores – along with a much wider variety of entertainment – on offer in Bugibba.

St Julian’s

The vibrant town of St Julian’s provides visitors with everything from authentic Maltese dining while looking out across the water in Spinola Bay, to a lively party-packed nightlife in Paceville. St Julian’s is also blessed with one of Malta’s few sandy Blue Flag beaches, which unsurprisingly bustles with activity and people enjoying the warm weather. A St Julian’s holiday offers the perfect combination of glamour and traditional charm.

Valletta

Valletta packs a lot into a little space. At just over a mile across it's one of the world's smallest capital cities, yet it encapsulates the entire history of Malta. If you choose to take a Valletta All Inclusive holiday you're sure to be drawn to the picturesque waterfront, where you’ll find many shops, bars, and restaurants, all offering a wonderful view of Fort St Angelo which lies in the middle of the Grand Harbour.

Bugibba

If you're looking for a sun-kissed holiday in an English-speaking area where you'll have lots to do during the day and night, Bugibba has got all this to offer and more. A modern resort nestling in St Paul's Bay in the northern part of the island, Bugibba is bustling by day and buzzing by night, meaning you'll never be short of ideas for what to do. The bubbly resort also boasts a cinema, bingo hall, and casino, as well as access to Valletta.

Must visit – A trip to Malta isn’t complete without a visit to the capital city of Valletta, with its glorious Baroque architecture, museums, and lavish palaces. As a contrast to the bustling and lively capital, Mdina is Malta’s rural ex-capital city and lies behind high walls that date back around 4,000 years. The Blue Lagoon on the nearby island Comino is one of the island’s most popular natural attractions, and well worth a day trip. Comino’s turquoise waters could be the most beautiful and well-photographed in Malta.


Family fun – Malta is a well-loved holiday destination for families in love with the outdoors.  There are countless events for families to enjoy: carnivals and historic re-enactments, shows and feasts, live open-air concerts, and arts and craft events. There are also family attractions in the shape of the Bugibba Water Park and the Popeye Village, which was once the film set for the 1980s Popeye film, as well as the National Aquarium, target practice at Falcon Archery, and plenty of child-friendly cafes and soft play opportunities.


Natural attractions – Most of Malta’s spectacular natural beauty is found along the coast, where the cliffs are soaring and gorgeous and dotted with natural caves. The water is blue, inviting, and extremely popular with divers and snorkelers due to its marine life and the unique rock formations beneath the Mediterranean. The Roman Road, or Xemxija Heritage Trail, is a fantastic walk offering stunning views of St Paul’s Bay and edged by a Roman wall, behind which you will find the lovely Is-Simar natural reserve.


Culture and history – A holiday in Malta is a holiday to an island with a rich history that can be seen in its Roman ruins, the fortified city of Mdina, prehistoric temples, and medieval castles. You can immerse yourself in Malta's Catholic history by visiting its wonderful churches and impressive chapels, while if you want a more realistic taste of the island’s past you can book your holiday to take place around one of the many entertaining re-enactments or festivals that fill the Maltese calendar.


Food and drink – Many of Malta’s restaurants specialise in a range of different foods and cultural flavours, but you’ll still have plenty of chances to enjoy traditional Maltese dining. The capital city of Valletta has plenty of top restaurants to choose from, where you’ll find rustic dishes such as Lampuki Pie (fish pie), Kapunata (like a Maltese ratatouille), and delicious snacks such as pastizzi, which is flaky pastry filled with peas or ricotta. For dessert, you can enjoy an imqaret, which is a deep-friend date cake, or a kwarezimal, which is a sweet chewy cake made with honey, almonds, and spices.


Night life – Malta may be better known for its fine weather and relaxed traditional culture, but there are certainly areas that boast bars, pubs, and clubs. Paceville in St Julian’s is where you’ll find the main nightlife hub, while other spots such as St Paul’s Bay, Bugibba, Qawra, and Rabat’s outskirts also offer some open-air clubs and numerous bars. If you are looking for a more relaxed evening in Malta, try a wine bar in Mdina or Birgu, while in Mellieha Bay, you’ll find chilled cocktail bars and romantic eateries.

 



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Malta Holiday Resorts:

Gozo, Mallieha, Qawra, Valleta, Bugibba

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Type of Holidays:                                                               

Family holidays, All Inclusive holidays, School holidays, Luxury

 

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