Best place to stay in Malta

Where is the best place to stay in Malta?

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 Malta resorts to stay, but we have done the best to guide for you.


The wonderful islands of Malta form an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea and, although small, they are perfectly formed. Comino and Gozo are the two other major islands in the archipelago and both are worth a visit via a short boat trip. Malta’s capital city, Valletta, is the smallest capital within the EU but is packed to the brim with attractions and activities for holidaymakers. The island has beaches, lovely harbour towns, and plenty of ancient buildings and museums for you to soak up the island’s heritage.


The landscape of Malta is quite varied, with rugged cliffs, caves and prehistoric settlements in the coastline of Mellieha Bay and a flatter terrain in the smaller towns of Qawra and Bugibba, both wonderfully peaceful towns. Life on the island is laid back but there is an up and coming party scene, with nightclubs popping up in the main towns, to cater for the younger crowd.


The Maltese people love to celebrate, so you will see many festivals and carnivals taking place throughout the year, particularly on important religious dates. Malta is staunchly Roman Catholic, so expect to see dozens of churches for you to explore and photograph. Situated between Tunisia and Libya, Malta is influenced by the two African countries when it comes to local cuisine. Maltese men and women are passionate about food, serving up huge feasts both at home and in the restaurants that serve tourists.

Hotel   Avg price
Hotel Valentina
San Julián
83€ - 99$
Hotel   Avg price
Hotel Juliani
San Julián
90€ - 107$
AX The Victoria Hotel
99€ - 118$
Hotel   Avg price
Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa
San Anton
115€ - 137$
Hotel Phoenicia
La Valeta
134€ - 159$
Hotel Hilton Malta
San Julián
146€ - 174$
The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux
167€ - 199$


If you are interested in where to stay in Malta, you may also be interested in where to stay in Sicily, where to stay in Sardinia, where to stay in Cyprus and where to stay in Corsica.

Best places to stay in Malta


vallettaValletta is a UNESCO World Heritage capital, deservedly so due to its stunning scenery and the pride it takes in preserving its history. St John’s Cathedral is the number one attraction for tourists and religious pilgrims plus there are a number of churches surrounding the cathedral and dotted throughout Valletta. The maze of narrow streets showcases some of Europe's finest art works, museums and palaces.


The Grand Harbour is a place holidaymakers of all ages and interests come together to soak up the Maltese culture. Marvel at the wonderful yachts and boats that come into port and sip coffee in a harbour side cafe and watch the world go by.



Read more about where to stay in Valletta.




Mellieha Bay

Mellieha-BayMellieha Bay is the largest beach resort in Malta, with long sandy beaches and activities to keep people of all ages entertained. Families are welcome throughout Malta but hotels in Mellieha Bay are very child friendly and there is lots of open space on the beach for children to run about, without worrying about crowds. Little Armier and Golden Bay are also notable beaches in the Mellieha area, making this region a great place for all-round beach lovers.



Accommodation in Mellieha Bay




St Julian’s

St-JuliansSt Julian’s is the most luxurious area of Malta, with celebrities and fashionistas flocking to enjoy high class parties and relaxingly long dinners by the sea. Hotels, restaurants and nightclubs are packed into the Paceville area of the town and this is a place where locals like to hang out or spend long weekend breaks.


The different cultures of Malta come together in St Julian’s, creating a warm, friendly atmosphere and making fond holiday memories. Shopping fans love to stay in St Julian’s due to the vast array of boutique shops on the Sliema area, shopping until they drop before enjoying a long and lazy lunch at Spinola Bay.



Accommodation in St Julian’s





GozoGozo boasts wonderful views whichever way you look, with the beautiful turquoise hues of the Mediterranean meeting the eye wherever you go. Gozo is predominantly a fishing and agricultural island, and everything is done at a much slower pace than on Malta. The island’s beaches are small but beautiful and there are lots of picturesque coves to swim in.


There are also many underwater caves and the area is rich in marine life, making Gozo a go-to place for divers to stay. On dry land, tourists can explore the history of Homer’s Odyssey as Gozo is thought to be the Calypso Isle, or you can visit the many baroque churches on the island. Neighbouring Comino is largely uninhabited and only has one small hotel, for the ultimate getaway, where it almost feels like you have the island to yourself.


Malta is the destination of choice for those that like their beach holiday splattered with history and heritage, with lots to do aside from relaxing in the wonderful Mediterranean sunshine. Wherever you stay on the island, you are sure to go home after having the ultimate in rest and relaxation.



Accommodation in Gozo




Qawra and Bugibba

BugibbaQawra is a small beach town, where holidaymakers can enjoy a traditional beach holiday without the crowds of other popular Mediterranean Islands. There are small boutique hotels to enjoy and the area is particularly good for those wanting a romantic break. Small restaurants and cafés are open during the summer season, to give tourists a taste of traditional Maltese dishes such as Pastizzi, a snack made of pastry and filled with ricotta cheese or mushy peas.


Bugibba is smaller again, but once again perfectly formed. With intimate beaches, great diving spots and warm, family run restaurants, Bugibba offers a little slice of heaven in the Mediterranean. Children will love the Bugibba water park and the fun train that tours the resort. Both Qawra and Bugibba are good places to stay if you want to explore Gozo and Comino, Malta’s other main islands. You can take a water taxi over to the islands or take your time and enjoy a boat cruise around the whole of the area.