Best places to stay in Malta
Valletta 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.
Mellieha 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.
St 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.
Qawra and Bugibba
Qawra 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.
Gozo 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.