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Malta and Gozo holidays

Malta has lots to shout about – there’s almost year-round sun, and plenty of upbeat resorts like Sliema, St Julian’s and Bugibba. Its three UNESCO sites – made up of ancient temples, Roman ruins and medieval cities – make it a totally unique place to visit, plus it’s now on the festival radar.

No.23 – TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Destinations
History-seekers, festival-goers, and sun-worshippers have been all smiles after visiting Malta – so much so, it’s now number 23 in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Destinations in Europe.

Language

Maltese (and often English)

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

from €1.50 a bottle

3 course meal

usually a set menu for around €15

Flight times

3-4hrs

Beautiful coastline

You’ve got three islands to enjoy here: Malta’s the biggest, with sleepy Gozo floating to the north, and the tiny Comino in between. Their rocky coastline is wildly dramatic – think cliffs and romantic pebbly coves. There are a few impressive, Blue-Flagged sandy beaches dotted around, too.

Amazing sights

Cathedrals and religious structures have made their mark on the islands, with Baroque buildings filling the streets of Mdina and Valletta. But they all look positively youthful compared to the megalithic temples and remnants found near St Paul’s Bay. It’s certainly a cultural and historic melting pot.

Charming, lively resorts

Lots of Malta’s big seaside towns– especially Sliema, Qawra and Bugibba – are blessed with wide promenades, and lots of restaurants and fun things to do. St Julian’s is a really chic option, while if you’re after peace and quiet, the medieval village of Mellieha will charm your socks off.

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Xewkija (Gozo)

‘Spectacular’ is the only word that springs to mind here. Cast your eyes on Xewkiya’s Church of St. John The Baptist, standing proudly on the village horizon.

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Xaghra (Gozo)

Right in the middle of Malta’s Gozo Island, Xagħra is a village with a wondrous past.

Beaches

For a classic day on the beach, head to the sweeping Golden Bay – close to Mellieha, it’s gifted with soft, dusty sand and shallow water that’s suited to paddling. Mellieha Bay has a great stretch, too. So if you’re after a bit of choice, Malta’s got it in spades.

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Armier Bay Beach

Armier Bay Beach

Mellieha, Malta and Gozo

With vibrant turquoise water and pale sand, this northerly beach is a gem. It’s set away from any major developments, so it’s chilled and natural. Some Maltese families have their summer boathouses here and...
Bugibba Beach

Bugibba Beach

Bugibba, Malta and Gozo

Spend the day relaxing on Bugibba's perched beach, which can be found close to St Paul's Bay. Its location, cleanliness and soft sandy shores are the main reasons it's popular with locals and tourists alike....

Sights

Malta’s bursting with historical sights, from mysterious temples to the palazzos of the walled city of Mdina. In Valletta, there’s plenty of architecture left over from the days of the crusaders, and perfectly-preserved war rooms from the Second World War. It’s a fantastic site for historic ruins and blemishes of bygone times.

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Casa Rocca Piccola

Casa Rocca Piccola

Valletta, Malta and Gozo

Home to the noble de Piro family, this 16th-century palace is also an aristocratic museum open to the public. See the wooden chest believed to be the oldest existing example of Maltese furniture, and examine...
Day trip to Comino

Day trip to Comino

Malta and Gozo

Go and explore Malta's sister island of Comino with a day trip by ferry. There, you can explore the natural caves that line the coast, or visit the famous Blue Lagoon and enjoy swimming or snorkelling. On the...

Activities

Families flock to wild waterparks, with one major draw sitting between Sliema and St Paul’s Bay. And watersports are big, especially in Qawra and Bugibba, where a sheltered bay keeps the waves really calm for water-skiing and banana boats. Exploring the little towns and waterside paths is essential.

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A pretty promenade

A pretty promenade

Bugibba, Malta and Gozo

Bugibba has a well-paved promenade where you can take in superb panoramic views where the sky meets the sea. Check out St Paul’s Island off the coast. Some of the flat rocks in front of the prom make nice spots...
Aquatica

Aquatica

St Paul's Bay , Malta and Gozo

These guys are experts in pretty much everything water-related. They have a fantastic dive school with modern equipment and wide variety of dive sites for all abilities. If you feel brave try deep free diving,...

Eating and drinking

Traditional meals here are all about freshly-netted seafood. Most Maltese places do their own version of a tasty fish pie, keeping homely touches on tap. And if you’re in search of bags of flavour, garlic-packed stews are big around here. It’s all finished off with the local tipple – prickly-pear liqueur.

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Corinthia Palace Hotel

Corinthia Palace Hotel

San Anton, Malta and Gozo

A stunning five-star hotel with great restaurants attached. Choose between the indoor elegance and British tea at Villa Corinthia or the Oriental eatery of Rickshaw. If you want to sit outdoors and enjoy light...
de Mondion Restaurant

de Mondion Restaurant

Mdina, Malta and Gozo

An intimate restaurant with incredible views from the centuries-old city walls, de Mondion has an award-winning kitchen. Watch the sun set from the terraces and enjoy fine dining in elegant surroundings. The...

Shopping

If you want shopping malls filled with familiar names, stretch your legs around Sliema and you’ll quickly tick boxes. Meanwhile in Valletta, the island’s capital, you’ll discover that the city does a great line in fashion boutiques and quirky craft shops. So get ready for a spree!

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Arkadia

Arkadia

Malta and Gozo

If you need to top up on some holiday essentials or fancy some retail therapy Arkadia has it all. It is the biggest shopping centre on Gozo and is open late. Over three floors you’ll find fashion, food and...
Bay Street Shopping Complex

Bay Street Shopping Complex

St Julian's, Malta and Gozo

Bay Street Shopping Complex has more than 60 outlets all under one roof. Located in St George's Bay, it's open every day, including public holidays. Shops you might recognise include Marks & Spencer, Adidas and...

Nightlife

Sure, things seem cool, calm and collected here across Malta and Gozo, but glammed-up St Julian’s is Malta’s big party town, full of chic nightclubs to brag about. Bugibba’s a great after-dark spot, too, with a raft of fun bars and Brit pubs to chill out in.

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Bugibba Square

Bugibba Square

Bugibba, Malta and Gozo

The main square of Bugibba is where you'll find all the after-dark action bubbling away. As well as bars, clubs and restaurants, you'll also find cinemas and casinos. But it's not just adults that are catered...
Café del Mar

Café del Mar

Bugibba, Malta and Gozo

For stunning views over the Med, this stylish open-air bar is ideal for if you want to infuse some glamour into your holiday. Arrive during the day to make the most of the infinity pools and sunbeds. And as the...
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