Malta and Gozo

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.

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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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Gharb Gozo

Whizz back a few centuries and teeny tiny Gharb would be no more than a hamlet. Today, however, this village in western Gozo has grown in size but definitely hasn’t dwindled in charm.

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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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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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Day trip to Gozo

Day trip to Gozo

Malta and Gozo

When the weather is calm enough, you can take a ferry from Malta to Gozo, one of the sister islands. When you get to Gozo you can visit some of the oldest religious structures in the world, the Ggantija...
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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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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Lord Chambray Brewery

Lord Chambray Brewery

Malta and Gozo

Real ale fans should quench their thirst at the first microbrewery in Maltese history . Founded by the D’Imperio family in 2014, you can take a tour around the Lord Chambray Brewery and try some of their...
Fliegu Restaurant

Fliegu Restaurant

Malta and Gozo

Visit Fliegu Restaurant to enjoy great food with impressive panoramic views of the channel, whether you dine in or eat on the terrace. On the menu there’s local and Mediterranean cuisine, freshly caught fish...

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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Duke Shopping Mall

Duke Shopping Mall

Malta and Gozo

Duke Shopping Mall in the heart of Gozo is a one-stop shop. You’ll find everything from branded clothing to homewares and a wellbeing centre. The Food Store has a delicatessen with all you’ll need to pack a...
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...

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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