Where to Stay in Malta

Where to Stay in Malta

The islands of Malta have the reputation of being one of the best beach holiday destinations in the Mediterranean. It’s endless seas and warm climate make hanging out in water an easy choice. While the beaches are reason enough, there are plenty more good reasons to visit. Beautiful architecture, delectable food in a variety of cuisines, English is on of the national languages, ancient heritage, lively nightlife with numerous bars and pubs, and friendly locals.

 

As more and more people from the different parts of the world, head to Malta for fun in the sun. Finding a nice place to stay for the duration of the trip is often one of the biggest problems. Many make the mistake thinking that Malta is so small and there might be not enough places to stay. But Malta has good value accommodation – another reason to visit the island. In most  areas of Malta, a wide variety of accommodation is available to cater to the different kinds of travelers.

 

 

Best Places to Stay in Malta

 

Where to stay when you visit Malta will depend on your travel preferences, who you are traveling with, and the things expected to see and experience during the stay. Malta is small in size, which makes it easy to travel from one place to the next in just a short time even with public transport, giving you the opportunity to explore the whole island. If you visit Malta make plans to stay for at least week.

 

 

The Island of Malta


 

Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, the Island of Malta is renowned for its natural beauty and scenic landscapes. It is the largest of the three main islands of the Maltese archipelago. The Hypogeum temple, an important archaeological attraction, is the only underground prehistoric temple in the world. Other popular tourist spots include the dolphin show at Mediterraneo Marine Park, the St. John’s Co-Cathedral, and the Upper Barrakka Gardens. Travelers can visit the Mdina Old City, dive into the crystal clear waters, and explore the Mnajdra Temples. The island has a man-made harbor and three natural harbors.

The Good

• Plenty of historic and cultural attractions
• Scenic landscapes
• Excellent facilities for water sports
• Rich flora and fauna
• Ideal for those seeking a quiet destination

The Bad

• Being a small area it can get quite crowded during the holiday seasonsBest For

 

• Couples
• Families
• Seniors
• Beach lovers
• Nature lovers
• Water sports enthusiasts

 

 

Marsaxlokk

 

Famous for its decorative “eyed” painted luzzus (fishing boats) and big Sunday fish market, Marsaxlokk attracts thousands of tourists every year. This small fishing village dates back to the ninth century BC and boasts a lovely beach with golden sand and crystalline waters. Visitors can relax at the St. Peters Pool, enjoy fabulous views at Marsaxlokk Bay, and attend the annual village feasts. If you take the bus from Valletta, you can arrive here in less than 30 minutes. This town is small enough to walk around and visit everything in one day. Don’t miss the Sunday market, which is the best place in Malta for buying fish.

The Good

• Tranquil atmosphere
• Scenic landscapes
• Numerous seafood restaurants
• Picturesque photo opportunities
• Special local events throughout the year

The Bad

• Parking can be difficult near the waterfront
• Limited shopping
• Very few places to go for evening entertainment

Best For

• Families
• Nature lovers

 

 

St. Paul’s Bay

 

Situated in the Northern Region of Malta, St. Paul’s Bay is a must-visit destination for beach and nature lovers. This picturesque town offers plenty of things to do, such as swimming, exploring Paradise Bay, and taking long walks on the seafront promenade. Those who come here can take a water taxi and visit the nearby islands, have fun at the late-night bars in the area, and discover the sunken statue of Jesus Christ. If you love history and culture, explore the megalithic temples of Xemxija and Bugibba. Other notable attractions are the Ta’ Tabibu farmhouse and Arrias Battery.

The Good

• Numerous archaeological remains
• Long, sandy beaches with turquoise waters
• Lively atmosphere
• Fantastic views of the Mediterranean
• First-class shopping

The Bad

• St. Paul’s Bay gets very crowded in the summer
• Limited accommodation options

Best For

• Couples
• Families
• Foodies
• Nature lovers

 

Valetta

 

Unlike most European capitals, Valetta is lively during the daytime and quite peaceful at night. Though if you like to stay out after dark you will find enough pubs, bars, and even theaters and cinemas to keep you entertained. If you are coming to Malta for relaxation and sightseeing, Valetta is a great place to stay. You can take a walk around its two lovely harbors and when you get tired, take a stop and rest at the bars with a drink as you enjoy the beautiful views. If you are a backpacker type, Valetta is a good central starting point to visit the other areas in Malta.

The Good

  • Rich history and culture to explore
  • Plenty of excellent restaurants and bars
  • The shopping capital of Malta

The Bad

  • No nice beaches close by
  • Limited accommodation options
  • Being a cruise ship port city it can become crowded especially during the cruise season

Best For

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures

 

 

Bugibba

 

Bugibba is a popular tourist resort area with many bars and pubs and all the kinds of amenities that a holidaymaker might need. The atmosphere is generally lively and exciting – perfect for those who travel alone, with a group of friends, or for couples who just want to have fun. Bugibba also has a lot of beautiful views to offer, so you can simply kick back and enjoy them if you want some R&R.

The Good

  • Lively nightlife and bar scene
  • Plenty of nice restaurants
  • Lots of accommodation options
  • Well connected to public transport routes

The Bad

  • Rocky beaches
  • Limited shopping

Best For

  • Couples
  • Families

 

 

Sliema

 

Sliema is a both a seaside resort and residential town that has a lot of amenities to offer to visitors. Aside from its beautiful views, there are also numerous bars, pubs, and cafes in this area where both locals and tourists often relax and enjoy. This is a great place for travelers who are excited to meet new people and make friends during their trip. If you enjoy people-watching and want to observe how life is lived in Sliema or in Malta, in general, Sliema is the place to be.

The Good

  • Home of the most beautiful seaside boardwalk in Malta
  • Great connections to public transport
  • Wide selection of restaurants and bars
  • Excellent shopping

The Bad

  • Rocky beaches

Best For

  • Couples
  • Families

 

 

 

St. Julian’s

 

The place was once a sleepy fishing village, but it now houses different pubs, bars, and other venues for entertainment. This is probably the one place in Malta that has something for all types of travelers.  If you are the romantic type, St. Julian’s has the perfect setting for candle-lit dinners. It also offers diving and different watersports, perfect for the adventure-seekers. The famous Paceville is also located here for those who enjoy after-hours entertainment.

The Good

  • Paceville is the official party capital of Malta
  • Wide selection of places to eat
  • Excellent public transport access

The Bad

  • Being a nightlife hub, parts of St Julian’s can be loud and attracts a lot of young party goers

Best For

  • Couples
  • Young singles
  • Party goers
  • Foodies

 

 

Mellieha

 

For beach-lovers, Mellieha Bay is arguably the best sandy beach on the whole island. Although being in the far north of the island it is a bit of distant from other holiday areas, Malta’s reliable public transport system will allow you to travel to different places even if you aren’t hiring a car. Mellieha, has a number of nice restaurants and bars along the bay. You can have a drink or enjoy listening to music as you relax with stunning views.

The Good

  • A beautiful sandy beach, more within walking distance
  • A small charming Maltese town with unique character
  • Plenty of accommodation options
  • Good public transport connections and a short distance to the Gozo ferry

The Bad

  • Limited shopping and entertainment

Best For

  • Relaxing holidays
  • Couples
  • Families

 

 

Gozo Island


 

With its old stone farmhouses and amazing landscapes, Gozo is a peaceful, mystical place where time stands still. This place is thought to be the famous Calypso’s isle of Homer’s Odyssey. Its remarkable coastline and red sand beaches attract people from all around the world. Visitors can explore the turquoise bays, eat fresh seafood at award-winning restaurants, and discover the beautiful grottos.

Gozo is ideal for those who love water sports and nature. You can tour the island on a quad bike, stay in an  idyllic Gozo farmhouse, admire the iconic Azure Window, and take pottery classes at Ta’Dbiegi Crafts Village. Feasts are an important tradition in Gozo, and include traditional food, fireworks, and brightly colored costumes.

The Good

• Spectacular coastline and incredible sights
• Quiet, serene atmosphere
• Plenty of things to do and see
• Amazing cuisine
• Numerous historic sites

The Bad

• Gozo is less developed than the island of Malta
• Few clubs and entertainment venues

Best For

• Adventure seekers
• Couples and families
• Water sports enthusiasts

 

 

Ghajnsielem

 

Nestled on the southeastern coast of Gozo, Ghajnsielem offers a realistic reproduction of Bethlehem. The city’s name means Peaceful Spring, which perfectly describes its atmosphere. This animated nativity village features a grotto where visitors can see Baby Jesus and Virgin Mary, but there is also a picnic area, a tavern, and a farmers’ market. Other places of interest in the area include St Anthony’s Church, the Fougasse, the Old Parish Church, and the Apparition Square. History enthusiasts can visit Fort Chambray and Mġarr Harbor. The small town even has its own football club and band club.

The Good

• Idyllic atmosphere
• Lively traditions
• Numerous ruins and historic places
• Stunning views

The Bad

• Limited entertainment options
• Limited shopping

Best for

• Families
• History enthusiasts
• People interested in religion

 

 

Marsalforn

 

The most popular summer resort on the Island of Gozo offers plenty of clubs, bars, and hotels. It’s lovely beach and world-class restaurants attract people of all ages. This idyllic village is well known for its swimming spots and gets crowded during the hot summer months. Travelers can enjoy the sun on the tiny sand beaches at Qbajjar Bay, eat traditional food at La Trattoria, and book sightseeing tours. The large presence of foreign investors in Marsalforn has turned this place into a lively tourist spot with family-friendly attractions.

The Good

• Beautiful natural areas
• Various accommodation options
• Lively atmosphere
• Excellent swimming facilities

The Bad

• Rocky coastline
• Limited shopping

Best For

• Swimmers
• Foodies
• Couples
• Families
• Nature lovers

 

 

Xaghra

 

Xaghra is the largest village on Gozo Island and possible the earliest inhabited area in the region. Famous for its picturesque landscape, this place is guarded by the stunning bays of Marsalforn, Għajn Barrani, and Ramla. The fertile valleys surrounding the village offer breathtaking sights. Tourists can visit the UNESCO World Heritage Ġgantija temple complex, Ninu’s Cave, Xerri’s Grotto, and the Ta’ Kola Windmill. If you’re traveling with children, take them to the Pomskizillious Museum of Toys. The Xagħra Parish is a must-see for those who love history and culture.

The Good

• Beautiful beaches
• Spectacular landscape
• Numerous caves and grottos
• Annual feasts

The Bad

• Limited evening entertainment options
• Limited shopping

Best For

• Families
• History enthusiasts
• Nature lovers

 

 

Xlendi

 

Xlendi is one of the best swimming, diving, and snorkeling spots on Gozo Island. This picturesque village has its own motto and coat of arms as well as a five-person council. Every year, thousands of people come here to visit the Punic Tombs dating back to Byzantine times, the majestic Xlendi Tower, and the Underground Emergency Mill, which was built during the Cold War. There are several chapels in the area, such as Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St Catherine Church, and St Simon Chapel. With its lush valleys and spectacular landscapes, Xlendi is a photographer’s dream. This place boasts stunning cliffs, inky blue sea, pristine beaches, and annual festivities that attract local people and foreigners alike.

The Good
• Numerous historical sites
• Well-maintained facilities for water sports
• Fantastic beaches
• Plenty of restaurants and bars

The Bad
• Limited shopping
• Rocky coastline

Best For
• Water sports enthusiasts
• Families with children
• Couples
• Photographers
• Nature lovers

 

 

Victoria

 

Victoria, the capital city of Gozo, dates back to Neolithic times. Also known as Città Victoria or Rabat (not to be confused with the other city of Rabat on the island of Malta), this place rises above the surrounding countryside. The Cittadella, its main attraction, was built around 1500 BC. For centuries, it served as a sanctuary for local people. Tourists can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, lose themselves in the narrow streets, and have fun in the market square. Most attractions are located within a small area where cars don’t have access, so you have to explore the city by foot. Popular spots include the Villa Rundle Gardens, the War Memorial in Independence Square, the Baroque Basilica of Saint George, and the Gozo archaeological museum. The city is adorned with many churches, such as the Immaculate Conception Church and the Good Shepherd Church.

The Good
• Numerous historic relics and forts
• Two well-equipped gyms
• Annual feasts
• Family-friendly attractions

The Bad
• Limited entertainment options
• It’s hard to drive around the city, so you have to walk a lot. (not always a bad thing!)
• No beaches or swimming spots

Best For
• Families
• Couples
• People who love history and art

 

 

Żebbuġ

 

Żebbuġ, one of the oldest towns in Malta, is built on two hilltop plateaus and boasts a lovely fishing port. Its name means “olive trees.” The village is known for its idyllic coastal spots and fine lacework. Travelers can visit the Parish Church of the Assumption of Mary, discover the old shops in the town’s square, and attend the celebrations dedicated to St. Philip, which takes place in June. Other places of interest include the city gate and the Qolla l-Bajda Battery. Throughout the village, there are numerous chapels dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

The Good

• Surreal natural beauty and stunning views
• Numerous religious sites
• Quiet atmosphere

The Bad

• Limited shopping and dining
• Limited accommodation
• No beaches

Best For

• History and culture enthusiasts
• Families
• Couples
• Relaxing holidays

Accommodation Options in Malta


 

The different types of accommodations in Malta are as diverse as the people who visit for varied purposes. It is packed with a wide range of excellent accommodation options. Whether you want to stay on your allotted budget or are happy to spend more for luxury accommodation, you can find a great place to stay that will meet your needs. One of the more popular types of accommodation that many people are considering during their stay in Malta are short term rental apartments.

 

 

Short Term Apartments

 

If you are travelling with your family, you can find a spacious apartment in Sliema that will cater up to six people. In the center of Sliema, close to the different entertainment venues and restaurants. High standards of furnishing, lighting, and appliances. It is also air conditioned, has a living room, and a furnished kitchen where you can prepare meals. For only 85 euros per night, you will have the chance to live for a few weeks in one of the most convenient parts of the island.

 

If you prefer the slightly quieter town of Bugibba, short term apartments are available that are just a walking distance to the beach. Aside from having the convenience of different amenities like kitchen, Wi-Fi, TV, beds, shower, etc. you will enjoy a spacious and well-lit property with a view of the sea from the balcony. The great location will also allow you access to the many bars and restaurants where you can enjoy different cuisines or a good time in the many bars.

 

In St. Julian’s, there a number of short term rentals available for as low as 51 euros per night. They have great sleeping arrangements and can house as many as 6 people- perfect for those who are traveling in a group. It is also equipped with a variety of amenities for a convenient stay, many will come with a parking space for those who decide to rent a car.

You will also have the chance to learn more about the area you have chosen to stay in, as your local hosts will usually be more than happy to give you recommendations and some inside local knowledge.

 

 

 

 

Other Accommodation Options

 

Hotels are another popular accommodation option in Malta. You can choose to stay in a 2-star to a 5-star hotel during your stay. There are many hotels all over Malta, but Alexandra Hotel in the heart of St. Julian’s, which is just a few minute walk to Paceville and the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Valetta city are among the most popular.

 

There is also the option of staying in an “aparthotel” a useful cross between an apartment and a hotel. The Alborada Aparthotel is popular in Sliema with a great sea view and easy access to the different parts of the area. There is another one, the 115 Strand Aparthotel which has a relaxing space and just a walking distance to the different shops, restaurants, and cafes.

 

Guesthouses are also available if you want a more home-like stay. There are some of them in Valetta such as the Osti Pensione and Bonheur guesthouses that will provide you with a comfortable stay. Aside from guesthouses, farmhouses are also popular among tourists. The Aabel is a luxury farmhouse if you can afford to spend a bit more, while the Ta’ Peppi farmhouse will offer you a spacious and well-lit area.

 

 

A visit to Malta is always as exciting as the first time you went on vacation. The island may be small, yet it has so much to offer from food and entertainment to attractions and accommodation.

Often rated as having the world’s best climate (alongside Ecuador), you can check out the expected monthly temperatures on Holiday Weather. Malta is a place that’s got everything covered for you. All you have to do is visit, relax, enjoy, and keep coming back.

 

 

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