Malta

Getting Know to Malta

The island of Malta may only be 17 miles long by 8 miles wide, but it has a lot of diversity between its beaches, towns and countryside. Whether you’re looking for a walking holiday, lively nightlife, somewhere with a sandy beach or want to soak up the country’s long and rich history, holidays in Malta will have somewhere perfect for you. Check out this guide to the popular resorts in Malta and make your trip to this Mediterranean Island unforgettable.

Mellieha Bay

The quaint town of Mellieha is one of the most popular places to visit in Malta due to its famous beach. The beach at Mellieha Bay is the longest stretch of golden sand in Malta. The sandy shore gradually slopes towards the warm, shallow waters making the beach a hot spot for families with small children. However, Mellieha is not just exclusively for families, couples can enjoy a day on the beach, trying their hand at the water sports available or just relaxing on the sand, before exploring the charming town of Mellieha. Mellieha has some excellent restaurants serving fresh seafood and traditional Maltese dishes – perfect for a romantic evening out.

Sliema

Couples looking for a more lively resort will enjoy the cosmopolitan resort of Sliema, located on the central east coast of Malta. Sliema’s major attraction is the boulevard that runs along the seafront. The boulevard has a great selection of elegant restaurants and swanky bars that will appeal to those who want to see and be seen in Malta. Sliema is also home to the exclusive ‘The Ferries’ shopping area which has designer shops and romantic boutiques. A major attraction for couples to Sliema are the fantastic spas. The Hotel Fortina Malta has an excellent spa, with Thalasso therapy pools, special spa suite rooms and a range of facial, wrap, scrub and massage treatments.

Bugibba

The busiest tourist resort in Malta is Bugibba. The lively resort has a great town life, right by the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and is a popular choice with walkers.  It’s popular for people to organise tours themselves, meeting at a bus stop or landmark in the morning, before a day of hiking and walking.  Next to the quiet St Paul’s Bay, there are many coastal paths to explore around Bugibba that go up and over the cliffs next to St Paul’s Bay. The views from the cliffs are breath-taking and the top of the cliffs have plenty of local flora and fauna. If you head north over the cliffs to Mellieha Bay, you’ll find famous landmarks including the Selmun Palace and Fort Campbell.

St Julian’s

St Julians Bay MaltaIf you want a group holiday with a difference, then head to the vibrant resort of St Julian’s. This lively resort is home to the main nightclubs in Malta, in an area known as Paceville. Paceville has a great choice of pubs, clubs and bars that cater to all music tastes and styles. There’s a sandy beach at St Julian’s to relax on during the day. Away from Paceville, St Julian’s is actually very laid-back and you’ll find al fresco restaurants overlooking the pretty harbours and marinas. Spinola Bay in St Julian’s is home to some of the finest restaurants in Malta, making the resort a great choice for couples too. Plus, St Julian’s is just a stone throw from the cultural capital city, Valletta.

Valletta City

Lovers of culture and history will adore a holiday to Malta; its ancient temples are the oldest of their kind in the world and the capital city of Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its amount of forts, monuments and historical sites.  Valletta is one of Europe’s most recognisable cities due to its impressive fortified harbours. Although once used solely for industrial purposes, the harbours are now fully catered to amuse visitors with chic restaurants and shops. There are excellent museums and attractions to visit in Valletta, including the Museum of Archaeology, the National War Museum and Fort St Elmo.