Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta lies just south of Sicily and north of Libya. Due to its strategic location Malta was historically a prime naval base for many armies, something that has greatly contributed to Malta’s landscape and history.
Flights and Accommodation
Flights are available from Abu Dhabi and Dubai with prices in June to August averaging around AED 2,500.
For a small island Malta has a variety of accommodation which varies in style and price. We list the best locations to stay depending on your preferences.
Sliema and St Julians
Set alongside Malta’s scenic promenade Sliema and St Julians are by far the most popular places for tourists to stay. One main benefits of staying in this area is that getting around the island is extremely easy, with buses and taxis on every corner. The large majority of the excursions also leave from Sliema making a day trip to Comino hassle free. Sliema boasts Malta’s largest shopping district and is also home to Malta’s largest shopping mall, The Point. Mainly a high end residential area, Sliema is a postcode that brings about its own bragging rights with apartments ranging from AED 1,250,00.00 upwards.
Next to Sliema is St Julians, a hub of activity and nightlife. Filled with great restaurants and entertainment venues St Julians is within walking distance to Paceville, where all the nightlife is based.
A World Heritage City Valletta is known for its stunning cathedrals and bustling coffee shops. Not many hotels are located in Valletta as it’s mainly the commercial district of Malta however with the recently opened Valletta Waterfront this is a trend that is slowly changing. Valletta is only 15 minutes’ drive from Sliema and St. Julians. The main bus terminal is located in Valletta therefore making exploring the island simple.
Situated to the north of the island Mellieha offers the largest beach in Malta and is popular with young families due to its relaxed atmosphere. If you are staying in Mellieha it is worth renting a car as it is a 45 minute journey to Valletta.
If you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful vacation we would recommend Qawra as most of the large and low priced hotels are situated here. This area is very busy with lots to see and do however it is quieter that it’s neighbouring Bugibba.
One of Malta’s largest seaside resorts the coastline promenade stretches from Salina Bay to St Paul’s Bay offering some of the best open sea views in Malta. The shore is rocky but the water is deep and clean providing a great location for topping up your tan. Bugibba has a very large selection of bars, cafes and restaurants.
Malta is a popular tourist destination. Its warm climate, friendly islanders, magnificent restaurants and historical monuments welcome almost two million tourist a year. Malta has two official languages Maltese and English, making getting around the island extremely easy. As a member of the EU Malta’s official currency is the Euro.
Malta has a subtropical–Mediterranean climate and therefore has very mild winters and hot summers. Throughout the year you can expect temperatures to average 23 Celsius dropping to 17 Celsius at night. Summer starts from mid-April with temperatures averaging 19 Celsius in the day and rising steadily throughout the 8 months. The warmest month is August where temperatures rise to 35 Celsius. November is the start of the winter season with temperatures dropping to 17 Celsius and most of the rainfall happens in this month. The sea temperature averages 20 Celsius throughout the year making having a swim a tempting prospect. Malta also boasts the highest sunshine duration in Europe with over 3,000 hours per year, doubling that of northern European cities.
Don’t be fooled by the size of Malta even through the island is only 122 mi2 there is plenty to see and do. Getting around the island is easy. Tourists can hire a car or take a bus. If you are staying outside the main tourist areas taxis are few and far between.
Malta is one of the friendliest countries you will every visit. Family is very important and you will find that many families still sit around the table every evening to enjoy a meal together.
Malta boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, Valletta and seven Megalithic Temples, which are some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world and even outdate Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids.