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Malta packs an awful lot into its 316km2 area. The island’s sun and sand appeals to many visitors, and with July averages around 30°C and winter temperatures into the teens, it’s got weather appeal all year round. The island’s resorts are varied with the big resorts like Bugibba, Qawra, St Paul’s Bay, Sliema, St Julian’s, and Mellieha in the north where the coast is rocky and dramatic. The south is quieter, with little fishing villages, quiet coves and more local character. There’s lots of history on this Crusader island that was awarded the George Cross for its heroism in World War II. Valletta, the capital, has rich architectural treasures, and is a UNESCO World Heritage City, while Mdina and Rabat have medieval and Roman roots showing. In fact, the island has the highest density of historic sites of any country on earth.
You should feel yourself starting to wind down within a few minutes of arriving in Malta – perhaps once you’re clear of the airport. There’s a laid-back atmosphere here that’s fitting of the island’s Mediterranean culture making it the ideal place to slow things down. The south coast is quieter than the north on the main island, and the neighbouring island of Gozo offers even more seclusion.
Look for spa hotels if you really want to recharge your batteries. Mellieha has the likes of the Radisson Blu Malta Golden Sands while the Hotel Phoenicia in Valletta has a very classic, old-school feel to it. Malta’s towns and cities are all small, and Valletta is great for a laid-back stroll. Even the island’s festivals – jazz and classical music – tend towards the quieter end of the spectrum.
Language: Maltese (English widely spoken)
English speaking: Yes
Local Time: GMT+2 Hours
Airport name: Malta International Airport (MLA)
Flight time: Approx 4 hours
Distance to city centre: 9km to Valletta
Transfer options: Shuttles, taxis and buses can be utilised from the airport on arrival. We also offer a range of transfer services which can be purchased along your booking journey in the Extras section.
Book by midnight 31st August, £30 discount per booking, 7/8 nights departing in June, July and August booking must include Monarch or Norwegian flights from London Gatwick and Manchester to selected airports only: Alicante/Corfu/Faro/Fuerteventura/Gran Canaria/Lanzarote/Larnaca/Malaga/Palma/Paphos/Tenerife South
Booking dates: 1st June – 31st August 2016
Travel dates: 1st June – 31st August 2016
Duration: 7 & 8nts only
£30 discount per booking
Must include a Norwegian or Monarch flight from London Gatwick or Manchester into the following airports only: Alicante/Corfu/Faro (Algarve)/Fuerteventura/Gran Canaria/Lanzarote/Larnaca/Malaga/Palma (Majorca)/Paphos/Tenerife South
Today St Paul’s Bay is Malta’s biggest northern resort. It’s almost a microcosm of the island with a fine Old Town complemented by lots of resort hotels – running around the coast to Bugibba and Qawra – on a rocky, rugged shoreline. There’s lots of laid-on entertainment in the hotels and the town, including a casino in Bugibba. Buses take visitors on the short ride along the coast to Golden Bay and Mellieha Bay which are the nearest sandy beaches.
Part of the growing tourist strip of St Paul’s Bay, Bugibba is the liveliest of this set of coastal resorts, with lots of shiny new hotels and a cinema and casino among its entertainment offerings, plus a small water park that’s good for young children. Diving and scuba diving are popular ways to make the most of the gorgeous coast here, with boating trips also a top choice. The dining and nightlife has a strong British flavour, but you will find Maltese dishes on menus too. Like St Paul’s Bay it doesn’t boast a fantastic sandy beach, but those are easy to find nearby, and the resort has now introduced an artificial stretch of sand on top of the rocks.
The biggest resort on the island boasts good shopping, a lovely waterfront and some of the history that makes Malta such a special place. It’s very close to Valletta and ferry trips to the capital are a popular excursion. Sliema has a very laid-back and sophisticated air with no less than three seafronts to enjoy. A very good promenade is well served with street cafes and playgrounds for the kids. There are excellent sea views almost everywhere you go – a signal tower built by the Knights of St John is still standing. Sliema has some of the island’s best shopping, with local lace and silver crafts on offer as well as international brands in The Point shopping mall.
Inland you’ll find Malta’s old capital, Mdina, with its history going back more than 4,000 years. As the Old City is now deserted it’s called the Silent City, though that doesn’t stop the traffic from flowing through. The walled city really is stunning, a labyrinthine collection of narrow streets lined with stone palaces built from the Norman period onward. The Cathedral, named St Paul’s after the Apostle who may well have come here, is also impressive and the town is home to several museums including national collections. There are also plenty of touristy shops, cafés and restaurants, though they don’t break the historic spell – you can even enjoy your cuppa on the city walls. The Roman settlement at Rabat is just a short walk away.