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Malta, The Hidden Gem!
Malta is a hidden gem right at the heart of the Mediterranean Sea situated directly south of Italy. Malta is one of the warmest parts of Europe, boasting year-round sunshine with average temperatures over 30°C in July and August and no lower than 15°C in winter months.
Malta is a small island, roughly the size of the Isle of Wight. You can drive from one end of Malta the other in about an hour! Despite its size, Malta is jam packed with things to see and do. There are medieval towns and prehistoric temples to explore, sandy beaches and crystal clear waters to swim, dive and surf. Try ‘Pastizzi’, a diamond shaped flaky pastry served as street food across the island. Fantastic shopping and a bustling nightlife means there is something for everyone in this stunning holiday destination.
Malta is just over a 3 hour flight from the UK and has the added advantage of using the same 3 pin plugs as the UK and driving on the left hand side of the road!
There are many great places to stay as the base for your holiday each with its own individual character. Read on to find the best holiday base for you!
Buġibba is a village on the Northern coastline of Malta that forms part of a cluster of villages together with Qawra and St. Paul's Bay. Bugibba, pronounced ‘Budgie-bahhhhh’ has a sheltered bay with calm waters making it a great destination for swimmers and sunbathers. It boasts a long 3k seafront promenade walk from the edge of Qawra right up to St. Paul's Bay, ideal for an after-dinner walk. There are plenty of bars to stop at along the way! At the St Paul’s Bay end of the promenade there is a small harbour with traditional, brightly painted fishing boats.
During the day, Bugibba features upmarket places to eat, as well as colourful ice-cream parlours all located round a central square. There is a water park to keep the kids happy! After sunset, you can dance the night away in neon-lit bars and clubs.
Qawra, pronounced ‘our-rah’, is a little calmer than its boisterous neighbour Bugibba. There are still plenty of bars and restaurants to visit and lots to see and do! The beach is a little rocky but great for swimming and snorkelling.
Qawra hosts the national aquarium - one of the biggest tourist attractions on the island. It has a starfish shaped design and has nearly 200 different species. You can walk under the main tank for some spectacular views!
Qawra also has a classic car museum where you can go back through time and revisit the golden eras of motoring of the 40s, 50s and 60s together with seeing the fashions of the time!
Mellieha is perched on a hilltop in the northernmost part of Malta. It is one of the quieter, laidback holiday locations compared to some of the more developed resorts on the island. Mellieha is surrounded by the sea on all sides and features many of the best sandy beaches around - Mellieha Bay, Golden Bay and Paradise Bay. For kids, there is Popeye Village, an entertainment park based on the real film set for the 1980’s Popeye film. The Parish Church of Mellieha and The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mellieħa are worth a visit and look spectacular when lit up at night. The Red Tower has amazing views over the bay and the whole island.
St Julian’s is a seaside town on Malta’s eastern coast close to Sliema. It is a great place to sample Malta’s authentic cuisine in its waterfront restaurants. The sandy beach is quite small and quite popular with tourists. St Julian’s main sight is the Spinola Palace, an impressive 17th century Baroque building which has served a number of purposes over the years. The Paceville area of St Julian’s is the party capital of the island. There is everything from loud sports bars to elegant cocktail lounges and many clubs where you can dance the night away,
Roll the clock back a few decades and Sliema was just a small fishing village. It is now one of the more vibrant and commercial areas on the island. Sliema attracts many visitors, from the luxury tourist to the independent traveller and the backpacker. The promenade known as ‘the front’ is around 3 miles long with plenty of bars and restaurants to stop and take in the bay. The Point shopping mall is the largest on the island and is a favourite shopping destination for locals and tourists alike.
Valletta is the capital city of Malta and is situated in the southeast region of the island. The walled city was built in the 16th century on a peninsula by the Knights of St. John. Valletta is known for its museums, palaces and grand churches, seemingly on every corner. The main streets are full of the larger international shops, whilst the narrow side streets are full of smaller characterful shops and cafés. Tour the grand harbour or visit the co-cathedral of St John to see its amazing Baroque interior. There is an abundance of charm in Europe’s smallest capital!
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MG Singh from UAE on May 08, 2021:
This is a fine article on Malta. I remember flying in our IL-76 and stopping for refueling for a day there, on way to the USA. Lovely place.