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Scenery lovers:

Visit Gozo and explore the church of Ta' Pinu and view the Azure Window at Dwejra.

Couples:

Visit the capital Valletta and the town of Mosta with its impressive domed church, and take a stroll through the walled town of Mdina.

Swimmers:

Take a boat to Comino’s Blue Lagoon.

Fast facts

Language: Malta has two official languages: Maltese and English.

Currency: The currency used in Malta is Euro (€).

Local time: Malta is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Malta has one international airport, which is about 8km south of the capital Valletta.

Flight time from UK: Approx. 3 hours.

Tourist Information: Further Malta tourist information can be found here.

Visa & Health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Malta.

Weather & Climate

Temperature: Mid 30s (°C) in summer.

Best time to visit Malta: June or September, when the weather is pleasantly hot and the beaches less crowded.

The weather in Malta is typically Mediterranean, with hot and dry summers and mild winters. Summer temperatures can reach the mid-30s (°C), and it rarely goes below 15°C even in January.

Getting Around

By bus: An extensive network of buses runs on the mainland and Gozo, making getting around in Malta straightforward.

By ferry: Regular ferries run between Malta, Gozo and Comino.

By car: British drivers will find that hiring a car is a practical way to see the best places in Malta, as everyone drives on the left.

By water taxi: Take one of the water taxis that shuttle across Valletta’s Grand Harbour for a ride in a traditional Maltese boat called a dghajsa (pronounced dye-sa).

Events

Carnival: February is carnival time in Malta, with five days of colourful parades, fantastic costumes and dancing in the streets.

Holy Week: Easter brings lively processions and plenty of feasting during Holy Week.

Saint’s Day: Every town and village has its own saint’s day celebration called a festa – another excuse for music, dancing and fireworks. These festi run all year round, but they really kick off from the last week in April with the feast of St Publius in Floriana.

Jazz festivals: July in Malta doesn’t mean just lying on the beaches: it’s also the time of the huge arts and jazz festivals in Valletta.

Holidays in Malta

In the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, the Maltese Islands offer the perfect holiday destination. With year round warm temperatures, soak up the culture at UNESCO World Heritage Sites, marvel at breath-taking views and indulge in the diverse activities available to suit all tastes and budgets. The Maltese islands boast many attractions and an annual calendar full of festivals and events. Steeped in history and buzzing with culture and nightlife, Malta is the ideal getaway.

Prices start from £234

The northern coast of Malta has the island’s longest beach at Mellieha Bay. Just a bit further to the south-east, the large buzzing resorts of Qawra and Bugibba are tucked side by side into St Paul’s Bay. You’ll find some of Malta’s best sandy beaches hugging the north-western coast at Golden Bay. Malta’s small but elegant capital, Valletta, is filled with narrow historic streets and surrounded by dramatic fortifications. The rocky shores north of the capital are home to the classy resorts of Sliema and St Julian’s. Head to Malta’s little sister island Gozo for a taste of rural peace.

Mellieha Bay

Mellieha bay in MALTA

Boasting the longest sandy beach on the island, with gently shelving sands, an abundance of watersports and numerous beach bars, this is an excellent choice for a proper beach holiday. Book a Malta hotel in Melliha Bay for wonderful views from the rocky ridge overlooking the white sandy beach.

Bugibba

Bugibba in MALTA

The sheltered waters off Bugibba's rocky beach are ideal for bathing and watersports, and lidos provide an excellent alternative. From the promenade, lined with restaurants and cafés, walk into the centre to do some shopping. Nightlife is varied with bars, discos and casinos.

Qawra

Qawra in Malta

This lively resort sits on St Paul’s Bay next to its popular neighbour Bugibba. Stay in a Qawra hotel and take a stroll along the bustling promenade lined with bars, cafés and restaurants. Soak up Malta’s rich history as you wander past imposing 17th-century watchtowers towards Qawra Point.



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  • Reputation for traditional Maltese hospitality
  • Shared dining and leisure facilities split between two interconnected hotels
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Malta, Qawra

Qawra Palace Hotel
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  • Prime position on the seafront promenade
  • Friendly atmosphere
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Malta, Sliema

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  • Great views across the bay towards Valletta's Old Town
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