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Holidays in Malta

With its scenic bays, hot climate and buzzing local nightlife, the island of Malta is a hidden gem in the heart of the Mediterranean. Relax on one of the picture-perfect beaches, or take a boat ride to nearby Comino to enjoy a dip in the Blue Lagoon. Plus, the island comes to life in the summertime, playing host to some major festivals and exciting nightlife all around the coastline.

16-30 °C

Expect glorious sunshine in the summer, and comfortable temperatures during the winter season.

3 hours

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

Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Malta for long lazy days at the beach, a fascinating mix of cultures and a captivating underwater world.

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Luna Holiday Complex

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Ideal for families and couples
  • Rooftop pool with beautiful views
  • Close to the beach

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  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
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Qawra Palace Hotel

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Seafront location
  • Short walk to Qawra bars and restaurants
  • Spa with sauna

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db Seabank Resort & Spa

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Across from Mellieha Beach
  • TripAdvisor Travellers Choice award
  • Hotel-run Kids' club

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  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
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Hotel Gillieru Harbour

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Overlooking St Paul's bay
  • Sea view terrace and rooftop terrace
  • Weekend Pizzeria

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What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
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Grand Excelsior Hotel

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Private section of beach
  • TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice award
  • Beautiful views of Marsamxett Harbour

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What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
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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.

Small but perfectly formed, Malta packs a lot into its tiny islands. Beautiful beaches line the coast at Golden Bay, the perfect spot for a boat ride past the grottoes and cliffs that mark this north-western coast. Explore the atmospheric alleys of the capital, Valletta, and the winding medieval lanes of the former capital, Mdina. Take the ferry, or even a seaplane, to tranquil Gozo and go diving into its fascinating Blue Hole. Spend a day on the miniature island of Comino, where the white sands of the Blue Lagoon lead to shimmering waters.

You can look forward to some great festivals being held on the island. The Lost and Found festival with Annie Mac takes place in early April, then later in June, Malta will host the massive Isle of MTV festival. Lovers of techno and house music won’t want to miss the Glitch Festival in September.

Malta has plenty of attractions to suit every kind of holiday. Experience Maltese nightlife around the island’s hotspots, like St .Julian’s and Sliema. History buffs will love a visit to medieval Mdina, the impressive northern city with a history dating back 4,000 years. Plus, no visit to Malta would be complete without a trip to the capital, Valletta. Walk along the ramparts and look across the harbour where famous battles were fought. 

More peaceful and rural than its sister island, Gozo is home to unspoilt villages with ornate features. Victoria, the lively capital, has a striking citadel and the central square, It-Tokk or ‘the meeting place’, is lined with pavement cafés. Explore its medieval alleyways with interesting architecture and tiny shops. Marsalforn’s waterfront bars are ideal for a relaxing drink. Dwejra’s coastline is a spectacular sight and you can see the oldest salt pans on Gozo. Relax on the deep red sands of Ramla Bay, one of the island’s most striking beaches. Marvel at the mysterious Ggantija Temples that are even older than Egypt’s pyramids.

With warm, crystal-clear waters, the Maltese islands provide fantastic opportunities for diving. Discover exciting underwater scenery at a number of sites, including the wreck of the HMS Maori in Valletta. Gozo and Comino have some of the best dive sites such as where the famous Azure Window once stood or the Santa Maria Caves which teem with marine life. Pay a visit to the Xlendi Reef and Tunnel, where the turquoise waters and vivid orange coral entice divers and snorkellers, or plunge 16m through the Blue Hole, just in front of where the Azure Window used to stand, to the cave lurking by the seabed.

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Malta is best for

Beach lovers: Relax along Malta’s stunning coastline, with its charming bays and clear blue waters.

Culture buffs: Explore Malta’s colourful history with a visit to Valletta and the walled town of Mdina.

Fun-seekers: Whether you’re diving around the island or dancing at a festival, Malta has plenty to enjoy.


Fast facts

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

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

Local time: Malta is one 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 at www.visitmalta.com.

Local tax: You must now pay Environmental Contribution Tax of €0.50 per person, per night, capped at €5.00 per stay, which is payable at your accommodation. Children under 18 don’t pay the tax.

Visa & health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/malta for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Malta.


Weather & climate

If you want to hit the beach, visit in July or August, when you can enjoy temperatures in the mid-30s (°C) and long hours of glorious sunshine. For a more laidback experience, book your holiday during the spring or autumn, when the resorts are quieter and the weather is warm enough to roam. Temperatures hover around 16°C in the winter, so it’s a great time to get out and explore the ancient sites and villages.


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

To see the full calendar of events in Malta this year, please visit http://www.visitmalta.com/en/events.

Below are some of the key highlights;

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.


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Recommended hotels
Seabank ResortDB San AntonioQwara PalaceSeashelsl Resort, Hilton Malta

Resorts in Malta 
BugibbaQawra Sliema St Julians St Pauls Bay

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