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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.

Recommended Offers in Malta

db Seabank Resort + Spa

Mellieha Bay, Malta

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Across from Mellieha Beach
  • TripAdvisor Travellers Choice award winner 2016
  • Kids' club

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 4686 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

From

£511

db San Antonio Hotel + Spa

Bugibba, Malta

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Free Wi-Fi zone
  • In the resort centre
  • Rooftop pool

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 2525 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

From

£482

Qawra Palace Hotel

Qawra, Malta

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Seafront location
  • Watersport facilities
  • Spa with sauna

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 2289 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

From

£431

Ramla Bay Resort

Marfa Bay, Malta

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • On a secluded peninsula
  • Private beach
  • Views of Comino and Gozo

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1622 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

From

£492

Luna Holiday Complex

Mellieha Bay, Malta

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

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1117 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

From

£219

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 underneath the giant stone coastal arch known as the Azure Window. Spend a day on the miniature island of Comino, where the white sands of the Blue Lagoon lead to shimmering waters.

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 here 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 the famous Azure Window or the Santa Maria Caves which teem with marine life. Take a boat through the cave tunnel at the Azure Window's Inland Sea, where the turquoise waters and vivid orange coral entice divers and snorkelers. Plunge 16m through the Blue Hole just in front of the Azure Window to the cave lurking by the seabed.

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 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 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 AND 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

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.

Festivals: 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, and later in June, Malta will host the massive Isle of MTV festival. Fans of electronic dance will love The Sound You Need Festival in August, and lovers of techno and house won’t want to miss the Glitch Festival in September.


Why choose Thomas Cook

With hotels available to suit every person and every budget look no further than Thomas Cook for your getaway this year!

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CITIES IN MALTA

BugibbaQawra Sliema

Holiday Types

All Inclusive

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