Malta Holidays - Accommodation & Information on Malta

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Accommodation in Malta is plentiful, there is a wide selection of hotels to choose from at holiday-malta.com, which range from budget Malta hotels to up market 5 star hotels, mainly located in St Julians, Sliema, St Paul's Bay, Bugibba, Qawra, Mellieha and the Capital City Valletta. There are of course other self catering accommodation options including private holiday villas, generally with a private swimming pool and an even wider selection of holiday apartments dotted all around the Islands.

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However, a holiday to Malta is not only about accommodation, the Maltese Islands which are located right in the middle of the Mediterranean sea, just south of Sicily and north of Libya, have alot to offer in terms of culture and history. The whole archipelago consists of the islands of Malta, Gozo, Comino, Cominetto, Filfla and St Pauls Islands, and each Island is unique in its own way.

"Malta is a great destination renowned for its beautiful beaches, fantastic weather conditions, safety and a rich cultural and historic background".

Malta and Gozo which are the two inhabited Islands, have a wealth of historic attractions and are famous for their ancient history, with some colossal and well-preserved stone Temples from prehistoric times, some of these being dated older than the Pyramids of Egypt. But their fame is also due to the Two Great Sieges, one in 1565 when the Turkish Empire with all its might could not conquer little Malta, and  the other momentous event being the II World war (1939 -1942) with Malta's people besieged, hungry but proudly helping the Allies to victory.

One of the dominating aspects of Malta, which is in itself a tourist attraction, is the Catholic Religion practised by the majority of Maltese which has succeeded to survive as the religion of the people notwithstanding centuries of domination by different rulers, not all of whom were Catholics. The Hundreds of Churches all over Malta and Gozo bear witness to the religiosity of the Maltese, who are proud of their traditions of worship and their celebration of Annual Festas. Malta and Gozo, are also full of Shrines, Statues, or Niches, dedicated to Our Lady and to different Saints, often found at corners of buildings. Tourists visiting Malta can of course visit Churches & Historical Places containing several important works of art.

Gozo locally called "Ghawdex" is a gem of an island, unique and mystical, full of character and charm.  Gozo is somewhat more laid back than Malta, its tranquil & quiet and many Maltese tend to travel to Gozo on weekends to escape from the faster pace of Malta and spend their time by the pool with friends and family in a farmhouse or villa in Gozo. Although the people from Gozo are widely perceived to be Maltese, they have stuck to their own identity and like being reffered to as Gozitans, rather than Maltese, this is also very evident in their accent. Gozo, with an area of 14km by 7km,  is full of valleys and is surrounded by cliffs from the southwest to northwest. The Island is rural and simple, with its way of life rooted in agriculture and fishing. Gozo  is currently accessible by car and passenger with the Gozo Channel Ferry Service which operates daily service to and from Gozo via Cirkewwa on Malta and Mgarr on Gozo. 

Comino on the other hand is the smallest island of the Maltese archipelego measuring, roughly 2.5 square km in area. Comino lies between Gozo and Malta and is home to one hotel, the Comino Hotel, a few self catering bungalows and the beautiful Blue Lagoon which is visited by by large numbers of tourists and local alike, especially during the summer months. Comino has a permanent population of only 4 residents and forms part of the municiaplity of Ghajnsielem in Gozo. A visit to the Blue Lagoon on one of the many boat tours departing from Malta and Gozo, will give you enough time to stroll round this little peaceful and tranquil island.

"The Weather in Malta can be described as  long, hot and dry Summers..."

The Weather in Malta can be described as typically Long Hot and Dry Summers, Warm Spring and Autumns, and Short, Cool Winters, with most of the rainfall falling in the months of December through February. Weather conditions are perfect between Easter and Mid-June, that is, if you like warm (not too hot) days and pleasent evenings. During this period beaches are not crowded, and its much easier to find a Hotel in Malta, or alternatively self catering apartments & villas at much cheaper rates than in the high season of June to September, where availability starts to become a luxury due to the high number of tourists visiting the Maltese Islands during these months.

Between April and August it rarely rains and the days slowly begin to warm up considerably, month on month, with August being the hottest month of the year. In fact the highest temeprature ever recorded in Malta was in August 1999 when the temperature hit 44*C (111*F) in the shade at Luqa Airport...now that's pretty hot!!

If you are visiting Malta in the Summer Months do not forget your Sunblock...you will definately need it, otherwise you may risk getting sun-burned.

TABLE OF AVERAGE TEMPERATURES IN *C
HIGH TEMP
LOW TEMP
SEA TEMP
HOURS OF SUN
January
16.1
10.1
15.4
5.46
February
16.1
9.9
14.9
6.36
March
17.8
11.3
15.0
7.33
April
20.1
13.1
15.9
8.46
May
24.4
16.5
17.5
9.99
June
28.7
20.3
21.1
11.23
July
31.5
22.7
24.1
12.15
August
31.8
23.5
25.8
11.36
September
28.5
21.5
25.2
9.00
October
25.4
18.7
23.2
7.22
November
21.1
14.9
20.6
6.50
December
17.4
11.7
17.4
5.20

"The most popular sandy beaches in Malta are found in the north of the Island"

Beaches in Malta, which are probably the main atrraction for many spending their holidays in Mata are also plentiful. The most popular sandy beaches are found in the north of the Island, driving towards St Paul's Bay and Mellieha, with the most renowned being the picturesque Ghajn Tuffieha and neighbouring Golden Bay/Rivera beach, which are sandwiched together between scenic cliffs. Here one can enjoy a  a breathtaking sunset and a great cliff walk. Gnejna Bay, which is next to Riviera Beach, is a little quieter and widely known for the fact that it is a nudist beach. Though topless bathing/nudity is illegal in Malta it seems to be oddly accepted here. If you are up for a somewhat treacherous walk alongside the beach and are willing to be daring, then this is the place for you! For crystal blue waters similar to that of the Blue Lagoon look up Armier Bay. In the locality of Mellieha and surrounded by small fields Armier is quiet as it is traffic-free, safe for children with kiosks and paddle-boat rentals at hand. Little Armier, which is the smaller of the two beaches in the same bay also has many boat houses belonging to the locals. Further North in Mellieha is Malta's largest stretch of sand, Ghadira beach, which tends to be over-crowded on weekends, so getting there early for the day is advised. There are several other beaches  spread around the islands coasts from sandy beaches to rocky beaches.

"Maltese History, Culture, The Arts? Where Do We Start From ?"

If you like history, you will love Malta, museums & other historical places of Interest in Malta & Gozo are also ample. Its position, at the hub of ancient trading routes, meant that nearly every great civilization in the history of the world has left its mark, amongst the Phoenicians, the Arabs, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Ottoman Turks, the Crusader Knights, the French and the British. It was the Knights of the Order Of St John, however, who left a lasting impact on the island.

"Nightlife, Activities & Things To Do in Malta "

Malta has its fair share of activities and attractions which include water sports, boat trips, paragliding, sailing, yachting, windsurfing, fishing, scuba diving, rock climbing, hiking, cycling, swimming with dolphins, theatre, concerts, nightclubs, casinos, poker tournaments and more. There is something going on in Malta every day. A useful resource is What's On In Malta.

"Maltese Food is a combination of Italian, African & English ingredients"

What about the food ? Maltese cuisine is an interesting combination of Italian, Sicilian, African and English ingredients, making it undoubtly unique. Specialities included fish,  rabbit (fenek), beef olives (bragioli), baked rice (ross il-forn,) baked macaroni (mqarrun fil-forn), goat’s milk (gbejniet), broad bean paste (bigilla). stuffed marrows (qarabali mimli), oven baked savoury flaky pastry filled with ricotta or peas (pastizzi). The The Malta Definitively Good Guide To Restaurants is a useful source when searching for the right restaurant, whether it is a child friendly restaurant or a business entertainment restaurant or simply if you are after the most exhaustive list of wines to accompany your food.

"Public Transport & Getting Around in Malta & Gozo"

Getting around in Malta is easy, moving between one village and another is usually no more than a 30 minute walk, however public bus transport in Malta is also widely available in both Malta and Gozo with most bus routes operating every 15 to 20 minutes. Taxis & Self Drive Chauffeurs are aslo widely available around the island but may require pre booking when ordering a taxi in advance. You will find most taxi stands in most of the bigger towns like Valletta, Sliema, St Julian's, Bugibba, Qawra, Mellieha and areas of attraction like Casinos, Nightclub zones, etc. Malta Airport Taxis are available at the airport or may be booked in advance to all localities in Malta.

"Other Useful Information When Travelling To Malta"

When travelling to Malta, remember to bring the neccessary travel adaptors for your phone or tablet, Malta uses the UK 3 pin type electricity connection.

There is only one Airport in Malta, located in Luqa and most major airlines operate flights to Malta including several low cost airlines. Flights operate from major cities around Europe and connections to Australia and Asia are also available via Dubai.

Being a member of the EU, the local currency of Malta is the EURO. Banks accept all other major currencies for currency conversions. ATM machines are found all over the islands and practically in every town and village. All major credit and debit  cards including Visa MasterCard, American Express, Maestro are also accepted in  every bank, shopping outlet or bars and restaurants. There are a number of banks in Malta, with the 3 main ones being Bank of Valletta plc, HSBC Bank Malta and APS Bank Malta. These three banks practically control the ATM network in Malta & Gozo.

For those looking to extend their holiday beyond Malta, there is a Malta-Sicily-Malta ferry service via high speed car and passenger catamarans which are run by Virtu Ferries. By Air, the local airline Air Malta flies regularly to Catania.

"Spend Your Holidays In Malta, Gozo or Comino and experience a new world of spectacular beauty, diverse culture and history"



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