If you’re looking for a classic sun and sea villa holiday in 2020, with a dash of history added in for good measure – well, 7,000 years’ worth – make it Malta. Expect white sandy beaches, some of the cleanest and clearest waters in the world and a bounty of historic sites on this sun-drenched Mediterranean pearl.
Looking to top up your tan or take a dip in the sea? Head north. Here you’ll find plenty of amazing resorts suitable for families, couples and groups of friends alike.
Cheap villas can be found in popular hotspots like Bugibba, St. Paul’s Bay and Qawra. You should also be able to pick up some good deals in and around Golden Bay, Mellieha Bay and Ghadira Bay.
If you’re looking for more by way of culture, journey to the east of the island. Malta’s capital Valletta is always a top choice for a villa holiday, whatever your interests.
Into history? Everywhere you look you’ll be greeted by Malta’s fascinating past. It’s unsurprising really, as according to the UN, Valletta is “one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world”.
Want something more cosmopolitan? It’s got that too, from stylish bars to brilliant restaurants and everything else in-between. Again, it’s to be expected – the city was crowned European Capital of Culture in 2018, after all.
Close by you’ll find the very chic Sliema, classy St. Julian’s and stylish St. George’s. If you’re after café culture and quality entertainment, then any one of the above won’t disappoint.
In contrast to the north, the south is comparatively more traditional and rural – think pretty fishing villages and lots of green. If that sounds like your kind of thing, look for villas in and around the understated Marsaskala – which is great for foodies – and the very sedate Birzebbuga.
To the west lies Hagar Qim and Mnajdra, two very important prehistoric sites that are well worth visiting if you’re based in the south. If you’re thinking of staying inland, consider renting a villa with a private pool – it can get mighty hot in central Malta over the summer.
Heading into the heart of Malta is like stepping back in time. It’s certainly the case with the fortified city of Mdina, Malta’s historic centre and former capital. Book a villa holiday here and you’ll experience an ambiance that feels wonderfully out of time. Beyond Mdina, check out Qormi, Mosta and Luqa. Often overlooked, they have plenty to offer holidaymakers.
If you’re relatively new to Malta, you might be surprised to learn that the tiny country is actually an archipelago made up of three very distinct major islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino.
Make a beeline for Gozo for outdoor activities such as trekking or rock climbing, fresh seafood and fine wine, or, for a taste of paradise, pop over to the sublime Comino. While you won’t find any villas here, it’s still worth experiencing – the Blue Lagoon, for example, is a showstopper.
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