Magical Malta Holidays 2017 / 2018
Malta, the beautiful Mediterranean island, is home to blissful beaches, outdoor adventures, and captivating cultural sights. Forget Majorca or the Canaries, Malta is home to some of the best resorts in the Med. Another part of the Maltese magic is the cost! With our deals on 7 nights holidays, flights and hotel packages you can make your Malta holiday a cheap holiday.
From the mysterious Gozo, to the enchanting capital Valetta, built by the Knights of St John, Malta, a tiny country on the cusp of Europe and Africa, is rich in history. Its enchanting coastline boasts golden bays, wild flowers bloom in meadows, and brightly painted boats bob in its delightful harbour towns. The local cuisine, a highlight of any Malta holiday, reflects the country's colourful history, with Sicilian, Mediterranean and English influences.
The most popular resorts for your holiday to Malta include Mellieha Bay, a vibrant town built around one of the prettiest beaches on Malta. Mellieha's shallow beach makes it an ideal option for families. St Paul’s Bay is another beautiful bay, home to three adjoing resorts – St Paul's Bay, and livelier Bugibba and Qawra. The beaches are rocky but beautiful, and Gozo is an awesome spot for diving. Gozo was home to the Azure Window before it collapsed into the sea, but the alluring island is still worth a visit.
Stylish St Julian's and neigbouring Sliema is another top choice for an unforgettable holiday in the sun, with a glamorous marina, fantastic nightlife, and the exquisite Maltese capital of Valletta right on the doorstep. And, with our fantastic range of great value all inclusive holidays to Malta and late deals at all the top resorts, plus deals on cheap flights to Valleta airport, your Malta holiday in 2017 / 2018 has never been so affordable!
Most popular hotels in Malta
The St. George’s Park Hotel
Ramla Bay Resort
db Seabank Resort + Spa
St Paul's Bay
Pergola Hotel & Spa
Maritim Antonine Hotel And Spa
Paradise Bay Hotel
The Santa Maria Hotel
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: English
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- Average flight time: 3h 15m
When to go
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Surrounded by the glittering Mediterranean Sea, Malta holidays offer no shortage of golden, sun-soaked beaches. Malta's resort areas like St. Julian's and Sliema offer a sophisticated nightlife scene and relaxed outdoor cafes, while its wealth of prehistoric history will thrill history buffs. Round out your tour of Malta attractions with a visit to the Blue Lagoon, hidden away on the sleepy island of Comino. Other popular Malta resorts, especially for families, include Bugibba and Mellieha Bay. Just an hour from the airport, the buzzing town of Qawra has a great laid-back nightlife and a dramatic beach.
The capital city of Malta is Valletta, a city which is best explored on foot, so you can appreciate its well preserved walls and historic sights like St. John's Co-Cathedral. Malta's mix of coastline and culture, plus a choice of fantastic resorts, make it one of the top destinations in the Mediterannean for a 2017 / 2018 holiday.
Gozo island, once home to the Azure Window, is still home to a rugged beach lined with caves. Take a boat tour around Gozo and explore its secrets. The historic town of Mdina is completely enchanting - wander the narrow streets, which, even in the height of the summer season, have a quiet atmosphere. The views from the walls of Mdina are incredible, too.
Wine and Dine
Holidays to Malta will take in some of the best resorts to enjoy meals and some Maltese yummies. In popular resorts like Sliema and St. Julian's, you'll find an abundance of restaurants serving European fare so visitors feel right at home.
Vibrant Bugiba has a long promenade lined with many bars and restaurants and a relaxed atmosphere. Mellieha has a cafe culture on its narrow streets, perfect for ambling with the whole family on warm Malta nights. In both Bugibba and Sliema you'll find a mishmash of international and Maltese affair.
If you’re after an authentic Maltese dining experience, take a stroll along St. Julian's waterfront to sample the excellent fresh seafood in historic 18th-century buildings or out on sunny terraces. Victoria, on Gozo, is the main town and restaurants serve up Maltese treats like rabbit stew. The seafront at Qawra is a buzzing spot to enjoy some seafood.
An ideal destination for family holidays, Malta offers everything from family-friendly resorts to fun-filled theme parks. Mellieha Bay, the longest sandy beach on Malta, has clean, shallow waters which are ideal for the youngest travellers. Older kids might enjoy Gozo, which is a world-renowned diving destination. Take a boat trip around Gozo for an extra adventure! Qawra, with its busy but laid back town centre, is great for a family holiday, plus access to Mellieha Bay and Bugibba is super easy.
Kids will also love the ancient archeological sites dotted around Malta, as well as the historic battle re-enactments by costumed horsemen in the capital city of Valletta. Mdina is a stunning Medieval town and kids will love exploring the alleyways. The Popeye Village, originally a film set, has grown into a family attraction, and the kids can gaze at the tropical fish in the National Aquarium in St Paul's Bay or let off steam on the water slides and pools at the Splash and Fun Water Park.
Action and Adventure
Malta is a fantastic destination for the adventurous in 2017 / 2018, with a wealth of attractions that will keep the adrenaline pumping. Inland, you can go rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, riding or quad biking, while along the coast, sports include sailing, jet-skiing, snorkelling and para-sailing. The warm Mediterranean is among the clearest in the world, making Malta (and particularly the island of Gozo) a world-renowned diving spot, offering a diverse array of subaquatic worlds to explore.
Located between the main island of Malta and Gozo is the small island of Comino, a protected bird reserve which boasts a population of only THREE people. Comino is also home to the magical Blue Lagoon, ideal for sightseeing and relaxed diving.
Fun things to do with all the family include cruises and jeep safaris, or you could hire a banana boat or sofa boat in Mellieha Bay or Bugibba. Whatever your choice, Malta can be as action-packed or as chilled out as you make it.
Life's a Beach
Lovely Mellieha Bay boasts the longest stretch of sand on Malta, and is shallow enough to be ideal for even the youngest visitors. Mellieha Bay is a top resort to choose a family hotel for your Malta holiday. However, there's so much Malta has to offer beyond Mellieha. In fact, picking from the beach resorts for your 2017 / 2018 holiday will take you right across the island. What are you waiting for? Investigate those 7 nights Malta holidays and book your flights now!
Here's some other top Malta destinations for beaches. St George's Bay in Paceville is the closest sandy beach to St. Julian's, with Blue Flag status and a wealth of amenities. Paradise Bay is a relaxed option on the north of Malta, and Ramla Bay on the island of Gozo is a picture-postcard expanse of ochre sand and crystal-clear seas.
On sleepy little Comino, the celebrated Blue Lagoon stands out for its dazzling waters, or you could relax on the pretty beach of Santa Marija Bay. If you're looking for enticing rock pools far from the tourist hubbub, stroll along the beautiful Delimara Peninsula to find St Peter's Pool, carved out of creamy limestone.
All the main tourist resorts on Malta provide evening entertainment, but Paceville in St Julian's is the epicentre of Malta's nightlife scene. Nights in St Julian's will include casinos and cocktail bars to Irish pubs and nightclubs, more than enough to keep visitors of all ages happy from dusk till dawn. The glittering marina is at the heart of the action, surrounded by a host of buzzing nightspots. Valletta, as Malta's capital, offers some stunning locations for cocktails.
The lively resorts of Bugibba and Qawra are home to scores of vibrant pubs and clubs. From Qawra, with its busy town centre, you can easily reach other resorts along the coast. With a lively but laid back nightlife, the popular resort of Sliema is a top pick for a chilled family evening or with a partner. If you prefer something quieter and more intimate, elegant Mellieha Bay and the surrounding Mellieha town features romantic restaurants and mellow bars where you can enjoy cocktails. Malta is an island of variety, and you're bound to find something to suit you.
Holidays in Malta are perfect for romance: the historic towns of Valletta and Rabat are like gorgeous stage-sets, while Malta's picturesque coves provide the perfect setting for relaxation. If you fancy it, try an all inclusive holiday for pure relaxation.
Active types will enjoy hiking, particularly in beauty spots like the Delimara Peninsula, where you can take a dip in the refreshing water of the St Peter's Pool. Why not explore the island's underwater treasures together? Gozo island is famed for its gorgeous marine life.
Waves of settlers on Malta over many centuries have bequeathed a host of cultural treasures, from the beautifully preserved historic towns like the capital Valletta to a slew of ancient burial sites. Most romantic of these are the Hagar Qim and Mnajdra temples, set on a remote clifftop and surrounded by carpets of wild flowers.
If you are looking for dancing and nightlife on your Malta holiday, there's so much to keep you occupied in St Julian's, which boasts numerous glamorous clubs and bars to enjoy a romantic drink or two. Qawra, with its quick access to Mellieha Bay and Bugibba, is a perfect spot for a relaxing all inclusive Malta holiday.
The Maltese islands is home to the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, a labyrinthine necropolis which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most extraordinary archeological sites in the world. The magnificent megalithic ruins, scattered across the islands, also enjoy World Heritage status, and include the oldest free-standing monuments in the world, the Ggantija on Gozo. Gozo was also once home to the Azure Window, which collapsed into the sea in March 2017.
Waves of settlers have left their mark on Malta over the centuries, notably in the perfectly preserved capital Valletta, built by the Knights of St John and still ringed by the defensive walls. The fortress city of Mdina, now almost swallowed up by Rabat, was built by the Arabs and remains an alluring time-capsule full of handsome palaces and delightful squares.
Malta plays host to a series of vibrant festivals and events throughout the year. Highlights include the spectacular Malta Fireworks Festival (late April), the Malta Jazz Festival, held in Valletta's picturesque Grand Harbour in July, and the island-wide Malta Arts Festival, which takes place in late June/early July.