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Marvelous Malta holidays 2018 / 2019

From mysterious Gozo to the enchanting capital of Valetta, Malta is a tiny country rich in history. Its enchanting coastline boasts golden bays, wildflowers 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.

Malta, Gozo and Comino have repeatedly been voted the European LGBTIQ communities friendliest holiday destination and the islands are fantastic for LGBTIQ holidaymakers. With a fabulous range of bars and clubs specialising in entertaining the LBTIQ community, and all the islands' venues welcoming LGBTIQ visitors, it's the perfect place to dance the night away. Whether you are after relaxation or neon-lights, romance or festivity, a cultural adventure or some time on the beach, Malta is a wonderful LGBTIQ holiday destination.

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 Valletta airport, your Malta holiday in 2018 / 2019 has never been so affordable!

Top resorts in Malta

St Paul's Bay
Deposit from £49 per person

St Paul's Bay from £107 pp

St Julian's
Deposit from £49 per person

St Julian's from £104 pp

Mellieha
Deposit from £49 per person

Mellieha from £154 pp

Most popular hotels in Malta

The St. George’s Park Hotel
The St. George’s Park Hotel
The St. George’s Park Hotel

St Julian's

from £123 pp
Ramla Bay Resort
Ramla Bay Resort
Ramla Bay Resort

Mellieha

from £214 pp
db Seabank Resort + Spa
db Seabank Resort + Spa
db Seabank Resort + Spa

Mellieha

from £409 pp
Cavalieri Art Hotel
Cavalieri Art Hotel
Cavalieri Art Hotel

St Julian's

from £177 pp
db San Antonio Hotel + Spa
db San Antonio Hotel + Spa
db San Antonio Hotel + Spa

St Paul's Bay

from £418 pp
Paradise Bay Hotel
Paradise Bay Hotel
Paradise Bay Hotel

Mellieha

from £154 pp
San Pawl Hotel
San Pawl Hotel
San Pawl Hotel

Bugibba

from £118 pp
Qawra Palace Hotel
Qawra Palace Hotel
Qawra Palace Hotel

St Paul's Bay

from £248 pp

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Top Attractions

Top Attractions

Surrounded by the glittering Mediterranean Sea, Malta holidays offer no shortage of golden, sun-soaked beaches. Malta's resort areas like St. Julians 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, making it one of the top destinations in the Mediterranean for a 2018 / 2019 holiday.

The annual Pride Parade ranks amongst the most vibrant in the world, with thousands of people taking to the streets and celebrating life and love with a rainbow of floats, flags, and a carnival atmosphere. An event that can be enjoyed by everyone, whether LGBTIQ or not, the Pride Parade is one of the most joyous events you can experience. 

Gozo island, once home to the Azure Window, is still home to a rugged beach lined with caves, take a boat tour to explore its secrets. Victoria, the capital of Gozo, is a historic town with lots of charm. Back on mainland Malta, 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.

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Wine and Dine

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 Bugibba 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 any of the top resorts, you'll find a mishmash of international and Maltese fare.

If you’re after an authentic Maltese dining experience, take a stroll along St. Julians 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.

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For Families

For Families

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 and the perfect choice for a boat trip adventure! St. Paul's Bay is home to three top resorts: Qawra, Bugibba and the village of St. Paul's. 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 archaeological 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 town also has excellent interactive museums portraying the diverse history of Malta. 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.

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Action and Adventure

Action and Adventure

Malta is a fantastic destination for the adventurous in 2018 / 2019, 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 islands of Malta and Gozo is the small island of Comino, a protected bird reserve which boasts a population of only THREE people. The island 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.

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Life's a Beach

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 2018 / 2019 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 are 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. Just down from St. Julian's is the popular resort of Sliema, a resort town popular with families. 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.

The popular resort of Bugibba feature rocky beaches, ideal for plunging into the warm Mediterranean, both easily reachable from popular Qawra.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

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 at 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. All the bars and clubs on Malta, Gozo and Comino are LGBTIQ friendly, with a few specialising in delivering a top night out specifically for the LGBTIQ community.

For relaxation and chilled-out evenings, head to Gozo. The Northern resort, Marsalforn, is where most of the nightlife is focused, but it's definitely a spot you want to check out if you prefer sipped cocktails and a buzzing warm atmosphere of open-air restaurants. Locals are a fan!

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For Couples

For Couples

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 a luxury holiday in Bugibba or Qawra in St. Paul's Bay.

Having long since legalised gay marriage, Malta has become a favourite gay marriage destination. The gorgeous weather, stunning landscape, and friendly atmosphere make it a glorious wedding (and honeymoon) spot for every couple.

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 while neighbouring Comino is home to the Blue Lagoon. You can get the ferry from Cirkewwa (not far from Mellieha) on Malta and from Mgarr on Gozo.

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 wildflowers.

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 Malta holiday.

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Culture

Culture

The Maltese islands are home to the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, a labyrinthine necropolis which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most extraordinary archaeological 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.

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. On Gozo, the capital Victoria is home to a mishmash of cultures, and there's plenty of towers, fortresses and chapels spread out over the island too.

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.

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